Electric Or Magnetic Patents (Class 273/126A)
  • Patent number: 6131905
    Abstract: A game in which players compete to become the player who tosses the closest marker at a center piece without contacting the centerpiece. The components of the game include an opaque container serving as the centerpiece, the container having an outer surface and an inner cavity. A magnet that is smaller than the inner cavity of the container is held within the inner cavity of the container, such that the magnet may move within the container while its position within the container is concealed by the opaque qualities of the container. Additionally, disks which are of a material that is attracted to the magnet are provided for tossing, so that the disks can be slid towards the container the disks experience varying strength of attraction from the magnet depending on the direction of approach towards the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Walter T. Christian
  • Patent number: 6109607
    Abstract: An air hockey assembly including a playing table having a playing surface defined by two panel segments each having a hollow interior region and an outer planar surface. When the panel segments are joined together they define a conventionally dimensioned air hockey structure which includes an air supply assembly comprising a blower or like air source disposed in a location which does not interfere with the playing surface and does not prevent the playing table from being removably mounted on a preexisting support platform such as, but not limited, a pool table, gaming table or like support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventors: Thomas Cartwright, Samuel H. Bowers
  • Patent number: 6105960
    Abstract: Machine for playing competition and leisure game between two participants who can compete by actuation of a chip which floats on a gameboard by means of air blown from orifices provided in the board itself and which has underneath a high pressure chamber forming part of a closed circuit of air pressures. The chip is actuated by means of control systems, which are comprised of linear displacement bodies incorporating impulsers which act controllably as a function of the situation of push-buttons and presence sensors of the control unit. The goals are obtained by succeeding in making the chip go beyond the goal lines which are defended by the control systems; once the chip has passed over the goal line, it goes into the corresponding goal area wherein the chip is detected and the point is accounted for whereafter the chip may be taken out back to the playboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Carames
  • Patent number: 6105961
    Abstract: A soccer board game of the type familiarly known as "foosball" has horizontal rods for operating the defense and offense manually. If a player wishes to practice the only option is to place all of the defensive rods in one position, and to leave them in that position while he plays the offensive. This is very unsatisfactory. I propose the electrical control of the defensive rods, so that the defensive set-up can be varied by presenting the offense with a myriad of defenses. This is accomplished by the use of an electric motor and a cam to set the defensive position. Alternatively, a rectangular wave is generated and applied to the defensive rods to change their position as wanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Micheal L. Price
  • Patent number: 6076827
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic shooter with a flexible shaft for propelling a magnetic game piece within a game board. The magnetic shooter contains a base piece, a magnetic piece attached to the base, and a flexible shaft connected to the base. The connection of the flexible swiveling shaft to the base piece can allow a 180 degree rotation of the flexible shaft about a horizontal axis. In addition, the base piece has at least one pointed end to allow a game player to point the shooter and aim the game pieces before striking them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Charles Luchsinger
  • Patent number: 6003866
    Abstract: A pressure control device of buoyancy disk game machine comprises a motor and a fan, characteristic in that a plurality of openings are installed on the pillar of the fan. Thereby, the reversed pressure within the space of the game machine may be released from the opening, thus the wind resistance of the fan blade may be reduced, and the motor temperature is also reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Peter Tsai
  • Patent number: 5931465
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a game device for playing a game in which a moving body is levitated above a play field board by air emitted from a number of holes formed in the play field board. A moving body feeding device automatically feeds the moving body onto the play field board. After use, the moving body is recovered, lifted above the play field board, and dropped into guides which guide the moving body onto the play field board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Miyake, Shinji Watanabe, Tomohiro Matsunaga, Hiroyasu Suzuki, Masahito Yanase, Shigetoshi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 5788231
