Using the Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Basketball Game Review


Lifetime Double Shot Basketball Arcade Game Review Update

After about 6 months of ownership, I figured I should give an update of this system and how it has worked out for my family. First off, my new high score on this system 170. From speaking with a couple of people who work at Lifetime Products, they know of one of their employees that claims to have scored higher than 200. I am skeptical of that; though, I must say that the time I scored 170 I still had room for improvement. Back to the topic at hand, I wanted to share some observations of this system. I figured I would talk about the basketballs, the frame of the Double Shot, and the play-ability.

Double Shot Basketballs Inflate Time

Front corner view of double shot arcade basketball game with both baskets showing and several mini basketballs included showing To be honest, I am not sure how far I should inflate the basketballs used with the Double Shot. When we were first inflating them, one of the guys that was helping me to set up the arcade game said that he thought they were not supposed to be inflated all the way. I cannot vouch for that, though I think I can understand why he might think that. For instance, the more inflated the balls are, the harder the impact they are going to have with the backboard of the Double Shot. So, if you want to wear out your backboard quicker, I would expect that over inflating the basketballs will help you do just that. Therefore, the first time we inflated the balls, we left them somewhat under inflated. I must say that this caused us some grief getting use to the feel of the ball, but that uncomfortableness did not last long. The other observation with the balls is they appeared to maintain close the that original inflated status for about 2 months. While they are still usable now, after 6 months, I would not suggest waiting as long as we have to re-inflate the basketballs; they are quite mushy now. While the basketballs need a little work, the frame of the Double Shot Basketball Game appears to be in great shape.

Double Shot Arcade Basketball Game Steel Frame

The frame on this system is very rugged. To date, the frame is in great shape, with no signs of wear and tear. The only thing we noticed was that one of the bolts on the support legs came loose after about 3 months of use. We simply tightened it up again and have not had an issue since. I trust this frame should give us plenty of use for this arcade game. Which brings me to my last point, play-ability.

Lifetime Products Basketball Arcade Game Play-ability

In the 6 months of ownership thus far, we have had many different players use this system. While most of them have been an adult age, we have had plenty of people of different shapes and sizes. The point of me telling you this is that everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves each time they played. Unlike previous versions of the Double Shot arcade game, the 90056 has plenty of room for everyone to play. While taller players will have an advantage over shorter players, we have had adults ranging in size from 5 ft. to 6 1/2 ft. tall play and do well on this game.

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“Solo practice on the Lifetime double-shot arcade basketball system. ”

Product Description:¬ Lifetimes Double-Shot System will bring hours of fun to anyone who picks up a ball, with adjustable height from 82 and 90 inches to include everyone. Features a medium density fiberboard backboard with 2 heavy duty pro-style rims. Constructed with a 1.5″ powder-coated tube steel frame, heavy duty canvass and netting, keeps balls in play area. We’ve included seven balls with a pump and needle for your inflation. Our electronic infra red scoring eyes keep tally with multiple games, buzzers and sound effects for excitement. A tough game to walk by, but easy to enjoy.

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11 Responses to “Using the Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Basketball Game Review”

  1. Andrew says:

    A couple of years ago, for my birthday, I got a Lifetime Double-Shot. It was definitely one of the best, if not the best birthday present I have ever received in my entire life. My name is Andrew, I’m 12 years old, and my personal best for the Lifetime Double-Shot is 144. The Lifetime Double-Shot is a very high quality product. My parents bought it used, we’ve had it for about 2-3 years, and the Double-Shot still looks practically brand new. I’m not kidding. The basketballs, are still in great condition. None of them have popped or gone significantly flat. The net, which rolls the basketballs right back down to you, is still in a good condition, albeit not as good as the rest of the system. It is starting to tear at the top a little bit, but it is still easily usable, and it has not stopped me from using the Double-Shot all the time. The frame is still in great condition, despite a few loose bolts here and there, which I’m sure could easily be fixed if I weren’t so lazy. I like to play both by myself, and with my friends and relatives. When I play by myself, I always try to beat my personal best (144). When I play against an opponent, I always have a wonderful time trying to beat them at the game. There is plenty of space for both players to play. In fact some times we pull in a third person who chucks up shots occasionally. I think the Lifetime Double-Shot is a great game for all ages and heights! My little sisters can play the game without too much difficulty, although they don’t always do so well. I also think that most heights can play the game. It can be difficult for small children, but you can always pull in a stool to help them out. That’s what I used when I was too small. However I’m a 12 year old, and I’m only 4 foot 8 inches. As most of you know, that’s very short. And as I said before, my records 144. And the secret is: practice. You play a game enough, you’re bound to get good at it. And that’s what happened to me with the Lifetime Double-Shot. I’ve use it a LOT! I’m still not bored of it, and I still get a thrill out of it any and every time I play. The Lifetime Double-Shot is AWESOME!

