662701Following on the coattails of Skeeball's [99¢] overwhelming success comes another classic arcade machine game from Freeverse. NBA Hotshot [99¢] is a fully NBA licensed game based on the basketball games seen in many bars, bowling alleys, and video arcades. Featuring two gameplay modes, prizes to win, and both local and online scoring via the Plus+ network, NBA Hotshot is a welcome addition to Freeverse's "Flick Sports" lineup.

The game is controlled using flicking gestures to shoot basketballs. In classic mode, you have 40 seconds to score as many points as possible. Initially your shots are worth two points a piece, but 20 seconds in round two starts, the hoop moves farther away in the machine, and each shot is then worth three points. There is also a flashing bonus ball that provides additional points when used.

The second game mode, three strikes, allows you to play until you miss three shots. Regardless of which game mode you choose, as you finish each game a bar slowly fills indicating when you get your next prize. Prizes range from different balls you can play with that feature the NBA team logos and colors, and other less useful prizes like foam fingers and popcorn.


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Reactions on our forums have been mixed, but it's safe to say that if you found yourself enjoying the gameplay and controls of Skeeball, NBA Hotshot will likely be a welcome addition to the arcade game collection on your iPhone.

App Store Link: NBA Hotshot, 99¢

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  • http://www.nba.com/lakers/ KobeBryant

    Everybody should get this game, it is amazing. As soon as my index finger heals I am going to be number 1.

  • http://www.nba.com/lakers/ KobeBryant

    Everybody should get this game, it is amazing. As soon as my index finger heals I am going to be number 1.

  • Shaq

    Fat chance, I will be the best. I already replaced my finger with a robotic one.

  • Shaq

    Fat chance, I will be the best. I already replaced my finger with a robotic one.

  • Greg

    Don't forget the Plus+ support!

  • Greg

    Don't forget the Plus+ support!

  • iDocta

    I like this game alot, its fun, addicting and makes me feel like I'm really shooting those shots in the arcade. However it does need some work, many times when your trying to get a high score you'll find yourself waiting for the freakin balls to come back down wasting precious seconds in your countdown clock. And sometimes the finger swipes dont register. Other than those two gripes, the game is great because when it does work you can sink em like a pro. I'm #5 on Plus+ at the moment in this game. unless someone has beaten me :( yea someone did.. I'm #6 oh well. I shall triumph once again!

  • iDocta

    I like this game alot, its fun, addicting and makes me feel like I'm really shooting those shots in the arcade. However it does need some work, many times when your trying to get a high score you'll find yourself waiting for the freakin balls to come back down wasting precious seconds in your countdown clock. And sometimes the finger swipes dont register. Other than those two gripes, the game is great because when it does work you can sink em like a pro. I'm #5 on Plus+ at the moment in this game. unless someone has beaten me :( yea someone did.. I'm #6 oh well. I shall triumph once again!

  • Kita

    I guess this is what people want for apps is skeeball is any indication. I think these games are fun but it makes me wonder why go through the trouble of making an in depth and compelling app if more people are just going to buy these types of games?

    • TKO

      It's a mobile device ..much of the time people are using it when they have a "spare 2 minutes" ..waiting in a queue, in a quiet moment at work, stuck in traffic, etc.

      Doesn't matter if the app is in-depth or not. It's the games that can be started/resumed in 10 seconds, and quit at any point after a couple of minutes that fit into the lifestyle of any iPhone user. IMHO (and generalising far too much), the in depth apps are for the kids. I keep buying them, but I never find time for them.

      • Steve

        Although I love the things I can do with my iPhone. I remember a time when I person might take those spare 2 minutes waiting in line to interact with another person or daydream or ponder. I personally find I like a more in-depth game that i can sit down and work on for 20 minutes towards the end of the day rather then spurts.

  • Kita

    I guess this is what people want for apps is skeeball is any indication. I think these games are fun but it makes me wonder why go through the trouble of making an in depth and compelling app if more people are just going to buy these types of games?

    • TKO

      It's a mobile device ..much of the time people are using it when they have a "spare 2 minutes" ..waiting in a queue, in a quiet moment at work, stuck in traffic, etc.

      Doesn't matter if the app is in-depth or not. It's the games that can be started/resumed in 10 seconds, and quit at any point after a couple of minutes that fit into the lifestyle of any iPhone user. IMHO (and generalising far too much), the in depth apps are for the kids. I keep buying them, but I never find time for them.

      • Steve

        Although I love the things I can do with my iPhone. I remember a time when I person might take those spare 2 minutes waiting in line to interact with another person or daydream or ponder. I personally find I like a more in-depth game that i can sit down and work on for 20 minutes towards the end of the day rather then spurts.

  • rich_952000

    I played Skee-Ball "sparingly" although I like it, just not a day after day kind of game for me. Enter NBA Hotshot. This game gets a ton of play by me. One thing that is better for me is the scoring element. Instead of Skee-balls overall point spamming scheme, Hotshot is set up to reward the most skilled players in both modes.

    Man I hated how Freeverse awarded the global high scores for Skee-Ball the players who play non-stop day in and day out, the best in the world. Please don't set up anymore games like that ;)

    • Cranker

      I agree. I HATED that !!!!!

  • rich_952000

    I played Skee-Ball "sparingly" although I like it, just not a day after day kind of game for me. Enter NBA Hotshot. This game gets a ton of play by me. One thing that is better for me is the scoring element. Instead of Skee-balls overall point spamming scheme, Hotshot is set up to reward the most skilled players in both modes.

    Man I hated how Freeverse awarded the global high scores for Skee-Ball the players who play non-stop day in and day out, the best in the world. Please don't set up anymore games like that ;)

    • Cranker

      I agree. I HATED that !!!!!