About this game
Developer: Saber Interactive
Content Rating: Everyone
Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills, play with up to three others on your Nintendo Switch™ and use your talents to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill. Collect your favorite players from a massive roster of current and retired NBA superstars from every team. Travel to playgrounds across the globe to compete against the very best with your massive arsenal of dunks and moves. Use your fine-tuned skills to take on the master of the playground himself – Allen Iverson.
Gamer Reviews62 Reviews
Critic Reviews15 Reviews
William Murphy — May 09, 2017
NBA Playgrounds isn’t a perfect recreation of the NBA Jam greatness of yesteryear, but it’s a pretty good start. Online play is sorely missed on the Switch, with no clue of how long “a few days” really will wind up being. I also feel like it’s lacking in game modes, though I’m hard-pressed to think of what other modes there could be.
Matt Bertz — May 12, 2017
NBA Playgrounds may not revolutionize arcade basketball, but it’s a welcome newcomer. If Saber Interactive tightens its gameplay shortcomings and introduces more ways to play, the game could have a healthy run as an alternative for those who don't want the heavy investment of a sports sim.
Steve Bowling — Jul 28, 2017
NBA Playgrounds is a flawed game, but a fun one. Single player modes are playable but can feel like a bit of a slog for all but the most hardcore fans. Multiplayer fares much better, delivering an enjoyable experience that works well both online and off.
Griffin Vacheron — May 09, 2017
If there’s never another arcade-style hoops title for Switch, then Playgrounds certainly meets my bare-minimum needs. It could have been so much more though, and as such I’m hoping Saber Interactive comes back with a fleshed-out second attempt (maybe another sport?) sometime down the road. In the meantime, Playgrounds delivers the outrageous exhibitions you’re looking for - just don’t expect it to provide much else
Jordan Boyd — May 14, 2017
If you’re a hardcore NBA fan you might have an enjoyable time with Playgrounds, I’d recommend most other players stick to the 2K series. It’s hard to even recommend the Switch version because 2K seems like it’s just on the horizon. If you’re looking to play NBA Playgrounds I’d suggest at least waiting until online is available. But if you’ve really got a basketball itch, this game does a decent job at scratching it.
Nathan Hunter — Jun 19, 2017
In summary, NBA Playgrounds is a really fun and quirky title. The lack of online play at launch is a big omission and although the game lacks replayability, the arcade aesthetics, easy to use controls and whirlwind gameplay make this game extremely enjoyable in short bursts. I found the game better on handheld rather than playing off a TV, due to its ‘on the move’ vibe, and in that respect, it's undoubtedly a nice game to just unwind with and enjoy for what it is.
Shane Jury — Jun 26, 2017
NBA Playgrounds plays well to the strengths of the Nintendo Switch, providing a fun multiplayer basketball game, with authentic players and commentary. Difficulty spikes in solo play are too steep to ignore, though, and the current absence of online play greatly diminishes long-term viability. A great game is here, but not yet at the surface.
Dominic Leighton — May 18, 2017
NBA Playgrounds gets so much of the setup right, often reawakening the spirit of the NBA Jam series, but it fumbles some of the finer details with needless complications and lacklustre AI. As a solo experience there are much better ways to spend your money, but when it comes to multiplayer NBA Playgrounds is so very nearly shooting nothing but net.
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Neal Ronaghan — May 09, 2017
While I had fun with the single-player, NBA Playgrounds is mostly a mess otherwise. The basic gameplay requires specific timing that is never well articulated. Load times on the Switch version are nearly indefensibly long. For those hoping for some kind of modern-day NBA Jam-like experience from Playgrounds, look elsewhere. This is just a convoluted footnote in the modern arcade sports landscape.
Glen Fox — Jun 27, 2017
NBA Playgrounds is a half-baked arcade basketball game that's lacking in content and features. Only the die-hard fans need apply.
Salva Fernández — May 15, 2017
NBA Playgrounds es un juego de corte sencillo y directo que muestra sus cartas en las tres primeras partidas. Mates espectaculares, alley-oops, jugadas imposibles y potenciadores que le dan un toque arcade evidente en el que no hay ni árbitros para regular los empujones, codazos y bofetadas que podemos realizar.
Alfonso Arribas — May 12, 2017
NBA Playgrounds es un videojuego sencillo y que llega a un precio ajustado, sin embargo, debido a la falta de modos de juego y a su limitada y poco precisa jugabilidad, se convierte en una propuesta solo interesante para los fans del género. El motivo principal es que estamos ante un título menor que podría haber sido mucho más de lo que es y que, lejos de poder hacerse un hueco entre los grandes de un subgénero tan divertido como este, acaba siendo un videojuego muy limitado y con poco recorrido.
Romain Mahut — May 15, 2017
Avec NBA Playgrounds, Saber Interactive a la judicieuse idée de combler un gros vide laissé sur les consoles actuelles et PC. Mais même si ça a l'air et les dunks stratosphériques d'un NBA Jam, ce n'est pas du NBA Jam. Le célèbre cliché qui dit "rapide à prendre en main mais long à maîtriser" s'applique totalement à NBA Playgrounds. Les amateurs de jeux de basketball arcade qui prendront le temps de comprendre le fonctionnement de cette nouvelle licence arriveront à s'éclater.
Epyon — Jul 13, 2017
Avec ses dunks décomplexés et ses joueurs tous plus rigolos les uns que les autres, NBA Playgrounds avait tout pour être un petit jeu de basket arcade débile, donc absolument essentiel, comme avait pu l'être NBA Jam en son temps.
António Branquinho — Jun 12, 2017
Não existia um único entusiasta de NBA Jam que não quisesse que este jogo fizesse tudo certo e permitisse levar a Switch para qualquer lugar e jogar algo tão divertido como NBA Jam com quem quer que lá estivesse. Mas a verdade é que NBA Playgrounds não é esse jogo. Com uma inteligência artificial algo desengonçada, o jogo apenas consegue ter algum brilho em multijogador mas sem um modo online e com cada vez menos esperança de que ele venha a existir.