Ways to Buy an Air Hockey Table

unduhan-15One of the entertaining arcade games around, has to be air hockey. There’s no better way to spend those tickets than trying to beat your friend or younger brother at a game, there is no other such definitive win. And if you’re trying to buy one for yourself, you’re awesome! Apart from the arcade style coin-operated Super Mario Bros., I think the air hockey table should be a must have for anybody and everybody. So, in order to help you out on your buying one, here’s a few thing to keep in mind when you go out into the stores or search the Internet.

The Table

You need to decide what kind of table you want to buy, depending on a few ‘restrictions’, if you want to look at them that way. The first one being space. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been saving up for months, if you can’t make enough space for the large table and still have enough for two people to move around it, then you can’t really have fun playing. Here are the three types of air hockey tables that you will find, along with some extra types that you might like.

Basic Table
These are the ones meant for a kid’s bedroom or, basically, for kids. The tables are really small, have snap-on or bolt-on parts. They may or may not have fans for the air cushion. They are easy to assemble or dismantle so they can be stored away when not in use. You can get this if you have a real space problem.

Most of these tables are around 32 inches or 40 inches to 4 feet and may have no legs (the smaller ones), just put them on an elevated surface and start playing. Another problem with these tables can be the lack of quality. Basic tables are good when you start playing on them, but they get weathered a lot faster than most of the big, quality tables. They dent faster than mid-size air hockey tables and need to be replaced faster. But on the upside, they are very cheap, anything from $50 to $250.

Mid-Range Table
Most people tend to buy the standard mid-range air hockey table. What they may not know is, there are two things to consider here – one is the size and the second is the quality. If the table has a large size and is offered for a cheaper price, that means there is a compromise on quality for a bigger table size. They will not last long and the fans are weaker than those on a better priced table.

If the table is a bit smaller than an arcade table but is costlier than the type mentioned above, it means that the quality of the table is quite good and the fans should work fine for a long time. They are quite resilient to dents, but not indestructible. They will dent and warp in time and you will find it a pain to play on them, but only after a long time and thousands of fun games. These tables will cost anywhere from $500 to just around $1000.

Arcade Size Table
If you really want to break a leg playing air hockey, nothing less than an arcade table will do. They are big, strong and last a lifetime. An arcade table is generally at 7 feet or 7.5 feet long. They are quite tedious to install and once you do, you can’t move it around. One problem here is the space. As you can figure, a 7 feet long table can be hard to fit in an average sized home, but the real problem is the surface of the floor of where you’re going to keep the table. These table have perfect fans meant to give the least friction possible, which means your puck will feel the tilt if the table is not perfectly horizontal. The good news is that most tables come with adjustable legs to help the table become perfectly horizontal. The other thing is, a slight tilt won’t be a real bother in a game, just that seeing the puck floating to one side when you’re not really playing can be a bit annoying. I mean, you’ll be bugged if you just spent a truck load to get a table with a puck that moves on its own.

As far as the quality of the table is concerned, buy it from a reliable brand and remain assured of it. They look so good they will easily be the biggest jewel in your crown. An arcade air hockey table will cost you $1000 upwards and with most of them generally under $1600. Some of them may cost you around $2500, $5000 or $7000 (Barron Games QUAD AIR Redemption Air Hockey Table is for $6,995.00).

Special Tables

These tables have an extra something to ‘tweak’ your playing experience a little.

Also known as a Boom-a-Rang air hockey table, it feels like playing pinball, only there are no buzzers or knobs in there, but another person on the other half. The advantage of getting a boomerang table is the size of it. It’s like cutting an entire hockey table in half and joining them up on the sides. A very fun variant of regular air hockey.

Think you’re better than regular air hockey? Try out a more ‘professional’ version. It’s actually nothing but a regular arcade table with attachments along its center to raise an opaque screen in the center of the table. This way, you don’t see where the puck is coming from, till it’s in your half of the table. The advantage with it is you can always take off the screen to enjoy regular air hockey.

8 Feet Air Hockey Table
Yes, the table is 8 feet long. I really haven’t tried to play on a table this big, but I think the game should be a little slower with the puck taking ages to cross the table.

