I’m not going to say that Mr. Man is sports-obsessed, but I will say that he loves anything sports-related, especially basketball. Recently I had the chance to give him the Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop Set to review, I can’t even tell you how thrilled he was. Just look at his face when he opened it:
This isn’t your normal game of bedroom basketball. Cyber Hoop by Nerf can be played as is but the real fun comes when you connect it to the app. The app uses the camera on your phone to record your game play and will create a highlights reel. The app keeps track of your scores as well as challenges you to new games like Dunk Challenge.
Here’s the problem with the app: It’s only available for iPhones 4/4s/5, iPod Touch 4th or 5th gen, or an iPad 2/3/4. That leaves people like me, with an Android phone and an older gen iPod Touch, out of the best part of the game.
So, I guess this is only going to be half of a review since I couldn’t access the app.
The Cyber Hoop was really simple to put together and comes with everything needed, except 3 AAA batteries. We didn’t have any batteries, and I still haven’t remembered to buy them, so we don’t use the automatic scoring feature. My son was enamored with the cyber hoop for a solid week, which is pretty impressive for such an active little guy. He hasn’t played with it much after that first week, but I think if he had the app he would still be interested.
I wish I could have more of a review for you, but that’s it. It’s your standard bedroom basketball game if you don’t have an iWhatever. If you do have a compatible iWhatever it’s probably a really cool bedroom basketball game.
Price: $$ ($15-20)
Number of players: 1-4
Recommended ages: 8 & up
Reading level required: None
Parental involvement: Suggested for assembly & app download
Company website: http://www.hasbro.com/nerf/
I was given a free product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.