Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot

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Take aim and shoot! ~ Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot

Feb 26, 2000 (Updated Aug 22, 2001)
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Pros:Fun family time, no batteries required.

Cons:Hard to find game cartridges.

The Bottom Line: Lack of game options limits game's use. Children grow bored. I recommend that you pass on this game.


Our eleven year old son requested the Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot for Christmas this past year. I did not plan at first on getting it for him as he also had several other items listed. I wasn't sure I wanted to spend sixty dollars on another shooting toy. The closer we got to Christmas the more I started to feel like Santa (me) should bring this too. After all it was Christmas and just because "I" didn't want the toy it didn't mean that it wouldn't be fun. It was the last gift that he opened and he was really surprised that Santa (as he made sure to say for his younger brotherís sake) brought this for him.

The Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot is similar to one that we used to have on an old Nintendo set up. You aim the gun and shoot and you get points for making your target.

The Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot has a projector base that swivels vertically and horizontally. The rifle attaches to the projector with a cord and the base is plugged into the wall. No batteries yay!!!

The sight on the riffle has a little red light dot on it so it gives children the feeling they are using laser aiming. You use a game cartridge similar to Nintendo 64 which is feature that I really liked. Our sonís game came with a Duck hunting cartridge.

This toy can be kind of loud and I'm not of the opinion that the "honk, honk" sounds like a duck. The sound however resembles a duck closely enough that you will find yourself hoping to put it out of its misery :smile:

One feature that real sportsmen will laugh at but hopefully some will understand is when you shoot your target (in this case Mr. Duck) you will see his eyes close into "X" and the target spot (hard to explain) is like something you would see in a comic strip - oval with star type point on the edges. The shot area is purple with a yellowish/white center. I like this, as itís less gruesome than most video games.

This particular set came only with one rifle however there is a receptacle for a second rifle so that two may play at the same time. By removing the stock from the rifle you have a different weapon to play with (which the boys do enjoy). Iíve been asked how the feel of this is and honestly it has been many years since I have shot a weapon and the weapons back then that I used were only BB guns. I would not venture to guess the feel compared to the real thing. These kids get a kick out of it - that is what is important to me :smile:.

There are two things I am unhappy with regarding the Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot. The first being I haven't been able to find any other game cartridges to use with this yet. The second reason would be that you need a lot of space to play this game. I believe the box said that you could shoot at targets up to twenty feet away. I think you really need a room large enough to aim at ducks twenty feet away.

When you play with the Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot in a small space it is very difficult to aim and shoot. My son however disagrees with me and has said that if it were in a larger space the ducks would be bigger and easier to shoot. I guess I would have to agree with that point. However, I still feel it is awkward in small spaces.

I have played this with our boys and it is fun. There are different levels you can choose so you can practice or hunt. You can speed it up so the hunting is more challenging also. This is great as our five-year-old can play at his level and the older boys can set this up to be more challenging for them.

I would recommend this to someone else as we have had a lot of fun playing with it. Actually after spending more time with it tonight I am ready to challenge them all to a skeet-shooting event.

PRODUCT RECALL
For further information please visit the following website;
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml00/00091.html

Kudos to Amazon.com once again as they notified us immediately as we purchased this item at our site.

We received our new cartridge and disposed of the original cartridge, which was considered a safety hazard.

**Update:

This Epinion was originally written in 2/00 with an update in 3/00. As of today's date the Arcadia Electronic Skeet Shoot has been passed down to our youngest son who is now seven.

This has not been played with for at least a year. I expect as we finish culling through his toy box and sorting out givers and keepers that this toy will be placed in the give away pile. It did not take long (three, perhaps four months) for all three boys to become bored with this. Perhaps if I had been able to find other game cartridges it would have held their attention longer...


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