I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of sports or sports game. So why would I be reviewing a sports game, you ask? Well it just so happens that Rebounce is a really fun sports game. I think the last sports game I enjoyed was Mutant League Football on the Sega Genesis, and that was back in 1993. You have two options at the start of the game, either the minute round or open court. The minute round has you attempting to make as many shots and as high a score as possible in one minute whereas the open court allows you to practice without a time limit.

You move and aim the ball with the mouse button and you click to shoot with the left mouse button. Spacebar allows you to recover from a fumbled shot or if you’re just not happy with how the current one is going. I found at times it seemed like the shot was just a little too weak or way too strong to make the basket, but that got better with practice. Since the game is controlled by the mouse it’s pretty easy to jump right in and start playing but you may want to start with the open court option to get the hang of shooting the ball.

The game is drawn to look like a basketball court you’d find at most downtown parks, but with nominal details. The most detail you’re going to find is on the basketball itself, but the basket is a floating ring and the net is some white shading below. The buildings are merely a hint of a city skyline and the clouds are basic drawings as well. This was very intentional as the main focus is on the gameplay itself, not on wowing the player with intense graphics or mindblowing animations. You’re just here to shoot some hoops and not have to worry about the game slowing down because of some lens flare from a bypassing car or something like that.

The main menu has a catchy jazz tune playing in the background and this loops repeatedly. Once you get into the game you hear the all too familiar guitar riff from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” mixed with drums and some other beats. This is a great tune to play the game by and I really enjoyed it, but you can always mute the music by pressing “S” if you don’t like listening to it. Sound effects will still play and once you mute the music you can’t unmute it. Something odd I noticed is that even though the menu music loops the game music doesn’t. That would have been a nice addition to have in the game. The music can also serve as an audio reminder in the minute round to see how close to the end you are.

8/10. Simple is good considering the focus of the game.

8/10. Fast-paced shots that can take a fair amount of skill if you want to end up with a high score. Very fun.

7/10. Good source songs and you can mute if you don’t like the music. Audio track in the game should have been looped, though.

7/10. It’s like playing a timed game of Horse with yourself.

7/10. The controls work well for what’s being provided but even with practice it still felt like some shots were based on luck.

A pretty fun game that provided for a lengthy amount of entertainment. 7/10

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