Disk Or Ring Games Patents (Class 273/126R)
  • Patent number: 6155564
    Abstract: An air system with an improved structure used in a rotary game table of the game table machine is disclosed. The rotary game table is pivoted on a game table base and has two different game table structures for table soccer and hockey table on the top and bottom surfaces of the game table plate, respectively. An electric fan is hidden in the goal frame of the game table for table soccer to provide sufficient air stream for hockey table to float the ball. The goal is used as an air inlet to reduce the vertical thickness of the rotary game table. The manufacturing cost and delivery cost are also decreased because of simpler structure and less material used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Tsai
  • Patent number: 6149530
    Abstract: A billiard table includes a peripheral frame secured on top of a base and having two side beams and two end beams, a stone plate and a peripheral guide chute and a peripheral wall secured to the peripheral frame. The side and the end beams each having an inner beam member secured to the base and an intermediate and an outer beam members secured to the inner beam member. A number of support brackets are secured to the base and each having a horizontal portion extended to support the beam members and secured to the beam members and each having a reinforcing member for reinforcing purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Tung Yuan Shih
  • Patent number: 6095519
    Abstract: An arcade game gamepiece directing mechanism facilitates a player in guiding a gamepiece in a desired direction over a playing surface. The gamepiece directing mechanism includes a rigid portion and a flexible portion connected to each other. The rigid portion receives inputs from the player and translates them to the flexible portion. When a gamepiece is received by the rigid portion and passed through the flexible portion, the combined motion of the rigid portion and flexible portion causes the gamepiece to travel in a particular direction over the playing surface. The rigid portion can be pivotally to the arcade game, while a distal end of the flexible portion can be restricted by an end restriction that restricts one, two, or three degrees of freedom of the distal end. The end restriction can also be movable relative to the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6082736
    Abstract: A table tennis assembly which includes (i) a net, (ii) a lower playing surface positioned on a first side of the net, and (iii) an upper playing surface positioned on a second side of the net. The upper playing surface is oriented in relation to the net and the lower playing surface such that a ping pong ball rolling on the upper playing surface toward the lower playing surface will be directed (i) over the net and (ii) onto the lower playing surface after the ping pong ball rolls off of the upper playing surface. The table tennis assembly also includes a return surface which extends upwardly from a first rear edge of the upper playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Fundex Games, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon Barlow
  • Patent number: 6015151
    Abstract: A new bocce ball type game device for playing a disc throwing game with rules similar to bocce ball. The inventive device includes a plurality of discs including a number of tossing discs and a marker disc. Each disc has a center, generally circular first and second faces, and a perimeter side edge between the first and second faces of the disc. Each disc has a generally cylindrical bore extending between its first and second faces. The device also includes a disc carrier comprising a generally U-shaped elongate handle rod having a pair of elongate arms and an elongate crossbar. The disc carrier also has an elongate carrying rod with one of the ends of the carrying rod coupled to the terminal end of one of the arms of the handle rod. The carrying rod is extended from the one of the arms of the handle rod towards the other arm of the handle rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventors: G. Walter Carovillano, Carrie A. Carovillano
  • Patent number: 5992847
    Abstract: A spinning disk game is playable on any flat surface, including a table top as well as a prefabricated game board. The disk playing piece may be a coin, token or specially formed disk having a circular edge that permits it to undergo spinning movement about a vertical axis as it is projected across the playing surface. Spinning motion and linear projection of the disk are produced by manually thumping the disk while it is held upright. If a prefabricated playing board is not available, any movable objects such as slips of paper can be used as targets. Multiple targets are grouped in separate rows and the rows are spaced apart to permit a spinning disk to be projected along a target path lying between adjacent targets of one row to a designated target lying in another row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Timothy R. Beck
  • Patent number: 5975526
    Abstract: A hockey game apparatus for which combines the physical characteristics of hockey with the strategic characteristics of foosball. The inventive device includes a frame having a floor and a plurality of arcuate walls, a pair of opposing goal openings, and a plurality of partitions having at least one opening. The players each utilize a paddle to engage a ball or disk for scoring a goal in the opposing player's goal opening. The partitions and the arcuate walls preferably include a filler of either foam, water, sand or other sound deadening material. The filler within the partitions reduces the amount of sound emitted from engagement by the paddles. The arcuate walls reduce the chance that the ball or disk will become trapped within a comer during play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Mark Hoffman
  • Patent number: 5884911
