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TV Sports: Basketball

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in Germany (1989)
United States (1990)
Germany, United Kingdom (1994)
Genre Sports
Theme Basketball
Publisher Cinemaware Corporation, Mirrorsoft Ltd., Prism Leisure Corporation Plc
Developer Cinemaware Corporation
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Playable on 0.72
4.46 / 5 - 37 votes

Description of TV Sports: Basketball

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TV Sports Basketball is, without a doubt, Cinemaware's best sport game and one of the best basketball games ever made.

Everything that we've come to expect from Cinemaware is included in the game, from the amazing opening sequence to the announcer's previews, to being able to edit all aspects of the players attributes. Although great as a one-player game, it is much more fun playing human opponents. Those who are reflexes-impaired can choose to only manage the team and watch the players carry out their strategies on the court. There's the option of playing against each other or playing on the same team with each other. You have the option of controlling a specific player or whatever player has the ball.

Joystick control is excellent, its very responsive and easy to pull off different kinds of shots. The better your players shooting attribute, the more accuracy of his shot. You can even pull off some razzle dazzle when close to the basket. This can include slamdunks, to full body turning slams. You can even alley oop.

The game is about as realistic as possible for computer basketball. The graphics and animations are great, but it's the sound that adds all the atmosphere. You can actually hear the squeeks of the players sneakers! Another great touch is the crowd sounds. If you're the home team, you will hear cheers when the team is doing well, the better you play, the louder the cheers. Start to play bad and the crowd will actually boo you. Although there is some luck involved in shooting, there is also plenty of skill involved. You must substitute players at appropriate times and know when to pass and shoot.

In conclusion, I have to say that this is one of the best sports simulations that I have played on the Amiga. Every game is different and no two teams play alike. Some teams are better than others, although for some reason the Cinemaware team is always one of the best. If you are a fan of basketball, this is a keeper.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Nostalgic 2021-12-21 0 point

I remember on my version of the game that Nate McMilan was a giant amongst the other players. The height stats were entered in incorrectly for him.

Air Lewis 2020-11-14 0 point

Defense Wins ball games. One closer. One or two supermans on the team 20 or 30 pt avg. And the whole bench plays defense. Your team won't score on my team unless we allow it or we are just being nice to you.

Dda Szcao 2019-12-18 0 point

Password was required to enter the game. I had about ten passwords from a total of ca 50 which meant I had to be patient to play because if you were not able to get them right you had to launch the game all over and try again.

I still remember these passwords even though it’s more than twenty years since i played it :-D

Jacobo 2015-02-15 2 points DOS version

Cool!!! I still play it...since 1991. Amazing basket game.

Asaf 2012-04-07 1 point DOS version

This is a brilliant piece of software.

webslinger48 2012-01-25 0 point DOS version

This is one of my favorite games ever that I totally forgot about. Thanks for the info.

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