    Abstract: Game apparatus (10) comprising a body (11) which has a perforated playing surface (13) and a border (14) upstanding from and extending around the playing surface (13), said border (14) having two opposite openings (15). Two flippers (16) are provided on opposite sides of each opening (15), which are pivotable by an operating mechanism (17). A motor-driven fan unit is provided under the playing surface (13) for driving air through the perforated playing surface (13) in order to create an air cushion thereon. A disc (19) is to be placed on the playing surface (13), while the fan unit is in action, for the flippers (16) at one opening (15) to strike to move into the other opening (15) and for flippers (16) at the other opening (15) to block against entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Everbright Toys Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Marshall Sik Hei To
  • Patent number: 5697611
    Abstract: A redemption-type arcade game apparatus with a game token return. A token receiving mechanism on the game apparatus receives a game token or coin having a monetary value from a player. A game having a finite duration is started on the game apparatus in response to receiving the token. A desired goal can be achieved by a player during the game, such as guiding a playing piece into one or more apertures on a playing surface, or having the playing piece fall into a collector for a progressive bonus award. If the player achieves the desired goal during the duration of the game, an award dispenser dispenses a nonmonetary award to the player. When the desired goal is not achieved by the player during the duration of the game, a token having the same monetary value as the inserted token is returned to the player. The game apparatus also includes progressive features which provide an award to the player based on a progressive score if the player achieves a progressive goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: RLT Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew F. Kelly, J. Richard Oltmann
  • Patent number: 5676371
    Abstract: An arcade game including an inclined playing surface, a playing piece which can be directed down the playing surface, and a vibration apparatus operative to overcome the frictional forces between the playing piece and the playing surface. The vibration mechanism preferably includes motor-driven eccentrics, and the playing piece is preferably a flat disc, such as a coin. The playing piece is preferably guided into target apertures by manipulating a handle to vary the angle of the playing surface. A variation of the game includes an award dispenser, which dispenses an award based upon the game score. Another variation includes a progressive bonus apparatus which receives score contributions from at least one individual game unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: RLT Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew F. Kelly, Bryan M. Kelly, Norman B. Petermeier, Joseph L. Tallarico, Keven A. Heyes, Jeffrey L. Allen
  • Patent number: 5667217
    Abstract: An arcade game including an inclined playing surface and a coin directing mechanism. A coin hopper forces multiple coins through the coin directing mechanism and onto the playing surface for each activation of a button by the player. The player can direct the multiple coins in a desired direction down the playing surface using the directing mechanism. The coins roll toward one or more targets on the playing surface, and a game score is adjusted based on the targets that receive the coins. Indicators for the targets can highlight specific targets and goals during game play. A progressive bonus score can also be added to the game score when a progressive goal is achieved by the player. After the game is over, a tilting mechanism tilts the playing surface to clear the playing surface of coins that have not rolled into apertures and are resting on the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: RLT Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew F. Kelly, Bryan M. Kelly, Phillip Yee, Kevin A. Heyes
  • Patent number: 5639087
    Abstract: A rolling game machine includes: a rolling unit by way of which the player rolls a rollable object in a desired direction; an interference member movable in a direction intersecting the inertial direction of the rolling object; an opposite detector arranged opposite the rolling unit for detecting a rollable object which has been rolled across the interference member; an end detector arranged near a forward end of the interference member for detecting a rollable object which has fallen and moved by the interference member; a rating device which assigns a rate to a rollable object which has completed its rolling on the basis of detection of the first and second detectors; and a ticket issuing device which issues a ticket corresponding to an assigned rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihisa Ogawa, Takashi Hamano
  • Patent number: 5556093
    Abstract: An air cushion table game includes a barrier for deflecting a puck during the play of the game when the barrier is in the down position and for capturing the puck by permitting said puck to pass under the barrier when the barrier is up at the end of the game. A plurality of targets are located at the goal end of the game. The player attempts to accumulate as large a score as possible by striking the targets at the goal end of the game with a puck driven by a striker. A coin or token operated mechanism initiates the play of the game. According to the preferred embodiment of the invention, the game has four illuminated target areas each of which includes an LED/photosensor for sensing whether or not the illuminated area is hit by a puck. Alternatively, the game may comprise three targets each of which is randomly illuminated by a pair of red and green lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Coin Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Lankiewicz, Robert C. Schneider, Gary J. Warner
  • Patent number: 5533726
