When March madness ended and my beloved Wildcats had clinched their sixth championship, I figured I was due for some sleepno more late-night tournament games, no prowling the Web for scouting reports. But then along came College Slam and the craziness picked up all over again.
This isn't a game for purists. It's cartoonish arcade action, filled with impossible dunks and special-power-up rewards that can send the ball flaming through the hoop or send your star forward into a somersaulting 360-degree windmill dunk. If you want detailed coaching strategy, you'd better take your ball and find another playground.
Pick any of 44 top college teams and go head-to-head or through an entire season. There's also a 16-team tournament mode and a four-team semi-final mode. Up to four players can take the hardwood at one time. In addition, the computer can assist you in making shots and in keeping the score close if you want to use those options.
The perfect college basketball computer game remains undiscovered. But now that the tournament is over, don't take it so seriously. College Slam certainly doesn't.