NBA Jam Tournament Edition darts into the 32X end of the court to plant yet another slam dunk. Despite some sloppy rough edges, Jam's classic run-n-gun gameplay brings much-needed excitement to the game-starved 32X.
Like the Genesis version, this Jam TE features all 27 NBA teams and a Rookies team with three players each. A showy lineup of dunks complements strong features like a Practice mode, player substitutions, and power-ups.
All the intense arcade gameplay made the cut, so you can pluck off the rim, and you have to earn three-pointers. The A.I. puts up a rough defense -- you'll spend a lot of time on your butt even with the solid, responsive controls.
The annoying CPU weasels too many wins with cheesy last-second full-court shots. Even worse, the screen scrolls up too high when the opposing team dunks, which blinds you during blocks and rebounds.
The bright, beautiful graphics heat up the action with well- detailed courts and player sprites. Unfortunately, though the sprites are larger, their heads are disproportionately bigger than their bodies -- it's like dunking with Mr. Potato Head! Sadly, the sound fouls out with a garbled announcer who calls the shots from the bottom of a pool, marring that trademark injection of excitement.
Regardless, Jam 32X's game- play is absorbing enough to overcome these flaws. If you own the Genesis game, upgrade with caution -- but first-time buyers could dribble down either court.
- Send In one player to dunk, then pass to the outside and pop an easy three-pointer.
- Bench the player with the most Injuries after every Quarter to keep your team fresh.