When playing, you would either be the shooter or the one who had to match the shot. The game began with a coin toss to choose the shooter.
In each round, the shooter decided where to shoot from. This could be pretty much anywhere in the Playground space. Then, the shooter chose between a jump shot, hook shot, or bounce shot.
To shoot, the player adjusted the left/right direction and the up/down angle of the shot. Finally, a power bar appeared. Sometimes the power bar had shoes above it to show exactly where the bar should be stopped. Once the power was selected, the ball was tossed.
If the shooter made the basket, the other player must have matched the shot or received a penalty (a letter spelling HORSE). If the shooter missed the basket, the other player became the shooter. The loser was the first player to receive all letters in HORSE.