Takin' It to the Hoop

a game by Aicom Corporation
Genre: Sports
Platform: PC Engine
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Takin' It to the Hoop
Takin' It to the Hoop
Takin' It to the Hoop
Takin' It to the Hoop

The first 16-Bit basketball game to appear is on the Turbo and does it ever look great! You control an entire team of players against a friend or a group of computer-controlled players. Takin' it to the Hoop incorporates several different screens, including a scrolling court, wide variety of players who each have their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as reserve players and different forms of offense and defense allow you to tailor this game from beginning to end. There are even tournament and league play options! The game's strong point is its exceptional graphics, however, with the close-up slam dunk and free throw animations especially detailed. For basketball fans, this Turbo card is a must!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Takin' it to the Hoop is the first of the 16-Bit basketball contests. Hoop uses comical caricatures of all the players, who each possess different abilities and weaknesses, while on the court. This colorful display turns into a highly detailed and fully animating cinemascope whenever a player goes for a slam-dunk or shoots on the free-throw line. Additional options expand the game into full league tournaments or offer multiplayer combo play.

People say:

6.0

Takin' it to the Hoop looks great in the close-ups, but has a few too many pastels during regular play. Once you get the basics of moving and passing the ball down, the game becomes interesting, but unfortunately it becomes repetitive as well. Playing a game is O.K. - playing a season is tedious.

8.0

A fantastic basketball game! Not as fast-paced as Double Dribble, but with graphics that are considerably better, Hoop puts more personality into play with a whole bench of back-ups. Close-up shots are highly detailed and uses different angles. The best basketball game to date.

6.0

Another video game basketball game that looks good and has new features for league play, but is no where near as fast or action-packed as my favorite video basket game, Double Dribble. If you absolutely need a basketball game, and all you have is the Turbo, then get it.

7.0

Takin' it to the Hoop looks great, but plays just like any other basketball game on the market. The options for team changes are good, but the whole thing simply plays too slow to develop any real "action". Not bad, but not that thrilling either.

No way a video game compares to real basketball, right? Well, in your face! Aicom's Takin' it to the Hoop offers all the excitement, strategy, and action of B-ball on the Turbo-Grafx-16.

You don't get NBA players, but you may be able to represent your favorite city. You can lead Honolulu, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, New York, or Miami into tournament, league, or exhibition play. Challenge the computer or hook up a TurboTap to take on a friend.

You Make the Calls

You're a player/coach, so you'll select the starting five from a 12-man roster and make substitutions throughout the game. You can actually play all five players at once by quickly switching among them. Shoot, dribble, steal, pass, take freethrows, and slam dunk. Players are rated on stamina, speed, shooting ability, passing prowess, and defensive skills.

Up Close and Personal

Take the ball in for a slam dunk and the view automatically switches to a vivid closeup of your mid-air acrobatics. Too bad,' you can't put on slamma' jamma' moves a la ffipItoJordan or Dominique Wilkins. But if you're in traffic, get set for intense above-the-rim action-defensive players can stuff a jam! Want more close-up graphics? Draw a foul. No foul shot is a gimme, it takes timing. You gauge your shooting accuracy with a power meter at the bottom of screen gym rats know there's no " substitute for an honest-to-good-mess game of hoops. But Takin' It to the Hoop has all the thrills, none of the spills, and some top notch video roundball. Call time out and give it a try.

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