  2. Kevin the Bargain Hunter says:

    I’m kind of surprise I’m the first to review this unit here at Amazon. There are some many systems in the $150 range, but I spent the extra $100 for hopefully a solid build. And I was not disappointment by the build quality. It is definitely sturdy. Just watch the Lifetime video, it doesn’t lie. The frames are solid, the rims are nice and thick. By looking at the pictures of the other systems, you can just imagine the flimsy frames shaking when you shoot because their frames are thin and the rims don’t look thick either. So this Lifetime product is definitely worth the extra money if you’re looking for a rock solid structure.

    Now here is my complaint. These types of arcade games are useless without accurate score-keeping. You need to earn a certain amount of points to get bonus time, and it’s very frustrating to not get any bonus time because the thing can’t count properly. And when you’re competing with friends, it’s no fun having to keep track of the baskets the machine didn’t count. You have to trust what your friend tells you, and they have to trust what you tell them. You get into conversations like, “Well, I really won cause I’m missing 10 pts here!!” You might as well shut off the electronics! I’ve never owned an arcade type basketball game, so I don’t know when infrared score keeping took over the older system, which I read was some sort of clicker in the middle of the rim. When the ball falls through the basket, it falls on the clicker and that’s how it keeps count. I read that the negatives about the old system is that the clicker can break and you’ll have to replace them. Make sense and newer technology is always better, right? Well, I’m not so sure. I think I want to find an old system just so I can compare. If the clicker is more accurate, then I’d rather have a clicker that I have to replace once in awhile, than an infrared system that never works.

    In conclusion, the Double Shot Basketball ended up being a $250 indoor hoop. If I didn’t want score-keeping, I could have bought an over the door hoop for $25 bucks and custom make my own ball return net. So this has been a disappointment. If Amazon or Life-Time offers me a $100 credit, then I’d keep it just for the awesome hoop, but for $250, I want the score-keeping accuracy!!

    BTW, it took me over 3hrs to build. I did it alone, but definitely a helping hand that you can call on anytime would help. I’ve contacted Life-Time to ask them if this infrared system is inherently error prone, or if I have a faulty system. I hope it’s faulty, which would mean a new electronic component will make this the perfect arcade system. But if this is just inherently error prone, then I will no longer trust any infrared basketball system. Believe me, it is frustrating when you’re 2 pts away from bonus time and the machine doesn’t count your last 4 made baskets. I was going John McEnroe on the machine as if it was a person.

    Lets see how Lifetime can help me. I will keep you guys updated. I will either have a perfect system, or this whole thing is going back to Amazon.

    12/23/2010 UPDATE!!
    Life-Time is very good with replacing parts. Along with the defective score-board, 2 of the 7 basketballs deflated overnight no matter how much you pump. So they sent me 2 new basketballs too! I got the new scoreboard and unfortunately, this one was defective as well. However it was an improvement. This time the score-keeping on the right is perfect, except for during it’s transition in giving you bonus time. It usually gives a bonus sounding alarm, if you make a basket simultaneously at this moment, it doesn’t count your hoop, but still a vast improvement, and something you can accept knowing that it’s probably by design. However, the score-keeping on the left is as bad as my first unit. It will miss at least 5 to 8 buckets in a span of a game. So we just take turns shooting the hoop on the right, and it’s very fun and I see the potential. I asked Life-Time if they want to try a third time. Not sure if they’ll do it, if not, no sweat.. this thing is going back to Amazon.

