5 on 5 Pro Basketball born from the golden era of sports games. This spiritual successor to the 8-bit ballers bridges the gap between retro and today’s simulation games. Side-scrolling, sweaty arcade action with simplified 3-button gameplay and retro vibes galore.
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Apr 17, 2018
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Basketball Classics is a dream project for two die hard fans of retro sports games. This is the game that we always wanted to play. Now, we are looking for your help to expand the audience.

We at Namo Gamo need to hear from you. During the past 2 years of development, Basketball Classics has evolved with the help of our friends and family. At each play test, we uncover flaws that we simply couldn't find on our own. But most importantly, we are given super valuable advice that we have used to improve the game.

Our hope is that Early Access will give you a chance to take part in the exciting development process, and allow you to try the game at a discounted rate.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are down to the wire, in the fourth quarter, backs against the wall, and the clock is ticking. But honestly, this game shouldn't be in early access for long. We are projecting full release of the game by May or June of this year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“These are the features that we want to see in the final release:

Full season play and stat tracking for more single player content.
Online Multiplayer
More Arenas
2018 Roster
Cinematic Ending and Credits to Story Mode
Achievements
Trading Cards/Badges”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We hope you enjoy the game in its current state. Single player, or local multiplayer options are available with controller support. With a massive selection of teams from various regions, choose from over 10 seasons of rosters filled with attribute-rich players. Our play tests have been largely stable, but the occasional bug may pop up.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will be discounted during Early Access. We hope this provides an incentive for early adopters of the game. The full release will include more content which we feel justifies a higher price. That full content becomes available at no extra charge to those who buy the game in this early stage.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We set out to make the first basketball game to have fast paced, arcade action, with 5-on-5 gameplay and a dynamic play calling system. A timeless retro vibe is a must, but we want the game to appeal to all ages. Beyond that, we are open to any suggestions!

Send us your comments, criticisms, and any bugs you come across. Don't expect to have all ideas implemented into the game, but you can bet that we will be listening. We haven't had a play test yet that didn't result in changes, updates, and improvements to the game.

Please leave a review or contact us directly. We are eager to hear from you.”
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August 14

Version 0.7.0 available now!

kschhhhh - Release v0.7.0 uhhh 9er, you are cleared for takeoff.

We are super excited to announce the biggest change yet to Basketball Classics: two brand new dynamic dunk systems! Outmaneuver your opponent in style while catching some serious hang time. Or, shock the crowd with a miraculous chasedown block. These changes not only add variety visually, but change the gameplay in a big way.

The new interactive dunk system puts you in control of the dunk, enabling you to move freely in the air to create dunks on the fly (Reverse Double Clutch, oh yeah, it's in there), all while you avoid the defender to slam it home!

We owe a huge thanks to you for the feedback within our forums, input from the NLSC group, and a fantastic write up from the Retro Sports Gamer crew. We feel these additions transform Basketball Classics and it would never have happened without your help!

Then above all, we want to send a BIG shout out to Akihiko Shimoji. As lead programmer of the masterpiece Tecmo Super Bowl, Akihiko has proven himself to be one of the leading innovators in the history of video games. We searched out his help, hoping to make Basketball Classics an impactful entry into the world of gaming. These changes were largely motivated by his humble advice and insight.

Hopefully you feel as we do, that these changes enhance the gameplay and involve players in new creative ways, while still maintaining the retro appeal that we all love!

On with the release notes:

NEW
– Two new dunk systems: interactive and chasedown!

UPDATED
– Defender improvements: smarter AI, a little bit quicker, adjustments to the speed ramp
– AI and difficulty tweaks across the board based on user feedback

BUG FIXES
– Fixes a rare crash involving timeout menus
– Bug fixes for player speeds, visual glitches, etc.

Please give it a try and let us know what you think! As always, find us in the Community Hub or on Twitter/Instagram @namo_gamo.

Talk soon!
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May 26

Version 0.6.6 available now!

Hey everybody!

We just put up v0.6.6. It has 4 substantial changes that people are asking for. Here are the release notes:

NEW
– Assist tracking - make that quintuple double official!

UPDATED
– Speeds up pick setters when calling plays - should address some issues we've seen in some of your user gameplay videos (yes, we watch them!)
– Updates airball mechanics - no more automatic turnover

BUG FIXES
– Fixes an issue causing occasional full court shot attempts when grabbing a defensive rebound

Try it out and holler at us! As always, find us in the Community Hub or on Twitter/Instagram @namo_gamo.

Talk soon!
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About This Game

5 on 5 Pro Basketball born from the golden era of sports games. This spiritual successor to the 8-bit ballers bridges the gap between retro and today’s simulation games.



  • Side-scrolling, sweaty arcade action
  • Simplified 3-button gameplay
  • Decades of rosters with 175+ teams
  • 900+ players with individualized attributes
  • Seamless play calling
  • Sensational cut scenes
  • 1-Player Story Mode unlocks secret teams
  • Scream-inducing local multiplayer
  • Retro vibes galore
  • No virtual currency. No pay-to-win. No micro transactions. Ever.

Side-scrolling, arcade action is paired with on-the-fly strategy. 3 button gameplay is easy to pick up, but it is the dynamic play-calling that elevates this title beyond just long bombs and acrobatics.

Attribute-rich players make up a vast set of rosters. Dig through decades of teams to find your favorite All-Stars and even unlock the "Legends" in an immersive story mode.

This game is a passion project for us indie developers here at Namo Gamo. We hope you can feel the love put into every pixel, the endless adjustments to stat-driven gameplay, and the genuinely retro sound and music.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4GHz+, AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512MB+
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9+
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4GHz+, AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512MB+
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4GHz+, AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512MB+
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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