    Abstract: The improved player feature of the invention comprises an arm mounted for rotation about a vertical axis. An electromagnet is attached to the arm's outer end which is capable of suspending a ferromagnetic ball. Located below and along the path traveled by the magnet are a plurality of play features such as ramps, chutes, outholes and the like. A ball elevator is provided to bring the pinball to the electromagnet. The electromagnet is rotated over the play features. When the magnet is aligned with a desired play feature, the player presses a button to deactivate the electromagnet thereby dropping the ball onto the desired feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Williams Electronics Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nordman, Winston H. Schilling
  • Patent number: 5511794
    Abstract: A carousel of rotating arms provides a circular excursion, raising and lowering the arms at fixed locations in the excursion. A target is carried by each arm. A coin chute drops coins at a location where the target passes. The player skill is to roll a coin down a coin chute so that it drops off the end thereof at the instant when a target is positioned to catch it. If desired, the targets may be shaped to require different skill levels by the person who rolls the coin. A microprocessor controls the game machine and pays off according to a programmed schedule. The operational parameters of the game machine may be changed by software adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: American Sammy Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Katamoto
  • Patent number: 5470064
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an action game apparatus comprising: a game board having a playing surface for supporting a playing piece for movement thereon, the game board comprising: a peripheral railing delimiting the playing surface; the playing surface being generally rectangular, having opposite ends and comprising:a goal mouth located at each the opposite end of the playing surface;a plurality of playing figures for striking and propelling the playing piece on the playing surface, the playing figures being pivotally mounted, essentially orthogonally to the playing surface, the playing figures being mounted at predetermined locations on the playing surface; bidirectional pivotal motion generating structure connected to each the playing figure for selective pivotal movement thereof; the apparatus further comprising: first and second input structure capable of being actuated by a first and a second player respectively, the first and second input structure having a plurality of keys adapted to allow the first and se
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Inventor: Francis Landry
  • Patent number: 5429359
    Abstract: An axial or centrifugal fan is motor mounted and the motor in turn is mounted within the central portion of a preferably low density or light weight annular or orientation free structure. Fan driven air is delivered downwardly through the central portion of the structure and is efficiently diffused underneath thereof. The air exits to atmosphere through an air bearing or a peripheral nozzle, both of which provide a strong stabilizing moment to the craft. The annular structure simulates a hockey puck to be used in a game similar to ice or field hockey. The Puck can be motivated from player to player and subsequently toward a goal by the players feet or by other desirable instruments. The preferred goal is comprised of a horizontal bar to encourage players to keep the toy on the playing surface. The puck is provided with a resilient outer periphery to prevent damage to itself and the playing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventors: Eugene L. Timperman, Le T. Phan
  • Patent number: 5425536
    Abstract: An arcade game including an inclined playing surface, a playing piece which can be directed down the playing surface, and a vibration apparatus operative to overcome the frictional forces between the playing piece and the playing surface. The vibration mechanism preferably includes motor-driven eccentrics, and the playing piece is preferably a fiat disc, such as a coin. The playing piece is preferably guided into target' apertures by manipulating a handle to vary the angle of the playing surface. A variation of the game includes an award dispenser, which dispenses an award based upon the game score. Another variation includes a progressive bonus apparatus which receives score contributions from at least one individual game unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Lazer-Tron Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew F. Kelly, Bryan M. Kelly, Norman B. Petermeier, Joseph L. Tallarico, Keven A. Heyes, Jeffrey L. Allen
  • Patent number: 5399933
    Abstract: A pair of ring-shaped magnets, or magnetic pole pieces, having the same magnetic field strength, or magnetic flux density, are disposed about the neck portion of a cathode ray tube (CRT) for statically converging a plurality of inline electron beams on the CRT's faceplate. The magnetic ring pair includes an inlet ring magnet facing the CRT's base and an outlet ring magnet facing the CRT's faceplate, with the inlet ring magnet having a thickness greater than that of the outlet ring magnet along the CRT's longitudinal axis. The inlet ring magnet thus exerts a larger off-axis force on the electron beam than the outlet ring magnet because of the longer beam path in the inlet ring magnet to permit the magnetic ring pair to apply a maximum convergence correction for substantially misconverged electron beams and a minimum convergence correction when the beams are in convergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd.
