"NBA In The Zone" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color in 1999 by Konami. It is a sports genre game with basketball being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel deeming it suitable for all ages.
Gameplay accurately represents the National Basketball Association of the United States at the time of release, featuring identical rules and fouls being implemented into the cartridge. There are three single player modes to choose from including a single exhibition match, a full career season and a more advanced "Playoffs" mode for more difficulty in the computer opponent. Also included is a second player option using an optional game link cable. The game itself is simple in play overall but does come across as being slightly slow for my personal preference in sporting games. The switching between players can often be unresponsive and it is not uncommon for the ball to fly past the player who I intended it to go to.
The graphics of the title sport one obvious fault and that is the finer detailing. The developers of this title only animated simple characters without any obvious facial or bodily detailing; all players look exactly alike and sport identical physiques. There is also no facial detailing such as eyes or mouths. Otherwise, environmental graphics are acceptable and feature a good use of appropriate colours which fill the display. The sound is also of an acceptable standard but this is mostly showcased in the menu systems rather than actually in game, which can become slightly repetitive with the same musical score being looped continually.
Overall, In The Zone makes a strong attempt at bringing basketball to the Gameboy Color console. There are some finer points which could have been addressed by the developers but the bulk of the game is good and I would recommend this title to prospective buyers.