Developer: Moconso Technologies
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Some games are so extraordinarily simple that it’s difficult to know what to say. 1201 Basketball is one such game. That’s not to say that it isn’t quite fun, it’s just very, very simple in its execution.

The object of the game is simple – shoot some hoops. Score as many baskets as possible in 60 seconds. Doing this is a simple matter of using your finger to propel the ball to the basket. It’s simple and it’s fast paced, at least if you want the highest scores possible. The more ‘great’ hits you make, the more seconds are added to the clock too.

That is truly all there is to 1201 Basketball. The physics engine works well enough that no hit ever feels glitchy or unlikely, and there’s a certain amount of skill required in scoring.

There’s a loose medieval theme tied to proceedings. I’m not entirely sure why admittedly but this only goes so far as offering a medieval (ish) backdrop and themed music. The music grates after a while though so you’ll find yourself switching the sound off.

There’s Game Center support too meaning you can compare your high scores to others. It’s frankly terrifying how huge some of the scores are on the leaderboards and I’m genuinely impressed at some people’s efforts.

It would have been nice to see Game Center be implemented a bit more, such as with the addition of achievements for example. Other than this though, it’s a fun little game. It’s the sort of game you might find yourself dropping into for five minutes here or there, when you don’t have the time to devote yourself to a more involving game. It’s also well priced thanks to being less than a cup of coffee and an easy purchase to make.

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