    Inventor: Sen-Su Tsai
  • Patent number: 5356143
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to devices for use in connection with an air cushion game table. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a device for regulating the air flow onto a surface of an air cushion game table. The air flow regulating device comprises an operating lever, an attached plate, and a level indicator panel. The operating lever has a top portion, a middle portion and a bottom portion. The top portion is secured to an underside of the table via pivotably mounted fasteners. The bottom portion extends from the side of the table enabling the device to be manually operated. The plate is attached to the top portion and is of sufficient size and shape to cover an air flow opening formed on the underside of the table. The level indicator panel allows a player to select a particular level of play. The present invention is also directed to an improved game piece or puck designed for use on an air cushion game table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: E & H Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Hylak
  • Patent number: 5356135
    Abstract: A reflex hockey/roller ball and street ball practice board which is compact and economical to build that tones the skills of a player at all levels of expertise from beginners to professionals. The board has a sensor which indicates by lights and/or a counter when the puck crosses the center line and encourages the player to increase their stick handling abilities. Also, goals are indicated by audio/visual means such as a bell or flashing lights. The wall structure includes a rebound material such as foam rubber and at least one wall includes an irregular surface for rebound un-predictability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Robert D. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 5238248
    Abstract: A pinball machine which includes a scoring mechanism is provided such that the player corresponding to the game element that last struck the ball is credited with all subsequent points. Such scoring mechanism can be repeatedly biased to allocate points to different players throughout the play of the game. Scoring elements that bias the scoring mechanism in favor of one of the players may include active elements, which also propel the ball, or passive scoring elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Alvin G. & Co.
    Inventor: Alvin J. Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 5222737
    Abstract: A sloping table sliding puck game and method for playing the same. A table having a substantially frictionless is elevated at an angle. A rebounding device is placed at one end of the table. A game player at the other end of the table projects a puck along the top surface of the table toward targets adjacent the rebounding device with a hand paddle. The table is sloped to force the puck to return to the game player. Optical sensors detect when the puck passes over the targets. A chute is located behind the rebounding device. When the game is over the rebounding device drops permitting the puck to enter the chute. The chute is constructed to return the puck to the player at the other end of the table from the rebounding device before the start of the next game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Walter F. Kazuk
  • Patent number: 5161801
    Abstract: A sloping table sliding puck game and method for playing the same. A table having a substantially frictionless is elevated at an angle. A rebounding device is placed at one end of the table. A game player at the other end of the table projects a puck along the top surface of the table toward targets adjacent the rebounding device with a hand paddle. The table is sloped to force the puck to return to the game player. Optical sensors detect when the puck passes over the targets. A chute is located behind the rebounding device. When the game is over the rebounding device drops permitting the puck to enter the chute. The chute is constructed to return the puck to the player at the other end of the table from the rebounding device before the start of the next game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Walter F. Kazuk
  • Patent number: 5110128
    Abstract: An air cushion table game comprises a playfield which has an air cushion apparatus so that puck may slide on the playfield in the manner of the known air cushion table games. A goal is provided for receiving the puck at one end of the playfield, while a movable barrier is provided for retaining the puck at the far end of the table to prohibit unauthorized use when the blower motor is shut off upon completion of the game. An obstacle may be carried on the playfield to increase the difficulty of propelling a puck into the goal from the opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Mark J. Robbins
  • Patent number: 5104607
    Abstract: In an air cushion table game, such as air hockey, the air bed, which has an upper surface defining a playing surface, comprises a top layer of material having a multiplicity of air jets exhausting upwardly therethrough and arrayed in a substantially uniform pattern over the playing surface of the top layer to form an air cushion and a bottom layer of material disposed below and connected to the top layer. The top and bottom layers define a single plenum extending therebetween and communicating with each of the air jets, the plenum being of unitary one-piece integral blow molded construction. Preferably, the air bed includes a bumper strip defining a boundary of the playing surface upon the air bed, and the air bed, including the bumper strip, is of unitary one-piece integral blow molded construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Azrak-Hamway International, Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Driska
