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College Slam is a college basketball (console exclusive) game published by Acclaim. Its game play is nearly identical to NBA Jam, (in which it can also be considered a 3rd sequel). It includes most major Division I colleges, but there are many, such as the University of Tennessee, the University of Notre Dame, and Mississippi State University (who had just made a run to the Final Four that year), that are not included. The player can play tournaments, a season, or a single game. The game, however, did not enjoy the success of NBA Jam.
Each team starts out by picking any two out of five players to play with during the game. During timeouts, and at half-time, the player has a choice to make substitutions. When a player makes two baskets in a row, the announcer says "He's heating up", and if he makes three baskets in a row without the other team scoring, he says "He's on fire!", which makes it easier to score.
In the season mode, the player can pick from 44 teams, and then play a 20-game season against quality competition. In the tournament mode, 16 teams compete for a chance to win the national championship. The player also has the ability to edit teams and players. Like NBA Jam before it, the gameplay is goofy, but yet competitive as players can easily make full-courts shots off and on (but usually often) and can score 3 in a row to get a flaming ball (to have a chance to lable yourself player of the game). Occasionally the college ball players can get struck by lightning as they dunk.
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