The Bottom Line
- customize coach, association, college, defense, offense, and more
- recruiting is a tough job!
- manage and/or watch a game
- in-depth, lots of choices to about your team
- a few bugs, none major
- no-game tutorial, you'll have to read the manual
- Developer: Grey Dog Software
- Sports management game with the focus being on college basketball.
- Customize the school, team, logo, and coach to your preferences.
- Customize the coach properties, get job offers from colleges, and choose your first contract.
- Choose between which defenses and offenses your team will use most often.
- Recruit players by calling them, watching tape and lives games, hosting a visit, and more.
- Scout potential recruits and colleges on your schedule to learn their strengths and weaknesses.
- Decide what teams should work on in practice with the Practice Coach.
Guide Review - "Total College Basketball" Review
The concept behind "Total College Basketball" is simple. You take on the career of college basketball coach, and determine the goals and attributes of the coach. Not just the physical attributes, but the coach's overall attitudes as well. After the coach is created, colleges around the United States will offer you a contact. Each college has different goals and offers a different number of years and pay.
Once you are at the school, your job will focus on recruiting (choosing which players to recruit and how), setting up the team’s overall strategy, how the team spends their time practicing, and if you choose, managing each game. Recruiting players is my favorite part of the game. The thrill of the chase kept me checking on the recruits regularly. Some recruits won't come to your school no matter what you do, as they desire a quality your college does not have.
Text management games do not have a lot of action in them. Because you can’t see your players in action it can be difficult to get attached and start to like any of them. Managing each game helps with this. "Total College Basketball" is not for everyone, a small group of gamers who love statistics and basketball.