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The Globetrotter panache isn't completely neglected by developer Full Fat, but for the Globetrotters, flair shouldn't be something that's added on to the package. Instead, it might have been better to use basketball as a backdrop for a completely different type of game, like what Nintendo did with the Eyeshield 21 games in Japan. Something like a trick match or dunk contest in NBA Street would have been far more in keeping with the team's character than a run-of-the-mill two-on-two basketball game.
Harlem Globetrotters World Tour is not likely to stick in the minds of many gamers. When there are so many other basketball titles out their that up the bling-bling factor and offer better gameplay, perhaps the Globetrotters should have invested in a game more suited to their forte, one focused on courtside comedy instead of competition. This is perhaps a difficult formula, but then again, anything has to be better than playing a basketball game crafted from a ten year-old formula.
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It really does seem that all the effort here was spent obtaining and paying for the licence, very little attention has been paid tot he gameplay itself. For a basketball game that is looking to emulate either success of the likes of NBA Jam, it really needed to nail the play dynamic up front before fleshing it out with other niceties like pretty graphics. Whilst you may get a bit of entertainment here if you are a hardened basketball or Harlem' fan, the rest of the gaming populace should steer well clear.
Most exciting (hah!) of all is the addition of multiplayer. Unfortunately a game card is needed for each DS, meaning you’ll need a friend silly enough to also own a copy. Otherwise, World Tour remains the same. Graphics, music, sound effects and gameplay are identical to the GBA edition. The DS’s X and Y buttons remain sadly unused. All in all, the alterations are a pretty even mixture of good and bad, resulting in a game that is essentially unchanged, and thus no more worthy of a purchase than before.
Hardly any effort was made to incorporate the Globetrotters license into the game. There aren't any wacky plays or halftime sideshows. You'll never see a Globetrotters player hurl a bucket of confetti at the crowd. The titular team does include 26 actual players from the past few years, which is nice, but the roster doesn't include legends like Meadowlark Lemon, Fred "Curly" Neal, or "Sweet" Lou Dunbar. Those guys appeared in the 1970's cartoon series and in multiple Scooby-Doo! episodes! It's also disappointing that all of the 15 other opposing teams are fake squads populated by fictional players. They didn't even bother to include the Globetrotters' current or classic rivals, the New York Nationals or the Washington Generals. Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour for the Game Boy Advance is a complete letdown in every way. It's a crummy basketball game and an insult to the Globetrotters' legacy.
It’s unlikely that you’ll even see this one in stores, but just in case you do, here’s a word of advice: avoid! Forget this one exists. If you need a basketball fix, look elsewhere. Better yet: dig out your 16-bit console and play NBA Jam.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
(Oct 25, 2006)
Harlem Globetrotters World Tour has very little to offer to anyone. It's a stupid, clumsy game that's not fun to play, easy to exploit and bears none of the humor and antics of the team it's based on. The menus and FMV intro are okay, but everything else is awful. Gamers looking for an arcade-style basketball game on the GBA can do better, and fans of the Globetrotters will be confused and annoyed by the absence of everything memorable about the team. Anyone who gets this game as a gift will have more fun making a 3-pointer with it in the trash.
(Mar 26, 2007)
Harlem Globetrotters World Tour has very little to offer to anyone. It's a stupid, clumsy game that's not fun to play, easy to exploit and bears none of the humor and antics of the team it's based on. The menus and FMV intro are okay, but everything else is awful. Gamers looking for an arcade-style basketball game on the DS can do better, and fans of the Globetrotters will be confused and annoyed by the absence of everything memorable about the team. Anyone who gets this game as a gift will have more fun making a 3-pointer with it in the trash.
The replay value is okay when looked at it without examining the game itself. Decent number of unlockables, multi-player, etc. This would be better suited in a game that gets more than a three in gameplay, however. The low quality of this game ultimately kills most replay this game could have. Overall, Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour would be merely looked over as a mid-gen GBA game, but as a mid-gen DS game, it needs to be reamed to Hell and back.
Si la note ne vous semble pas assez parlante, rajoutons-en une couche en évoquant la difficulté mal gérée, la réalisation globale complètement à la ramasse et une jouabilité simpliste. Rien à en tirer et surtout pas un trois points.