All-Pro Basketball

a game by Vic Tokai
Platform: NESNES
Genre: Sports
Editor Rating: 6.4/10, based on 6 reviews
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See also: Basketball Games, NBA Games
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All-Pro Basketball

You want a thankless job? Trydesigning a videogame based on a sport. It may sound easy, but think about it. When designing an original game, you can invent rules to make the game as playable as possible. But you can't change a sport - its rules are too well known.

This is the dilemma that haunts All-Pro Basketball. It tries to remain faithful to the real game but has some problems bringing the big league to the small screen.

You can play All-Pro Basketball by yourself or with a friend. In the two-player mode, however, you don't compete against each other; instead, you join forces against the computer's team. Another mode allows you to watch the computer play itself. This is highly recommended when starting out, because it gives you a feel for the way the electronic mind coaches its team.

When you're ready to take the court, you can choose from eight fictional teams. There aren't many noticeable differences between the teams, although the computer will usually pick New York if you don't.

Once you begin the game and settle into the action, you'll discover that All-Pro Basketball asks you to make major adjustments to your thinking about professional basketball. Tobegin with, the game is played half-court style. It wants to seem like a full-court simulation, however, so it shifts court halves with every change in possession. Unfortunately, this interrupts the action and creates mass confusion, as players who were running up the right side of the court are now seen hustling up the left side.

Another problem involves the graphics, which do little to clarify the visual chaos. The tiny players all have the same profile, and the basketball is orange on the dunk screen and white in regular play.

You may be tempted to write off this game, but wait. Just when you think All-Pro Basketball has little to offer, up pops the dunk screen. This is where the fun is. As your player glides toward the hoop, the screen switches to an enlarged, slow motion view of the power dunk in all its glory. It's a beautiful moment. In fact, it's possible to get hooked on All-Pro Basketball solely for these scenes. Somehow, the game's problems fade into the backcourt as you double-pump the B button and close in on that colossal slam.

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Game Reviews

You've seen the weak stuff. The two-on-two's and the bogus "full-court" games. But you're a die-hard gym rat who can play the game and expect a lot more than what they've got. Now, you're going to get it!

All-Pro Basketball gives you true all-court, five-on-five pro ball, tournament mode, 1 or 2 player control, player substitutions for tiring starters, slam dunks, blocked shots, fouls, cheerleaders, and a half time show!

Now leave that weak stuff behind, and get down to the pro game.

Bored with simple-minded one-on-one basketball? Disappointed that only three men on your team can dribble down court? In a foul mood because the guy who made the basketball game you bought seems to be using hockey rules?

If you're a die-hard gym rat who can play the game, and expect your competition to be the same way, then it's time to play ball because All-Pro Basketball has arrived.

All-Pro is true all-court Five-On-Five basketball complete with long-range jumpers, in-your-face stuffs, passes, steals, rebounds, fouls, and even a half-time show.

If you're new to basketball, buy the other games. But if you're a real basketball junkie, leave that weak stuff on your home court, and let's get down to the pro game.

You've seen the weak stuff. The two-on-two's and the bogus "full-court" games. But you're a die-hard gym rat who can play the game and expect a lot more than what they've got. Now, you're going to get it!

All-Pro Basketball gives you true all-court, five-on-five pro ball, tournament mode, 1 or 2 player control, player substitutions for tiring starters, slam dunks, blocked shots, fouls, cheerleaders, and a half time show!

Now leave that weak stuff behind, and get down to the pro game.

Bored with simple-minded one-on-one basketball? Disappointed that only three men on your team can dribble down court? In a foul mood because the guy who made the basketball game you bought seems to be using hockey rules?

If you're a die-hard gym rat who can play the game, and expect your competition to be the same way, then it's time to play ball because All-Pro Basketball has arrived.

All-Pro is true all-court Five-On-Five basketball complete with long-range jumpers, in-your-face stuffs, passes, steals, rebounds, fouls, and even a half-time show.

If you're new to basketball, try the other games. But if you're a real basketball junkie, leave that weak stuff on your home court, and let's get down to the pro game.

Feeling hungry for some red hot B-ball action? Look no further. Vic Tokai's All Pro Basketball has enough basketball action to keep any hoopster happy. This game features true five on five-play action with a variety of different play modes. In Tournament action you take your team through a series of games as you head for the championships. In regular play you can go head to head with a friend.

And if you're a couch potato there's a demo mode that lets you kick back and enjoy the action. Choose from eight different teams, each with different special skills-whether it be a great offense, defense, or better shooting inside or outside. Within each team the players also have differing abilities in such areas as stamina, shooting ability, speed and strength. To add realism the players tire during the game and it's up to you to sub-in fresh players and send the others to the bench. Realistic refs call fouls including charging, traveling, back court, and over and back. Other game highlights include five different slam dunk scenes and a snazzy half time show. So grab your favorite hi-tops and head for the courts.

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