NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game developed by Midway in 1993. It is the first entry in the NBA Jam series and has 2-on-2 arcade-style basketball game that with over-the-top gameplay. The exaggerated nature of the gameplay means that players can perform gravity defying dunks with ease and shove opposing players down without penalty.

Each game consists of four 3-minute-long quarters, and the team with the most points at the end of the fourth quarter wins the game. When starting a match, players have the option to enter their initials in order to keep track of their win-loss record and teams that they have beaten. The only fouls a player can commit in NBA Jam are goal tending and shot clock violations. This means that the player can shove opposing players (and even his own teammate) down in order to get the ball without committing a foul. A shot clock is present in order to keep the game moving at a fast pace and goal tending is used to prevent players from hoarding the basket while on defense. You can choose from 27 different NBA teams and take to the court for incredible two-on-two action. Each NBA team from the time is represented, and there are plenty of hidden bonuses to uncover with each hard-earned victory. All of the flips, twists, shooting flames, and loose refereeing from the coin-operated original are present, right down to the “on fire” streaks. If you make it too far into the game to lose your valuable progress, you can save your game with the use of a password. Whether you’re looking for NBA basketball or a fast-paced brawl, you’ll find plenty of both in NBA JAM. From outrageous Tomahawk jams to wild full-court shots, you control the super moves, amazing blocks and awesome slam dunks

from 54 of the NBA’s hottest stars. The game features ultra-realistic digitized graphics and play-by-play. It is 4-player adaptable for true arcade competition. NBA JAM puts you on the court and above the rim.

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Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the retro gaming community and has co-promoted the Video Game Summit in Chicago, IL for the past 16 years. He also has published 2 books and written for various different gaming magazines including Old School Gamer.