NBA JAM by EA Sports

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Big air and big shots make for big arcade b-ball fun.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

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

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.


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


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byrosemaryh May 25, 2015
If you love basketball like me then this is the game
Kid, 10 years old July 3, 2011


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
there is nothing wrong with this app. Very addicting. I dont even like basketball, yet I still love this app.

Is it any good?

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.

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For kids who love games with action

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