The Better Air Hockey Brands

Take your pick from the following brands that offer the best air hockey tables around. Note that some of them deal mostly in arcade tables.

  • Dynamo
  • Fat Cat
  • Shelti
  • Imperial
  • Playcraft
  • Barron
  • ICE

They are the most credible brands around.

Extra Tips

There are a few more things to keep in mind when you buy an air hockey table.

  • Make sure the fans are right. The air flow through the holes is more important than the playing surface itself. A good fan in an arcade air hockey table has an air displacement rate of 350 to 400 cubic feet per minute.
  • Make sure if the parts that bear the most hits (the inner edges of the table and the edges of the scoring slots) are not sealed but screwed in (that is,removable). That way, if they are dented or warped, you can get replacements and just screw them in. Also, make sure that you get replacements from where you bought the table.
  • Look for inner walls made of thick nylon or thick aluminum. They don’t dent as much as other walls and give an extra bounce for a faster game.
  • Make sure you’re going to get extra pucks and pushers with your table.

Take care of all the things and you’ll have for yourself a table that you will enjoy for quite a long time. At the end of the day, it’s all about having fun when you play, whether it’s for the heck of playing or to win. So just make sure you bought the right table and game on.

Myriad Games Ideas

While online games are the most popular, sometimes staring at the computer screen becomes monotonous. Moreover, if the electricity is not there and there isn’t a backup, the day can get really boring. What does one do then? While reading books is an effective way to spend free time, not everybody has the patience to do so. At such times, indoor games become the salvaging factor.

Fun Games to Play If You are Bored at Home

Often ‘boring times’ come unexpectedly! You end up looking around the house to do something fun. Here are some fun things to do when you are bored at home.

Pictionary is an interesting game that gets everybody involved, because it’s an easy game to play. Moreover, all you need to play this game is a whiteboard, marker and loads of enthusiasm. A simple book will also suffice instead of whiteboard. Ask each person to draw clues and the rest can guess. The clues can be regarding movies, famous people, parables in the Bible or even popular brands. This game is one of the most interesting games to play at home with your family when bored.

Memory Game
For a bunch of bored people trying to wile away time, the memory game is a simple, yet interesting game to play at home. In this game, just place about 10 items on a tray and cover it with a towel or napkin, such that the cloth covers all the items placed on the tray. Give each member a sheet of paper and a pen. The individuals are given exactly one minute to memorize the items in the tray, after which you need to cover the tray with the towel. The members are given another minute to list the items in the tray. The person who manages to enlist the most number of items correctly is the winner.

Board Games
Depending on the number of members in your family, you can select your board game. If you have kids, then the age of the children playing will also determine the game being played. Board games list is vast right from monopoly, pentagon, suitcase detectives to murder mystery mansion, etc. You can pick up some interesting ones, suitable for the ages of your kids. Mastermind and Othello are some of the best board games for two people.

But, what if you are alone at home and have nobody to play a game with you. At such instances, puzzles come to the rescue! Puzzles are lots of fun and keep you occupied for quite a while. Just time yourself and try and complete the picture. Once you are done, raise the time limit bar and try to complete it in a shorter time. Puzzles can be really addictive!

Games to Play When Bored For Kids

Kids get really bored during their seasonal vacation breaks. They seem to have lots of time and don’t know what to do all day. To keep kids busy you can teach them a few games, that will not only keep them occupied, but will also help enhance their creativity and thinking skills.

Treasure Hunt
Children love challenges, thus, if you have two or more kids in the house, set up a treasure hunt. Just hide some simple utility items at different places in the house and backyard. Leave some clues for the children and have them hunt down the hidden treasures. This will keep them occupied for sometime and will also leave them thrilled and excited at the end of the day. Treasure hunts are always fun games for kids.

