BasketBelle is an experimental 2D basketball-based platformer where each Chapter uses the mechanics and idea of basketball in a different way.
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Very Positive (96 reviews) - 86% of the 96 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 9, 2014

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“A rare sports based game that makes you reflect on life.”
DIY Gamer

“The basketball mechanic looks quite slick but the flashes of narrative [will be] the heart of this one.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

BasketBelle is an experimental 2D basketball-based platformer. Each Chapter of the game uses the mechanics and idea of basketball in a different way. At one point you might be dribbling inside the intestines of a purple blob creature. At others, you're likely to be dunking above the clouds in front of the Parisian moon.

A dynamic soundtrack and unique cardboard visuals help tell the story of a sister who must be saved through the power of basketball.

Key Features

  • Dunk, dribble, and crossover through 8 Chapters spanning throughout the impromptu courts of Paris
  • Each Chapter takes the mechanics of basketball and applies them in different ways. Some chapters are more action, some are more puzzle. And then there are the strange chapters.
  • Music is tied directly to the gameplay, though it's all passively controlled. For example, every time you dribble, you hear a bass hit. Shoot the ball, and the percussion stops.
  • Visuals in the game are a unique mix of cardboard and color, every scene popping off the screen.

Bonus Content

Included with the game! :D

  • The BasketBelle EP: Full Soundtrack + Bonus Tracks (MP3) + Cover Art
  • BasketBelle sketchbook: Full-color PDF including sketches and liner notes
  • Browser version of BasketBelle (playable on Mac and Linux as well, but not through the Steam launcher)
  • Access to Making Of Featurette! (11 min hosted video)

You can find these goodies in the BasketBelle install folder:
(...\Steam\steamapps\common\BasketBelle\Bonus_Content\)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 115 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7, 8
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 115 MB available space
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Very Positive (96 reviews)
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Sgt. Buttersworth [E-308]
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
  • Lovely story.
  • Nice looking.
  • Fine puzzles.
  • Audio is great at some points and annoying at others.
  • Platforming feels clunky. (There isn't too much of it.)
  • Very short. (Less than an hour for me.)

This isn't a masterpiece but it's neat. It's a short and weird journey you probably weren't expecting.
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AliceQuinn
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It's very short, but is very nice. Lots of polish on a very solid game that plays with it's simple mechanics in interesting ways.
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wafiki789
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Very often, weird concepts fall flat. A strange mix of genres such as "puzzle/platforming with basket-ball mechanics" has everything to fail; yet it gave life to a great experimental game. If you like "artsy" experiences that work, this game is a must. It's short and sweet.
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bjwhite211
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Being a basketball fan going in I wasn't quite sure how a basketball platform game would work. The controls are fairly simple, mainly alot of sliding, jumping, and taking jump shots or dunking the ball. The story is kind of crazy but fun, albeit a little short... You may be able to beat this in under 30 minutes. But somehow this odd mesh of sports and platforming puzzler game made it a fairly enjoyable play through. All in all for a quick casual game this was decent enough for me to play through after getting it at a good price in a bundle.
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NamelessHero2222
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The art direction is pretty cool, and the basketball concept is neat. However, the controls are a little clunky, which is really detrimental for a platformer. It also takes less than an hour to complete the game, and the experience leaves something to be desired.
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dnorms
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
BasketBelle is the equivilent to video games as short stories are to fiction; however, this a great short story. Consice and heartwarming like chicken soup for the soul, play this game to regain your humanity after grinding away at a bigger title.
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kumori
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
It's stylish and have a solid theme going, and the basketball play is almost owherwhelmingly cool as you first dive in. But then the platforming begins. It's awkward and sluggish. Hitboxes and controls are inexact to the point where it's painful. And the puzzles doesn't help at all.

From a feeling of "wow, game of the year" to literally ♥♥♥ in less then a minute.

