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In a desperate attempt to stop inner-city gang wars, the city leaders organized a basketball league. The league is scheduled to play on three courts: a street, a junkyard, and a rooftop. The mayor figured that a friendly game of hoops would be a much more peaceful way to settle disputes. He was wrong.

You can choose 1-on-1 or 2-on-2 game modes. There are six characters to choose from (ten in Atari Lynx version); each with their own health, speed, and power attributes. Each player without the ball can jump to block a shot or punch there opponent to get the ball. There's also an option to perform a power throw on an opposing player. Players with the ball can shoot or pass. Power ups appear on the court at random instances. These power up one attribute for the player. For example, the lightning power up increases the player's speed.

The referee does not call fouls, but does hurl knives at the players.


Basketbrawl Lynx A match in progress
Basketbrawl Lynx Title screen
Basketbrawl Lynx Ball change
Basketbrawl Lynx Player selection

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Critic Reviews

Play Time Jan, 1993 59 out of 100 59
Power Play Jun, 1992 56 out of 100 56
Video Games May, 1992 53 out of 100 53
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1992 17 out of 40 42
Atari HQ 1995 4 out of 10 40
ST Format Nov, 1992 36 out of 100 36
All Game Guide 2007 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Defunct Games Jun 24, 2007 30 out of 100 30
The Video Game Critic Mar 23, 2012 D 25
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 09, 2005 2 out of 10 20


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RKL (5736) added Basketbrawl (Lynx) on Dec 05, 2003
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