An Introduction to NBA LIVE Mobile

With almost countless best seller titles under their belt, EA Sports not only knows how to make a great sporting game, they are the sporting game!! From the makes who brought you all of your favourite hits is another mobile exclusive action arcade sporting game! Reminiscent of the classic and iconic break-away game NBA JAM comes NBA LIVE Mobile!  And despite all of its awesome attribute, the biggest slam dunk of them all is that it’s free!

NBA LIVE Mobile : Gameplay


In this card based system of collecting rookies, superstars and basketball legend hall of famers,  players can choose their favourite NBA franchise and as the GM can then upgrade, trade, train and above all play their team (and stadium) to become the best in the world!

With a surprisingly fluid virtual control stick, ball and player movement is actually quite accurate considering that it is only a mobile game.

With the option to play four different modes; live events, head to head, season and league, users must first select a team and the lineup of players for each particular event. Upon starting users are given a basic starter pack yet once acquiring new character cards, the selected lineups become more and more important, whereas certain events require certain character abilities to successfully complete the challenge.

Features of NBA LIVE Mobile


RUN YOUR TEAM Be the GM, upgrade your roster, rain buckets, and rise up the ranks. Build your favorite franchise into a team of ballers with NBA superstars from the past and present. Rip packs, work the auction house, and become the team to beat.

STAY FRESH IN LIVE EVENTS Live the ultimate basketball lifestyle and become the G.O.A.T. Connect to the NBA all year long with new daily challenges. Score incredible rewards in real-life matchups and break ankles in Seasons or Head-to-Head mode with friends and foes. Work the hardwood in live events to become a hoop master any time, every day.

DOMINATE THE GAME* NBA LIVE Mobile brings next-generation mobile gameplay to your fingertips. Drive to the hole or sink threes from downtown. Go for the steal and rain foul shots like it’s your job. Hustle through fast-paced, two minute quarters to annihilate rivals faster than ever. Win packs and coins as you play, and unlock special abilities to take your team to an elite level.

Tips ‘n’ Tricks for NBA LIVE Mobile


Perfect the Basics!

Starting out, players will have a brief guided tutorial to help choose a team and become familiar with the gameplay.  However, before rushing in and opting to secure that all star player, make sure that this is the team you want and remember to focus on synergy between players so that you actually have a team as opposed to simply have a group of hotshots!

Changing Teams is Possible!

It is a little hidden in the options menu, but scrolling through, you will see the possibility to change teams without having to spend any cash.

Upgrade as often as possible!

As with so many other games, playing, earning in-game currency and then spending it on upgrading is a key element to NBA LIVE Mobile.  Yet where with other games it may be favourible to hold off on upgrades and grind to skip a step to be able to afford a more advantageous upgrade, here it is best to simply upgrade as often as possible!

Act on the Auction!


Similar to sports manager franchise genre, players can trade and bid on available players. For anyone experienced with online auctions like e-bay, will know that constant surveillance of products / players and timers is crucial!  Thus if wanting to try to get the big names like LeBron and Kobe on the cheap, then wait until the very last moment before betting high and hard!  For betting soft too early will evidently simply start a bidding war which soon escalates out of control.  For beginners, try to aim for 65+ overall rating player for around 200 ~ 500 coins. By keeping an eye out and by buying as many cheap yet high potential players as possible, you win quickly rise up the ranks!

Cultivate your Currency!

Players can earn in app currency by simply playing matches, win or lose, yet of course will earn more by winning.  Apart from this there is the achievements menu which offers rewards upon completion.  Furthermore, by completing training drills, players can earn coins, trophies or packs which can unlock new players!

Be Hands on with the Lineup! If just starting out or unsure of the finesse and fluidity of basketball, then it may be best to leave the rooster lineup to the A.I, yet by tweaking the rooster yourself, you will be able to work the synergy of players better and build the dream team that you have always dreamt of!

Defense! Defense! …


As any stubborn hard headed person knows, the best defense is offense. Yet every now and then, good defense really is good defense!  And in NBA LIVE Mobile, having a strong D-game can mean all the difference!  As with other elements of the game, the auto A.I is quite adept for all things considered, yet without a doubt nowhere near as elegant as an experienced played!  Therefore, like before, use the auto play when necessary, but be sure to practice, practice, practice!

That said however, some quicks tips would be to; When defending, be sure to always move the joystick away from opponents while the guard button is pressed. If the opponent is in front of you and not moving however then simply tap the guard button to attempt a steal. If the ball is in mid-pass then a quick tap will deflect the oncoming ball.  For snatching rebounds, be sure to timely tap the block button when near the post.  Otherwise as mentioned use the auto-play for defense then switch to manual play for offense or visa-versa.

For other key moves be sure to;

  • Pump fake: Tap the shoot button
  • Spin: Double tap the Drive button to attempt to spin around a defenders guard.
  • Steals: Tap the Guard button to attempt to steal the ball (mostly spammable without fouling)
  • Hesitation: stay stationary and tap the “Drive” button once
  • Fade Away: Move towards the baseline and tap “Shoot” to perform a fade away

 Personal Impressions of NBA LIVE Mobile

NBA LIVE Mobile is a great example of mobile action, arcade sports gaming! With a variety of various elements and genres included, here is a game that can appeal to a wide diversity of gamers!  The vivid graphics and smooth lag-less flow is great for a pocket sporting game.

The depth of menus, consideration of rooster choices and actual gameplay may seem a little overwhelming to novices at first, yet soon becomes very manageable and enjoyable! NBA LIVE Mobile is simple enough for beginners and novices to quickly acquire, yet also elegant enough with durable depth that experienced gamers will also enjoy!

With so many various modes and areas of enjoyment within the game unfortunately the largest flaw is the energy meter system, which by any free-to-play comparison is unjustly harsh and short. This truly is a shame for it ultimately detracts play rather than capture potential buyers and inspire them to invest in unlimited play.  Three stars out of five.

3 out of 5

App Specifics for NBA LIVE Mobile

Current Version:
1.1.1 (iOS)  (Last Update July 05 2016) (as at the time of writing)
1.0.9 (Android)  (Last Update June 23 2016) (as at the time of writing)

96.4 MB  (iOS)
64.1 MB  (Android)

5,000,000 – 10,000,000

Requires iOS:
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Requires Android:
3.2 or above

Content Rating:
Rated for 3+

English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish.


In-app Purchases:
$0.99  ~  $99.99

Offered By:
Electronic Arts (EA Sports)

Download NBA LIVE Mobile

App Store : iOS

Download NBA LIVE Mobile for iOS from the App Store Here!

Google Play : Android

Download NBA LIVE Mobile for Android from Google Play Here!


Do you agree with our review of NBA LIVE Mobile? We would love to hear your thoughts on whether you love or hate this game in the comments section below along with any other requests for games that you would like to see reviewed!


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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!
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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!