It makes a strange kind of sense that you’d send inhumanly tall and athletic pro basketball players to ward off an alien invasion, as is the offbeat hook for the fun (but generic), free-to-play endless runner, NBA Rush. All 90 players are licensed from the 30 current NBA team rosters, and are modeled in a rough likeness to their real-world selves, right down to their respective signature dunking styles. There’s little to distinguish them beyond aesthetics, however.
The NBA 2K name typically comes attached to a hardcore simulation that is largely impenetrable to casual basketball fans, but NBA 2K13 for iPhone and iPad dials back the realism to offer something more accessible. There’s still plenty of depth for the diehards — though not quite on the level of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 console outings — but even those with only a rudimentary understanding of the sport could soon be dribbling and dunking with the best of them. It's a bit cramped on an iPhone, but NBA 2K13 feels ideally suited to the iPad.