Review NBA Escape
An Angry Birds clone with character
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 28 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Interesting, unique premise, tons of features to progress, unique gameplay
NBA Escape for Android is a crazy game, but that’s not a bad thing. The story revolves around the NBA being in jeopardy. A villain named The Dribbler has kidnapped all of the top players and you have to get them back by making some of the craziest trick shots ever.
I said this game is an Angry Birds clone and that’s because the game borrows heavily from it in terms of gameplay mechanics, but it also brings plenty of its own to the table. The trick shots are levels where you have to aim a shot to go through various things. Sometimes you’ll have to shoot it through a really tiny hole in order to make it to the basket, other times you’ll have to clear a shot over a hump that lined with razors.
The interesting thing about this game is the collection of NBA stars you can play as. You see, you get the opportunity to build a roster of stars to play as and each one has a set of stats that will help you succeed in various levels. Sometimes you’ll need someone who is precise and gives you a better preview of where your shot is going to go so you have a better idea. Other times, you’ll need someone with a lot of strength because you have a crazy amount of ground you need to cover to make the shot.
NBA stars are divvied out randomly based on a slot mechanism that doesn’t really make a ton of sense. But you’ll fuel this machine with points you earn while playing the game.
I had a surprisingly good time with NBA Escape even though I’m not a huge basketball fan. You don’t need to be because the theme is just that - a theme. The mechanics are still fun regardless of the sports aspect, and it’s one that gives you plenty to do.