    12/30/2010 UPDATE!!
    The 3rd Scoreboard functions properly! I imagine many units are sold with scoreboards not counting properly but some people don’t care probably cause it’s for their kids, who also probably don’t care. But for the competitive adult buyers, get ready to go through a few rounds of exchanges. I finally got a scoreboard that counts every basket, so don’t give up. This is still the best system out there in this price range. When you miss on the cheaper systems, you hear a “CLANG” on the flimsy frames. When you miss on this system, it’s more like a “THUD” cause it’s just constructed better.

    1/1/2011 UPDATE!!
    After playing around with it some more, the infrared still misses shots, but they are few and far between, and does not effect game play. The faulty ones will miss 4 to 7 baskets within the first 30 seconds. The one I have now will sometimes not miss at all, but then other games it may miss one or two when you go deep into the game. I suspect this will be the case with all infrared systems, it’s not going to be 100% perfect especially at this price range. I recently also tested out old school ones with the clicker. Though the clicker is more accurate, I prefer the infrared with it’s minor inaccuracies over the clicker because I realize the ball gets stuck more often than the infrared misses shots. It’s no fun when the game is interrupted, or you have to start over because of a stuck ball. The clicker system would work perfectly if you don’t play with a net, but that’s no fun. I know some of you may say, “Man, this guy is picky!” Yes I am. This wasn’t bought for kids, we bought it for grown-ups. So for all the big boys shopping around for a hoop, I hope you appreciate this info.

  3. Allen Hurst says:

    The biggest question you have to answer is if the cost is worth it. You can find indoor basketball games at Sams Club, Costco or WalMart for $100.
    You can also pay five times this amount for a Rhino Sports which uses metal side grates instead of nylon netting.

    I actually bought a $100 kit before buying this item.

    There is no question the quality here is top notch.

    One main advantage to the Lifetime unit is the electronic scoreboard is AC power.
    Most others on the market, including more expensive ones, use batteries.
    Do be aware that you will need to assemble and use this near a wall outlet.

    Once assembled, the goals are rigid and sturdy and the unit doesn’t wobble.
    I am pleased with this purchase.
    I was meticulous with assembly and had no issues with the scoreboard. Many reviewers said the electronic scoring was hit and miss.
    If you are careful with insuring the sensors are flush, and place the main unit correctly with black and brown wires, you should have no issue.
    Also, some mentioned balls did not stay inflated, but I’ve had no issues with the basketballs.

    I assembled this alone and it took about 4 hours, but I worked at a deliberate and causal pace.
    With two people, it should be quick and easy.
    The pieces are all marked with identifiers.
    The nuts and bolts as well.
    The assembly instructions are clear – not the best I have seen, but adequate.
    Do not bother with the included cheap wrench- use your own socket wrench and assembly will go much faster.

    There are only a few confusing moments during install, such as how the nylon return sleeve should be laid out.

    My kids and I have already played on this many times and sometimes roughly and the unit has been solid.

    I would recommend this to anyone with the room and a high ceiling.

    I will update as needed if I encounter any issues.

    Update 11-19-12 —
    One month later and absolutely no issues with the BB goal. Our teenage daughters had a Halloween party for 30+ 7th and 8th graders. 4 hours of abuse from teenage boys and the BB goal is still performing exceptionally. In my opinion, if you assemble carefully and torque the nuts and screws for the scoring unit, you will have no issues.

    Update 12-01-12
    I have had one basketball lose some air. The other 6 are fine.

  4. C. LeBrun says:

    I recently purchased the Lifetime Double-Shot Arcade Basketball System from another website because it was cheaper but this system is far superior in quality (thicker frame & rims) and scoring accuracy compared to a Sportcraft model which is what I replaced and I am very happy that I did. The infrared scoring is a night and day difference compared to the clicker scoring found in the Sportcraft models. It very rarly misses any baskets. Also, with the clicker scoring you would run into many problems of the net getting tangled with the clicker and then the balls would get stuck in the hoop and if you shot too fast many of the baskets wouldn’t register. That is why I decided to upgrade to this game after less than a year with the Sportcraft. I would recommend this product to anyone. I have had absolutely no problems with the infrared scroing so hopefully in the previous review it was just a faulty product.