Nice try though. It does have potential.
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mr.e.unknown1442
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
The game is fun. The art style is quite unique. I enjoyed the story. I will look for other games from this creator.
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odiblablaj
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
The best aspect of this game is its presentation: the cardboard visuals is very striking and the music is great as well (I especially loved the track for Chapter 4). The mix of ambient sound and hip-hop beats really sets the tone for the game. However, the gameplay falls apart because of the unresponsive, clunky controls. I felt extremely frustrated playing Chapters 3, 5, 6, and 7 and beating those chapters was based more on luck than skill. The gameplay concept in Chapter 2, combining puzzle-platforming with shooting a basketball, is interesting, but the rest of the chapters were unoriginal (one chapter is basically Flappy Bird). As for the story, it was.. fine? Scrolling through the other reviews I'm clearly in the minority but I didn't find the story particularly memorable, charming, or interesting.

To sum up my opinion, great visuals and music but the gameplay really ruined my experience.
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bFunk
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
Test your memory and remember to press the right buttons at the right time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Very often, weird concepts fall flat. A strange mix of genres such as "puzzle/platforming with basket-ball mechanics" has everything to fail; yet it gave life to a great experimental game. If you like "artsy" experiences that work, this game is a must. It's short and sweet.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
BasketBelle is a game unlike any other. Creativity and concept is using it's maximum potential. Story gives something different than just empty words, instead promise something new and simple. Every chapter changes gameplay completely, but the main goal still remain the same - slam (jam) dunk. It's hard to classify what is going on in here, but smooth plot and sound make everything fits in. Ending give that feeling of insufficiency and after finishing BasketBelle little whisper inside me was awaken - MOAR!

"Made with love and cardboard"

Also little slam Jam included ▼ https://youtu.be/Y-dMSstLDqM
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
What is BasketBelle?

Well, BasketBelle is a simple piece of art where you control your main character with the four arrows and X to use the mechanics of basketball in an easy 2D platform adventure game.

There is not much to say about this game, it is very short but each chapter feels unique. It takes about an hour to play through the game for the first time, and then much less since you know how to do everything. You have to replay the two final chapters at least two times to get all achievements, which is a bit annoying but not too bad if you know what to do. All in all, it takes around 90-120 minutes to get all achievements.

Would I recommend BasketBelle? As a game, no. The gameplay is nice and a bit varied, but it is too short, Once you went through the game, you saw it all, there is no replay value.
As a piece of art, yes. Definitely play through it once, enjoy the (crazy but not too good) story, the art style and how the unusual visuals, the gameplay and the music fit together!

Recommended: Play through it if you have it. If you don't have it, wait for a good sale or skip this title entirely.
(I wished there was a neutral option on Steam, but so I vote yes!)
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
I really enjoyed BasketBelle. One word I would use to describe it is charming. It's a short game, roughly 1 hour, give or take if you try for the final achievement, but it's very well made. This review is a short overview - there's not too much to cover given the game's length, but the execution and charm more than make up for it. Definitely worth playing if you already own it, or if you get on sale - the full price would be fine for people that don't mind game length so much.

The story follows a young lad trying to find/ rescue his sister after she is kidnapped. The story has lots of warm moments, and I was pleasantly surprised how in such a short span of time, such vivid feelings were conveyed. You'll see what happens when you play the game, there's not much to elaborate without giving away everything, but the story was sweet and warm.

The gameplay uses several mechanics of basketball, and the controls are fairly simple - run right and left, slide, and jump-shot. The simple controls are the basis of some puzzles in the game, and overall I found that it made sense that there weren't complicated controls. The levels all have some different settings and layout, and you'll get the general feeling once you play. Again I was impressed with how the devs progressed the levels and story, and they fit together nicely, in such a short span of time.

Overall, I really recommend this game - it's short but the story is charming, the gameplay engaging. This is an example of an indie game made with love and care, and it conveys the feeling to the player well.

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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
If you’ve ever found yourself playing a sports game and thought it might be improved by a touching story and surreal puzzles, I’ve got great news! BasketBelle is a charming, unique, and interesting game that does just that. Essentially a story of a young, dunk-obsessed boy searching for his sister, this short but sweet game offers gameplay that’s entirely its own. With a paper-cutout Paris as its backdrop and a collection of strange, surreal monsters and puzzles, this curious and charming game is truly original and deeply intriguing.

BasketBelle opens with a short narrative bit showing our hero learning the basics of basketball from his father. After a new member of the family, Belle, is introduced, we see our young protagonist practicing his skills with her as she grows. A bizarre happening one day when their beloved orange ball rolls away from the family hoop leads to a mind-bending adventure against tentacle-like monsters, leading our champion on a quest to reunite with his lost sister, overcoming puzzles with his court-earned abilities and attempting to rescue her from the twisting grasp of these unearthly beasts.

