Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 5

Sound: 2

Gameplay: 2

Overall: 2


Failing provide either the basket or the brawl the title insinuates is included, Basketbrawl is a mess. The combination of different gameplay mechanics fails simply because neither of them is actually fun. Of the few sports titles on the Lynx, this is hardly the one worth playing.

basketbrawllynx.bmp (439678 bytes)A mix of one-on-one and two-on-two gameplay, this oddity lets players choose from a small group of people dumb enough to enter into these loose sports contests. The basketball portion of the game is simply awful. Shooting is based entirely on luck. Shots from 15 feet will fall just as easily as ones right under the basket. There's no skill involved.

A teammate hangs out along the sideline. He'll occasionally make an entrance and wail away on your opponent. The same of course goes for the opposing team. This is as random as the jump shots, since your own player will seemingly become bored enough to throw a few punches at his own player.

As broken as all of that is, the fighting doesn't help. Various weapons litter the court, and picking them up will obviously do more damage than a standard punch. There's also a jump kick, all used to knock the ball from the player in control. It's hard to judge where you're on the court compared to the other player, and collision detection is hardly generous. The non-factor audio doesn't help.

Combine this with the blocky graphics (the court is nice at times) and playing this is as painful as anything that happens to the players. The idea was done better by Arch Rivals a few years previous, though minus the weapons. This Lynx exclusive only made NBA Jam that more appealing when it was released.


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Last updated: Friday, September 09, 2005 02:01 PM