    Abstract: A table game including a housing, a playing surface received within the housing, and a paddle member resiliently affixed to the playing surface and supported by the housing. The paddle member serves to move the playing surface upwardly and downwardly relative to a vertical force applied to the paddle member. The paddle member is rotatable about a vertical axis relative to an actuation of a handle member connected thereto. The paddle member is slidable across a width dimension of the playing surface. The playing surface includes a first surface which is pivotally connected to a second surface. The first surface is independently movable relative to the second surface. A second paddle member is affixed to the second surface at an end of the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Jose Javier Silva Guridi
  • Patent number: 5882007
    Abstract: A puck game system that includes at least two puck striking implements; a least one disk shaped puck; and a two-part hinged game arena assembly; the two-part hinged game arena assembly including identical left and right arena structures, each arena structure including: a substantially rectangular housing having a hinge connecting side secured to three low profile hinge assemblies; two spaced puck transfer openings formed through the hinge connecting side and positioned in a manner such that the two spaced transfer openings of the left arena structure are in registration with the two spaced transfer openings of the right arena structure when the left and right arena structures are pivoted into the fully open position, each of the puck transfer openings being of sufficient size to allow passage of the at least one disk shaped puck therethrough; two transfer opening gasket structures secured about the opening perimeter of each puck transfer opening and to the exterior of the hinge connecting sidewall; a rectangu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Dale A. Gay
  • Patent number: 5853172
    Abstract: A soccer type game to be played on a board with opposing goal areas, where each player, using a stick, attempts to propel a game disk into one of the opposing goals, either directly through strategically placed player posts or by ricochet of the disk off the sides of the boards and/or off the player posts. The player posts are arranged on the board in a unique curvilinear alignment which limits the available scoring paths for the disk, thereby providing a challenging impediment to the scoring of goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Cengiz Yetken
  • Patent number: 5803459
    Abstract: A combination for a parlour game includes two circular pieces of different colors, one of which has an open cavity in its main face, the other of which has a detachable portion adapted to fit into the open cavity. The combination can also include a launching tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Grupo Promer Mon-Graphics, S.A.
    Inventor: Joaquin Gracia Casas-Salat
  • 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: 5776004
    Abstract: A putting practice device for inserting into a conventional golf hole to variably decrease the diameter of the hole. The putting practice device includes an outer ring-shaped member and an inner ring shaped member which have planar top and bottom surfaces. Both the outer and inner members define central holes having diameters which are smaller than the diameter of a conventional golf hole and greater than the diameter of a conventional golf ball. The inner member removably nests inside the central hole of the outer member. The outer side of the outer member is beveled at an angle of between 15 and 25 degrees to facilitate the insertion and secure alignment of the putting device within a conventional golf hole. The planar bottom surface of the putting device allows the device to be tapped over the turf of a putting green with a foot or golf club without snagging on the blades of grass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas G. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5755439
    Abstract: A new Disk Toss Game for offering a game of skill playable indoors and outdoors that requires a player to toss a game disk into a target hole on a target board. The inventive device includes a target board with a multi-sided bank shot wall and a target hole at one end, and a plurality of game disks that are tossed by a player at the target board from a predetermined distance so that the game disks may land in the target hole. The end of the target board is semi-octagonal in shape. Since the bank shot wall projects upward from the target surface along the edges of the end of the target board, the bank shot wall is multi-sided and is also semi-octagonal in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Rodney L. Turner
  • Patent number: 5709385
    Abstract: A sports board game played on a substantially flat surface includes a rotatable platform and a plurality of interchangeable game boards, the game boards having a plurality of regions colorfully identified thereon. The board game also includes game pieces, and may include goals around the perimeter of the game board and/or targets fixed above the game board surface. Use of the board game includes sliding movements and/or airborne movements of game pieces along and/or above the game board, in a controlled and precise manner. To accomplish the airborne movement, portable slotted ramps are provided to enable players to accurately aim the path of the game piece, and guide the game piece towards the target. A "Finger-Flick.TM." movement involves a player placing one finger on the game board, and using a second finger to contact the game piece for movement along and/or above the game board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Finger Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Fitzpatrick, Chase L. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 5704610
    Abstract: A competitive table top type game having a "fenced-in" playing surface with opposed player ends. Each player controls one or more strikers and uses it to cause a play piece such as a ball to hit the opponent's target. When a player's target is hit, a liquid discharge is directed at that player for added play value and enjoyment. For simplicity and economy of construction, that player actuates a mechanical stop to stop the discharge and reset the target. In one form, the actuation of the stop also advances the opponent's's score. Alternatively, any simple score indicating arrangement may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Adolph E. Goldfarb