  • Patent number: 5071127
    Abstract: A coin bowling amusement game is provided having target pins shaped in the form of bowling pins along with a pivotal coin chute, sweeper arm and display operated by a computer program in which coins are inserted into the coin chute and rolled down an enclosed platform to the target pins which, when struck, activates a display means for audibly or visually displaying a strike which then dispenses prizes and/or tickets redeemable for prizes or activates the sweeper arm after a predetermined number of misses are tallied by the computer controlled coin bowling game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Bromley Incorporated
    Inventors: Lauren Bromley, George A. Gomez
  • Patent number: 5064196
    Abstract: A pinball machine which includes a multisurface table which may be used by at least two players to play the game. Multiple surfaces are provided that connect at an apex, which can be lowered to form a flat or inverted playing surface. A scoring mechanism is provided such that the player corresponding to the game element that last struck the ball is credited with all subsequent points. Thus, the dual-surface table allows for simultaneous, truly competitive play by two or more players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: Alvin J. Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 5039099
    Abstract: An apparatus including a planar smooth playing surface, including a pocket formed at each corner of the playing surface, wherein a pocket is provided access by use of a displaceable door underlying each pocket. A predtermined number of cylindrical disks are awarded each player for directing each of said chips into an associated pocket by use of a primary or mother chip defined by a diameter greater than that of the playing chips. A modification of the instant invention includes utilization of dipole magnetic bars mounted to an upper surface of each chip, wherein opposing chips are permitted to deflect due to repulsion forces of the magnets, wherein each of the magnets includes a first and second pole, wherein each of the first poles of each of the magnets is positioned adjacent a peripheral wall surface of the chips or disks to permit the deflection effecting an enhanced level of difficulty in use of the instant invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Roberto S. Bravo
  • Patent number: 5029861
    Abstract: A kit comprises in combination a table game component and at least one other component removably positionable thereon. The table game component includes a playing surface defining an aperture therethrough, a rotatable drive disposed below the playing surface and accessible through the aperture, a game piece capable of moving over the playing surface, and a bat for engaging the game piece so as to cause it to move over the playing surface. The at least one other component is adapted to be removably positioned in the aperture and comprises a rotatable deflector having, when removably positioned in the aperture, a deflecting element of a given composition, size and configuration positioned above the playing surface for deflecting the movement of the game piece when the deflecting element contacts the game piece, and a driving element disposed below the playing surface for operatively engaging the rotatable drive for rotation therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Azrak-Hamway International Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Driska
  • Patent number: 5016878
    Abstract: In a game having magnetically operable pieces (3) there are below a game board (2) several operating devices (4) for operating the pieces, these operating devices being separated by intermediate layers (7) that are parallel to the game board. The intermediate layers are thin and easily flexible and rest on top of each other, the game board resting on top of the top intermediate layer. A specially designed piece is included in the game, intended for contact with the game board. This piece has two supports (9, 10) e.g. the feet of a human figure. One (9) of the supports rests on and carries a magnet (8) that can be moved by a cooperating magnet (13) beneath the game board. The other support (10) has a supporting surface (11) of friction material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: NH Produkter Handelsbolag
    Inventors: Eric Hay, Anders Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 5016879
    Abstract: A playing field has a plurality of pachinko mazes arranged side by side. Each pachinko maze has a scoring slot at the bottom of the maze. When each playing disk falls into a particular scoring slot, the value of the slot is determined. The value of each scoring slot is changed from game to game by means of a random electronic program so that different winning values occur. In one version of the game, the playing field comprises three parallel pachinko mazes and a disk is dropped into one of each of the pachinko mazes. Each pachinko maze has six scoring slots at the bottom thereof. At the beginning of each game, each scoring slot has one of three possible symbols illuminated--cherries, plum or jackpot. The player wins preselected amounts depending on which combinations of symbols the three playing disks fall into. In another version of the game, eleven playing disks are dropped into eleven parallel pachinko mazes, each maze having only two scoring slots--designated "left" or "right".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: James and Rosemarie Parker Family Trust
    Inventors: J. J. Parker, Sandy Tiedeman, William J. Baugh
  • Patent number: 5011147
