Basketball Shoot: Simple yet addictive basket ball shooter
With basketball being one of the most popular sports in the world, it’s no surprise that Google Play has its fair share of basketball games available to download. Most of them however lack quality and with Basketball Shoot featuring high in the Google Play download charts at the moment, I thought I would check it out to see if it’s worth its chart position. Read on to see what we thought of it!
Gameplay: The aim of the game is very simple, try to shoot the ball into the basket. You are presented with a 2D side on view of the world where the basket is on the left of the screen and the balls set in varying places on the right. You throw the ball by touching down on the screen and drag towards the bottom right. Dragging down controls your throw height and dragging right your throw distance. The controls are intuitive and as a result very easy to get to grips with. You are also assisted with the ball’s throw trajectory which shortens as you progress through the levels, making it more difficult to judge where your ball is going to fall.
You are allowed 10 misses in a single game and are awarded extra misses if you get a “clean” shot (a shot where your ball goes through the basket without hitting the rim). Each level consists of 10 balls and gets progressively harder with balls being placed in further positions from the basket. The game’s replay value comes from two areas, the scoring system and the unlockable balls. With the scoring, you are awarded more points the higher your combo and the number of clean shots. It would have been nice to be able to have a some sort of leaderboad for your country to see how you fair against the competition but unfortunately only your own scores are recorded.
There are are a tonne of unlockable balls which are made available by completing the missions presented to you for your current game. The balls however disappointingly do nothing to the gameplay and are just for aesthetics, so the draw to keep you playing just to unlock the extra balls is minimal.
Basketball Shoot is presented in a similar light to the gameplay, simple and clean. There are a total of only 6 backgrounds which cycle through as you progress through the levels. With all aspects of the game pointing towards being “lightweight”, you would be forgiven to expect that longevity is not its forte. Despite all these pitfalls, I found myself coming back to Basketball Shoot time and time again during those opportunistic spare minutes throughout my day as the game is very well tuned at what’s most important, the feel of throwing a ball. The ball physics are spot on and you really get the sense you are in full control of setting up your throw. From the deflection off the back board to the bouncing between the basket rims, the movement of the ball feels “right” which makes this game so fun to play.
Verdict: 3/5 Pure, simple and addictive physics based fun. A little too light on features to warrant a higher score. It would have been nice to have more gameplay modes such as a time limit mode or perhaps a some sort of trick shot mode. Great for short bursts of entertainment, not good for when you have more than 10 minutes to kill.
Basketball Shoottips from Android Games Review
- Like in real life basketball, shoot high for a steep arch trajectory. This will increase your chances of scoring a basket.
- Try to go for a clean shot in order to maximise your misses especially in the early levels
- Don’t forget you can use the backboard, it’s easier to score off of it for long shots
- Start your drag from the middle top of the screen so that you do not obscure your view when aiming