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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.
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise
- 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
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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