NBA Hangtime

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NBA Hangtime is a 2-on-2 arcade basketball action game following in the footsteps of NBA Jam. All NBA teams, each featuring 4 players to choose from, are included along with fast paced, over-the-top basketball, disregarding the normal rules of the game but including fouls and out of bounds. You can also create your own player, with a collection of body parts and clothing to choose from.

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Average score: 72% (based on 30 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 35 ratings with 1 reviews)

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The Good

  • Simple and Fun Gameplay: NBA Hangtime's gameplay closely resembles NBA Jam, with easy-to-learn controls and fast-paced action. The combination of shooting and turbo allows for spectacular dunks and adds excitement to the game.

  • Multiplayer Excitement: The true joy of Hangtime lies in its multiplayer mode, where playing against friends creates an absolute blast. The intense competition and multiplayer dynamics enhance the game's overall experience.

  • Character Creation Mode: The inclusion of a character creation mode allows players to customize their own unique players, adding a fun and creative aspect to the game.

  • Nostalgic Graphics: While the game's low-resolution 2D sprites may not hold up to modern standards, they have a nostalgic charm that adds to the overall appeal of the game.

  • Smooth Performance: NBA Hangtime runs smoothly on the N64, with no noticeable slowdowns, ensuring an uninterrupted and enjoyable gaming experience.

  • Energetic Sound Effects: The game's music and sound effects, although low quality, contribute to the overall atmosphere and add to the excitement of the gameplay.

  • Diverse Options: NBA Hangtime offers a variety of options, including control configurations, difficulty levels, and sound settings, allowing players to tailor the game to their preferences.

    The Bad

  • Lack of Depth: While the gameplay is enjoyable, NBA Hangtime may lack the depth and complexity found in more realistic basketball simulations. It may become repetitive and lack staying power for those seeking a more intricate basketball experience.

  • Dated Graphics: As an early N64 game, NBA Hangtime's graphics may not impress players accustomed to more visually stunning titles. The low-resolution sprites and supersized character heads may appear jarring, although they have a nostalgic appeal.

  • Limited Single-Player Experience: The game's true fun shines in multiplayer mode, and playing alone can feel less engaging. The initial restriction of controlling only one player on your team, which can be adjusted in the menu, may disrupt the single-player experience.

  • Repetitive Commentary: The game's commentary, while initially enjoyable, can become repetitive after extended play sessions, as the limited phrases start to cycle.

  • Lack of Player Stats: Unlike some other basketball games of its time, Hangtime doesn't provide detailed player statistics or attributes, which might disappoint players seeking a deeper understanding of individual player performances.

    The Bottom Line
    NBA Hangtime is a slam dunk for N64 fans seeking fast-paced arcade basketball action. With its thrilling gameplay, captivating dunks, and addictive multiplayer mode, it offers an engaging and entertaining experience. While it may lack the depth and graphical polish of more recent titles, its energetic presentation and customizable features make it a worthy addition to any basketball gaming collection.

Windows · by WONDERなパン (10202) · 2023


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Director's Cut (N64/PSX versions) Freeman (62402) Jun 1st, 2020



  • EGM
    • November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #5 Best Arcade Games of All Time

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Game added by Kartanym.

Arcade added by yellowshirt. Windows added by Tomaweezi. PlayStation added by Thomas T.

Additional contributors: Alaka, DreinIX.

Game added February 20th, 2003. Last modified September 22nd, 2023.