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Arcade Hoops Basketball (DSiWare) Review

USA Thu, 31 Dec 2009 by Jonathan Wahlgren

Arcade Hoops Basketball Screenshot

Flick and swish

Arcade Hoops Basketball is a simple beast. Odds are you've played it's real-life counterpart before, too. No, not basketball. Have you been to a fair? Theme park? Arcade? Large movie theater? It's the one where you have to chuck a ball through the hoop as many times as possible before time runs out and you may or may not win a cheap prize.

Being a simple beast, it doesn't strive to do a whole lot. Touch and hold a ball, flick the touchscreen, put the ball through the hoop, get a top score, high five yourself. Easy peasy. There are three "modes" to choose from, which boil down to the basket being close, three-point distance and alternate-between-the-two-halfway. Your strategy never really changes, just flick slightly faster to shoot further.

Arcade Hoops Basketball Screenshot

The graphics and sound are simple, with essentially one frame of hand-animation when you shoot, a backboard that looks like a backboard and basketballs that are round and sort of rotate when you let go of them. Even the game's title is effortless, albeit redundant and somewhat nonsensical (can't wait for the sequel, Outdoor Goal Soccer).

So is it fun? Well, kind of. There's a simple pleasure in racking up high scores, but it's not enough of a hook to make you really want to play it more than once or twice. Can you draw a straight line quickly over and over? Congratulations, you've mastered the game.

At least it saves your scores for each mode! That's considerate.

Conclusion

Arcade Hoops Basketball is not a terrible time-waster, but it never tries to be anything more than a very simple diversion. Only the most diehard basketball fans will care enough to keep firing it up after the first few times around.

User Comments

topnick12

1. topnick12 United States 31 Dec 2009, 07:51 GMT

It looks ok....but I wouldn't download it.

Ezekiel

2. Ezekiel United States 31 Dec 2009, 10:05 GMT

Its only 200pts, seems worth the price.

LEGEND MARIOID

3. LEGEND MARIOID United Kingdom 31 Dec 2009, 12:36 GMT

..oh dear...

Sylverstone

4. Sylverstone United States 31 Dec 2009, 14:41 GMT

oh boy....

Well, it is an improvement over the last game they made (Arcade Bowling - 1/10 - Skeeball? Really? It said BOWLING.)

Oh well, 200 is a justifiable price but don't look for me spending my hard-earned points on this.

110percentful

5. 110percentful United States 31 Dec 2009, 16:13 GMT

Hopefully this won't do as well as Arcade Bowling-it's been #4 or #5 on the top 20 list every week :|

brandonbwii

6. brandonbwii United States 31 Dec 2009, 18:39 GMT

it sounds like what i pretty much expected from the pr description. It's a simple app time waster. I can actually see a bunch of people downloading this and having a good time. I guess there are just some things that don't even need to be reviewed with a numeric score (clocks, calcs, mixed messages etc.) because they aren't bad for what they are. They just aren't much.

Moochr

7. Moochr United States 01 Jan 2010, 02:49 GMT

This looks pointless.

Dragoon

8. Dragoon United States 02 Jan 2010, 01:59 GMT

200 points looks like waaaay to much for this one....

Rocky

9. Rocky United States 02 Jan 2010, 17:34 GMT

This game along with arcade bowling are two of my favorite DSi download games. The progressive mode on both games is addictive and fun. Quick and easy diversions are great on a portable system.

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