Dec 14, 2016
It’s a stickman world, and few entities do it better than Djinnworks GmbH. When it comes to stickman-based sims, we generally like what it puts out.
It’s done basketball before; now we get Stickman Basketball 2017, a continuation of the legacy.
The tutorial is very useful in getting players familiar with the game; it runs an abbreviated 5v2 scrimmage with the numbers in the players favor. The action takes place on a basketball court with the expected stick figures taking the stage.
Using virtual controls, the game runs a jump ball sequence, and then the action commences. On the offensive side, passing mechanism is simple in theory, but not exactly easy to use without a bit of practice. The joystick allows users to guide the highlighted player, and shooting is intuitive for anyone who has played a basketball sim with virtual buttons: there is a degree of feel required to get the perfect shot off.
Defensively, one can block or steal shots, and again, switching off players is key to doing this effectively.
The scoring goes as one would expect: three points for shots from beyond the arc, and two points for dunks and closer field goals.
After mastering the controls — or coming close to this — the player can then select from any number of game modes: Quick Game (for a simple, no strings attached session), Seasons (get in on an adjustable length “S”BA season), National Team Cups (adjustable length international play), WBCBL (an admirable mode based on female teams) and Party Mode (local multiplayer battle for bragging rights).
There are different difficulty modes; the games, at the base level, are enjoyable, and fairly competitive. The different modes are a great addition, as they allow players to find their own engagement levels. The rewards system is a nice touch, allowing folks to unlock more content and rewards by achieving specific action thresholds.
The game does have an in-app transaction to kill ads and unlock all rewards, but the game can be played without this.
Fun addition to the stickman world. Well worth a look.