Classic Basketball Gameby Kay Pluta
I think I enjoy Mattel's Classic Basketball more than the kids, but then I remember playing Atari's Pong when I was a teenager. But they must be warming up to it, because it disappeared from my nightstand drawer and was last seen in the playroom.
I asked them what they thought of it. The five-year-old likes to get the ball in the basket. I agree. I've gotten pretty skilled at shooting the baskets too, probably why it was in my room instead of theirs for a while. And one change from the old version is you can now score a three pointer.
My eight-year-old says he likes being able to turn the sound off and still play. He says the sounds are loud and annoying, and I tend to agree. He also likes the large red directional arrows because they are easy for him to work.
As a mom, I like that it can be set for a one or two player game, so that both boys can play. There aren't a lot of graphics, just little red blips against a dark background. The main player is represented by a bolder brighter blip.
Kids and parents both will like this game. Its compact size (about 5 1/2 x 3 1/2) makes it perfect to throw in a purse or tote for doctor visits, plane trips, or long car rides. Since you can turn the sound down it won't disturb others when you play it in public.
I also think Classic Basketball is a good choice for parents who aren't real keen on most electronic games. After all, wouldn't you rather have your child shooting baskets instead of aliens?