Parents' Guide to

Ultimate Rivals: The Court

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, frantic take on basketball is suitable for all ages.

Game Apple Arcade 2021
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This is a great game for sports fans who want quick arcade-like matches, regardless of the device used to play this Apple Arcade game. Ultimate Rivals: The Court may be a little more polished than the first game in the series, The Rink, which isn't surprising given that it's debuted about 18 months later. Controlling your squad is fast and frenetic. Location and timing play a role for some dunks, but it's so gratifying and entertaining when you land one of these shots, which are complimented by an over-the-top animation. You can also tap Turbo to crossover, and then swipe down on Turbo to swap which athlete you're controlling. The only thing more fun is unleashing an Ultimate, which can be achieved after a Team's meter is filled. "Bat Breaker" for MLB players, for example, smashes the ball into the hoop, while "Cold Snap" lets hockey players summon a chilling ic storm that freezes nearby opponents when you pass the ball. The Challenges menu gives you various tasks to accomplish -- like score 10 points with Damian Lillard -- in exchange for currency to use to buy more ballers. There's a Daily Challenge, Daily Double, Daily Hard Challenge (like win the tipoff 1 time while playing online multiplayer), and Weekly Challenges, too. Online is smooth -- when it works, because there's still plenty of disconnects and failed games for multiplayer sessions. But overall, Ultimate Rivals is a blast. It's an over-the-top arcade basketball game that adds in its roster (and choosing a balanced squad) and in the tactics you can experiment with over time. Apple Arcade owners should download this NBA Jam-like experience, but with athletes across all kinds of sports and leagues.

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