Arcade Hoops Basketball
A basketball game without an online leaderboard? Rejected!
While downloading Arcade Hoops Basketball, we couldn't help but laugh at the following quote: "this game may cause players to abandon all distractions, such as work, family, and that traffic light up ahead." That's from Skyworks Interactive, the company behind this boring and, considering its features, overpriced iPhone app.
Arcade Hoops is one of the few video games that's fun to play but ultimately fails because of limited options. What we have here is a $1.99 app that challenges you to score as many baskets as possible before time runs out. To play, you place a finger over a ball and then swipe upwards; the length of your swipe determines how high/far the ball travels. You also have two modes of play, a Classic Game where you fling basketballs at the hoop until time expires, and a Progressive Game that causes the backboard to move, thus increasing the difficulty of your shots.
While everything works all right, there's no reason to play Arcade Hoops for more than ten minutes. Unlike Arcade Bowling, Progressive mode never gives you harder scores to beat; you score as much as possible before getting whisked back to the title screen. To make matters worse, the game's far too easy because of the very friendly rim; we scored 174 points in Progressive mode in less than 20 minutes.
Furthermore, Skyworks failed to insert an online leaderboard into the game; you can still record high scores offline, however. This kills the fun, since there's no point to beating yourself. You could pass the iPhone around with your friends, but we'd much rather compete against the world.
Because of this glaring omission, we can't recommend Arcade Hoops, not even to basketball fans. Had Skyworks designed Progressive mode like Arcade Bowling's, we'd throw it another point. Until someone releases an update, however, leave this game on the bench.
What's Hot: Cool swipe controls, semi addictive shooting.
What's Not: No online leaderboard, unfulfilling Progressive mode, too easy.