I fondly recall playing the first NBA Jam game, back in the glory days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), circa Scott Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan, “Mailman” Karl Malone, “Reign Man” Shawn Kemp, Shaquille O’Neal….
These days I’d be hard pushed to name a single NBA player besides LeBron James, but regardless: is officially licensed basketball romp NBA Rush any good? Answer below.
As you might’ve gathered from the title and/or screenshots, NBA Rush is a basketball-themed endless runner, set to the backdrop of an alien invasion. Obviously.
Being free to play, one has to ask: is NBA Rush a half-hearted cash cow attempt, or does it bring something new to the table? Well, both, actually.
All the familiar endless runner elements are present and accounted for in NBA Rush. Essentially there’s a three-lane system, and the aim of the game is to keep running, jumping and sliding for as long as possible, avoiding hazards including stationary buses, road works and aliens.
Needless to say, NBA Rush also plays host to a currency (plain old coins here), with which you can invest in the duration of the magnet and blah blah blah. You’ve heard it all before, no doubt.
Neat touches in NBA Rush include a tag system. See, you take three players on each run, and once the relevant meter thingy is full, you can tag in the next guy, raising your multiplier in the process.
There’s also a completely over the top section that sees your current runner launched into space, where there are coins aplenty, while a further power-up affords you the ability to slam dunk on aliens.
And for NBA fans, the icing on the cake comes in the form of 90 real NBA players from 30 NBA teams. Huzzah?
Uhm, yeah, kinda. Each player has his own skills and modifiers, such as +x% coins, +y% score, More Powerups, and Faster Tags.
Pretty cool, though it would be nice to have more unique skills/powers for each player; the differences are often intangible.
More importantly, the players come with a lofty price, specifically via the second in-game currency, diamonds. No prizes for guessing that diamonds are few and far between, though you can – yep – pay real money to unlock them (from £2.99 up to £69.99).
On the whole, NBA Rush is a competent endless runner, though I suspect it may take a real basketball aficionado to get any significant enjoyment from it.
- The tag system
- 30 real teams, 90 real players
- Launching into space
- Takes aaages to save up diamonds
- Tangibly different characters would be cool
- There are better endless runners
Summary: NBA Rush is a basketball-themed endless runner with aliens. Sound good to you? Then yeah, you’ll probably enjoy it.
Developer: RenRen Games USA
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.