NBA Jam for the iPad: Five Reasons Why It's On Fire

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Scott Jones

NBA Jam for the iPad: Five Reasons Why It's On Fire

Release Date:
April 20, 2011

Available today in Apple's App store is NBA Jam ($4.99). The iPhone and iPod Touch version of Jam is perfectly awesome, and still one of our favorite time-killers around the old SI Kids salt mines. But the iPad version is--brace yourself--even better. Here's why:

1. It looks awesome on the iPad's big screen. It's bright, it's colorful, it's fast. In fact, the game's graphics are some of the best that the Sports Gamer has ever seen on the machine. No joke--this is some serious eye candy.

2. Because the screen is bigger, it's easier to use the game's touchscreen controls. The directional stick, which by the worked worked just fine on the iPhone version, feels a slightly more responsive in this version.

3. Player rosters have been updated. Which means in this version, 'Melo has migrated from the Nuggets to the Knicks. Not even the console versions of Jam got this cool roster update. 

4. Want to play against your frenemies? Multiplayer is here. Unfortunately, you can't play over the 'Net (not yet anyway; hopefully EA is working on this). But you can play against a fellow iPad-owning buddy via Bluetooth or a Wifi connection. And if you've got a friend who has the iPhone version? iPhone owners can play against iPad owners. How cool is that?

5. Finally, while most console game still retail for about $60, this incredibly robust version of NBA Jam is available for less than the cost of a ballpark soda.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln: "If ye own an iPad, ye must own this game."


Average: 3.6 (21 votes)


got it for ipod and it is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love this game for my Wii!!!!!!

Me and my dad play this game on our iPods

I love this game for Ipod Touch and Wii, but I just don't want to pay $9.99 for it on our Ipad2.

I got it on sale for $1.99 and its great!!!
Its almost an exact copy of the ipod version, but still!
I dont know if id pay $10 for it thou
TO unlock mascots put ur name as MAS
TO unlock demacrats put ur name as DEM
TO unlock repulicans put ur name as REP

If this is the best graphics on machine check out final fantasy XII, It has AWESOME graphics! but i am not very big on arcade games.

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