Nov 28, 2014
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of basketball, meaning that I have no idea how the game is structured, what the player positions are, and even how long the rounds last. And that’s fine, because All-Star Basketball doesn’t require that kind of knowledge. Because it’s not a damn basketball game, it’s a free throw simulator. And it doesn’t actually have any stars – well, there are star shapes, which I guess is technically correct.
All-Star Basketball gives the player control over the loneliest basketball player in the world, whose pastimes include throwing a ball in a net in an empty stadium, throwing the ball in an empty field, and in a range of other equally empty locations.
The actual technique of proper throwing in All-Star Basketball is still a matter of guessing for me. To throw the ball, the player simply needs to flick the finger up the screen with proper speed. But the player changes positions every fourth throw, just when you get the correct way to throw, and then you have to guess it all over again. It’s not that difficult, of course, but it’s barely impossible to actually master it to get long series of throws. And it’s a requirement, since the longer your hit streak, the more gold and points you get. The gold is required to purchase levels, modes, other stuff, and play in multiplayer, and points are worth literally nothing.
The game modes, that are absolutely impossible to unlock, slightly change the throwing circumstances. I can only guess if they are more interesting than the original mode, since in two hours that I’ve played the game, I couldn’t even get closed to the sum required to unlock one. There’s also a multiplayer mode, in which the poor sod shares his seclusion with another guy. Both parties chip in for 25 gold, and whoever wins the series of free throws, gets the money.
All in all, All-Star Basketball is actually not a bad game, although it does take a whole lot of loading time to start playing, and the throwing mechanics could be more varied from “swipe at the right time and speed”. It’s got okay physics and what looks like a fair difficulty, as well as a great amount of gear to unlock, and even several game modes. I guess that it’s going to be fine for people who like simple sports sims, and aren’t put off by the ads.