Score big, unlock secret teams in NBA Jam with our Windows Phone Achievement Guide

Hey Xbox game fans, Windows Phone Central is back with another exclusive and professional-quality Achievement guide. This time we tackle the Windows Phone version of NBA Jam from EA Sports. Whether you’re a Jam veteran or new to the series, our guide will help you knock the game’s Achievements out as quickly and easily as possible, though it’ll still take just over 30 hours to unlock the final one.

Earning NBA Jam’s Achievements also unlocks a variety of characters, but several of the game’s most outlandish characters can only be accessed via secret codes. We’ve got those for you too, right after the break. Boom shaka laka!

Unlocking the Hidden teams

When you select the ‘Play Now’ option from the main menu, you’ll be prompted to enter your initials before choosing your team. To unlock the secret teams, enter these initials:

  • DEM: Unlocks the Democrats (Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton)
  • MAS: Unlocks the Mascots (Rufus Lynx, Rumble the Bison, Rocky The Mountain Lion, G-Wiz, The Raptor, Bango the Buck, and Mavs Man)
  • OGJ: Unlocks the Original Jam Team (Mark Turmell, NBA Jam’s creator and Tim Kitzrow, the announcer)
  • REP: Unlocks the Republicans (George W. Bush, Sarah Palin (barf!), John McCain, and Dick Cheney)

Once unlocked, the secret teams will appear between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks in the team selection menu. You only need to enter each code once; the teams stay unlocked even if you change your initials.

These teams are only playable in Play Now and Multiplayer modes, not Career mode. However, if a team’s mascot is part of the Mascot team, then unlocking the Mascot team makes that mascot appear as a playable member of that team in Classic Career.

Three teams can only be unlocked by earning specific Achievements:

  • ‘Buzzer Beater’ Achievement: Unlocks the Beastie Boys (Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock)
  • ‘100 Club’ Achievement’: Unlocks the EA Mobile team (Ryan Winterholler, Josh Valensi, Sean Chapel)
  • ‘Southwest Division represent’ Achievement: Unlocks Stickman team (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow)

Single-game Achievements

These eight Achievements can be earned during single games in either Play Now or Classic Campaign modes. For all of the Achievements in this guide, you’ll want the difficulty set to Rookie and Controls to Arcade. Most of the single-game Achievements are easier to get with Quarter Time set to five minutes, but you can get all but ‘Century Scorer’ with two minute quarters.

Because you’ll have to play a whopping 222 Classic Campaign games to get all of the Classic Campaign Achievements, I recommend going for the single-game Achievements in Classic Campaign mode, not Play Now. A character with high DNK, STL, 2PT, and 3PT stats such as the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett will make several Achievements easier.

Buzzer beater - Hit a Buzzer beater shot to win the game.

Unlocks: Beastie Boys team, George Gervin, Mark Price

This is probably the hardest Achievement in the game, but it’s not that bad. A ‘buzzer beater’ is a thrown shot (not a dunk) that goes through the hoop at the end of the fourth quarter after the clock has already hit zero. Not only that, but the shot must actually cause you to win the game ; if your score was high enough to win before throwing the ball, it won’t count.

The ideal time to go for ‘Buzzer beater’ is during the very first Classic Campaign game because the difficulty rises incrementally in subsequent games. But this is Achievement takes eight minutes to attempt (four quarters at two minutes each) and is easy to fail, so you might want to hold off until your second Campaign playthrough (when you’ll have mastered the ropes of the game) before you try for it. Picking a character with high 2PT and 3PT stats will help too.

The key to setting up a buzzer beater is keeping your score tied or only one point below the opponent's score throughout the entire match. Every time they score a goal, you need to score your own, and vice versa. To keep your AI partner from scoring points, have him pass you the ball (blue button) whenever he gets it.

Once the last 15-30 seconds of the final quarter nears, hold the ball and avoid the enemy until the timer reaches one second, then throw the ball. If it makes it through the hoop and causes you to win, you’re all set! Also, you can still get a buzzer beater if the game goes into overtime.

