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Pop A Shot Game Modes

In this article we’ll detail all the Pop A Shot Game Modes that are available to play in their popular basketball arcade games.

We’ll cover which game modes appear in which arcade model and summarize the rules of each. Finally, we’ll review how to actually select each game mode.

Pop A Shot Game Modes – by Model

The table below shows how many modes are included with each model of basketball arcade game:

ModelNumber of
Game Modes
Home Dual Shot16
Outdoor Dual Shot16
Dual Shot Sport10
Home Single Shot6

We’ll review the game modes included with each of these models in turn below because some of them have a different numbering system, and different rules, depending on the model.

Tip: for a full review of all 4 models, to see how they compare to each other and their rivals, see our recent article on the best home basketball arcade games.

Home Dual Shot

Pop-A-Shot Home Dual Shot

The Home Dual Shot is the jewel in the crown of Pop-A-Shot’s basketball games for the home and comes with the following 16 game modes.

Note: for games 1 to 9 (except 6) and game 16, baskets are worth 2 points until the last 10 seconds when they become worth 3 points.

Game ModesRules
1. Standard2 Players – 30 seconds. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
2. Overtime2 Players – 1 minute. If you reach 50 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 80 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
3. Sudden Death2 Players – 15 seconds. If you reach 20 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 40 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
4. Intermediate2 Players – 45 seconds. If you reach 40 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 70 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
5. Solo1 Player – 30 seconds. Only the left hoop is active. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
6. Free Play1 or 2 Players. No clock. All baskets count 2 points
7. Team2 Players – 30 seconds. Combined score of both players is displayed on both scoreboards. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
8. Cross Court2 Players – 30 seconds. Player 1 shoots first at the basket displaying the score, then the active basket changes. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
9. Crisscross2 Players – 30 seconds. Players shoot at the opponent’s basket.
10. Skeet Shooting1 or 2 Players. The announcer says “Shoot”, you then have 3 seconds to successfully shoot a hoop
11. Sharp Shooter1 Player. The announcer says “Left” or “Right”, you then have 3 seconds to score in that basket
12. Double or Nothing2 Players – 30 seconds. The first basket is worth 2 points. Each subsequent basket scores double. If no basket is scored within 3 seconds, the next basket is only worth 2 points
13. Scoring Streak2 Players – 30 seconds. If no score is made within 3 seconds, the scoring streak is broken
14. Tug of War2 Players. For each successful basket, that player scores 2 points and the opponent scores -2 points. The winner is the first player to 10 points.
15. Around the World2-4 Players. The first player to make 10 successful hoops wins
16. Tournament2-4 Players. Player 1 plays Player 4, then Player 2 plays Player 3. The winners play in the Final

Outdoor Dual Shot

Pop-A-Shot Outdoor Dual Shot

The Outdoor Dual Shot can be used safely outdoors (or indoors). It is based on the Home Dual Shot above but made with weather resistant materials for outdoor use. It also has the following 16 game modes.

Note: for games 1 to 9 (except 6) and game 16, baskets are worth 2 points until the last 10 seconds when they become worth 3 points.

Game ModesRules
1. Standard2 Players – 30 seconds. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
2. Overtime2 Players – 1 minute. If you reach 50 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 80 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
3. Sudden Death2 Players – 15 seconds. If you reach 20 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 40 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
4. Intermediate2 Players – 45 seconds. If you reach 40 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 70 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
5. Solo1 Player – 30 seconds. Only the left hoop is active. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
6. Free Play1 or 2 Players. No clock. All baskets count 2 points
7. Team2 Players – 30 seconds. Combined score of both players is displayed on both scoreboards. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
8. Cross Court2 Players – 30 seconds. Player 1 shoots first at the basket displaying the score, then the active basket changes. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus
9. Crisscross2 Players – 30 seconds. Players shoot at the opponent’s basket.
10. Skeet Shooting1 or 2 Players. The announcer says “Shoot”, you then have 3 seconds to successfully shoot a hoop
11. Sharp Shooter1 Player. The announcer says “Left” or “Right”, you then have 3 seconds to score in that basket
12. Double or Nothing2 Players – 30 seconds. The first basket is worth 2 points. Each subsequent basket scores double. If no basket is scored within 3 seconds, the next basket is only worth 2 points
13. Scoring Streak2 Players – 30 seconds. If no score is made within 3 seconds, the scoring streak is broken
14. Tug of War2 Players. For each successful basket, that player scores 2 points and the opponent scores -2 points. The winner is the first player to 10 points.
15. Around the World2-4 Players. The first player to make 10 successful hoops wins
16. Tournament2-4 Players. Player 1 plays Player 4, then Player 2 plays Player 3. The winners play in the Final

Dual Shot Sport

Pop-A-Shot Dual Shot Sport

The Dual Shot Sport is a budget version of the Home Dual Shot with fewer balls and it has the following 10 game modes.

Game ModesRules
1. Standard2 Players – 30 seconds. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds when they are worth 3 points
2. Solo1 Player – 30 seconds. Only the left hoop is active. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds when they are worth 3 points
3. Crisscross2 Players – 30 seconds. Players shoot at the opponent’s basket. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds when they are worth 3 points
4. Skeet Shooting1 or 2 Players. The announcer says “Shoot”, you then have 3 seconds to successfully shoot a hoop
5. Sharp Shooter1 Player. The announcer says “Left” or “Right”, you then have 3 seconds to score in that basket
6. Climbing the Ladder2 Players – 30 seconds. First basket is worth 2 points, each subsequent basket is worth an additional point (3, 4 etc). If no basket is scored within 3 seconds, the next basket is only worth 2 points. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus.
7. Overtime2 Players – 1 minute. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds when they are worth 3 points
8. Sudden Death2 Players – 15 seconds. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds when they are worth 3 points
9. Free Play1 or 2 Players. No clock. All baskets count 2 points
10. Team2 Players – 30 seconds. Combined score of both players is displayed on both scoreboards. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds when they are worth 3 points

Home Single Shot

Pop-A-Shot Home Single Shot

The Home Single Shot has similar features to the Dual Shot Sport above but is much narrower because it is a single shot game for 1 player.

It only has the following 6 game modes but most of the extra ‘missing’ games would be for two players – there’s no need for those here…

Game ModesRules
1. Standard30 seconds. If you reach 30 points you get 15 seconds bonus and if you reach 60 points you get another 10 seconds bonus. Baskets are worth 2 points until the final 10 seconds (and all bonus time) when they are worth 3 points
2. Skeet ShootingThe announcer says “Shoot”, you then have 3 seconds to successfully shoot a hoop
3. Double or Nothing30 seconds. The first basket is worth 2 points. Each subsequent basket scores double. If no basket is scored within 3 seconds, the next basket is only worth 2 points
4. Overtime1 minute
5. Sudden Death15 seconds
6. Free PlayNo clock. All baskets count 2 points

How To Select Pop A Shot Game Modes

On all the Pop-A-Shot basketball arcade models listed above, to select the desired game mode:

  • Press the ‘GAME’ button on the Control panel until the number of the desired game mode is displayed
  • Now press the ‘START’ button to begin the game

Source: Pop-A-Shot website