Not exactly Magic
Magic Johnson's name has been attached to a trio of games over the years, with Omni-Play Basketball and Super Slam Dunk standing alongside this middle-of-the-road effort. It's not a bad basketball game as such, it's just a little lacking in the presentation stakes and pales somewhat in comparison to later efforts such as NBA Jam or NBA Live. It's not an overly detailed game but does make up for it providing some pretty fast paced fun, although it's likely to be forgotten quite quickly. The main mode of gameplay on offer here is a two-on-two piece of slam dunking action, which ups the speed stakes quite considerably. Each round lasts the usual three minutes and takes place on a side-scrolling full court. You can switch between players at will, simply with the touch of a button, while there are also options to play against up to three human opponents. There's no management elements to speak of but your goal is to win enough games so that you can move up salary levels, although there's little real point to this, other than to act as a sort of replacement for a high score table. You have five difficulty levels to choose, which see you playing against faster, smarter teams but with the rewards getting increasingly higher. As far as simple, fast basketball games go, this is distinctly average stuff. The visuals aren't bad but are a little lacking in personality, despite Magic's presence. It's certainly quite fun though and delivers a reasonable amount of high speed hijinxs. At the end of the day though, it just proves to be a little forgettable, making it fun for a brief time only.