NBA Jam provides a Lumia exclusive arcade nostalgia

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EA continues to provide Nokia with a series of exclusive Xbox title for its Lumia handsets. The latest addition, presumably with the same six month exclusivity period as earlier titles, is NBA Jam a 2-on-2 arcade basketball game. There's definitely an emphasis on arcade, rather than basketball, side of things, but there's a real charm to the over the top commentary and bobble-headed players (digitized version or real NBA stars).

Those with longer memories may realise that the game is based on the popular arcade game of the same name that was developed by Midway in 1993, which means for some players there's a certain amount of 90's nostalgia on offer, such as the voice of Tim Kitzrow. Even if you missed out on NBA Jam first time round its hard not the smile at the game play, even if the graphics don't measure up to modern standards.

NBA JAM Screenshot

The game has three playing modes: play now (select a team and start playing straight away), classic campaign (win the championship), and local multiplayer (play against a friend over local WiFi). In contrast to a game like Mass Effect, also released today, NBA Jam is great for short periods of game play and may appeal to the more casual gamer.

Xbox Live features include the usual achievements, as well as leaderboards allowing you to measure your performance against other players. Some of the achievements revolve around unlocking "cheats" (easter eggs), which were a big part of the fun in the original game.

NBA JAM Screenshot

Windows Phone Store description:

BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!! Jam with your favorite stars from all 30 NBA teams in over-the-top, high-flying, 2-on-2 arcade basketball just like you remember it – and like you’ve never seen before!

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 outrageous cheats.
  • Local Multiplayer – Go big head 2 big head against a friend via local WiFi.

NBA Jam can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store. The game, which is available for both Windows Phone 7 (512MB RAM devices only) and Windows Phone 8 (1GB RAM devices only), is exclusive to Nokia, and costs £2.29 / $2.99 / €2.99.



Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store