Legendary athlete Michael Jordan lends his talents to a basketball team comprised of Looney Tunes characters in Space Jam for PC. Based on the 1996 movie, Space Jam is closely modeled after the NBA Jam series of arcade-style hoops action. As a member of the TuneSquad, your goal is to defeat the hulking, bruising Monstars in either two-on-two or three-on-three play from a side-view perspective. Fill your roster with such stars as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, and Yosemite Sam, each individually rated in speed, shooting, and rebounds. In between quarters, you can participate in various mini-games to build up your team's attributes. Battle the computer in a five-match Intergalactic Tournament, team-up with a friend for cooperative play, or challenge a rival to a head-to-head match.
In the realm of PC basketball, there's not much variety per se; the choices are usually somewhere between mediocre and NBA Live (and more than likely closer to the mediocre side of things). So right off when someone sets out to make a b-ball game that isn't a clone of all the others, there's something worth commending. Especially if they add Looney Tunes into the sport. And frankly, if it weren't for the inclusion of Bugs, Daffy, Elmer and the gang (and that Jordan guy too...), Acclaim's Space Jam would be a wipe out as a basketball game (well OK, as a game period). As far as arcade hoops go, this ain't no NBA Jam.
Not to say that it's not entertaining at all, because it does have some fun value and is sure to appeal to the younger set. You play three on three against or as the vile Monstars team to try to win the championship and keep toon-dom happy everywhere. Or something to that nature. The game throws in simplistic bonus rounds to gain power-ups (help Daffy find Michael's shoes in the first scene, along with his pants and shirt. Ooo, sounds appealing). The control is simple enough, though the only six-button gamepad Space Jam will accept is the Gravis GrIP. Commendably, the game does offer six player network support which gives it a whole new appeal when you can whale on your buddies as Bugs, Taz, and/or Yosemite Sam (among others).
Graphically the game is not exactly sterling, with its low res graphics and barely enough frames of animation to convey actual movement. The sound is decent, though commentary is much lamer than you'd think a Looney Tunes game would warrant. Overall, there's an appeal here based strictly on the characters you can play, but it's pretty minor considering the throw rug treatment such an otherwise great concept was given.
Based on the movie of the same name, Space Jam centres around an invasion of Looney Tunes land by tiny aliens. The fate of the Tunes is to be decided by a basketball game, and for this the aliens turn into the huge, evil Monstars.
The game is about two thirds basketball sim and then minigames are stuck in to fill all the gaps. You can play as the Monstars or the Looney Tunes who have the help of Michael Jordan. The basketball games themselves come in two flavours, two-on-two and three-on-three.
Successful completion of the minigames upgrades your character's abilities on the court. There are several - one involves finding MJ's basketball togs, one is a space race in the style of the retro Micro Machines games. There are about five minigames in all, and a player from both teams participates.
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