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Atari 2600 Basketball - 1977
Atari 2600 Basketball - 1977
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Atari 2600 Basketball

With its forced 3D perspective and relatively convincing court, Basketball still makes for a nice game of classic roundball (actually, the ball is square) on the VCS. Beginning with a jump ball at center court, the game lets you challenge the computer or friend to a simple game of full-court one-on-one. Although there are no dunks, players can shoot, jump, steal and rebound, and the arc and length of each shot depend on how high or low the player is holding the ball when the shot button is released. It is too easy to get open for a lay-up, and the sound effects are meager, but the game is otherwise enjoyable, especially when compared to the wretched Bowling!/Basketball! for the Odyssey 2. Nice graphics, good player animation and smart computer AI (the opposing player gets in your face during close games) make Basketball a winner. The game was designed by Alan Miller, who would go on to work for Activision.

Publisher Sears, Roebuck and Company
Game Basketball

Key Features
Platform Atari 2600

Tech Details
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick
Number of Players 1-2
Release Year 1977
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