The sports genre is one of the weakest genres in all of mobile gaming. While shooters, RPGs, and action-adventure games have seem major releases in the not-too-distant past, the sports genre really hasn’t. A new game is out now called Slam Dunk 2 that wants to shore up that weakness. Can it pull it off? This is our full review to let you know. You can always watch the video above if you don’t want to read it!
If you were expecting a full-fledged basketball game, you may be a tad disappointed because Slam Dunk 2 is not one of those. What is, though, is a pretty fun little time waster game where you tap and slide your finger to shoot basketballs. It takes very little time to play so it’s great for those casual gamers out there.
The game is solely multiplayer. It has Google+ and Facebook login support so there is that. There are a variety of game types, although most fall under either the scope of a tournament match or a head-to-head match. Tournaments are simply head-to-head matchups against multiple people in a bracket-style tournament. The prizes are simple. Each game costs coins. If you win, you get your coins and your opponents coins. You can guess what happens when you lose.
The game itself is fairly easy to play. There are guides for the balls so you can make it into the basket practically every time. The difficulty isn’t whether or not you’ll be good at making baskets because inside of a week you’ll hit nearly every shot. The difficulty lies in the speed as your quickness can result in thousands of extra points in a game.
There are a couple of mini games that have absolutely nothing to do with this title and I don’t anticipate anyone really enjoying them. I mean we’re here for basketball, who wants to play slots? Other than this, the game is pretty fun. It won’t appeal to hardcore gamers at all but casual gamers should find some enjoyment in this title.
The game is well designed. The menus are easy to navigate and don’t take any guesswork. Buttons are well defined and the graphics are crisp and colorful. There are some slick animations here and there and moving around in the game could even be described as enjoyable. Games like Asphalt 8 or Angry Birds GO could learn from the effective, yet simple menu designs.
In game, it’s the same story. The graphics are crisp and the scene is colorful and appealing to the eye. You can unlock and purchase different balls with coins which is a nice touch. As you progress you can unlock more courts by playing in more expensive tournaments.
While the graphics are pretty nice, the game itself is simple so there isn’t a lot of change. What you get is nice, but it’s not all that much. In terms of music, the theme playing is reminiscent of late 80’s, drum-heavy rap music which I actually liked. It gave it a street-urban feel which was nice.
Okay so here’s what we liked.
- The game is fun to play. It doesn’t require a lot of skill to do well so it’s good for kids and adults. It’s quick so you can play it anywhere and it’s a good little time waster.
- The graphics and music are well done. Nothing is overly cheesy or inane. The menus get right to the point. Everything is very clean, sharp, and good looking.
- The always-online multiplayer is a nice touch. It would’ve been easy to code in some AI and make gamers face the same opponent over and over again. With a matchmaking system, it adds some randomness and unpredictability which is detrimental to a simple game like this.
- If you run out of coins, you can get free ones every hour. While this bottleneck is a tad annoying, it’s a way out of having to pay real money for more since that is an option. We only wish you could take advantage more frequently than once per hour.
And here’s the bad stuff.
- I’m concerned about the longevity of the enjoyment in this title. At the end of the day you’re just tapping and swiping a ball into a hoop as quickly as possible. Even though the multiplayer aspect makes this challenging and enjoyable, the repetition will eventually negate that.
- The in-app purchases are geared toward people who are terrible at this game. You can play as often as you want as long as you have coins and thus, the winners never need to buy coins because they already have enough to play. The losers, on the other hand, can either wait an hour to get enough coins to play one game or pay to get more. I thought that was a little heavy handed.
- The mini games are kind of stupid. One is a slot machine and the other a scratch-off lottery ticket. Neither of these things have anything to do with basketball and they both cost real money to play. In other words, there is no point to their existence. I was expecting something like trick shot or bounce shot and I got a slot machine. Not really happy about it.
- I have no idea how the scoring system in this game works. You make all but one shot one game and get like 900 points then you miss like 3 shots and get like 2100 points. Then there are people like my opponent here who manage to rack up more points in one game that I scored during my entire testing session. It’d be nice to have a guide or a pop up box or something to explain how that works.
Overall, this is a relatively solid offering. It’s a fun game to waste a few minutes and it is sports oriented which is a genre Android sorely lacks. The graphics and music provide an enjoyable atmosphere and the game play is quick to grasp so people won’t have problems sliding right in there and having some fun.
There were some problems but there are always problems even with the best titles. Obviously the hardcore gamers of our viewership probably won’t find this game very interesting but if you’re an Angry Birds/Temple Run sort of casual gamer who likes basketball, then you probably will enjoy this title.