Footprint game
If you have only one child and no other kids to give him or her company, then have your child play the footprint game. For this you will need loads of newspapers. Join several newspapers with tape to form a large single sheet. Place this large sheet in the backyard or terrace as per your space availability. Now, dilute two shades of watercolor (red and blue) into two tubs, ensuring they are not too watery. The tub with blue shade is for your child, while the other tub with red is for you. The game is to step in the tub of paint and make your footprint anywhere on the newspaper. Once your child makes the footprint, you get the next chance to make your footprint. The game is to make three footprints adjacent to each other, of your color to win a point. To stop your opponent from gaining a point you should make your footprint and block his point.

Water Gun War
Outdoor summer activities are wonderful ways to keep kids occupied during the summers. Buy super soaker water guns or regular water pistils for your kids. Once you have the water guns, play the freeze game. The person hit by a jet of water is to freeze in his or her place. He or she can only begin playing again when another jet of water hits him. Water games are fun games to play outside.

How to Play Jacks

unduhan-16Jacks is a commonly played game, whose origins can be traced back to ancient Greece. Evidence of this, is found in the Greek texts of the Iliad and the Odyssey. These texts contain passages describing a similar game. In Greece, this game was mostly played by women and children, and was known by the name of “pent alit ha” or “five-stones”.

This game is played by tossing an object in the air, and picking up ‘jacks’ before the object touches the ground. Many variations of this game have developed over the years. For example:- “Tropa”, where the object of the game was to throw the knuckle bones in such a way that they landed in a hole, dug up for the purpose of the game. Another variant of this game included the throwing of astragaloi onto a flat surface, and then counting the values of the sides on which the bones fell. The different faces of the bones, fetched different points. The convex side scored 1 for the narrow part, and 3 for the broad part. Similarly, the concave side scored 6 for the narrow side, and 4 for the broad side. Later, more variations for the throwing of bones were developed, and given specific names such as Midas, Alexander, Venus, King, Vulture, etc.

Jacks: Requirements
It is played using a rubber ball and 6-12 small six-pronged, metal or plastic jacks. Alternatively, seeds and small stones can also be used.
Ideally, it should be played on a uniformly flat and smooth, hard surface like a table top. Alternatively, a hardwood or linoleum covered floor may also be used.
Number of players is not defined. The game can be played solo, as well as in small or large groups.

Jacks: Rules and How to play

Step 1: To decide who starts the game, all players take equal number of jacks in their hand and toss them in the air, with the objective of catching as many as possible on the back of their hand. The player with the maximum jacks on his hand is the first to begin the game. Thereafter the game proceeds clockwise. This can also be decided by a coin toss or by playing a round of rock-paper-scissors.

Step 2: The first player scatters the jacks uniformly on the playing surface, takes the rubber ball in his hands, and lightly throws it upwards. This action is called a “jockey”. As soon as the player does this, he must pick up one jack and while managing to catch the ball before it bounces back.

Step 3: The jacks must be in hand while catching the ball. After the ball has been caught, the player transfers the picked up jacks to the other hand, leaving his hand free for playing the next turn.

Step 4: If the player is successful in the first turn, he throws the ball again, but this time he must pick up two jacks before the ball bounces. For each turn the number of jacks to be picked up, increases by one, till the turn is reached where the number of jacks being picked up totals 10.

Step 5: Each turn has its own term depending on the number of jacks being picked up. The first round, where you pick up 1, is called “onesies”. When 2 jacks are picked up, that round is called “twosies”. In this manner the rounds that follow are “threesies”,”foursies”, and so on till the last round of “tensies”.

Step 6: A player commits a foul, if he fails to catch the ball before it bounces, or if he is unable to collect the exact required number of jacks before the ball hits the surface.

Step 7: It is also considered a foul when the player collects more jacks than required, drops one that he has picked up, or if he accidentally moves any jack from its original place.

Step 8: The occurrence of a foul causes that players turn to end, and passes the turn on to the next player. When the turn comes back to a player, he must resume playing from the same level that his previous turn ended on.

Step 9: The player who reaches the highest round, wins the game. Alternatively, each jack may carry points and at the end of the game, the player with the most points, wins.

Step 10: The game can also be played using small stones or seeds.
Jacks: Game-play Variations

Bouncies – Letting the ball bounce once before grabbing it.

