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Atari Basketball  rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3

Atari Basketball is an early basketball game ported in 1979 from the original Atari 2600 version (released in december 1978).

The programmer, Alan Miller, is also the same person who designed the original version! No surprise here if the gameplay is faithful to the Atari 2600 version.

However, thanks to the great features of the Atari computers, this version is superior to its console counterpart. The graphics are better, the animation too and it's possible to play with up to four players with an 1t&ri 400 or 800 (they have 4 controller ports built-in).


    Basketball (1978) for the Atari 2600
    Atari Basketball (1979) for the Arcade


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4 player game




Atari Basketball video

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year of release 1979
companies Atari
type game
media cartridge
systems Atari 8-bit computers
number of players 1 - 4 players (versus), 2 players (cooperative)
staff Alan Miller
tags basketball, sport

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Good game given its release year (1979) which makes it one of the first games available for Atari 8-bit computers. Multiplayer fun garanteed with 2, 3 or even 4 players at the same time! Offering 4 simultaneous player gameplay on a microcomputer in 1979 is a "tour de force".

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