Basketball may be one of the most accessible sports in the world which is why it's appeared in so many video games like Basket Random. Physics is a huge part of the game since it involves a lot of angles, force, and balance just to be a decent player. The thing about Basket Random is that the physics are both working with and against you while you yourself have very little control over what happens. In a sense, the game lives up to its title but that makes it all the more enjoyable whether you're playing against someone or just trying to defeat the computer players. Just try not to rage too hard.
About Basket Random
There are so many basketball video games ranging from overly authentic to utterly ridiculous, and Basket Random is definitely leaning toward the latter. This isn't a bad thing however since it can be a fun little activity with just the right amount of competitiveness. The true beauty is that you don't even need to know anything about basketball in order to play. Both the presentation and the controls are clear cut so you'll know exactly what to do in the first few seconds. The randomness of the physics adds variety and a degree of strategy to your play style.
How to Play
Basketball can seem like a complex game with lots of rules and moves, but this game may have gotten it down to the bare minimum. Specifically, the entire game is played with just one button. This changes when playing with another player like so:
Left Team Controls
- W - Jump/Shoot
Right Team Controls
- Up Arrow - Jump/Shoot
Each side has a team consisting of two players. The button controls both players simultaneously, but their positions can change based on game factors and interaction. In order to grab the ball, a player's arms need to come into contact with it. To move either left or right, the player's model needs to tilt in that direction (due to physics or contact with other players) and then you have to jump. Players can steal the ball from each other by coming into contact with arms close to the ball. The goal is to jump and shoot the ball into the opposing basket to score points. The first team to 5 points wins.
Tips and Tricks
Just like its namesake, this game relies a lot on randomization but there are things you can control. When you jump and land, that allows your player to start tilting to give them more mobility. In terms of ball possession, you should never jump too early when the opponent has the ball and never shoot too late when you have it. The distance and arc of the ball are dependent on how high you jump and the moment you let go of the ball (release the jump button).
Basket Random Game Modes
While you can't control the factors that come into play, each round has a chance to introduce several elements which change how the game is played:
- Ball - The ball's properties change to make it lighter, heavier, faster, or slower which greatly affects shots.
- Court - The court's properties can change to reduce or increase the amount of friction which greatly affects jumps and movement.
- Uniforms - An aesthetic change that affects how the players dress.
- Head - This changes the size of players' heads which greatly affects their balance.
- Arms - This changes the length of players' arms which greatly affects their reach as well as the range of their shots.
- Hoop - The hoops' properties change affecting their height or size making shots easier or more difficult.
- Developer: RHM Interactive
- Platforms: Web Browser (PC and mobile)
- Languages: English
Is Basket Random a pickup game?
While this game is based on Basketball, it's more akin to a casual (pickup) game of the sport rather than a professional one. The most official rule in play is getting the ball out of bounds, which resets the ball.
Games similar to Basket Random
Being based on a popular sport, this title is part of the Basketball Games category on GamePix. Checking it out will show you some other games like Basketball Stars, Bouncy Dunk, and Ragdoll Mega Dunk.