    Inventors: Adolph E. Goldfarb, Martin I. Goldfarb
  • 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: 5671925
    Abstract: A substantially planar circular gamepiece with a recess adapted to receive a weight. The weight is advantageously of sufficient mass so that when the weight is placed in the recess of the gamepiece, a finger flick applied to the outer perimeter of the gamepiece is likely to propel the gamepiece across a surface without the gamepiece flipping over. A substantially planar protector is also disclosed, with a hole provided to receive the gamepiece therein for storage when not in use. When the gamepiece is received into the protector, a substantially continuous common planar surface is formed, suitable for imposing collectable and tradeable images thereon by printing or other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: MGwhiz, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Gonzalez
  • 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: 5664776
    Abstract: A rolling hoop game apparatus and a method of playing the game. The game comprises a target having a flat front bankboard surface. The target is hingedly mounted on a support frame that is placed on a longitudinally extending playing surface a predetermined distance from a player stance position on the playing surface. A player standing at the player stance position rolls a hoop linearly with back spin on the playing surface toward the target so as to hit the target and rebound toward the player stance position to be caught by the player at the player stance position to score a game point toward a predetermined number of points to win a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond J. Mateer
  • Patent number: 5653442
    Abstract: Game including game pieces (34, 34') which can be slid over a flat upper surface of a fixed, perpendicular, triangular or polygonal substrate and including at least one game pistol moveably seatable upon the substrate (30) for selective displacement or shooting of the game pieces (34, 34') over the substrate using a strike piece (58) which is operable through a spring loaded pressure fork (42). In addition, goal like capturing basins (49) and goal devices (84) as well as glide paths (100) and capturing devices (110, 112, 116) for the game pieces can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventor: Helmut Abel
  • 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: 5564697
    Abstract: A table top game apparatus includes a circular play area peripherally demarcated by an annular trough, a plurality of disk shaped game-pieces, a game-piece propelling mechanism which is located at, and movable along, the trough, and an annular confinement wall adjacent the trough opposite the play area. The game-piece propelling mechanism is pivotally mounted upon a base which is, in turn, slidably or rollably seated in the trough. The trough includes provision for selectively partitioning it to receive in selected partitions game-pieces which will land there during the course of play of a particular game. The annular confinement wall is preferably provided with selectively movable markers for providing location and play information juxtaposed a particular portion of the trough, such as at particular partitions. Various configurations of the table top game apparatus accommodate a range of percussion games involving sliding game-pieces and rolling game-pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas J. Catrinar
  • Patent number: 5556094
    Abstract: A table sized hockey-type game has a frame attached to the base. The frame defines a playing area bearing indicia designed to resemble a hockey rink. There are goal and goal tending placed on each end of the playing area. There are four removable legs attached to the bottom of the frame. The game has a moveable game piece and a number of sticks. The length of the sticks may be adjusted as the player desires. Play is commenced by placing the game piece in play and attempting to bat it into the goal The game may be played by four to six players, and ends when one team reaches a predetermined number of goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Hari R. Shiledar Baxi
  • 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: 5556095
    Abstract: The game board is an elongated rectangular shaped member having a top side. At each end, a series of axial scoring numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and a series of lateral scoring numbers 1, 2, 3 are formed on the top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Kelye Stites
  • Patent number: 5467985
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new board game in which the players shoot tops, Skelly Tops, around an air cushioned board having number 1-13. The players in this Objectional Air Skelly board game use their preferred top and try to eliminate their opponents game position while covering all 13 numbers, in sequence, and then retracing the numbers from 13 to 1 themselves, thereby becoming winners. This novel game can be played indoors or outdoors and can be played by anyone, from child to adult. Every play of this game is different and offers contestants a variety of challenges while increasing their own game skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: Darryl L. Jones
  • Patent number: 5465964
    Abstract: A curling hack has a base made of a fire retardant plastic material and a replaceable grip pad with ends fixed to the top of the base. A mating groove and rib arrangement on the base and pad provide a resilient, cushioning effect. The grip pad is a soft, high friction material. The back of the hack is supported on the floor by adjustable height columns. The top surface of the hack is configured without a notch between the horizontal front surface and the upwardly sloping back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Thompson Broom Manufacturers Ltd.
