A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Gasketball wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
You'll earn points for completing shots in a certain number of tries in the single player game, but if you don't you can keep trying until you succeed. Multiplayer shots are as easy or as difficult as the players set them up to be. The game lacks a tutorial, though, which could confuse some players.
Violence & Scariness
A robot can burn the basketball with his laser, but no violence is implied. He's just trying to help speed things along. Spinning saw blades can cut balls in half, but again, it's not done in a violent manner.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's no sexual content in the game, but opponents in multiplayer matches can send notes to the player; it's possible they could contain sexual references.
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There's no iffy language in the game, but opponents in multiplayer matches can send notes to the player; it's possible they could contain iffy language.
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Products & Purchases
Players can upgrade to a full version of the game for $2.99 -- something the game is very aggressive about promoting.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The game itself has no references to drinking, drugs, or smoking, but opponents in multiplayer matches can send notes to the player; it's possible they could contain such references.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.