Feb 25, 2013
Hopefully I can say this without getting jumped: basketball may have some right to being called The American Pastime… maybe even the World’s Pastime. Naismith’s game is a global affair.
Basketball-themed Android games are bound to garner attention, so being well-designed and fairly innovative within a recognizable version of the rules of the game is pretty much mandatory. NBA King of the Court 2 is a fun hardwood game from Ogmento, Inc that tries to manage just that task.
The game looked good… I could say that much at first glance. Slick, sharply overlayed graphics were enhanced the further along the game went on. City landscapes were blended into the background of their NBA arenas, giving a whole new level of uniqueness to well-known structures. the sounds worked well with imagery to create a media-rich environment that added to the game’s aura.
Upon starting, I had the choice to “Rule The NBA” (single player) or “Rule the World” (multiplayer action). Both portions contained plenty of leveled tasks. In single player, I had the opportunity to play my through NBA cities, earning power-up balls along the way, all the while playing with teammates and going against opponents looking to swat and steal. The global mode used real maps to give itself some pop.
In training camp, I had the opportunity to unlock 30 NBA cities in 6 divisions by successfully completing challenges. My first challenge was to make 3 shots on my home court. using swipes to straighten and taps to shoot, I got moved to higher levels, to work on stuff like passing, recovering from steals and earning power balls. The training sequence was a great way to open gameplay via arcade-like tasks. Shooting was accomplished my a disembodied set of arms.
My biggest gripe was the menu. I think it could have been a bit more intuitive, but I was able to get around. I also would have liked to see better methods to accumulate game currency (beyond the in-app purchasing).
In all, it should be a game that appeals to the jumpshooter in all of us.