What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gasketball is a trick-shot oriented version of the basketball game H-O-R-S-E. Players either replicate shots by the game or play against human opponents through the Game Center social network. Those opponents are able to send messages to players, which could potentially be offensive or inappropriate. The game is free, but pushes hard for players to pay $2.99 to unlock the full version. Players can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players attempt to shoot basketballs into goals, either following the lead of the game's artificial intelligence or other human players. By setting up obstacles (such as barriers, saw blades or pinball flippers), they will also attempt to create shots other (human) players cannot make. In multiplayer, if you fail to make the shot after five tries, you earn a letter. The first to spell \"horse\" loses. (In single-player, you can try as often as you'd like.) Shooting the ball is a matter of flicking it on screen with your finger.
Is it any good?
Gasketball gets it right. It's a game that, despite its lack of a tutorial, is easy to comprehend, but hard to master. That makes it replayable -- and boy will you replay it. The single-player mode is fun, but it's multiplayer where it really shines. Adding a human element to create difficult (sometimes near impossible) shots gives the game a spark of life others are missing.
The constant ads to upgrade to the full version are distracting, but a one-time minimal payment tops the death by 1,000 cuts microtransaction model -- and the price is a good one for the game's quality. This could be your next obsession.