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TV Sports: Basketball (TurboGrafx-16)

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Basketball was the second sport to which Cinemaware applied their philosophy of lavish production and advanced cutscenes. Exhibition and league matches are on offer, with the opportunity to recreate a full league season with 1 player assigned to each of the 28 clubs. The game uses varying camera positions, with top-down views when the ball is close to either hoop, and a side-view when the ball is mid-court - controls remain unchanged for these, so the switch doesn't cause a sudden change in player movement.

As well as playing the matches you have full coaching control. This can involve making substitutions but also assigning marking and game strategies.


TV Sports: Basketball TurboGrafx-16 Team selection
TV Sports: Basketball TurboGrafx-16 The pre-match coverage
TV Sports: Basketball TurboGrafx-16 The presenter tries to look away....
TV Sports: Basketball TurboGrafx-16 Platt's the way to do it, I guess

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The Press Says

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1991 5.5 out of 10 55
The Video Game Critic Feb 17, 2007 F 0


Topic # Posts Last Post
5 Plus 1 release - different entry? 2 Sciere (268377)
Jul 23, 2007



The developers of the game appeared as players, typically the stars, on several of the teams' rosters.


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    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Sports Game in 1990

Martin Smith (63132) added TV Sports: Basketball (TurboGrafx-16) on Jun 25, 2005
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