Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball

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Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball
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Box art
Developer(s)Hewson Consultants
Publisher(s)Hudson Soft
Platform(s)Super NES

Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball is a futuristic basketball video game released in 1991 by Hudson Soft for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was initially released in Europe under the name Future Basketball for the Amiga and Atari ST home computers in 1990. It was the first basketball game released for the SNES.[2] The game stars Bill Laimbeer, who played for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA during a time when the team was notorious for aggressive and physical play.[3]

The game takes place in the year 2030. Bill Laimbeer has become commissioner of a basketball league, fired the referees and created a style of play without rules. There are no fouls and use of weapons is perfectly legal.[4]


The game utilizes an uncommon overhead view of the court.[5] Unlike in real basketball, players can physically check each other on the court without the threat of personal or team fouls. Destructive items such as bombs frequently appear on the court.[4]

A season lasts 14 games without any playoff games. After each season, the top two teams in each league advance to the league above, and the bottom two teams in each league get moved down to the league below. Ties are broken by beginning season standings. If two teams finish the season with the same record, the one that was ranked higher at the beginning of the season will be ranked highest. The player starts out his career in the Third Division and must work his way up to the Super League; where the best teams vie for league supremacy.[6]


Review scores
AllGame1/5 stars
GamePro2/5 stars

Bret Alan Weiss, writing for Allgame, gave the game a negative review, criticizing the graphics, sounds and controls. Scoring the game one star out of five, he commented that these and other faults "mar what could have been a guilty pleasure."[5] Game Informer's Jeff Marchiafava had a more positive view of the game on his list of "Weirdest Celebrity-Based Video Games."[7]


  1. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  2. ^ "Bill Laimbeer in a Video Game." AP File Photo. September 27, 1991. The Prescott Courier.
  3. ^ Bad Boys Still the Best,, accessed August 31, 2008
  4. ^ a b "Basic game overview". MobyGames. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  5. ^ a b Weiss, Bret Alan. "Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball review". All Game. Rovi. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Season information". allgame. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  7. ^ Marchiafava, Jeff (August 17, 2011). "The Weirdest Celebrity-Based Video Games". Game Informer. Retrieved July 4, 2012.