Century scorer – Score 100 Points in 1 Game.

Unlocks: Dan Majerle, Magic Johnson

To get 100 points, you really need the quarter length set to five minutes. For the points to count, you must personally score the baskets, not your partner. Always have him pass to you or set you up for alley oops. If he does score some baskets, you’ll just need to score an extra shot to make up for each one.

Double Up - Beat the CPU in a game by doubling their score or better.

Unlocks: Brad Dougherty, Nick Anderson, Mitch Redmond

Like ‘Buzzer beater,’ this one’s easier with two minute quarters. As your score gets ahead of the opposing team, they will become more aggressive. Just do your best to steal and block as much as possible. During your many Campaign games, you’re bound to come out with double the enemy’s score eventually.

Fired Up - Get On Fire 4 times in a single game.

Unlocks: Chuck Person, Larry Johnson

Whenever you personally score three baskets in a row without the enemy scoring a basket, you’ll ‘get on fire,’ signified by the basket catching on fire. The key to catching on fire is to steal or block the ball and take possession while on defense.

Losing points to Goal Tending violations doesn’t count against you catching on fire; only the enemy scoring baskets does. At minimum, you’ll want to catch on fire once per quarter. But you can do it more than once if you catch on fire early in a quarter and then quickly lose the fire.

Glass cleaner – Grab 10 rebounds in 1 Game.

Unlocks: David Robinson, Scottie Pippen

A rebound happens when a player throws the ball at the basket and misses, and then someone catches it before it hits the ground. It doesn’t have to bounce off the rim or backboard. This can happen while you’re on either offense or defense.

It’s hard to specifically try for rebounds. Just set the quarters to five minutes, throw the ball a lot (trying to catch your own missed shot), and swoop down on both your partner’s and enemy’s missed throws like a hawk. Choosing players with low 2PT and 3PT stats could help a little.

High flyer - Perform 10 successful alley-oops in one game.

Unlocks: Happy Face basketball, Camera Hog privilege, Dr. J

Alley-oops – when you jump into the air and your partner throws you the ball for a dunk – are so much easier on Windows Phone than in the Xbox 360 games.

When your partner has the ball, run close to the basket and hold the green button to jump into the air. Unless your partner had already started to dunk, he’ll throw you the ball and you’ll alley-oop it. If you find yourself with the ball and you want to alley-oop it, just pass with the blue button before initiating the alley-oop.

Sticky fingers - Steal the ball 10 times in one game.

Unlocks: Bowling basketball, Lava basketball, Kenny Anderson

To steal the ball, stand close to the opponent ball carrier and press the blue button. You will reach for it and hopefully grab it. It’s tough to steal consistently, so just do your best to get in front of the ball carrier every time after you score a basket. Longer quarters and players with high STL ratings can make this easier.

Throw it down, Big man - Dunk the ball 10 times in one game.

Unlocks: Globe basketball, Cobalt basketball, Rany Seikaly

You should get this without even trying for it. Dunks score more consistently than throws anyway. Use a character with a high DNK stat if you need help.

Multigame/Campaign Achievements

To get all of the game’s Achievements, you’ll have to play through Classic Campaign a total of six times: once with each of the six division’s teams. One playthrough consists of 37 matches. With two minute quarters, that will take approximately five hours. So you’re looking at 30 hours to complete all six playthroughs!

The only other general advice I can give you is to beat it with the eastern divisions (Atlantic, Southeast, and Central) first. The Unlimited Turbo privilege you’ll get after those three playthroughs will make the final three run-throughs easier since it only benefits the player, not the AI. The western divisions’ reward of 1 Shot Fire benefits both sides.

Atlantic Division represent - Beat the Atlantic Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: John Starks, Patrick Ewing, Kevin McHale

You must be butter - Go on a 10 game win streak in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: Big Head mode privilege, James Worthy, Dennis Rodman

Since the first 10 games are easier than the ones that follow, you should try to get this at the beginning of the Campaign instead of later on. If you reach the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter and expect to lose, quit the match. Select Classic Campaign, say No to resuming, and (I believe) you’ll be able to restart the match without it counting as a loss.