  5. Boz says:

    Very high quality, durable product. You’ll love it once you have it up and going.

    It does take a lot of time to assemble, about three hours for me, and I’m very experienced in assembling and constructing a wide variety of furniture, sporting goods, and other items.

    But once you’re finished, you’ll love it.

  6. Higgins says:

    I love the Lifetime double shot! We actually had the old Lifetime double shot and were excited when they came out with the new version. This is much better than the other cheap units on the market. It comes with a thicker backboard, thicker rims, a wider ramp, and the new infared scoring system! This is a very quality unit and has kept score for us perfectly. I love to have competitions with my brothers to see who can get the highest score. It has two bonus rounds if you score 30 points and then 60 points. When we first played it we were getting in the 80′s. Now the high score is 159. It is fun to try and keep raising the bar. It is also good times when two of us play at the same time. I would highly recommend this item!!!!

  7. J. Jones says:

    Initial feedback: 7/5/2011
    I just assembled my Double-Shot, and had similar experiences to others that have left feedback.

    - The system is very rugged – thick steel frame, solid construction.
    - Assembly took me about 3 hours (working alone). Directions were clear.
    - The sensors on one of the baskets is not working correctly and only senses about half of the baskets.
    - One of the rims was built incorrectly and is angled downward (1″) when mounted.
    - The game electronics are very simplistic, offering one game format. Additional play options would make it more interesting.
    - Two of the basketballs lost air quickly.

    I’ve written to Lifetime’s customer service and I’m hoping for resolution. I may raise my rating (from 2 stars) once these issues are resolved.

    Update: 8/3/11

    Lifetime customer service was very responsive, and send a new rim, electronics and 3 basketballs within 1 week. After using the system for several weeks, everything is still running great. Sensors detect 99% of all baskets. If they could deliver a fully functioning system on day 1, this would be a 5 star product.

  8. Stef says:

    We LOVE our lifetime double shot arcade! Took a while to assemble but worth every minute. Excellent quality. Really holds up even with my 3 sons use…ok and mom’s too :). It occasionally misses a made basket but overall the counting system is accurate. Fun to play against someone or even by yourself to break your personal best record. The air pump that it comes with isn’t very sturdy so I recommend having another one on hand. Folds up nicely as well when not in use. I’d 100% buy this product again.

  9. Jonathan J Gillman says:

    This is a great product!! This is my first feedback I have ever left, other than simple ebay. I was actually on Amazon looking for the same product for my brother in law and decided I would leave feedback. We had a family weekend and put this thing to the test. I bought this just before Christmas, fortunately had no flat balls (which seems to be a slight issue), and have used it everyday. I have a 7 year old that has friends over every weekend. This will stand the test of time as long as they don’t treat it like a jungle gym. Trust me, as an adult, you will get hooked! Especially with the “High Score”. Its addicting! The rims are solid! like commercial, only smaller diameter for smaller balls. I was worried that this would be a cheaper system, but I am VERY happy! I’ve had plenty of compliments on the system, even parents who spent $700+ on other systems. Sure we can here it 2 stories up if its real quiet, but we are shooting hoops here! there is volume control, but you cant control the yelling and trash talking! lol. I recommend this product, and would buy again.

  10. Roby chance Donaldson says:

    I bought this hoop for kids class for church. At my church that means over 100 kids a week, from 4-9 years old use it and not to meantion the adults :) So let’s just say it get used and sometimes abused and still works flawless! Some of the best money I’ve ever spent. – Chance

  11. Mom in Allen, TX says:

    I bought this for our family for Christmas based on the reviews. And we couldn’t be happier! My husbands response after I set it up “Wow this is like a real game.” With the electronic scoring and sounds it is so much fun!! We now have all of the neighbor kids wanting to come over and play. Just make sure you have plenty of room to set it up because it is quite large.

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