Basketball is played by giant robots, right? I must confess the sport is something of a blind spot for me, being raised in Blighty, so I’ll trust entirely in Crawl developers Powerhoof and their free video game adaptation Regular Human Basketball [official site], which is out now.
Basketball, I have learned from playing, is a local multiplayer sport for 2-10 players who scamper around inside a giant robot mashing buttons trying to make them move around, activating their wheels and magnet arms and rocket boosters, with the goal of slamming hot robodunks.
Powerhoof say it’s “inspired by the simple controls of QWOP and the relaxing co-operative gameplay of Spaceteam” which… yes. It is certainly like those things.
As happens in regular human basketball all over the world, matches in the video game are between two teams and their giant two-wheeled, magnet-handed, rocket-boosted mech. Their insides are teensy little platformer levels with ten buttons that control direction, rotation, power, and other key basketball robot functions. Coordination is tricky, which I imagine is why people find the sport so exciting, right? That and the towering robots.
I think I understand now why universities in the USA go so wild for basketball.
Regular Human Basketball is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux from Itch.io.