Basketball must be one of the games I have had for the longest on my phone. I must have had it for a few months. That is not to say it is something I play daily, or even weekly, but it is a game I keep coming back to every once in a while for a quick dose of fun gameplay.
The most notable difference since I last booted it up is that there are now two different design possibilities for the basketball. Whilst this is a minor thing – as far as I know they do not offer differing gameplay experiences – I guess it shows the developer has confidence in the product when changes involve colour scheme changes rather than earth-shattering new ideas.
Basketball is like those stands at theme parks or fair grounds where the aim is to make as many shots as possible in an allotted time. There are a number of balls and all that is required to shoot is placing a finger on one and quickly flicking upwards in the direction of the basket. I have found the controls to work quite well – if they did not, the game would probably not still be on my phone after all this time.
Unlike the fairground stalls, though, an app has the potential for multiple levels and a more immersive experience – although there is no oversized teddy as a prize for sinking three baskets in the app. In each level, the game displays a target score and beating that will advance you to the next level. I find it a nice touch that the scoring is cumulative, so over-performing in level 1 could mean you have enough points to advance to level 3 even before level 2 has started. This surplus of points can make a big difference later on.
With each level, the ‘course’ does change a bit; for instance, the distance to the basket can be increased or decreased between levels. On some levels, the basket will even be moving from side to side, adding a new dimension to the aiming. It is not enough to know when the balls are rolling back down so they can be flung immediately towards the basket, but now the player needs an awareness of whether to shoot middle, left or right. This shakes up the gameplay and means that levels are not repetitive and do not become a chore, and instead promotes alertness and awareness.
I remember playing this game before it had leaderboards. Although they are not crucial to a game, it is nice to record higher scoring rounds, and thankfully it does now have local leaderboards. Overall, I think it is a nice game to play and is fun, and being a Free game it is well worth downloading.
Version Under Review: 188.8.131.52
Basketball is a FREE game for Windows Phone 7
Our Rating for Basketball