With March Madness upon us I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite basketball games I played as a kid. I grew up in the 70s before video games took control of our lives. That did not stop us from having hours of fun with games like this one. Cadaco made games like this from the 60s to at least the 80s. Opponents sat on opposite sides of the board and flipped the levers to launch the ball into the goal. Keeping score was easy with built-in cardboard dials. Still fun to this day!
Next we have a similar game contained in a plastic dome. Just push the corresponding keys to shoot the ball into the net! Wow, I loved this game and you never had to worry about losing the ball. You did have to worry about leaving the game on a wood stove and finding it melted into a glob the next morning. Yes, that is what happened to mine.
Now we present the Super Jock basketball game. This thing was a blast to play. Just smash the guy on the head and he heaves the little plastic ball at the hoop. I can remember launching shots from one end of the living room to the other while narrating the action with my own play-by-play sports voice. All that practice must have paid off as I became a real sportscaster later in life.
Finally it’s the Tomy Wonderful Waterfuls basketball game. I played this game all the time. As a bonus this game was portable so I would take it on car trips and the time would fly by. I had all these games (not the ones pictured) and loved them all.
As the 70s faded I found a new way to enjoy basketball with the Mattel handheld electronic game and the amazing Atari 2600 basketball game. The original one with the square ball, blockhead players and goals.
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