All fans of the game of basketball have gone down to their local arcade and been hooked in to the magic that is “Pop-A-Shot”. These basketball arcade games are fast paced, fun, addictive, and can actually help you develop your basketball skills.
What you might not have realized is that Pop-A-Shot is not the name of the basketball games found in the arcade, but the original brand and inventor of the arcade basketball game back in 1981! An old college basketball coach was recovering from a surgery and invented the game during his recovery. It caught on quickly and the Pop-A-Shot brand began selling their basketball arcade to arcades and bars around the country.
However, the company’s growth slowed as competitors came in to the space with cheaper units. Because of this the iconic Pop-A-Shot brand has begun to develop and sell premium quality basketball arcades meant for home use. Their newest recreational model, the “Home Dual Shot” hit stores and ecommerce sites recently. Luckily, we had a chance to check it out and give our take on this new basketball arcade game.
The Pop-A-Shot basketball arcade is not the easiest basketball arcade game to put together. That accolade goes to the 2-Player Sportcraft, however, Pop-A-Shot made their assembly reasonably easy thanks to clear directions.
One thing I would like to see changed in the direction steps is that they should have you place the hoop on the frame earlier in the assembly process. Pop-A-Shot does not tell you to complete this step until after the frame is set up meaning you have to lift the hoop onto the frame, which is unnecessary.
In the end, it took me around 2 1/2 hours to put this basketball arcade together. Certainly not a fast process, but the final product is definitely worth it.
Let’s start with the quality of the Pop-A-Shot Home Dual Shot Basketball Arcade System compared to other home basketball arcades. Simply put, the Pop-A-Shot is the highest quality basketball arcade for home use that we have reviewed.
The difference in quality starts with the rims. Pop-A-Shot Home Dual Shot features two steel rims that may look similar to those found on other units, but they perform much better. These rims are more firm making it challenging to make shots compared to softer, weaker rims.
A large screen digital scoreboard sits between the two rims attaching to the backboard. The numbers really pop on this screen and again you can tell that this scoreboard is higher quality than those found on the average home basketball arcade.
We also like the control panel that attaches directly to the frame of the Pop-A-Shot making game selection a breeze. From this control panel you can do everything including turning the system on and off, game selection, and audio options.
Pop-A-Shot Basketball Arcades come with seven mini basketballs, which is more than the four found with most other basketball arcades. These are basic rubber basketballs and no different than the mini basketballs found on the lower priced arcades.
Ten different game modes can be played on the Pop-A-Shot Dual Home Shot Basketball Arcade. Here is a summary of each game mode:
Pop-A-Shot is a top quality home basketball arcade system and its price reflects this fact. Usually the price comes in around $275, with incremental price increases seen during the holiday season.
Last year I reviewed the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot on BestOutdoorBasketball.net. This arcade basketball game from Sportcraft featured an Iphone App that allowed players to compete with one another across the globe. This year I’m taking a closer look at the newer 2-Player Sportcraft Arcade Basketball Hoop Game.
In this review I will breakdown the assembly process, features, and game-modes that come with this basketball arcade system.
The 2-Player Sportcraft Basketball Arcade System is the easiest full-size basketball arcade system to assemble that I’ve reviewed. You don’t need any tools or screws to put this system together. In fact, the 2-Player Sportcraft Basketball Arcade System uses pins that click together so that each piece is easily attached. You can see these pins in the picture below.
Sportcraft claims that it only takes 10 minutes to put this system together. That may be true for someone who is familiar with the system, but for me it took around 20-25 minutes. Either way, compared to the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot, which took me 2 hours, this was lightening fast.
The biggest issue I had with assembly was making sure that I didn’t assemble parts backwards, which happened on a couple occasions. Thankfully, because of the easy to use pins fixing my errors was painless and didn’t cost me much time.
The size of this arcade basketball system is noteworthy. The dimensions are 80″X 46″X 81.5″. For this basketball arcade system to fit in your room you’ll need a ceiling that is at least seven feet tall. Otherwise you risk the top of the system hitting your ceiling.
