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Basketbrawl cover art (Atari 7800).jpg
Atari 7800 box cover
Platform(s)Atari 7800
Atari Lynx

Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Basketbrawl is a video game released for the Atari 7800 in 1990,[1] then later for the Atari Lynx in 1992. It is a sports simulation which allows hitting and fighting with other players. The name is a portmanteau of the words basketball and brawl. Basketbrawl is similar to the 1989 Midway arcade game Arch Rivals which had the tagline "A basket brawl!"

Atari released another sports/fighting combo for the Atari 7800 in 1990 as Ninja Golf. Both were in the final 11 games published by Atari for that system in 1990-91 before dropping support.


Raze Magazine reviewed the Atari 7800 version of the game in June 1991 giving a score of just 31%.[2] In a 1992 review, Robert Jung gave the Lynx version a 4 out of 10, concluding that "Basketbrawl takes an idea loaded with potential, then removes most of the excitement by combining weak sports action and weak combat action."[3]


  1. ^ "Atari 7800 Basketbrawl". AtariAge.
  2. ^ Julian Boardman (June 1991). "Basketbrawl - Julian Boardman wonders at Atari's fondness for naff puns". Retrieved 14 August 2018 – via
  3. ^ Jung, Robert. "LYNX: Basketbrawl".