Double Bouncies – Allowing the ball to bounce twice, before it is caught.

Black Widow – Player goes from “onesies” to “tensies” in one turn. If the player fouls and ends his turn, he must start from “onesies” again, when his turn arrives.

Around The World – The player makes a circle in the air around the ball, after it is thrown, and then picks up the jacks.

Dump – Player puts 5 jacks in a heap, and picks one up without disturbing the other four. He tosses it in the air, scoops up the other four, and then catches the tossed jack in the same hand.

Clicks – This is an addition to the other variations, where, while collecting the jacks, they must make a clicking sound.

No Clicks – No noise should be made when collecting and catching the jacks.

Punishments – These can be any actions such as clapping, that have to be performed while the ball is still in the air, before collecting the jacks. The players collectively decide the action before the game begins.
Jacks: Game Versions

❥ The people of Cork, Ireland play a version of this game, called “gobs”, using the small quartz pebbles, that are easily found on the beach.

❥ Native Africans play a version of this game, using pebbles and without the use of a ball.

❥ “Kugelach” or “Hamesh Avanim” is played by Israeli children. They play using 5 metal, dice-shaped cubes.

❥ This game is called “chucks” in England, and in Korea, it is called “gonggi”.

The materials that are used to play this game can be changed according to the players preference. Also, the rules and variations can be molded according to the player’s imagination. Its versatile nature makes it an easy game to play, whenever, wherever.

Tips to Play the ‘Heads Up, Seven Up’ Game

It’s essential that kids should be taught why cheating during a game or in school is never the right choice. Teachers and parents should explain them how cheating can seem an easy way out, but can also bring harmful consequences later on.
Why do kids love playing games? The simplest possible way to answer this question is because it’s so much fun. When the weather is favorable, you can engage them in a number of games and activities that help banish boredom. But, when it’s time to burn off some pent-up energy indoors, you can find interesting games to play besides video games.

Take the ‘Heads Up, Seven Up’ game for example. It’s innovative as well as challenging, and has the ability to keep kids interested for at least an hour. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s go over the rules and instructions to play the ‘Head Up, Seven Up’ game, and have a ball.
How to Play ‘Heads Up, Seven Up’
Depending on where the kids are playing the game, ensure that there’s a table that can be used to lay their heads on. Gather all the players, anywhere between 6 to 14 or over, and have them sit in front of you to understand the game’s rules.

★ Pick a team of 7 players and ask them to stand in front of everyone. The other players will find a place to sit.

★ One of the 7 players or you (the referee of sorts) says, “Heads down, thumbs up.” At this time, all the seated players will close their eyes and put their heads down on the table or a pillow. Next, they will stretch their right arm out and keep the thumb up as well. As they do this, make sure all the seated players have their eyes closed and no one is peeking.

★ One by one, each of the 7 standing players will walk around the room quietly and touch one seated player’s thumb or tap on the back.

★ As and when the seated players’ thumbs get touched, they will keep their heads down and lower their thumbs.

★ The 7 players will go back to their starting position, standing in front of everyone.

★ Again, one of the 7 players or the referee will say, “Heads up, seven up.”

★ All the players will raise their heads. However, the players whose thumbs are down will stand up as well.

★ Once they are standing in their place, each player has to guess which of the 7 standing players touched their thumb.

★ If a seated player guesses correctly, he/she will take that standing player’s place. If the guess is wrong, the seated player will have to play the next round.

★ Once everyone is done guessing within the time limit, you can wipe the slate clean and start all over again.
Rules to Follow
★ Invite as many people as you can to play the game. However, you can play the game with a small group of 6 or 7 players as well.
★ Players who have kept their heads down cannot peak or lift their heads to see who tagged them.
★ Each round of the game consists of 10 minutes. So, if the players cannot guess who tagged them accurately within the time limit automatically lose, and will stay in their spots for the second round.
Ask someone to keep an eye on all the players to make sure that no one is cheating during the game. If you suspect foul play from the players who have their heads down, tie a piece of cloth around their eyes to prevent it.