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NBA Jam HD iPad Review

/ May 18th, 2011 No Comments

NBA Jam HD for the iPad revives one of the great console games of the past onto the latest and greatest mobile platform for video games, the iPad2 from Apple. This game has all the latest players sorted by a recent roster update which combines with a great interface to create of the better sports games ever to be released for the iPad.

Priced currently at $9.99 it doesn’t rank as one of the better priced games in the App Store.  A good rule of thumb is that EA titles tend to go on sale at some point and when it does, this game will be a great buy at anything below $4.99. As it is for this price, it’s a tad on the high end for our liking, but considering the amount of fun the game is, the price tag doesn’t come off as unwarranted.

If you aren’t familiar with the franchise, NBA Jam was a must-have on the old consoles back in the early 1990s. The game offers fast paced over-the-top NBA action with your favorite stars in a 2-on-2 format.

NBA Jam HD for iPad

NBA Jam HD for iPad

NBA Jam HD for the iPad has the following modes:

  • Play Now – a quick match
  • Classic Campaign – pick a team and take on the entire NBA and also classic superstar teams from the past
  • Multiplayer – WiFi and Bluetooth games with up to four friends

There are also two other main menu selections, Challenges and Jam Store.  The challenges are a list of challenges that you have to accomplish in the game in order to unlock some sort of reward which is typically a player in the game or something cool like big giant heads or a different type of basketball. The Jam Store connects to the EA server and allows you to instantly unlock rewards in the game for a paid fee.  You can also access the options section which allows you to attend Jam Camp (tutorials), High Scores (all your records for in-game feats) and Options (privileges, gameplay options and audio options where you can even play your iTunes library).

Getting into the game, the action is fast and furious. You’ll pick your favorite NBA franchise and take on the competition in a game of 2-on-2. The rosters have been updated to reflect the NBA’s most recent trade deadline which shows players like Carmelo Anthony on the New York Knicks.  The ratings of the players themselves are fairly accurate but in the end, skill in the game will win out.

NBA Jam HD for iPad

NBA Jam HD for iPad - Campaign Mode

The gameplay itself boasts some pretty intuitive controls. You’ll undoubtedly rely on the defauly virtual stick to move your player around and your other thumb will press on the turbo, pass, shoot buttons making the game a pretty standard gaming console experience. The controls are very responsive and it’s cool that moves like a killer crossover have to be accomplished through a shake of the device.  You’ll be making monster dunks and hitting bombs from three point land in no time and be sucked into finishing channels and unlocking rewards in short time.

NBA Jam HD for iPad

NBA Jam HD for iPad - Teams

The graphics of the game are really impressive, with the selection screens being super crisp and clear.  The actual gameplay graphics are surprisingly smooth and run amazingly well if you have an iPad2 like we do. The audio, which is an absolute trademark of the franchise, is perfect and features the great announcer catchphrases we have all come to love – BOOOMSHAKALAKA!

Overall, NBA Jam HD for iPad is a fantastic game that features good graphics, great sound, great rosters who come together for a very fun gaming experience on your iPad. The game is definitely worth the $9.99 asking price, which is a shade higher than we typically see iPad games go for these days. Nevertheless, if you want a highly addictive game that will get a ton of play time on your iPad, look no further than NBA Jam HD.

gaming illustrated logo product ratings
entertainment factor 9 out of 10 for entertainment
longevity rating 8 out of 10 rating
audio and video rating 8 out of 10 rating
overall score final score 83%
Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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