Southeast Division represent - Beat the Southeast Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: Manute Bol, Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb

Central Division represent - Beat the Central Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: Bill Laimbeer, Isaiah Thomas, Scott Skiles

Grand scorer - Score 1,000 Points

Unlocks: Danny Manning, NBA Jam basketball

Only points that you personally score count towards this Achievement, not your partner’s points. If you average 50 points a game, you should get this around the 21st Campaign game or so.

Northwest Division represent - Beat the Northwest Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: Kevin Johnson, John Stockton, Karl Malone

Southwest Division represent - Beat the Southwest Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: Stickman team, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith

Pacific Division represent - Beat the Pacific Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.

Unlocks: Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, Glen Rice

100 Club - Win 100 games.

Unlocks: Bryant Reeves, EA Mobile team

Since one campaign consists of 37 matches, you should get this near the end of your third playthrough.

Eastern Conference Domination - Beat Classic Campaign with a team from each division in the Eastern Conference.

Unlocks: Unlimited Turbo privilege, Larry Bird

Western Conference Domination - Beat Classic Campaign with a team from each division in the Western Conference.

Unlocks: 1 Shot Fire privilege, Orlando Magic Shaq

NBA Domination - Beat Classic Campaign with a team from each division in the NBA.

Unlocks: USA basketball, Clyde Drexler

Whew! At long last, you can now use Clyde “The Glide” on the Portland Trail Blazers, assuming you’re not totally burned out on the game already.

