By Electronic Arts $4.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Feb 20, 2018

Forget courtside basketball seats. NBA Jam by EA Sports for iPhone puts you in the center of the 2-on-2 basketball action, playing as your favorite point guard or center from over 30 NBA teams. The game costs $4.99 but also offers additional players and super abilities via in-app purchases.


Jam Camp training: Are you a newbie? Complete Jam Camp to learn to run, sprint, shoot, dunk, block, steal, and shove like a pro. If you don't get a drill right, you'll be prompted to do it over and over again, till you do. After you successfully complete a drill three times, you may move on to the next one.

Three different modes: As its name implies, the Play Now mode has you selecting a team and jumping into a game; Classic Campaign tasks you with vanquishing all 36 teams to be crowned champion and win extras like legendary players, hidden players, and super skills. Multiplayer has you playing against friends (over a local Wi-Fi network) or banding with them to compete against the app.

Two different control schemes: Control your players with the classic D-Pad control pad or use gesture-based swiping.

Jam Store: You can unlock better players and super abilities organically by successfully progressing through the game. Or, if you're antsy, pay upfront to unlock various regional division packs for $1.99 each or the two conference players packs for $3.99 each. Alternatively, you can buy the Privileges Pack, which includes super abilities, for $1.99, or the Big Man Package, which unlocks the entire game for $7.99.

Very transparent: Before playing the game, developer EA has you accept a privacy and cookie policy, the terms of service, and an end user license agreement. You can read or reread these at any time in the Help & About section.

Robust Help & About section: Other than the privacy and cookie policy, the terms of service, and an end user license agreement, the Help & About section is filled with explainers of the game's various modes, rules, and controls.


A little dated: Those old enough to have played NBA Jam in its original arcade incarnation and remember the '80s and '90s basketball players might regard the game as a little slice of nostalgia. But younger players may find its once impressive graphics and classic catchphrases like "Boom Shakalaka" from original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer Tim Kitzrow, not to mention some of its legendary, long-retired players, very dated.

Bottom Line

If you're an NBA basketball fan, then you've gotta give EA Sports's NBA Jam for iPhone a shot.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.35

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Release September 29, 2017
Date Added September 29, 2017
Version 1.1.35

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74


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Developer's Description

Read on for important info below. BOOMSHAKALAKA. Jam with a friend in Local Multiplayer and rock your iPhone or iPod touch with all the over-the-top, high-flying, 2-on-2 arcade basketball action just like you remember it - and like you've never seen before. Go to the hole. Go strong. Go for the monster jam. KABOOM. This app offers in-app purchases. You may disable in-app purchasing using your device settings. See http://support. apple.com/kb/HT4213 for more info. FANS & CRITICS ARE ALL ON FIRE. "NBA JAM brings arcade hoops directly to your pocket -- no quarters required. " (App Store "iPhone GAME OF THE WEEK")." overwhelmingly satisfies in every way if you were ever a fan of the original NBA Jam series. " (Jared Nelson, Touch Arcade). "4/4 MUST HAVE. a sports game that action or arcade gamers will love. " (Andrew Podolsky, Slide to Play)." solid controls, great graphics, and fun on-the-court action" (Tracy Erickson, PocketGamer). "It performs flawlessly in every way. " (IntoMobile). HEAT UP ON iPHONE & iPOD TOUCH. Jam with all 30 NBA teams and your favorite NBA stars. Unlock legends from the classic arcade era like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Dr. J, Scott Skiles, Karl Malone, Detlef Schrempf, and Danny Manning - plus some secret players you can only get on iOS. Open up outrageous cheats, too. And if you can't wait to go big, all the unlocks are available for instant purchase and download in the JAM store. PLAY NOW. PLAY CLAssIC. PLAY HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST A FRIEND. 3 modes of play let you ball the way you want: Play Now - Select a team and jump right into the ballgame. Classic Campaign - Defeat all other teams to win the championship, and unlock legends, hidden players and cheats. Local Multiplayer - Go big head 2 big head against a friend on iPhone/iPod touch or iPad via local WiFi and Bluetooth. Also select from two different control schemes (D-Pad and gesture-based) and take advantage of the outstanding versatility of your iPhone/iPod touch. Is it the shoes. YOU'RE ON FIRE. If you're from the Old School, you'll feel the '90s nostalgia while you play the hottest new arcade sports game on the App Store. Featuring the voice of Tim Kitzrow (the original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer), you'll hear all the classic catchphrases plus a few new ones recorded just for this game. This JAM is all about "boomshakalaka"¬- and beyond. Be the first to know. Get inside EA info on great deals, plus the latest game updates, tips & more. VISIT US: ea.com/iphone. FOLLOW US: twitter.com/eamobile. LIKE US: facebook.com/eamobile. WATCH US: youtube.com/eamobilegames. User Agreement: terms. ea.com. Visit https://help. ea.com/ for assistance or inquiries. EA may retire online features and services after 30 days' notice posted on www.ea.com/1/service-updates. Important Consumer Information. Requires acceptance of EA's Privacy & Cookie Policy and User Agreement. This app: Contains direct links to the Internet; Collects data though third party ad serving and analytics technology (See Privacy & Cookie Policy for details). By installing this game, you consent to its installation and the installation of any game updates or upgrades released through your platform. You can turn off automatic updates through your device settings, but if you do not update your app, you may experience reduced functionality. Some updates and upgrades may change the way we record usage data and metrics, or change data stored on your device. Any changes will always be consistent with EA's Privacy and Cookie Policy, available at privacy. ea.com. You can withdraw your consent at any time by removing or disabling this app, visiting help. ea.com for assistance, or by contacting us at ATTN: Privacy / Mobile Consent Withdrawal, Electronic Arts Inc. 209 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City, CA, USA.
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