Here at game table hero playing arcade sports games is a passion of ours and we love it even more when you can buy arcade style games for the games room. One of our all time favourites is the Indoor basketball arcade game. There’s always a ‘who can shoot the most hoops’ competition if I am out with friends and family and we see one of these bad boys.
Best Indoor Basketball Arcade Game
Now you don’t need to wait until you’re at the arcade, you can buy an electronic basketball arcade game to shoot hoops indoors at home. There are several different manufacturers, models, sizes and styles, including single basket models, dual or double indoor basketball games and non powered and electrical options to choose from. They can also differ quite a bit in build quality and materials used. Below are some our top picks and recommendations to help you the best indoor basketball arcade game for your requirements.
Best Dual / Double Indoor Basketball Arcade Game
Top Rated – Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Basketball System Review
If you’re looking for a strong and sturdy indoor basketball game then the Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Game is a great choice. Although the lifetime is slightly more expensive that some of the other options available, there is a reason for it and that reason is ‘quality’.
Unlike some other models, the frame is made with 18 Gauge powdered coated steel so you know this will not bend, break or rust. The back board is made from medium density fibreboard and many purchasers have stated it can take a heavy beating when shooting hoops off the back board. The lifetime may not look as ‘snazzy’ as some other models but it certainly makes up for it everywhere else.
This is a dual basket model so you can have multi player game time. And of course, no authentic arcade game would be complete without an electronic scoring system that independently scores each hoop whilst providing great arcade sound effects. Like the arcade versions it also has a timer so you can compare your top scores with other players.
The nylon ramp quickly feeds back the balls (you get 6 balls by the way) to the shooter allowing for a quick and exciting game whether you’re playing on your own or with friends and family. We did hear that the balls did not release fast enough through the nets for one purchaser – another purchaser who had the same problem re-strung the nets and then they worked fine.
When you first un-package and assemble the game you will need to set-aside a good 60 to 90 minutes for assembly and it would make life easier if there were two of you. But once up, you’re ready to go.
Short on space? The lifetime has you covered. It can be folded away and stored against a wall quickly and simply by releasing the integrated push pins. It can also be lowered for rooms with lower ceilings. The standard height is 90 inches but the backboard can be lowered to provide an overall height of 82 inches.
Best Triple Hoop Indoor Basketball Arcade Game
Top Rated – ESPN 3-Player Electronic Arcade Basketball Game
Do you want to play indoor basketball 3 players at a time? Well now you can. ESPN has brought out a 3 hoop option to there popular 2 hoop indoor basketball arcade game. So now you have the option of playing 1 player, 2 players or 3 players at the same time.
Like the Lifetime, the ESPN 3 is made with a steel construction frame so will be a little more sturdy than some of the cheaper basketball machines on sale. Also like the Lifetime, it folds up to reduce the amount of space required when not in use.
The overall size is 84 inches (H) x 90 inches (D) x 60 inches (W). When it’s folded away it’s 84 inches (H) x 38 inches (D) x 60 inches (W). So this thing needs a bit of room. However, if it was smaller you would be ‘on top of’ each other when shooting hoops if 3 players were shooting at the same time.
The ESPN 3-Player Electronic Arcade Basketball Game comes with 6 balls so that’s plenty for quick fire games. The ball return is quick so no waiting about for your next shot. It also has an electronic scorer, time clock and sound effects for that arcade feel.
There are a few things worth considering when making your purchase. After all, you will want to purchase the best indoor basketball arcade game you can for your hard earned money. Below are some of the points we look at when purchasing such an item.
Construction material – Not all games are built the same. You will want to ensure the frame is made from steel to ensure it last for more than just a few games and can take regular, heavy usage.
Height and Space – Before you make your purchase, make sure you know where the game will be positioned. Then measure your available width, depth and height. It’s no good have a well built arcade basketball game if you don’t have the appropriate roof height to throw the basketballs. The hoop will be set between 80″ and 90″ and you will require another 12″ or so if you loop your shots. With regards to the depth, some of the better models will fold up to reduce the space required when not in use – This is a great feature.
Scoring System – The better games will have an LED electric scorer, a count down timer and arcade noises. Sure you can get along without one, but when you’re playing a fast game on 1 v 1 with your friends and family, you don’t have he time to focus on scoring.
Basketballs – The good brands will supply you will a number of mini basketballs with your indoor electronic basketball game. The number you will receive will depend on the manufacturer and the number of hoops your game comes with. At a minimum I would expect 4 basket balls, but preferably 6. However you can always purchase more mini basketballs at a later date if you require more.
Number of Hoops – There are single hoop games, dual hoop games and triple hoop games. Personally I would go for as many hoops as your space allows, but where possible always at least two hoops. This is because it’s great to play 1 v 1 on a timer.