TV Sports Basketball is, without a doubt, Cinemaware's best sport game and one of the best basketball games ever made. Everything that we've come to expect from Cinemaware is included in the game, from the amazing opening sequence to the announcer's previews, to being able to edit all aspects of the players attributes. |
Although great as a one-player game, it is much more fun playing human opponents. Those who are reflex-impaired can choose to only manage the team and watch the players carry out their strategies on the court. There's the option of playing against each other or on the same team. You have the option of controlling a specific player or whichever player has the ball. Joystick controls are excellent: it's very easy to pull off different kinds of shots. You can even pull off some razzle dazzle when close to the basket. This can include slamdunks to full body turning slams. You can even alley oop. The game is about as realistic as possible for computer basketball. The graphics and animations are great, but it's the sound that adds all the atmosphere. You can actually hear the squeeks of the sneakers! Another great touch is the crowd sounds; if you play poorly crowd will even boo you. Although there is some luck involved in shooting, it's mostly about skill. In conclusion, I have to say that this is one of the best sports simulations that I have played on the Amiga. Every game is different and no two teams play alike. Some teams are better than others, although for some reason the Cinemaware team is always one of the best. If you are a fan of basketball, this is a keeper.
Reviewed by: Underdogs