BasketBelle, while short, is broken into several chapters, each of which featuring a unique set of rules and challenges to overcome. The first chapter sets up learning how to play and getting the hang of the controls with straightforward basketball action. Later chapters feature everything from block-pushing puzzles to sky-soaring chases, each making use of these same skills and abilities. You’ll run, jump, slide, and shoot your way to the end of each chapter, getting ever closer to finding your lost sister, armed only with her cute yellow backpack and your father’s treasured basketball.

What makes BasketBelle unique is, frankly, nearly everything. With a great, if simple, art style, curious mechanics, and soothing downtempo soundtrack, there’s nothing in the game that seems like anything else I’ve played. While the rules and play within each chapter are consistent, the constant shift from one chapter to the next keeps the play engaging and fresh as you progress. Throwing in a heartfelt story of family and love, this title brings a whole court of imaginative features that stand out as a truly special experience.

With its one-of-a-kind art and play, BasketBelle creates a fantastical, strange, and touching story. While it’s short, the 4,99€ price includes the game, soundtrack, digital sketchbook, and a making-of featurette by developer Bean. You’re not likely to get a ton of play, but by keeping the price low and tossing in these extras, you’re certainly not throwing away your money by picking this one up. A definite recommendation for those with an appreciation of games as art, my only disappointment here is that there’s not more of it to explore.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
I've never been a big fan of sports. Despite being extremely competitive and athletic there's just something about traditional sports that bores me to tears. That said, there's always been something almost ethereal to me about shooting hoops with a basketball, transcending my typical dislike of sports into something simply delightful. BasketBelle sort of taps into that sort of feeling, beginning as a basic basketball game but quickly veering into strange and imaginative directions with only an ever bouncing sphere to keep us grounded.

There's a very heartfelt elegance to BasketBelle, as if the adventure we're going on is as unknown and limitless to the developer as it is to us. Though it takes but thirty minutes to play through, every moment of the experience is so creative and sweetly framed that it conveys a far more meaningful and touching narrative than its brief length would have you expect. The relationship between the nameless protagonist and his little sister, Belle, is beautiful in its playful innocence, not needing to be complex or troubled to turn these faceless purple people into characters I could relate to and which made me smile.

Sure, BasketBelle's gameplay is fairly limited, its controls anything but smooth, and its length incredibly brief, but none of that really mattered to me. The imagination and love flowing through the constantly evolving journey was all I needed to allow me to sink into its gorgeous backgrounds as I dribbled with alien monsters, learned to fly, and bonded with my sister all in time for bed. I would have gladly spent much longer in such a delightful world, but what's here is an almost perfect expression of a developer's odd idea that turned into something rather lovely. Good show, Bean!

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
I like this game. It's clever, has a unique look. and is enjoyable to play.
Worth the price of admission, I think. I wouldn't mind some challenge modes//time attack, but it wouldn't be exactly in the spirit of the story, so I can understand that.

Fair warning: This is a quick game. I don't think it took me an hour to beat.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
A fun short journey about basketball with interestingly unique gameplay.
It's easy to get 100% achievement too.

A definite recommendation.
For the love of cardboxes, you must try this game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
+ Cool idea (basketball + basic platforming)
+ Unique graphics
+ Cute story

- Way too short
- Last level isn't fun
- Underused ideas

[Rating: 62/100]
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
"Dunk for your life and get your daughter back"

Pretty cool basketball platformer in the city of Paris.
A dad is teaching his son for basketball and prepare his daughter Belle for school with a backpack as present. In a sudden moment alien blobs kidnap his daughter. So he must fight in several basketball matches the alien blobs to get her back. The fantasy of this game is brilliant. Like being inside a stomach of an alien blob, fighting against cheating tentacles, flying above the clouds during a storm or climb up the golden Eiffel tower.
Very cool are the dribbling beats that fit perfectly to the soundtrack. And I also liked the dunk mode and the challenging puzzles. The game has 3 different endings. Depends on how many rings you catch at the end scene during a collapsing Eiffel tower. C'est tres jolie ...
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