NBA Playgrounds now slamming and jamming

Arcade basketballing is now drooling on PC in NBA Playgrounds [official site], a 2v2 slammer jammer boom shaka-laka-laka boom shaka-laka-laka-er. It’s a little bit NBA Jam, a little bit NBA Street, a little bit… it’s arcade basketball, yeah? NBA Playgrounds is made by Saber Interactive, the gang also currently helping id Software with Quake Champions (hitting open technical beta on Friday!). And it’s out now. Have a peek:

NBA Playground has 150-odd NBAmen, from across the 30 teams as well as the past and present, rendered in unsettling caricature. It has singleplayer slamming along with local and online multiplayer, though curiously multiplayer needs to be unlocked by playing a wee bit of practise (not much, mind).

NBA Playground is £14.99/19,99€/$19.99 on Steam for Windows. Initial player reviews are looking pretty positive.

It’s a little-known fact that basketballers can actually jump tens of metres into the air — haven’t you ever wondered why basketball court ceilings are so high? — but the forces involved risk splitting floorboards and shattering ankles. The NBA exists to regulate this behaviour until genetic manipulation can successful combine the leap and bounce of a frog with the upright stance and opposable thumbs of a human.


  1. rodan32 says:

    Too soon (after my poor beloved Jazz getting swept by the horrible, rich, bandwagon, bully team from the major TV market). I need an offseason to lick wounds and ponder revenge.

    • titanomaquis says:

      I’m a Bulls Fan, so I’ve been able to forget the deep pain my team causes me since a few days ago. Just know that I feel your pain. Maybe One day we’ll see the Bulls and Jazz reunite again in the finals like in the 90s.

  2. darkwhite says:

    Is it just me or do they have quite a nosy user license? Besides collecting IP and Location (understandable for online matches), but also Hardware data, something about installed Software and applications and user data??
    They only ask you to agree to all that after you have bought and installed the game.

    Don’t know whether that is not a bit too much they want to have from me, besides the $$$s..

  3. Slazer says:

    There seem to be some issues with online and ultrawide, looking at the reviews.

    I am really interested if someone who spends a lot of time with NBA2K has played this yet, as I fear this may be too dumbed down. And the guys look stupid, but I am still very interested