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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Positive (29) - 93% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
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.

UPDATE (10/22/2018): We really appreciate your patience throughout this process! With all your great feedback, we have been putting more time into areas that we didn't anticipate. This has obviously taken longer than we had hoped. However, we really feel the game is better for it and we are getting much closer to full release.”

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.
More arenas
Updated Rosters
Cinematic Ending and Credits to Story Mode
Story Mode+ for more content
Trading Cards/Badges
Online Multiplayer (dependent on usage and interest)”

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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January 8

Version 0.7.3 available now!

Hey everybody!

Hope you all had a great holiday season!

We just pushed v0.7.3 live. It's another maintenance release as we inch closer to v0.8.0 with season and tournament modes.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone for your reviews, shares, posts, comments, podcasts, articles, streams, gameplay videos, etc. They're all so helpful and encouraging. We love all the feedback we can get and the positive reception has been unbelievable! We had an awesome year and we're looking forward to 2019 with all the challenges and opportunities it will bring!

On with the release notes:

– AI tweaks: Big guys with high dunk stats now look for more openings and drive more often to the hoop for the SLAM DUNK
– Difficulty curve adjustments in the interactive dunk system
– Lots of profile pic changes & additions

– Tons of fixes in the interactive dunk system ie. bugs where Moves Remaining could potentially go below zero; dunks that appeared to be blocked ended up being successful
– Fixed missing W, X, Y, Z letters in team names on the Match Settings screen
– Fixed missing player symbols under all the players (representing stats where the player has a rating above 70)
– Fixed missing star symbols next to stats on the active/highlighted players at the top of the screen (representing when a player is the best player on their team at a particular skill ie. shooting, blocking); keep an eye on these stars for a quick overview of who your strongest players are and where they excel!

Let us know what you think! As always, find us in the Community Hub on Steam or on Twitter/Instagram @namo_gamo.

More soon!

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October 25, 2018

Version 0.7.2 available now!

Hi everyone!

I've just promoted Basketball Classics v0.7.2 from the beta branch to the live store branch. It's mostly a maintenance release to fix some lingering issues with the existing build as we focus on Season and Tournament mode for v0.8.0. We've fixed bugs, tweaked stats, added some secret hidden courts and teams, adjusted balancing, changed some profile pics, updated rosters, and added a new title screen sequence.

Season and Tournament modes are feeling great and getting closer to release! They're just not quite there yet. Expect an 0.8.0 release when those new game modes are ready for the live branch.

We live in a pretty amazing era of game development where we can hop onto youtube and find footage of people playing our game from all over the world! We watch all the streams we can find in order to see how people play Basketball Classics. We watch for areas that can be improved, areas where gamers get confused, and we've even been able to spot bugs, analyze what's causing the bugs, and make fixes based on what we're seeing. Great stuff.

Thanks for playing, streaming, watching, wishlisting, and sharing! It makes all the difference in the world!

Ok, on with the release notes:

– 2 new super secret hidden unlockable courts!
– 2 new super secret hidden unlockable teams!

– Breathed new life into some old player profile pics/animations
– Title screen has the new logo and artwork now

– Fixed a few important bugs involving player speeds triggered by play calling
– Random fixes, including an intermittent menu crash

Please give the new changes a try and let us know what you think! As always, find us in the Steam Community Hub for Basketball Classics 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
  • 1000+ 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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