It’s no secret that the Philippines is a basketball crazy country. There are basketball courts everywhere; and the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and NBA (National Basketball Association) are followed by millions of fans, making them the most popular sports leagues in town.
So what do you get when you combine the PBA (complete with accurate player likenesses, the official PBA theme song, and the funniest in-game basketball commentator in history) with an NBA Jam-style basketball game on mobile? You get Philippine Slam, which is now one of the most downloaded sports games on Google play. The game, which was originally called PBA Slam but had to be renamed due to the Professional Bowlers Association, has been downloaded a whopping 1,000,000 to 5,000,000 times on Google Play alone. And while it’s unlikely that the iOS App Store download figures are as high, the safe assumption is that it would be in the thousands at the very least.
To put Philippine Slam’s success into perspective, the mobile version of the modern remake of NBA Jam has only been downloaded 500,000 to 1,000,000 times on Google play. Meanwhile, the Android version of NBA 2K16 has been downloaded 50,000 to 100,000 times (NBA 2K16’s core fan base are on consoles and PCs of course). Philippine Slam also has an average Google Play rating of 4.4 out of 5 (almost 40,000 reviews), and an App Store rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 (530 reviews). The game has been downloaded more times than its NBA counterparts, and its popularity is bolstered by the fact that it’s a very enjoyable game which players keep coming back to.
Philippine Slam developer Ranida Games has been hard at work at keeping the game updated with new teams, players, arenas, and modes. More insane dunk animations and funny lines from the in-game commentator (PORMADARASKA!) would be great too. A recent Ranida Games post on their Facebook page has announced that they’re working on mobile multiplayer (which will surely lead to tournaments everywhere), and even an NBA2K inspired MyPlayer mode, which is insanely ambitious in a very good way.
We can’t wait to see what other insane feats Ranida Games and Philippine Slam will pull off. As long as the game continues to be good though, this hoops crazy country will continue playing it.