Game On Thursday! – NBA Jam!

Originally posted on: 2013-06-06 00:00:00

Hey hey! Welcome to another Game On! Thursday this time we’ll be talking about the port of the latest NBA Jam game to the Windows Phone! I happened upon it over the weekend and it really takes me back, it may be updated, but the fun and nostalgia still remain! Boom Shakalaka!

I first experienced NBA Jam at the game room in the community center where I lived growing up. The dimly lit room was filled with a few arcade cabinets, and no one was ever there. Amid the Cruis’n USA, Mortal Kombat 3, and Primal Rage, there was a strange game, NBA Jam. I liked basketball, but had never thought about playing a basketball game. One day I plunked a quarter into the machine and it was ON FIRE! The game was great fun, dunking those sweet dunks, juking and jiving all along the court, it was like basketball magic. I liked the game so much I would later snag a copy of Tournament Edition for my Genesis.

Dunkin’ time!

NBA Jam is an arcade game, and like many arcade games it’s easy to learn, but hard to master. This is in part, due to the simple controls, shoot, sprint, pass. The controls change on the defense to swat, sprint, and jump block, but never-the-less, they are simple. The depth of play comes in with the fact that you can do head fakes, spins, shoves, etc. by doing different things with the button combinations. When you first start and do not know these ‘special moves’, it’s pretty much back and forth with the AI scoring and scoring. After mastering these moves though, you’ll be wiping the floor scoring hundreds of points in no time.

The Lakers know a thing or two about awesome dunks.

The game plays in a 2 on 2 format where you can choose which player you wish to play as, and who is your partner. The roster is pretty small, but there are a lot of teams, not to mention a few unlockables. Each player has their own stats and can do different things better like dunking or 3 pointers. It’s always nice to have a balanced team to ensure your victory. If you’re good enough though, you could just jam it to the hole and run over the AI with whomever.

He is literally on fire!

The Windows Phone port sports well thought out touch controls and updated graphics. Everything is 3D, but the characters retain the same humerous sprite based heads of the originals. The announcer, sound effects, and other audio cues sound spot on to the arcade, so it brings back great nostalgia. If you like basketball, or are nostalgic about the original game I highly recomment it. Playing for a while on your phone may cramp your fingers though. It can be had on most devices and game consoles, so what are you waiting for?!

Happy Gaming!
-Jinroh

Images borrowed from the Windows Phone store under non-profit fair use.

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