With the immense popularity that the Philippines Men’s National Basketball Team aka “Gilas Pilipinas” has garnered by competing in the FIBA World Cup 2014 in Spain as well as the 2014 Asian Games, its not surprising that a game be made about the Gilas Pilipinas team. Gilas Pilipinas – Laban! Puso! is a such a game that stars some of the Gilas Boys who competed in the FIBA World Cup. Will this game be as inspiring and full of “Puso” as the Gilas Pilipinas? Read on to find out.
Gilas Pilipinas – Laban! Puso! has average graphics for a small casual game. From the players to the “trunk” in the center of the screen, it really has that simple albeit childish feel about it. The players themselves almost look similiar in terms of body and eyes with the only qualities differentiating them are their skin color, hair, and some tattoos of players like Jimmy Alapag. The background changes every time you play a game. Good for the younger audience.
What this game lacks in graphics and visuals, Gilas Pilipinas – Laban! Puso!Â makes up for it with very addictive gameplay. The objective for this game is very simple: dodge as many basketball hoops as you can en route to the highest score possible by tapping left or right depending on where you want your player to go. Sounds easy right? Well, like the many armchair coaches of Gilas Pilipinas when asked to actually coach a game, its not as easy as it looks.
Because its not just the basketball rims that you’ll have to think about, you’ll also have to take into consideration the gauge just above your player. Its a life gauge that also acts as a pseudo-timer and its the one thing that puts a lot of pressure on you when you play. You have to learn how to manage the timer that ticks away while you don’t do anything. The only way to refill the gauge is to tap left or right while dodging the rims. Great stuff for improving your reaction time!
Overall, Gilas-Pilipinas is a game that emulatesÂ the Gilas-Pilipinas Basketball Team in a good way. Its simple yet very addictive gameplay mirrors the way that Gilas-Pilipinas has managed to capture the attention of the Basketball world with a simple yet addictive slogan: “Puso!”. And it sure is a nice way to introduce the younger generation of fans to Gilas-Pilipinas and have fun while doing it.