    Abstract: A table shuffleboard has a rectangular table top with a divider rail down the center of the table separating the top into two playing courts along a substantial length of the tabletop. A crossover opening at a remote end from the players is provided to enable a sliding game piece or puck to be passed from one court to another, so that players can slide the puck and bank the puck against cushions from one court to the other for scoring during playing a game. The center divider rail includes cushions along its length for rebounding a puck, and the scoring areas are arranged to take into account the skill needed for banking shots in order to obtain high scores. A gate pin blocking arrangement is provided to prevent play when the device is used as a coin operated game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventors: Dale A. Thomas, Adeline M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 4927145
    Abstract: A board game apparatus for playing a class of board games such as board football involving the use of a thumper disc and other removable game apparatus associated with the playing board and the rules of play. The apparatus may utilize electronic position sensing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Inventor: George M. Davis
  • Patent number: 4893821
    Abstract: A game apparatus receives tokens pitched toward it and provides a score corresponding to the number and location of tokens it receives. The apparatus includes a box-like frame (20) that carries a horizontally disposed target board (22). The target board (22) includes a plurality of openings (38) formed therein. The openings (38) are arranged in a matrix of multiple rows and multiple columns and configured to receive the tokens (42) pitched into them. Beneath the target board (22) are a plurality of chutes (40), one chute associated with each opening (38). Within each chute (40) there is a token guide mechanism (54) for directing any coin-like tokens (42) received in that chute through a detection passage (60). A sensor (88) is mounted to each token guide mechanism (54) for detecting the presence of a token (42) within the detection passage (60), the presence of the token being indicated by a detection signal applied to the sensor output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Assignee: Non Plus Ultra, Inc.
    Inventors: Mariano deOrbegoso, Jane Moe, Chris Masterson
  • Patent number: 4834371
    Abstract: In a game having magnetically operable pieces (3) there are below a game board (2) several operating magnets (4) for operating the pieces, the operating magnets being separated by intermediate layers (7) that are parallel to the game board. The intermediate layers are thin and easily flexible and rest on top of each other, the game board resting on top of the top intermediate layer. A specially designed piece is included in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: NH Produkter Handelsbolag
    Inventors: Eric Hay, Anders Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 4480833
    Abstract: An electromechanical amusement game apparatus including a frame, a playing surface supported by the frame, at least one player element movable by a manually operated mechanism along an elongated track in the playing surface, and a player piece movable along and over the playing surface in response to being engaged and propelled by the player element. A pair of the player elements are in opposed relation in a single track for movement therealong toward, in contact with, and away from each other in response to manipulation of the manually operated mechanism. As a result, a person playing the game can manually force his player element into contact with the player element of another person playing the game in a manner physically interfering with each other similar to checking in hockey and contact in other sports. The game playing surface is enclosed in a transparent hollow cover which supports a scoreboard and clock simulating structure in suspended relation over the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Assignee: Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Barcelow, John R. Callahan, Michael T. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4460177
    Abstract: A golf game is played by two players putting golf balls into nine pairs of ball receiving receptacles. Each pair of receptacles is marked with two different color codes. As a result of a putted golf ball entering a color coded ball receiving receptacle, an electric solenoid turns a valve either to the right or left, which directions correspond to the two different color codes. The valves control the flow of counters along intersecting channels which terminate in a receiving area for accumulating the counters to provide a score for each player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Inventor: Claude J. Slayton
  • Patent number: 4200289
    Abstract: A planar nonmagnetic sheet is mounted in an open topped container with the top of such sheet spaced from the bottom of the container and edge portions of the sheet spaced from the inner sides of the container. The top of such sheet forms a playing surface for a playing piece or wobbler having a low center of gravity and a convexly curved bottom. Lower board magnets are located beneath the playing surface sheet at the four corners of a square. An upper board magnet is positioned above the playing surface sheet at the center of such square. Another magnet is carried by the wobbler. All of the magnets, including the lower board magnets, the upper board magnet and the wobbler magnet, are short cylindrical bar magnets oriented such that the same pole of each is generally adjacent to the playing surface, and the other pole of each is farther from the playing surface, so that the board magnets provide a magnetic field repelling the wobbler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1980
    Assignee: Jemar, Inc.
