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Basketball video games have been around since 1978’s “Basketball”, available on an Atari console, and have remained hugely popular throughout the ages with diverse titles ranging from the 90’s arcade hit NBA Jam, to the funky NBA Street, and all the way to the ultra-realistic current generation NBA 2K18.
While consoles and PCs have historically been the most popular platforms for gaming throughout the years, mobile gaming has recently taken over as the most popular gaming platform in the world. With increasingly powerful smartphones being developed each year, mobile game developers have managed to produce some impressive titles for mobile devices, and basketball games are have not been the exception.
Featuring surprisingly advanced graphics and gameplay, mobile basketball games have gained huge popularity amongst basketball fans, particularly as they can be played at any place and any time. Many mobile basketball games are available to download for free, or are quite inexpensive to purchase. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best basketball games available for players on the go.
Starting off with a Vegas style game, Basketball Star is an online slot with a fantastic basketball theme. Featuring a backdrop of a basketball arena, you will hear the crowd cheer for you as you spin the reels and put together combinations of identical basketball themed symbols, such as sneakers, sports drink bottles, a coach’s drawing board and basketball players performing different plays.
Whether you are a fan of playing online slots for fun or for real money, this game gives out plenty of wins thanks to its Wild reels, multiple free spin rounds with up to a 10x multiplier. If you don’t like to spend money on a game, it is good to know that Basketball Star is available to play for free.
One of the most beloved arcade classics ever has been adapted for mobile gaming and updated for modern audiences, as EA Sports smartly capitalized on the nostalgia that this fantastic title brings to anyone who ever had the fortune of playing it during its glory days.
Featuring the same over the top gameplay and special shots as the original, NBA Jam is not a game for those that are looking for a realistic basketball experience. Instead, you will find the most action packed and fast paced game of 2 v 2 ever put to a screen, featuring tons of crazy slam dunk moves and spectacular 3 pointers.
NBA Jam for mobile also offers touchscreen controls, crisp graphics, and updated roster featuring both modern and legendary players (and, for some odd reason, the Beastie Boys), and an online multiplayer mode that allows you to measure your skills against players from across the world. One can really ask for more!
NBA General Manager 2018
NBA General Manager is the perfect game for those who prefer the managerial and coaching aspects of basketball, as well as fans of fantasy sports.
Allowing you to take control of just about every aspect of your team, this game lets you choose any of the iconic NBA franchises and take care of its managerial operations, including signing players, training rookies and experienced players to enhance their skills and choosing your team’s tactics in order to defeat your opponents.
You’ll be able to compete against other players online in head to head games, in tournaments, or even the league, and prove yourself as the best strategic mastermind! NBA General Manager is available for both Android and iOS devices.
NBA Live Mobile Basketball
NBA Jam is not the only basketball game that EA Sports has developed for mobile gaming, as they are also responsible for the most downloaded basketball game in the world, NBA Live.
Taking the opposite approach than NBA Jam, NBA Live aim to offer the most authentic NBA experience available for mobile, featuring realistic 5 v 5 gameplay, up to date rosters from your favorite NBA teams and a fantastic ‘build your own team’ mechanic.
Combining a selection of scrubs, NBA superstars, and legends of the past, you will put a team together and play through different game modes – skill challenges, head to head matches, multiplayer games, or live events that tie into the actual NBA season– in order to train your players, boost your reputation, and earn cash to sign new players and improve your squad.
With its robust amount of exciting gaming options, fantastic graphics, intuitive controls, and fantastic team building structure, this game is sure to keep basketball fans hooked for hours at a time.
Street Basketball Association
Finally a game for all the street players out there, Street Basketball Association does away with the NBA’s rules and structured game style and instead embraces the rules of the street.
Featuring charming, cartoony graphics, Street Basketball Association offers several different game modes, including 3 point contest, quick games, cups or even a league. These can be played in single mode, with a local multiplayer using wi-fi, or online multiplayer.
With plenty of in your face dunking action and confrontations, this game is sure to bring out the street player in you.