Mar 4, 2014
Slam Dunk Basketball 2, despite its name is all about shooting basketballs rather than dunking them. A very simple drag to aim interface shoots the ball. Scoring baskets scores points and clean shots that donâ€™t touch the rim of the basket score much more highly. Extra score bonus are awarded the higher the ball flies before going in and a combination of these bonuses is all but required to win any games.
Slam Dunk Basketball 2 is online only. Rather than Words With Friends style asynchronous multiplayer matches are played in real time. Rather than seeing the opponent play only their score is shown, which is kind of a letdown. Matches tend to be about how many clean shots are scored rather than anything else because of the very high score they award. Since the game is about aiming precisely this extreme bonus makes sense.
Besides one off games, short tourneys can be played online. Beating several people in a row awards a ton of coins and experience. Experience is used to level up, which unlocks new levels and tournaments. Large amounts of in game money must be spent to unlock new venues as well and the price of entry constantly rises.
Besides the main game, Slam Dunk Basketball 2 features a few minigames. A familiar spin to win game awards coins and balls while a scratchie type game awards even bigger prizes. Super annoyingly, the spinner can only be used once a day while the scratchies seems unusable unless you pay real money for tokens. This is a bit ridiculous. Neither of these games are required to play the main game however.
Winning matches awards coins that are needed to enter games and new basketballs can be purchased between games with them. There are a fun selection of balls to buy such as tiger ones, steampunk ones and lots of different colours. None of the balls actually change the game, they are just for fun.
Bafflingly, a few balls cost large amounts of real money, including one ball that costs about $50au.
Amazingly for a game that offers freemium purchases there are no actual in game boosts. All purchases are simply cosmetic and the game boils down to whoever has more skill and plays better rather than who spends more money on powerups and items. This is a very refreshing change compared to the multitude of pay to win games available on Android.
Slam Dunk Basketball 2 looks decent enough. The ball physics look very realistic and some nice lighting effects like filtered sunlight add some flair. Even on smaller phones itâ€™s an easy game to play.
Soundwise the game is sparse, but good. Some catchy music pumps in the background while players are treated to the crisp sound to bouncing basketballs. A few tings and swishes for special shots round out the sound.
Slam Dunk Basketball 2 is a fun game and a good timewaster. Its lack of annoying freemiuem features and enjoyable core gameplay make it a winner.