NBA JAM by EA Sports

Common Sense Media says

Big air and big shots make for big arcade b-ball fun.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

EA has managed to transition this game wonderfully from game consoles, making it easy to pick up and inviting even to the most casual of basketball game players.

Violence

Players can shove opponents to the floor to steal the ball.

Sex
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Consumerism

The game features an "NBA Jam Store" from the main menu, letting users buy unlockable characters via in-app purchases. Prices range from 99 cents to $2.99.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NBA JAM by EA Sports is an arcade basketball game that focuses on monster jams rather than realistic shots. Players control actual athletes from the NBA in two-on-two games that are filled with over-the-top trick shots. Aggressive players can shove opponents to the ground to steal the ball. As with the console version, players can unlock political figures like President Obama and Bill Clinton to use as players. The game does not have multiplayer elements, but it does allow in-app purchases for characters, which can range from 99 cents to $2.99. Those characters can also be unlocked through achievements in the game. This review is based on the iOS version of the game; the Android version may have differences in functionality.

What kids can learn

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Hobbies

  • sports

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  • teamwork

Health & Fitness

  • exercise

What Kids Can Learn

NBA Jam by EA Sports wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Health & Fitness

  • exercise

NBA Jam by EA Sports wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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NBA JAM BY EA SPORTS is, quite simply, a heck of a lot of fun to play. Easy to pick up and anything but complicated in its rules, the game focuses solely on the most outlandish parts of the sport -- monster slam dunks and huge blocks of opponents' shots. It's a bit more aggressive than other basketball games, but the violence is arcade-like and not too concerning. The game further offers impressive visuals and keeps the adrenaline pumping with announcer Tim Kitzrow's "boomshakalaka"-infused running commentary. The biggest disappointment is the lack of any multiplayer mode, as this is one of those titles that's more fun with friends.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$4.99
Release date:February 10, 2011
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Kid, 10 years old July 3, 2011
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It's Fun. The only laguage is from songs you can listen to during the game like the song Im on a boat. any song works while play this game
Teen, 13 years old Written bygoodperson4 May 15, 2011
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there is nothing wrong with this app. Very addicting. I dont even like basketball, yet I still love this app.

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