The player is the coach of a basketball team, and determines the plays and sets, offense and defense. The basketball players are represented by numbers on the onscreen court, and the coach must learn how to effectively use the team's stars and how to obtain the best performance from the regular players. Basketball Challenge can be played by one or two players, or the computer can also play against a human opponent or run the entire game as both players.
In 1988, Dragon gave the game 3½ out of 5 stars. Computer Gaming World recommended Basketball Challenge to "those who have always wanted to be college coaches", with its strategic depth compensating for the lack of graphics.
- Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (August 1988). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (136): 76–81.
- Spezzano, Dan; Lee, Wyatt (September 1991). "Slammin' and Jammin' / Courtside Criticism on Computer Basketball Games". Computer Gaming World. p. 108. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
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