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  • Shitty Exclusives
  • +1 I agree :)
  • That's funny - NBA Jam is a classic game and the WP port is just plain fantastic.
  • What I think they mean is that having games as exclusives is annoying.
  • Yup
  • Agreed paul
  • You have to be kidding me. If you seriously think NBA Jam is a shitty exclusive you must have never played the original, which is a classic, as Paul mentioned.
  • No they mean shitty exclusive, because if you don't have a Lumia phone you can't have it. "Not available for your carrier or region/country." I have an HTC 8X on VZW and I can't get it either. So it is most likely Lumia exclusive or ATT in the states I am assuming.
  • It's a Lumia exclusive but will be available on all brands of WP in 6 months. Everyone benefits from these exclusives.
  • think so Paul? They always say exclusive apps will be available after some time frame but we see nothing....just like the ESPN app Nokia last year promised in May 2013....may is almost done and nothing. I see all these as patronizing factors from the manufacturer to the consumers.
  • The Nokia Xbox exclusives are definitely just 6 month timed exclusives. Several of them have become available to everyone already, such as Trivial Pursuit and Spy Mouse last week. Exclusive apps are a different story...
  • The Nokia ESPN app isn't that great, as a matter of fact, I've deleted it and started using ESPN Scorecenter... they are almost the same.
  • Well then I am happy I am getting a 928 next week and passing the 8X to my wife. I'll put that $25 credit toward this and some other Nokia exclusive Xbox games for fun.
  • As always lol.
  • ??? Why???
  • u promised tht nova 3 would come this month, the month is almost finished you need to check your sources cause they obviously not worth it @Paul Acevedo
  • I didn't promise. I reported that it would, but our source (a French website) was indeed bad. We then mentioned the error in several subsequent articles.
  • French.
  • Whoops, I get them mixed up with another site sometimes. :)
  • Well I never saw those articles -.-
  • Well...
  • I'm thankful you wrote this guide, Paul. I might demo the game now that I know what it's like.
  • Thanks man! Good to see someone appreciates it. :)
  • The codes also work for the Ios port.. Thx for the guide. I might just get it for my Lumia 920 as well.
  • Confirmed that the codes work with the Android port as well. Love you guys, Mobile Nations!
  • Love the game, but like Tiger Woods '12 I just wish the graphics were upgraded to HD aka 720p.
  • Is it just me or is the outdated roster bugging me. Or is that part of the humor too.
  • Updated rosters would be nice, but since NBA Jam is a little retro and a lot silly, the older roster doesn't hurt too much.
  • True. Having a blast anyway the narrating is hilarious. 
  • I agree updated rosters would be cool but hey it really doesn't take too much away from a great game. I do want to know where the missing extra players are aka Dennis Rodman?
  • Looks out-dated by the screenshots. Devin Harris doesn't play with the Nets anymore, they're also the Brooklyn Nets, not New Jersey anymore. Kevin Martin plays with OKC now, not Houston.
  • Yeah, like the iOS version I believe the roster is from 2010.
  • Yeah, gotcha, that's a no go for me unfortunately. I am a basketball enthusiasts, play it, watch it, Xbox it lol (NBA 2K13 is my shit!) but, I hate having out-dated rosters. It's like playing Modern Warfare 3, but using a Luger instead of a Desert Eagle or something lol.
  • Nice guide, wish I could play this game.  Oh well, I'm good about being patient. :)
  • Why do people complain about the roster? This game is old. EA doesn't even have online support for the Xbox version plus that roster will not be updated. 2K12 roster want be updated either. If you want a updated roster wait until NBA Fire comes out.
    Great guide it's appreciated and I'll put it to good use.
  • NBA Jam On Fire Edition has online play and the rosters get updated.
  • Uhhhh that's what I said. NBA JAM is old. It want get roster updates and the online version on the Xbox is dead. Why? Because NBA Fire is out. It's a new game it will get updated rosters and eventually make it to the mobile platform.
  • I'm guessing by the constant use of the term "throw" instead of shoot that someone here isn't a big basketball But all is forgiven. Great guide Paul!
  • More that I didn't want to use the word shoot over and over because that gets repetitive. But you're still right, I am a very casual fan.
  • Can you unlock Bill Clinton like you could on the SNES?
  • Can you read like people used to when SNES was around? Don't wanna be mean but reading is important!
    Thanks Paul, good quality stuff.
  • Right on!
  • Clinton, Gore, Hillary, Obama, Biden
    Bush, Palin, McCain, Cheney
  • I can't get it on my HTC 8x
  • Is that a fact? ;)
  • Is it possible to play multiplayer with another platform (iOS, Android)?
  • Great guide and a great game.thx. 
    Now ea pls give us a fifa
  • Thanks for the guide, this is an excellent game for WP.
    BTW, you may want to move the barf comment next to Obama.
  • Is anyone having a problem connecting to multiplayer or cross platform multiplayer?
  • Yes I couldn't play an Android tablet
  • I finally got multiplayer to work (not cross platform, obviously) last night. Tried 15 times in a row and no luck. 30 minuites later, it worked twice in a row.
  • Does it support a bluetooth only connection? The Android description says it does but ive yet been able to get it to work. Oh well, maybe this new "Nba Fire" game will whenever it gets released on mobile. 
  • The WP version only supports Wi-Fi for multiplayer. And NBA Fire is not a real game, Tbonega was referring to the XBLA version of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. His wording was confusing, I know.
  • I tried 30 times over 2 days with my brother: both connected to the same WiFi network, sitting right next to each other. It never worked once. I'm pissed about it because I made my brother buy it so we could play against each other and we can't. NBA Jam is a fun game, but the single-player campgain gets old whereas multiplayer never does. I hope EA fixes this.
  • You should submit a support request on the EA Mobile website. If enough people complain, they might decide to fix it.
  • I love this game
  • I've been waiting for this since my Omnia 7..
    its perfect and well worth the wait. I just can't get enough of it!!! well done Nokia..the question now becomes, why doesn't Microsoft do the Same and pay for apps.ive almost got everything I need..real racing 2 (proper win 8 version with the original graphics) or real racing 3, afterburner and omg pirates and I'm set...
  • if this game WP8-1GB is equivalent to WP7.8-512 MB , then why not Temple Run? Is WP fooling ppl around??
  • Presumably the Temple Run developer is uninterested in optimizing his game for low memory devices. A shame.
  • Am I the only 1 who is having micro stuttering in the game? (L920, trial version).
    It happens sometimes, usually when passing... the game stops for like 0.1 sec then continues... Its quite annoying