    Inventor: Thurston N. Bosley
  • Patent number: 4173341
    Abstract: Air cushion game utilizing a perforated inclined playing board through which air is passed for supporting a disc game piece on a cushion of air. The air is confined in a closed recirculation system which requires minimum power and prevents the importation of impurities. Photosensitive sensors are provided in the board for sensing the passage of the disc to register a player's score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: George H. Gerstman
    Inventor: William E. Olliges
  • Patent number: 4103894
    Abstract: A game playable by one or more players in which the level of skill necessary for success may be selectively varied. The game a disk-shaped piece for each of the players, a fortress structure which may serve as a target depending upon player strategy, a plurality of cup-shaped traps disposed around the fortress for blocking or confining pieces, and a plurality of magnetic parasites for affecting travel of pieces moving in close proximity thereto. The fortress is preferably in the form of a truncated cone of polygonal cross section, and it includes an upper, generally planar safe area adapted to receive pieces. Nubs provided around the safe area circumference may be oriented as desired to vary the level of difficulty by rotating the fortress. The difficulty level is further responsive to variations in fortress height, deployment of additional nubs, and optional use of a fence. Strategy involves wounding of opposing players by contacting their pieces with one's own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1978
    Assignee: Domination Incorporated
    Inventor: Dan McCraw
  • Patent number: 4061334
    Abstract: A disc bowling game employing a rotatably mounted turntable provided with a playing surface, a multi-faced deflection member rotatably mounted on top of the turntable, and adjustable bowling chutes for directing disc-shaped game pieces onto the playing surface of the turntable. The turntable rotates in one direction while the deflection member rotates in the opposite direction with an eccentric motion sweeping the playing surface of the turntable. The playing pieces are bowled down the chutes at angles selected by the players to strike the faces of the deflection member and/or to be deposited directly on the playing surface of the turntable. The object of the game is for each player to deposit as many of his playing pieces as possible in selected target compartments adjacent the rotating turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kanno
  • Patent number: 4017078
    Abstract: A fast action air table handball game having a perforated, upwardly directed inclined playing surface. Disposed beneath the playing surface is enclosing structure which creates an air chamber beneath the playing surface. A pump or blower is provided for pumping air into the chamber under pressure so that air is emitted through apertures in the playing surface to thereby form an air flow cushion to aid in the movement over the surface of a disc-shaped play piece. The playing surface has a rear player's end and an opposite forward rebound end. The player's end is divided by an upstanding dividing structure into side-by-side player goal areas. The playing surface is surrounded except at the goal areas with upstanding peripheral play piece rebound surfaces piece on the playing surface, and off piece rebounds during play. The dividing structure provides added rebound surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Inventors: Adolph E. Goldfarb, Erwin Benkoe
  • Patent number: 3955291
    Abstract: Demonstrative apparatus of the type having a table with one or more air cushioned disks movable on the table and with apparatus for providing a record of the disk movement. The apparatus comprise a spark generator connected to the disk for generating sparks from the disk toward the table. In accordance with the present invention, the table is preferably made from insulating material. A sheet of conducting and marking material, such as colloidal carbon paper, is placed on the table beneath the disk. A sheet of plain marking paper is then placed on the colloidal carbon paper to visibly record the track of the disk as it moves over the table and as sparks are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1976
    Inventor: Eugene Michaud
  • Patent number: 3954267
    Abstract: Improved action is provided in an air powered game wherein the puck glides on a cushion of air by providing the puck with an annular bumper member of resiliently deformable resin to impact and resiliently rebound from the side boundaries of the playing surface. The puck is comprised of a body member of rigid resin providing an upstanding circular wall and an annular shoulder thereabout. The annular bumper member seats about the circular wall on the annular shoulder and projects outwardly of the periphery of the body member. The game table surface is provided with a pattern of spaced perforations through which air escapes and the puck is dimensioned and configured to provide a recess in its bottom surface which will overlie sufficient of the perforations as to be subjected to air streams effectively overcoming the weight of the puck member and thus providing minimal frictional surface resistance to movement of the puck member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1976
    Assignee: Coleco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Freeman, Norbert L. Reiner