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 (37) - 91% of the 37 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. Our plan is to transition out of Early Access in Aug/Sep 2019.”

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
- 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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July 31

Version 0.8.1 available now!

Hey all!

A ton of big moves going on with Basketball Classics that we are excited to announce.

Roster additions:
3 new seasons have been added to the roster. That means another 240 new players spanning 48 teams, complete with new uniforms and individualized attributes.

We hope you enjoy exploring the new 1995, 2011, and 2019 rosters. Time to hone your skills with one of your new favorite teams in Season Mode!

No, we haven’t added karate into the game. We are talking about those beloved members of the locker - Sneakers. High tops. Cross trainers. Shoes.

Watch out for signature footwear on some of the best players in the game. Certain teams have even coordinated their styles. This is just one more way to make our players as diverse visually, as they are in ability.

We are fast approaching full release on Steam. It has been a pleasure to hear from you and we take your comments seriously. Let us know what you think!
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June 29

v0.8.0 - SEASON MODE!

Hello friends, fans, and newcomers!

We finally have the feature so many of you have asked for: SEASON MODE!

It has been our goal to set up a rich single-player experience. It had to be something beyond Story Mode and quick exhibition games. This had to have a progression that would lead to a satisfying end.

Season Mode is a single-player experience that lets you choose any year, pick your favorite team, then play against each of the remaining 15 teams. Stats can be reviewed from each game, whether it was played or simulated. Then, all individual stats are recorded throughout the season. This allows you to see who the league leaders are in any category, at any time.

At the end of the regular season, an announcer will present the MVP, DPOY, and the top teams from each conference. Then, watch your team's progression through a bracket challenge in the postseason. Once you fight your way to the finals, finish by hoisting the trophy for all your adoring fans.

Your opponent's difficulty will increase with each game, helping you to naturally improve your skills. So when you do finally take home the trophy, you can be certain that you have really earned it. But don't stop after you get your first ring! You have 10 fingers after all. Play through multiple seasons at the same time using the retro inspired menu.

We think you're going to love this huge new feature! Check it out and let us know your thoughts. Your input is always so valuable to us.

Also included in this update:

Stat tweaks
AI improvements
Bug fixes
General speed increase
Difficulty tweaks

Much more on the way! ;)

Dave and Josh
Namo Gamo
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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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