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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.


One-on-One Commodore 64 Title screen shows a demonstration of game play
One-on-One Atari 7800 The game options menu
One-on-One Apple II Title screen
One-on-One ColecoVision Title screen.

Promo Images

One-on-One Magazine Advertisement
One-on-One Magazine Advertisement
One-on-One Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "One-On-One Basketball" -- Atari 7800 title
  • "One on One" -- In-game title
  • "Julius Erving vs. Larry Bird One-on-one" -- Alternate title
  • "Julius Erving and Larry Bird Go One on One" -- TRS-80CoCo in-game title
  • "Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

The Birth of EA Sports PC Booter Ummagumma (79)
I remember this game! A very little known CLASSIC and GEM ! Commodore 64 XplOrOrOr (16)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1985 33 out of 40 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1984 31 out of 40 78
Your Commodore Amiga May, 1987 30 out of 40 75
Popular Computing Weekly Amiga Jul 10, 1986 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars 65
Commodore User Commodore 64 Apr, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Apr, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Sep 09, 1999 C+ 58
Crash! ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 39 out of 100 39
Happy Computer Amiga Nov, 1985 Unscored Unscored
64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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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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