24
May
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Listen, EA, you're one of the biggest video game publishers in the world. It's not my place to tell you what to do, and far be it from me to say that you have to support Android's standard online and social gaming featureset in your games. But it would probably be a good idea. Case in point: the over-the-top basketball game NBA Jam. The title just got updated with Google Play Games support.

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To be fair, the game came out way, way back in early 2012, more than a year before the Google Play Games system was implemented. But that still means that NBA Jam has been sitting on the Play Store for a year without Play Games. Obviously every single game made before last summer can't be upgraded, but again, Electronic Arts is an international corporation with revenues in the billions of dollars, not Joe Indie punching out 2D games on his iMac. Some faster updates would be in order, I think.

Ahem. Anyway. With the addition of Google Play Games support, NBA Jam players can now engage in online matches with friends or randomly selected Google+ users. (Local multiplayer via WiFi or Bluetooth is still supported.) Play Games also includes worldwide leaderboards and in-game achievements. NBA Jam is the same $4.99 price it was when it launched, plus a few in-app purchase options. International readers, go for the bottom widget below - like all EA Android games, NBA Jam is split into versions for North America and everywhere else.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Kevin

    Does it include cloud save?

  • Roberto Giunta

    So, I'm getting an error with the International version (Nexus 5). Anybody else?

  • New_Guy

    Well, it's about time!

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  • http://www.bidnessetc.com/company/v/ Paul Steve

    well i think it should be easily play on Z2 Sony Xperia
    http://bit.ly/1gZMlEV

  • Tony Raffini

    Kind of surprising considering that EA has their own game service.

  • WitnessG

    I'm surprised they are still updating this. It came out 4 years ago. Also is there a difference between the 2 that you have linked. One is 6 dollars vs 5 dollars.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      One is North America, one is international.

  • thelionk

    Am I the only one for whom Play Games always crashes?

    Also, I find the integration always kind of bad, it's very weird how it just moves you out the game into a play store looking like interface and then back in the game. They should work on that a bit.

  • gay trigger

    Im sure most of the reader of this article are looking forward to get this app from "somwhere else"

  • Kostas

    Stupid download error 101. Re-downloading after all this time was a bad idea...

  • mateor

    I look at this game as one of the most ethical titles EA publishes. I would have thought we would have NBA Jam 2014 free-to-play by now. I am much happier with it as is.

  • MichelSardou69

    This game is still full of fun 20 years later. :)

  • Fetter

    I love playing multiplayer! It's an awesome game!

  • Brian

    Don't READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW
    THAT YOU'VE STARTED READING, DOn't STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1 say your
    name 10 times 2. say your mum's name 5 times and your crushes name 3
    times 4. paste this onto 4 other games. If you do this, your crush will
    kiss you on the nearest Friday possible. But if you read this and do not
    paste this, you will get bad luck. SEND THIS ON 5 DIFFERENT GAMES IN
    143 MINUTES. WHEN YOUR DONE, PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR
    IN BIG LETTERS. THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS

  • Laura Kelly

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  • thetallguy24

    I love this game. I preferred the old Nintendo one though

    http://onfirechampionships.com/