Omni Play Basketball
Copyright/Publisher: Mindscape/SportTime/Designstar Consultans Inc.,
Release Year: 1989, Genre: Basketball, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
As the SportTime coach you must train, recruit, and trade players in an attempt
to become the best team in the league.
When you're happy with the team it's time to start the SBA league, playing
against numerous computer teams. Here, you have the option of coaching, playing,
or letting the computer or a second player control either of these activities.
Coaching decisions include both defensive and offensive tactics as well as
substitutions (these are unlimited). If you choose to also play, you can have
limited control over the ball-carrier, choosing when to pass or shoot.
Defensively, you can choose when to 'double team' (put two markers on) an
The game is viewed from the end of the court, only one half of the court being
shown at one time. Other optional modules are available which allow you to play
Side View games, and compete in College, Pro, and Fantasy Leagues.
There are loads of options and statistics (nine seasons' worth!) in this but
what seems at first sight to be a complex sports sim is suprisingly simplistic
in actual match play. I'd also have preferred more control over the players
than all those coaching options.
After reading the huge instruction manual and waiting for the incredibly
slow multiload I was ready to fall asleep. Unfortunately, the simple selection
of tactics and very limited player control failed to wake me up. Graphics
or sonics are equally unimpressive and the way the view of the court flips
round when you cross the halfway line is totally disconcerting.