Slam Dunk King for iOS Proves Freemium Games Can Be a Ball

PikPok, the game label responsible for Adult Swim’s runaway hit Monsters Ate My Condo, has released its latest title, Slam Dunk King, on the App Store. The game is free, with a $2.99 in-app purchase available to disable advertising. It also features a number of power-ups, which can be bought with in-game currency or acquired more quickly by spending real money on them. PikPok is the mobile label of Sidhe Entertainment, a New Zealand-based gaming company that has been around since 1997 and originally made console games for the X-Box, Wii and Sony PlayStation devices.

Slam Dunk King may look a little bit like Halfbrick’s classic Fruit Ninja at face value. In the game, players grab basketballs out of the air and attempt to dunk as many of them as possible through a hoop on the left-hand side of the screen within 90 seconds. They receive points for the ones they dunk, but don’t lose any for those that fall off-screen. Bombs also hurtle towards the backboard and must be swatted away. If they hit, the backboard is destroyed and players must wait until it reappears.

Once they grab a ball, players can perform trick shots with it. For instance, a “Whirlwind” is performed by moving the ball in a spiral before dunking it. There are a dozen tricks to learn, and each rewards the player with extra points when performed. It’s possible to chain successive tricks together to earn even more points. Continuing to hold a finger on the hoop after dunking scores additional points, but can be tricky to time.

After players have performed enough successful dunks, they can activate a power-up. These appear as mascot characters and their powers range from awarding points for every bomb swatted to slowing down time. These are purchased using crowns earned by playing. The mascots can be purchased for limited use (only a few games) or unlimited use, which costs considerably more. Real money can be used to purchase more crowns, should the player decide to.

The game has an eye-popping, hand-drawn visual style that makes it as pleasing to look at as it is to play. PikPok has included three courts (downtown, sports arena, and fairgrounds) and a variety of fanciful ball styles (such as a globe and a beach ball) to unlock. Slam Dunk King is a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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