With the Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball System comes two steel rims that are basic, but get the job done. Last year’s Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot rims had poor welding that let to the rims breaking over time. Hopefully, Sportcraft has fixed this issue. Time will tell, and I’ll keep you updated on how the rims hold up after more use.
Between the two rims is a digital scoreboard that keeps track of your score and the time left. There are a set of buttons that hook to the frame of the hoop that allow you to turn on the basketball system, select the game mode, time, and how many players.
Baskets are counted using plastic levers that are triggered when the ball goes through the hoop. These are pretty accurate, but may not count a basket if two balls go through the hoop one right after the other. Overall, it certainly works for the purpose of recreation.
The backboard is a simply plywood materials and nothing special. But it does a fine job to bounce the basketballs off the backboard and into the hoop with velocity.
The scoreboard is well lit so that you can see your scores and the time left.
The Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball System comes with eight different game modes included. To be honest I have not played all of them because I have not had time, but I will explain each of them in detail.
This arcade basketball system is very affordable and priced in the $105 range. Compared to other similar arcade basketball systems, such as the Lifetime Double Shot, this price is a steal. Because of this if you are on a tighter budget then be sure to consider the Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball System.
With the holidays right around the corner it is time to start thinking about what gifts you are going to be getting for your loved ones. If you are visiting this site it is safe to assume that you or another person close to you is a fan of the sport of basketball. Given this a great gift for basketball fans and players alike is an arcade basketball game. They offer interactive gameplay with family and friends and can even help you develop your skills.
While these arcade basketball games are not cheap, they are fairly reasonably priced for what you get. They generally range in price from $100 to over $250. We find this to be quite affordable when you consider what you are getting for the money.
Another factor to consider when deciding to buy an arcade basketball game is the size of the unit and the space in your house. These things are not small and will take up a lot of room. So, for those living in a small space we recommend not buying an arcade basketball game.
For the rest of you we have selected four arcade basketball systems that are the best available. Click on the “See Amazon Price” button for each to see the basketball system’s Amazon product page.
First up on our list on our best arcade basketball game is the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot. This basketball arcade game has changed the game of recreational basketball entertainment by allowing you to compete against others with this arcade hoop from around the globe.
This is done by way of Bluetooth and your smartphone or tablet. The folks behind Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot have brilliantly created an app that goes with the arcade and allows you to connect to the scoreboard.
Not only can you play against others virtually, but you can also compete against yourself through the single player games that are available on the app. This includes the standard “Arcade” mode, where you try to score as many points as possible over four one minute quarters. There is also “Single Ball” mode where you make as many shots as you can in a row. Finally, you have “Training” mode where you can compete against the computer for a minute period.
We also love the ranking and achievements features that show you how you compare to other players and also allow you to see your progress over time.
The arcade itself is also of good quality. There are two hoops and a scoreboard with LED display. The only weakness is the plastic, spring-loaded scoring sensors. We prefer to see these arcade basketball games with infrared scoring sensors that are less likely to give false-positives and false-negatives.
Overall, this is a great, and innovative arcade basketball system that takes basketball entertainment to a new virtual level.
Our second pick comes from Lifetime, which is a leading manufacturer in Made in the USA portable basketball systems. Most of the hoops that Lifetime produces are affordable but have a good quality for the money. Thankfully, the Double-Shot Arcade is in the same category.
While you don’t get the interconnectivity of the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot, which is a big drawback, the Double-Shot does have some important pros. Most of all is that this basketball arcade utilizes infrared scoring sensors, which are more accurate than the plastic spring-loaded sensors found on the Shaq Cyber Hoop. You can be sure with the Double-Shot that each basket will get counted.
There are different game modes you can play with the Double-Shot as well so you and your family will be able to have fun competing against each other.
Lastly, the rims on the Double-Shot Arcade Basketball System are the best we’ve seen. Very heavy-duty and sturdy, which is a big plus when it comes to the enjoyment of the game.
