The only reason to ever port an arcade-style game like NBA Hoopz
to the home market is because of gameplay, and that's where this baby shines! This ain't your typical NBA game. Hoopz
is a rough, 3-on-3, full-contact version of the real deal. Here 'NBA' definitely stands for 'No Babies Allowed.' And it is here where your favorite athletes are ever so slightly fictionalized, allowing them to make some of the most amazing dunks you've ever seen.
Speaking of dunks, everybody's favorite shot is a major element in NBA Hoopz... and these jams aren't your ordinary everyday 'oh, look, I touched the rim' dunks. Instead, these are the kind of slams that bring down the house... every time! Did I mention that the good people at Midway brought in my man, Shaquille O'Neal, to motion-capture his post moves? Yepper, and you'll definitely feel the rattling of the rim as you dominate the paint.
One of the best features of NBA Hoopz is the ability to play with up to 6 players (5 players with one Multitap, 6 players with two) for the ultimate party game. Highlights included in NBA Hoopz are player and team editing, the ability to select your position (guard, forward, center), tons of players from real NBA teams, and my favorite, very fast gameplay with easy to use controls. Another cool feature is the ability to test your NBA knowledge with trivia questions that reward you with extra player attribute points to disperse among your teams. Also included is the ability to create a tournament or play any number of games (up to 82) in Season mode. The best part of playing a full season is that unlike NBA simulation games, Hoopz games get over very, very quickly, so it won't take you long to get through the entire season.