World Basketball Manager (WBM) is a basketball strategy game. It uses the same game-play principles as most soccer management games do. Entering the game, the player creates his manager profile and he is hired as the general manager of a basketball club and his task is to improve the team’s performance by analyzing the facts and making...
User reviews: Mixed (69 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 21, 2010
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About This Game

World Basketball Manager (WBM) is a basketball strategy game. It uses the same game-play principles as most soccer management games do. Entering the game, the player creates his manager profile and he is hired as the general manager of a basketball club and his task is to improve the team’s performance by analyzing the facts and making the right decisions. He controls the various club departments funding (medical, training facilities, youth academy), transfers, contracts, training and of course when the match day comes, he will have to select the team lineup, create the most appropriate strategy and find the way to victory by countering the opposing manager’s plans.

As the season progresses, the manager will receive feedback from press, fans, players and administration. Also score that ranks him among the world's managers. And later on, job offers - even national teams!

Key features:

  • W.B.M. covers all major basketball action in the world
  • Easy to use Editor gives full access to the database
  • WBM features an incredibly well-balanced, real-time match algorithm, with realistic results and challenging A.I.
  • Managers have control of all the actions that their real-life counterparts have
  • Player, team, manager and tournament history records
  • Available in 11 different languages

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista Sp1 or later
    • Processor: Pentium IV or equivalent
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D card
    • Hard Drive: 500MB free hard disk space
    • Sound: Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game has been uninstalled on My PC since the first 143 seconds of opening it up. I'm not sure I would even call this a "game" as it is more like a powerpoint presentation. Windows notepad is more fun than this program. The menu is horrid, the grammar is horrid, player names are spelt incorrectly.

I still see this in my game library at times and have even googled "how to dis-own a steam game" because it insults my library by just being there in the list.

If I didn't already own this game, and Steam were forceably giving it to people with an option of paying $2 to NOT own it, then I would pay.

That is how bad it is. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I left a longer review on the newer version of this game, World Basketball Tycoon (or WBM Tycoon), which I still didn't recommend (it looks a bit nicer and has some other fun features and less bugs but still no tutorial.)

This one is absolutely obtuse, no tutorial, worse UI, and best of all keeps crashing on me or bugging out. Sorry, nope.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Steam gave me this game for Christmas in 2011, and despite being completely FREE, it's not worth playing.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
This game saved my life! I was planning on ending it but my friend gifted me this game. I started playing and at first I thought it was dumb. Then it hit me this game lets me control players. So, I recemmend you play this game!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
No real names, ugly looking. Not fun.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Pro: nothing

Con: everything

Worse game I've gotten on Steam.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
really pretty game ;-;
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
210.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I played vidya weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of the steam store,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently jamming, slamming at my bedroom door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `dribbling at my bedroom door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

And the faint echoes of earthen dribbling had come ascertain
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`'Tis my mother entreating entrance at my bedroom door -
My dear mother entreating entrance at my bedroom door; -
This it is, and nothing more,'

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Mum,' said I, `or father, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came slamming,
And so faintly you came jamming, jamming at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you' - here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a slammin’ somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,' said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, then return to games once more -
Let my heart be still a moment and then to games once more; -
'Tis my mum and nothing more!'

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a hop-step and flutter,
In there stepped Charles Wade Barkley of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, over mien head and body, dunked above my bedroom door -
Dunked upon a mini hoop just above my bedroom door -
Dunked, then stood, and nothing more.

Then this ebony man beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Yo, thy game be weak and lackin’, thou,' he said, `be thee slackin’.
Playing these games that do not feature dunkin’ and 3 point scores –
You shall play World Basketball Manager and nothing more!’
Quoth the Barkley, `Nothing more.'

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,' said I, `I have other options of the steam store,
So many games I have master and many yet thereafter
To play just one video game would surely begin to bore –
Till the game had worn out oneself to become an eyesore’
‘Nay’, I said, ‘I will play more.'

But Barkley began jamming with his ball he was slamming,
Slam dunked over my head which had sent me to my bedroom floor;
Then, upon thoughts retrieving, I betook myself to seeing
The dunking would not cease if I not accept Barkley’s chore
Upon which I would play just World Basketball, and nothing more
Quoth the Barkley, `Nothing more.'

This I sat engaged in passing with each hour amassing
Began to wear and tear at me, shaking my soul’s very core
This and more I sat playing, and my thoughts began fading
Into dribbling, passing, shooting, and increasing my team's score,
The night began to cede day, thine eyes began to glossen o’er,
Sleep I shall, ah, nevermore!

