Ariolasoft UK Ltd
Eric Hammond
1985
Sport: Action
£8.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

45
Ross Holman, Roger Willis, Rick Robson
Chris Bourne

Rick: Meaty, beefy, big and bouncy is how I remember basketball, and being nearer to four than fourteen foot tall I used to see more of knees and navels than the ball. But now this game lets us normals under eight foot high dribble with the best of them. At last, joystick agility counts for more than prehensile mobility - none of that nasty sweating and itchy jockstrap business.

This is not full team basketball, however - it pitches you into a one against one play either the computer or your keyboard comrade. Just dribble and shoot and see your score rise. Trouble is that's all, in essence, you do - dribble and shoot. With only three moving elements game options are limited. The programmers have tried to perk it up with a breaking back board and a whimsical ref who would've been shot if this was a football match.

Two of the longest stars of the American game. Dr Julius Erving and Larry Bird helped build this program. I just hope these guys are quicker around the court than they are across the computer. 2/5 MISS

Roger: A more bow-legged pair bouncing a ball around a court, I have yet to see. It's a wonder they can walk! 2/5 MISS

Ross: I did try with this game, honest, but it was tricky not to find fault. It's too slow and the graphics aren't much cop, so why did I keep wanting just one more go? 3/5 HIT

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