Cover Drive, The First Ever Kinect Based Cricket Game, Is Made In Pakistan

There are clearly not as many Cricket games out there as there should be given the love for the sport, especially in South Asia. Among the ones that are available, there are even lesser that truly capture all the nuances of Cricket. Arguably, the latest next-gen title, Don Bradman Cricket 14 is the closest game developers have come to producing a realistic Cricket game.

What’s most disappointing is the fact that none of these can be played with real gestures – a prospect that many Cricket fans have drooled over since the release of Microsoft Xbox 360’s motion sensing input device, Kinect. Guess what, Pakistan-based gaming venture ‘GameDotPlay’ has taken the plunge and developed the first ever Kinect based Cricket game, Cover Drive.

How to play?

The idea behind the Kinect based PC game is pretty basic: a batsman faces six balls at random. The player takes on the role of a batsman, attempting to score as many runs as possible in an over. Once the spell of 6 balls has been bowled or if one ends up having their stumps uprooted (gets clean bowled) or getting caught out, the total score is displayed on the screen.

No bat? No problem

It doesn’t even matter if you hold a bat or a broom in your hands as you attempt to whack that incoming delivery out of the park since it’s your hand movements that will be tracked; not what you hold. Perhaps it’s fair to assume that you run much lesser risk of smashing your TV screen if you try those shots with bare hands. Otherwise, if you’re hell bent on making things feel as close to reality as possible just strap a small plastic bat around your hands for safety purposes.

Not a complete package

Cover Drive is far from a complete package given that it basically revolves around the idea of scoring the maximum amount of runs without losing a wicket. Clearly, the graphics are also not its strong suit; it’s quite the opposite. Then again, the only two Move based Cricket games (Move Street Cricket and Move Street Cricket 2) brought by Indian developers in the past weren’t exactly treats to look at either despite offering bowling and fielding alongside. However, where this may deliver is in terms allowing you to challenge members of the family and have some fun time together.

Perhaps the first step towards something substantial

It may not be long before you begin to grow tired of a limited range of shot selection and the bland and basic graphics quality, but fans would hope that Cover Drive becomes the first drop of rain in a drought. There is no doubt that people would love to see and experience other departments of the game such as bowling and fielding in a Kinect based video game. With those additions, smart AI and fluid gameplay mechanics, one could actually expect augmented reality Cricket experience that has been hoped for since ages.


  • Waqas

    Our IT Sector is progressing.

    • Najam

      Allah Pak barkat dalay :)

  • Ahmed Habib

    Ha, be prepared to buy a new tv once a week. :-)

  • Farrukh Siddiqui

    so glad to see this.

  • Asif Yamudi

    Good, I am glad as being a gamer Pakistan is progressing further. The game looks real good!
    In terms of graphics as well.

    Off topic, I have came across this particular new game in Google play and it seems to be developed by a Pakistan. It may help for the upcoming app of the month article.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Amberstone_Studios.Coder_Blitz

  • Imran

    Looking forward for this one …
    #Cricket Revolution was best cricket game I have ever played was developed in Lahore

  • Well done whoever made this game..HOpe they’ll continue

  • syeduzairshah

    Good Work Guys

  • KMQ

    Good one!

    • Ahmed Habib

      I have heard of MQM, you are a new party KMQ?

      • KMQ

        Lolz good one.. :-) well not a party its my name’s initials.
        Here it is for you to clear any doubts.
        Kashif Muhammad Qasim

  • Ahmed

    When’s gonna this Game arrive?!
    Waiting Desperately!!