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Computer Sports Games of Note

  • schema: Video game

This is a list of computer sports games of note.

I'm not generally a huge fan of sports games. These are recognizably about a sport, but could not be described as "conventional".

For "computer game" see Computer Games of Note, but note that in this instance it does include video games.

Cool Boarders 2

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  • written by: unknown
  • genre: Sports
  • available for: Sony PlayStation
  • controls: D-pad and 6 buttons
  • date released: 1997
  • wikipedia: Cool Boarders 2

It's only barely realistic — for example, there is clearly no limit to the amount of spin you can impart to your jump. The longer you keep holding X and right, the more rotational velocity you'll have when you catch air. Whee! And it has a soundtrack that can't be beat.

Super Dodge Ball

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  • written by: unknown
  • genre: Sports
  • available for: Arcade
  • controls: joystick and 1 or 2 buttons
  • date released: 1987
  • wikipedia: Super Dodge Ball

Because what dodgeball game is complete without the ability to actually kill your opponents? Not to mention some of the players are literally giants.

Sam & Ed Basketball

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  • written by: unknown
  • published by: COMPUTE! Publications Inc.
  • genre: Sports
  • available for: Commodore 64
  • controls: joystick and 1 button
  • date released: 1987
  • review @ lemon64

The basketball game where you are the basketball and you bounce off the other player, who is also a basketball.

This was a type-in game that appeared in Compute! Gazette Issue 49, July 1987.

Dart Room

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  • written by: Chris Oberth
  • published by: Programma International
  • genre: Sports
  • available for: Apple II
  • controls: paddle and 1 button
  • date released: 1979
  • play online @ archive.org

It took me a long time to locate this game again.

Basically it was a darts game. Your player stands on the right, the dartboard is on the left, and you threw the dart in an arc and hoped to hit the dartboard.

It was meant to be played with a paddle, but it was also playable with an analog joystick, which leads to the "smash your thumb" technique for a perfect dart launch, which I will describe here at some point.

Atomic Handball

screenshot: title screenshot: instructions screenshot: gameplay

  • written by: Frank Lindsey
  • published by: Green Valley Publishing, Inc.
  • genre: Sports
  • available for: Commodore 64
  • controls: joystick and 1 button
  • date released: 1985

Certainly a contender for Best Premise: it's the year 2040 and all major sports have been replaced by the exciting Atomic Handball!