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aka: Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One, Julius Erving and Larry Bird Go One on One, Julius Erving vs. Larry Bird One-on-one, One on One, One-On-One Basketball

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Control either Julius Erving or Larry Bird in front of a single basket, in a game of one on one. The user can select to play either to a certain score or for a certain amount of time. When on offense, the player can rotate to keep away from his rival, take a shot from a distance or move in to the basket for special up-close slam-dunks. When on defense, you can try to take your rival's ball or jump up to block a shot. Particularly good set-ups get a slow-motion replay. You can even smash the glass on the backboard, which will send an irate janitor onto the court to clean up the mess.

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Credits (Atari 8-bit version)

9 People (8 developers, 1 thanks)

Graphic Shapes
Package Design
  • Steinhilber Deutsch & Gard
Creative Direction and Liner Notes
  • Goodby Berlin & Silverstein
Special Thanks to
  • The Springfield Police Department and all the helpful people who we met there.
Manual Design by




This was the first computer game with celebrity endorsements.

Copy protection

This game became successful on the Commodore 64, where its complicated copy-protection became famous not only with hackers intent on breaking it, but with users who had to listen to it tear their old behemouth 1541 floppy drives a new one. The PC copy protection was similarly legendary--96 sector headers on track 15 took a long time to figure out and duplicate.


The concept was created by Hawkins based on his recollections of the 60's era "One on One" televised sports contests, sponsored by hair tonic Vitalis.


  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #10 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions)

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  • MobyGames ID: 488


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Ummagumma.

ZX Spectrum added by S Olafsson. Apple II added by Droog. Commodore 64 added by tbuteler. Atari 7800 added by RKL. Macintosh added by Kabushi. Amiga, Atari 8-bit added by Terok Nor. ColecoVision added by Scaryfun. TRS-80 CoCo added by L. Curtis Boyle.

Additional contributors: Buuks, Shoddyan, formercontrib, Patrick Bregger, ZeTomes.

Game added November 28th, 1999. Last modified April 24th, 2023.