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Basketball allows you to play a game of one-on-one against either the computer or another player. The court is viewed from the side with a basket at each end of the screen. Using the joystick you can move your player around the court, dribble/shoot the ball, and attempt to block your opponent. The game is played in two 4 minute halves, and the player who scores the most points wins. There are two different skill levels available which can be set individually for each player.


Basketball Atari 8-bit Times up. I lose.
Basketball Atari 8-bit Title screen and game selection
Basketball Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode
Basketball Atari 2600 A game in progress

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Alternate Titles

  • "Atari Basketball" -- In-game title

User Reviews

Very simple one-on-one, but quite entertaining. Atari 2600 RobinHud (64)
One of the first Basketball games. Is it good? Atari 2600 Mejs (38)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 03, 2006 C 50
VideoGame Atari 2600 Aug, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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References to the game

This game makes a short appearance in the movie Airplane.

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