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What's it about?
BASKETBALL STARS starts with a city street ball scene and a challenge: "Hey, let's see if you can shoot." A tutorial follows, and teens can choose whether they want to stay in practice mode or play against real people, either in a shoot-out or a one-on-one game. Shooting is made easy for beginners, as they simply swipe up to the "Perfect Power" level displayed on the app's visual meter and let it fly. Players get different points for various shots. It's also easy to find someone to play against; the app shows how many players are online at the time of play and matches you to an opponent. Players have to pay an entry fee to get into each game, and the winner takes all. Choose a player and customize his look with what you win in the gym bag, with in-game currency you win, or with real money. Play the Spin & Win game (once daily) to get more in-game currency.
Is it any good?
Hoops fans will appreciate the two fast-paced games on this app, but it gets a technical foul for the heavy push for in-app purchases, the pay-to-play sports premise, and the Spin & Win casino-style game. Even though the easy swipe gameplay and 3-D graphics are obviously attractive to kids, this app seems geared toward an older audience. Though it may score lots of fun points for many sports games enthusiasts, the gambling and purchases make it better for teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about spending real money on games. What are your rules for in-app purchases?
Discuss gambling and its risks. Why do people bet? How do you know when to stop?
Talk about the Spin & Win mini-game, which can only be played once a day and requires no gameplay skill to earn pretend money. Why would the app's developers make a lottery-style game such as Spin & Win part of a basketball app?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases from $0.99 to $99.99)
- Release date: March 16, 2016
- Category: Sports Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 95.20 MB
- Publisher: Miniclip.com
- Version: 1.0.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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