If you don’t have the ability to play others virtually, then having as many game options as possible to play against friends and family is important to keep things fresh. The HLC Sports Arcade Basketball System has 8 distinct multi-player modes that allow you to compete against other in different ways.
The two rims on this arcade are quality with 1.5″ steel frame construction. These I find to be your standard rims, not the best, but certainly not the lowest quality either.
As for negatives, several users commented that the assembly for this arcade hoop is a real challenge due to directions that are unclear. This can make things frustrating before you even get to use your new arcade system. Overall, we found the Shaq Cyber Shot Hoop to be very clear in comparison to the HLC Sports Double Shot.
The last selection is certainly not lacking when compared to other arcade basketball systems. The Atomic Deluxe Basketball Shootout comes from Escalade Sports, which may be a name you are unfamiliar with. However, some of their other brands will be familiar such as the Silverback and Goalrilla lines of premium quality in-ground basketball hoops. If you know anything about these brands, then you know Escalade is committed to quality.
We love the looks of this arcade basketball game compared to the others on this list. It has sharp blue colors over a black background on the backboard, which just looks cool. From a quality and features standpoint, the Atomic Deluxe most resembles the Lifetime Double-Shot Basketball Arcade. Each have infrared scoring and are similar in size.
With the Atomic Deluxe you get four mini-basketballs as well as an air pump so that you don’t have to miss any action if you get a flat basketball or two.
However, at the end of the day we prefer the Lifetime Double-Shot to the Atomic Deluxe, because the former just does everything a bit better than the latter. With that in mind you can pick up the Atomic Deluxe for about $50 less than the Lifetime Double-Shot, so if you want to save a little bit the Atomic Deluxe could be the right choice for you.
With the holiday season coming up we felt it would be a good idea to give you some info on some of the best basketball related products that you can give as gifts to your young up and coming basketball fanatic. The Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Basketball System certainly fits into this category. For any of you who remember being a kid and setting high scores at your local arcade with an arcade basketball hoop, then you know how much fun these types of arcade basketball hoops can be.
With the Double Shot, Lifetime has created one of the most durable, reliable, and all around high quality arcade basketball system designed for home use.
One of the most important things for an arcade basketball hoop to do is to keep score accurately. If the system does not keep score accurately then it becomes a whole lot less fun to play. The Lifetime Double Shot Basketball Arcade System has one of the most advanced infrared scoring sensor system on any basketball arcade we’ve seen. Infrared is superior to systems with physical spring-loaded scoring sensors because the latter system cannot count two basketballs going through the hoop one right after the other.
The Lifetime Double Shot also will fold up when not in use so that it does not take up as much space. This is a big bonus for those who do not have a large space for an arcade basketball system, but would still like one for their home. To fold the Double Shot simply lift the two front legs up at they bend and fold toward the rim and backboard.
Durability and stability are also high on the priority list when it comes to arcade basketball systems. Lifetime Double Shot has you covered as this system features an 18 gauge powder-coated steel frame. This gives this basketball arcade system a strong “core” and minimizes shaking during gameplay.
The rims and backboard of this arcade basketball hoop are higher quality than those found on most other systems. In fact, the Lifetime Double-Shot has the best rims we’ve seen on an arcade basketball hoop.
As for things we don’t like about the Lifetime-Double Shot it pretty much comes down to the fact that this system does not use the power of the internet to allow you to play against players from around the world. While this is a newer technology, arcade basketball systems allowing you to connect to an App via bluetooth are starting to be available for sale. For example, the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot being released at the end of October 2016.
Having this technology on your arcade basketball system is huge because it opens up your playing opportunities beyond just family and friends. With this in mind, we hope that Lifetime decides to add a similar technology in the near future as it would certainly take the Double Shot to the next level.
Lastly, this arcade basketball hoop comes with 7 mini basketballs and an air pump to get you on your way to playing some enjoyable games with your family.