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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 2600 Taking a shot at the basket
Basketball Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode
Basketball Atari 8-bit Starting a one player game
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 (73)
One of the first Basketball games. Is it good? Atari 2600 Mejs (38)

Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Oct 02, 2016 B- 67
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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