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Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball Game Review

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.

If you want to see more about the 2-Player Sportcraft Arcade Basketball Game check out the video review below:

Assembly

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.

The Sportcraft 2-Player arcade basketball hoop uses pins to make assembly a breeze

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.

Features of the Sportcraft 2-Player Basketball Arcade System

Rim, backboard, and scoreboard of the Sportcraft 2-Player Arcade Basketball Hoop

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.

This arcade basketball system comes with 4 mini basketballs

Game Modes

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.

  1. Beat the Clock– Standard arcade basketball game where you try to score as many points as possible in a specific timeframe.  Buckets are worth 3 points in the last 10 seconds.
  2. Beat the Clock,  3 Point Version– Same as Beat the Clock, but each bucket is worth 3 points throughout.
  3. Battle Back– This game requires 2 players.  Basically each time you make a basket, your opponent loses points.  So if you score you get 2 points and you opponents gets -2.  First player to 10 points wins.
  4. HORSE– The same game that millions grew up playing in their driveways.
  5. Check Point– Players have to score a certain number of points in a specific time to continue playing.  There are 4 levels with ascending point targets (24, 52, 68, and 86).
  6. Around the World– Allows you to shoot from 5 different areas and will stop the clock once 10 points are made.  The players who makes the 5 shots in the shortest amount of time wins.
  7. Left and Right– Alternate between the home and visit baskets and score as many points as possible in a specific time.
  8. One to One– Each player will play a round individually and the player with the highest point total wins.

Price

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.

Summary

What I Like About The Sportcraft 2-Player Basketball Arcade System

  1. The easiest arcade basketball system to assemble that I’ve ever reviewed
  2. At around $105 it is very affordable compared to similar basketball arcade systems
  3. Allows you to play certain game modes with up to 4 players
  4. Comes with 8 different game modes

What Could Be Better

  1. I wish this arcade basketball hoop was compatible with the Cyber Hoop Shot App which makes playing a lot more fun and interactive
  2. Sometimes the scoreboard does not work properly (malfunctions)

Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Basketball System Review

lifetime-double-shotMain Features

  • Infrared Scoring Sensors Ensure that Scoring is Accurate
  • Easy Fold Up Design to Save Room in Smaller Spaces
  • 18 Gauge Powder-Coated Steel Frame
  • The Best Rims We’ve Found on Any Arcade Basketball Hoop
  • Comes with Seven Mini Basketballs and an Air Pump

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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.

double-shot-shootingOne 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.

lifetime-double-shot-foldThe 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.

 What We Like About the Double Shot Arcade

  • Infrared Sensors are Better Than Older Models
  • High Quality Rims and Backboard
  • Very Stable Frame
  • Comes with 7 Mini Basketballs
  • Price is Reasonable

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Online Technology so You Could Play Others From Around the World