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Basketbrawl is a video game released for the Atari 7800 in 1990, 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%. 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."
- "Atari 7800 Basketbrawl". AtariAge.
- Julian Boardman (June 1991). "Basketbrawl - Julian Boardman wonders at Atari's fondness for naff puns". Retrieved 14 August 2018 – via archive.org.
- Jung, Robert. "LYNX: Basketbrawl". atariarchives.org.
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