Many of us Gen-X'ers look back fondly on the sports games of the 8-bit generation, but the sad truth is that a lot of them haven't aged well. Double Dribble (the first "real" five-on-five basketball game) doesn't really hold a candle versus more modern entries, but it is still a decent arcade-style game.

The basic setup is dead simple - pick a team (out of a whopping four choices, and the only difference between them is the color of their uniforms) and play another team. That's it. No tournaments, no season. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but those people looking for a deep b-ball experience had better go elsewhere.

Gameplay-wise, this isn't exactly going to test you. One button shoots/changes the player and the other passes/blocks. There isn't much (if any) strategy to be used at all; score a basket and then try and steal it from your opponent before they do the same.

Probably Double Dribble's biggest draw was the full-screen animations that play when you dunk. The graphics used there still give a little thrill today, but the same cannot be said for the main game screen, where flicker rules the day. And the constant beeping of the "charge" tune will drive you batty after a while.

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