Then, me thoughts finally gathered, finally awaken to this hazard
For a moment braver than the peril of a dunk once more.
`CHARLES,' I cried, `by which God hath sent thee - by whichever name I do plea!
Respite - respite that I may play this video game no more!
There are a wondrous many games mein youth hath yet to explore!'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

`Barkley!' said I, `thing of evil! - mercy parts, if man or devil! -
Thou cannot expect that I dunk in this game anymore,
Part my freedom Round Mound, Sir Charles of the Rebound
No less than a ‘undred hours played as you have implore -
Please, please I cannot hit more baskets, release me I implore!'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

`Barkley!' said I, `thing of evil! – curse thee balded devil!
I am Canadian, it is hockey that I should adore -
I need ice- not floors wooden, equip with skates- not Air Jordan’s.
Why task me with hours of fade shots and layups to shoot for -
By which sin, wickedness, or folly am I answering for?'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

`No more of this defensive guarding, dribbles, or dunks,' I shrieked upstarting -
`Get thee back into the court and leave me to games once more!
Leave me so my soul unbroken may have rest for yet a moment!
I beg you Barkley, leave me and do not dunk upon my door!
I wish to live free; to marry, grow old, and see the sun once more!'
Quoth the Barkley, `Nevermore.'

And the Barkley, never flitting, still is dribbling, still is dribbling
On the soft echoing boards laying still on my bedroom floor;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Basketball - and nothing more!
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
THIS ISN'T EVEN A ♥♥♥♥ING GAME LOL
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game doesnt work. Do not bother getting it
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
There's no game in this.
There's no way to sanely navigate the menu, and some of the buttons are broken.

Spend your money on bubble gum instead of this.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Avoid this at any cost, even in sale. The game is as deep as a plate and as appealing as Excel lite in red, means you could have more fun with Excel. Overall this is just an ugly RNG with no indepth.
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This is a very nice game but I recommend it only to die hard "Old School" manager games fans. The rest better stay away from this.
Also the steam version of the game is buggy. You must apply the following fix in order to play the matches:
1. Disable temporarily windows UAC. (Here is how: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/turn-user-account-control-on-or-off )
2. Download www.wbmgame.com/files/registerdx8.zip
Unzip inside "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\world basketball manager 2010" and double click. Note that if you are using Vista or Windows7 you must right click the file and select "Run as administrator"

This is from the official website FAQ & Tech Support: www.wbmgame.com
There is also a 2014 version there that is bug free.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Quite confusing menus and can't start a match because an error keeps popping up, lucky i got this very cheap
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
WBM series is currently the best basketball manager game, but this 2010 version is pretty old and also the steam setup has some bugs that don’t exist in the official version.

Although that you can give it a try for the low price that steam offers it, it would be better to buy the new World Basketball Manager Tycoon version here on steam, or just download the WBM 2014 from the official website. They offer a 2 days free trial which I recommend you play to find out if you like the game, as this is a game only for die hard sport manager fans.

Even if you like sport manager games don’t start playing before to see the tutorial video and read the manual and the strategy guide. This is a very complex old school basketball simulator and you will need all the info included in the manual. But you will be rewarded for your time with a very realistic basketball game simulation and a very challenging A.I. especially inside the games, where you’ll see that the opponent manager will try to answer most of your orders and substitutions as best as he can.

Another huge plus of this game is the big database that let you make a career all around the world.

So for some quick positives and negatives in my opinion:

+
Realistic simulation of the basketball world
Huge selection of Clubs, Tournaments and National Teams

-
Ugly Graphics
No player trades and loans only transfers
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Complete buggy garbage. Stay away.
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19 of 35 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Buggy and unsupported. There are far better Basketball Management games out there. Don't be fooled into thinking this one is the best one simply because it's on Steam. Even at $1 you've wasted your money.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2011
Run, you fools! That's the worst game of the world.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 12, 2012
This is a truly great game. I love it when I can play as the Las Angelus Layker and take Koeby Byrant down the floor and dunk the ball over Shakeel Ohneel or something, just kidding, I haven't played it!
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2011
Steve Jones was in the zone. His managing skills had hit the apex of humanity's feeble, singleminded attempts at managing robotic basketball players on his computer. Staring intently at his Excel spreadsheet detailing down-to-the-decimal statistics about each player, he leaned down to nose level with his desk and snorted an expertly cut line of cocaine without ever taking his eyes off of the computer screen. He needed to manage this team and he needed to manage it faster than the entire world.

"Honey?" his wife said, poking her head into his management domain. She had broken the sacred vows of all basketball manager wives and invaded his spreadsheet galaxy. "I heard screaming earlier. Are you alright?"

Without hesitation, Steve Jones, spreadsheet king, whipped his arm around with a Colt Python in his hand and slaughtered Marla Jones, victim of another basketball management homicide, without looking away from the monitor.
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