I’m sure all of you have a special video game or two that you played growing up that you have especially fond memories of. I have a bunch, but one of the ones I remember the most was Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball on my friend’s Intellivision. I actually didn’t even own an Intellivision, in fact I didn’t even play one until the game was out about 6 years.
The game is a 3 on 3 basketball game where you draft players based upon a budget. No real players are in the game, but players like Dr. J are Professor Q in this game, and Magic Johnson is Houdini Watts. There were a lot of games like this in the 80’s where made up names were common since all the licensing stuff was a lot more difficult.
Playing the game
The starting budget is anywhere from 1 million to 5 million. The good players are around 2 million, and the bad players are as low as 200,000. You have that budget to draft 5 players, however if you don’t have enough money then free agent players will be assigned to you. Sometimes these free agent players are pretty good, so your team doesn’t turn out too awful.
My friend and I used to play games where I’d get 5 million and he’d get 1 million, since it was his game and he was way better than me. I’d usually get a couple good players and get close but could never beat him unfortunately. Rebounding is where I would always get beat, there was certain place you could stand to get the rebound almost every time. I’d get down to the end and then some miracle would happen where he’d pull it out at the end.
Luckily I was able to get my revenge playing him in NBA Live 95 on the pc where I could dominate him all the time. That’s another one of my old favorites but I’ll save that for another time.
I made a video of it on my Epson 5040ub projector. I did the draft and then played most of the first quarter, unfortunately the computer took advantage of my lack of passing (passing on Intellivision controllers is just impossible for me).