Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
When the inhabitants of Nasty Mountain have an argument, they don't fight it out with their fists - shorts are pulled on, the teams are picked and the opponents do battle on the basketball court.
One or two players take aprt in this simplified basketball tournament across the five areas of Nasty Mountain. Besides the normal human players, purple werewolves are also keen basketball players, and it's against these that you battle. The aim is to score more baskets than the opposing team by running around with the ball and dropping it into the basket in the other team's half of the court. Two points are scored for each successful shot, with scoring attempts being shown in a full-screen animated sequence.
Basketball Nightmare is an oversimplified form of the game, with the biggest challenge being that of keeping the incredibly speedy werewolves off the ball while your men practically ??? around the course at little more than a snail's pace. The sprites and backdrops are garishly coloured and flicker badly, but the animation sequence when someone scores is amazing - a huge picture of the scorer jumps up and lobs the ball into the net, and not always successfully, either!!
Despite that, Basketball Nightmare is a poor, ineffective game, combining generally lousy presentation with simplistic gameplay with the result that the game just doesn't hold your attention for long.
Playing Basketball Nightmare is about as frightening as the werewolves that you're up against, with dull gameplay and flickery sprites ruling the day.