One of my favourite things about gaming is the fact that it brings us together. Gaming can be a very social experience, and games often unite us in that experience. We sit around the TV or meet up online and we tackle the objectives together. The co-op has always been a very big part of gaming as well, dating back to the platforming days. Of course, with a lot of games co-op really just entails two or more players working together towards a common goal. The real gems are the games that force players to become cogs in a well-oiled machine. Regular Human Basketball does just that – literally.
The premise of Regular Human Basketball is that you and some friends need to jump inside big, unwieldy machines that have been clumsily painted to look like they are giant basketball players, complete with lifeless expressions. It’s very indie game humour; the notion that anyone in their right mind would think that a big, lumbering metal giant with a coat of paint is a human being is comical in its own way, and it’s a premise Regular Human Basketball sticks to rigorously. It’s very ‘welp, nothing to see here, officer’ ‘three kids in a trench coat tryna see an R-rated movie’.
In terms of how the actual game works, the ‘human’ is controlled through a series of button presses. The character you control (a small person in a goofy suit) runs around the innards of the machine and presses buttons that control the movement of the machine and activate things like rocket thrusters and a magnet that holds on to the basketball. It takes precise coordination to work the controls, and the experience is very reminiscent of games like QWOP and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. Regular Human Basketball very much does its own thing though, and the challenge is unique and fun.
The issue is, however, that the challenge is also pretty samey. The game compensates for this by setting its price point pretty low. It’s $5 on Steam right now, and that’s a very fair asking price for a game that basically has the one mode. It does have online, but obviously the online is more for finding buddies that own the game and less for finding lobbies. Still, if you want to have some goofy local multi fun, it’s worth a spin.
Regular Human Basketball was reviewed using a PC digital download code provided by Powerhoof. The game was tested on a PC running Windows 10, with an 8GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 fitted on a 4th Generation Intel i7 4790 3.6Ghz CPU and topped with 16GB of RAM. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published (click here for more information about our review policy).
• Intuitive controls
• Clever co-op mechanics
• Quirky humor
• Not much content
• Online feels underdeveloped