NBA JAM for Android updated with Google Play Games, but it's still a buggy mess

NBA JAM for Android updated with Google Play Games, but it's still a buggy mess
NBA JAM has been a game that has been mostly ignored by developer EA. There have been very few updates since the game's release, and most of the worst issues with the game still exist after over two years in the Play Store. EA has finally updated the game to add Google Play Games support, but unfortunately hasn't bothered to fix any of the bugs. 

And, there are plenty of bugs to be had. The game was first released back in March of 2012, but it didn't even get tablet support until early 2014. In the time we were trying to install the game to test out the Google Play Games support, we have run into enough problems as to keep us from ever fully installing NBA JAM on either a Moto X or a Nexus 10. The first issue is that NBA JAM still uses the antiquated method of requiring an additional download after installing the APK itself, despite the fact that the app plus the additional files make up just about 400MB. The download of that additional file has either stalled or failed on every install attempt. Once, it claimed that a Nexus 10 with 9+GB of free space didn't have enough available storage; and, it even failed so hard as to require an uninstall to fix a problem where the app couldn't find the device storage. 

All that to say that NBA JAM now offers Google Play Games support. So, if you can successfully install it, or have it installed, the online multiplayer is much more robust because of the matchmaking features of Google Play. There have also been in-game achievements added with leaderboards. If you have it installed, we hope you have fun. If you're buying the game for the first time, be very careful to test out the game as soon as it downloads, and don't waste your 15 minute return window.

Download: NBA JAM (US version $4.99)
NBA JAM (International version ~$6.12)

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9 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"HE's ON FIRE!!!"

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Jump, jump, jump, jump, jumpshhhhhhottttt. dribble, dribble, lag. Hahaha. O.o I don't like EA, They stole my money... O.o

9. gomulkaaa

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

I played the game on my HTC One M7 without any lag whatsoever

3. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Heheheh, EA, YOU SO FUNNY. But really, why do you suppose they are completely ignoring to update it?

4. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This game was the bomb back in the arcades in the 90's and on the SNES. It should have been left alone after that. My $0.25...

5. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

THEres one thing on my mind upon seeing the word nba jam.its CHARLOTTE HORNETS!!!BACK WEN I WAS I KID!!

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Larry and Mugsy!

8. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

yeah d best

6. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's a shame, it's a good rendition of the old school classic! Hasn't been updated at all on WP8 since its release either, but I've never found any bugs with it there anyway.

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