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NBA Jam (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall MobyScore (21 votes) 3.5

The Press Says

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GamePro (US)
Acclaim's gone for the slam dunk with NBA Jam and although it's not an exact translation of the arcade, it's still gonna score big with most fans of the classic coin-op. This one's more fun than an NBA contract.
Player One
Identique sur les deux consoles, NBA Jam propose des graphismes agréables, une animation hyper réaliste et un fun incroyable. Incontournable.
Power Unlimited
Toen NBA Jam uitkwam was het een baanbrekend spel. Nog nooit was de combinatie van graphics, geluid en gameplay zo perfect geweest in een basketball-spel. Helaas zou blijken dat de toekomstige versies nooit echt zouden verbeteren vergeleken met dit spel. Een klassieker.
גם אם זהו לא משחק כדורסל נטו, אז יש בו את כל המרכיבים של משחק איכותי, עם הרבה מהלכים ותנועות הלקוחים מעולם אחר...
Mega Fun
Erstaunlich, was die Entwickler von Iguana hier aus dem MD herausgekitzelt haben: Absolut flüssige Animationen, digitalisierte Sprachausgabe und fließendes Scrolling. NBA Jam zeigt mal wieder, daß das MD noch lange nicht ausgereizt ist und dank fähiger Programmierer dem SN das Wasser reichen kann. Acclaims NBA Jam nimmt‘s natürlich mit den Regeln nicht so genau, aber gerade das macht den speziellen Reiz des Moduls aus und gewinnt so viele Fans, die sonst nicht auf Basketball schwören. Kleinkriege um den Ball oder harte Bodychecks sind an der Tagesordnung, unrealistische Weitwürfe, abgefahrene Flughöhen, brennende Körbe, all das und noch viel mehr macht das Flair von NBA Jam aus. Schade ist, daß Ihr nur Two On Two auf dem Parkett spielen könnt. Konami ist in DER Richtung schon einen Schritt weiter und bringt mehr Taktik ins Spiel; deshalb fällt letztendlich die Wertung von Mega-NBA Jam etwas niedriger aus.
High Score
Det har gjorts många både realistiska och knäppa varianter på basket, NBA Jam är det bästa. Det är inte perfekt, men en bra bit på väg.
For being the first basketball title to twist the boundaries by taking a break from the stagnant world of realism, NBA Jam found more fame than it could've hoped for. This Genesis version is a faithful rendition of the arcade blockbuster. If you're looking for an engaging sports game like no other, start jamming with NBA Jam today! This is a sports game for those of us who don't like sports games.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
For the Genesis, this game does just fine and is probably one of the better sports games for the system. The voices are fuzzy and the colors are a bit bland. Still, the game is a very good play - even with four players!
The Video Game Critic
This two-on-two arcade basketball game was originally released on the Super Nintendo, where it was a runaway hit. The Genesis can't quite reproduce the sharp graphics and clear voice samples of the SNES version, but it's close enough. I noticed it was easier to steal the ball in this version, which gives the defense a much-needed boost. The main problem I have with this game is the control. The Genesis controller just isn't designed for this type of game. Sure, you only need three buttons, but these need to be pressed in combination with each other. The SNES shoulder buttons were really the key. Anyway, if you can put up with the awkward control, this isn't a bad game. The action is fast and the dunks are ridiculously spectacular. But if you have an SNES, stick with that version.