Sports Video Games of Note

This is a list of sports video games of note.

I'm not generally a huge fan of sports games. The games listed here are recognizably about a sport, but I don't think any of them could be sensibly described as "conventional".

Cool Boarders 2

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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


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

Basketball Sam & Ed

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a.k.a "Sam & Ed Basketball".

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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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.

(To play the version on, type LOAD DART ROOM then type RUN.)

Atomic Handball

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screenshot: title screenshot: instructions screenshot: gameplay

Certainly a contender for Best Premise: it's the year 2040 and all major sports have been replaced by the exciting Atomic Handball!