    Inventor: Albert N. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5454566
    Abstract: An improved Skelly game is provided which consists of a game board having a court with a plurality of numbered bases randomly placed thereon and a plurality of pucks with each puck used by each player. The first player to propel their respective puck through each of the numbered bases in sequential order and then propel the puck through each of the numbered bases in a reverse sequential order wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: Scott Koenig
  • Patent number: 5431397
    Abstract: A new and improved table top soccer game apparatus includes a planar simulated soccer field assembly adapted to be placed on a table top. The simulated soccer field assembly includes four passing zones, a first passing zone, a second passing zone, a third passing zone, and a fourth passing zone. The simulated soccer field assembly includes a first goal area and a second goal area located at opposite ends of the simulated soccer field assembly. A plurality of first players is comprised of a first team and a plurality of second players is comprised of a second team adapted to slide along the simulated soccer field assembly. The first players and the second players adapted to be propelled by a squeezing action between an index finger and a thumb, and a projectile adapted to be slid along the simulated soccer field assembly by is bumped by the propelled first players and the propelled second players. The projectile is in a form of a cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventors: Werner K. Eckel, Ulrich H. Eckel
  • 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: 5423537
    Abstract: A miniaturized game for simulating the playing of soccer comprising a game board having a generally planar upper surface and a lower surface adapted to be placed on a horizontal support whereat the game is to be played, the upper support surface being provided with an upwardly extending wall around the majority of a central extent of the game board, the wall having long parallel side edges and short end edges, each of the end edges being provided with an aperture extending therethrough and with miniaturized goals positioned to cover the apertures and facing each other, the playing surface having indicia thereon indicative of marking lines of a conventional soccer field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Inventor: Sergio S. Santana
  • Patent number: 5417421
    Abstract: A game apparatus defines a raised playing surface having boards thereabout which allows for playing a game having some of the attributes of hockey without the specialized equipment and facilities. The game can be played by two individuals and provides aggressive interaction with no body contact. Playing of the game provides excellent physical activity and good hand-eye coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Daniel J. Bagley
  • Patent number: 5382022
    Abstract: A game table for table hockey has a planar playing surface bounded by walls, wherein the inner sides of the walls are lined with a layer comprising material having satisfactory sound deadening properties and being resilient enough to provide satisfactory rebound of an object when said object strikes the layer. The layer is composed of material selected from polyur ethane polymers having a durometer reading of 78.+-.5% on the Shore D Scale or natural or synthetic rubbers having a durometer reading of 40.+-.10% on the Shore A Scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Gamemasters Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael A. Cook, Felix Sajn
  • Patent number: 5377974
    Abstract: A string or cord is tied between two vertical surfaces. A hoop is rolled across the stretched string in an attempt to balance the hoop as it travels from one end of the string to an opposite end of the string. On a peripheral edge of the hoop, a concave groove is formed so as to engage the string as the hoop is rolled across the string. Depending upon the depth and width of the groove, the degree of difficulty in rolling the hoop across the string is varied. In a preferred embodiment, the string is stretched across a game table, so if the hoop falls off of the string or even if the hoop completes its journey across the string, the hoop falls onto an elevated surface from which the hoop may be retrieved. To assist a player in retrieving the hoop, a hooked rod may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Angel L. Rodriguez Rivera
  • 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: 5342050
    Abstract: Disclosed is a board game for two players that includes a flat, smooth playing surface (10), a round puck (16), two round bats (15 and 15') and two goals (17 and 17'). A rail (12) borders the playing surface to keep the puck on the playing surface. The aim of each player is to strike the puck with a bat into the opponent's goal, while blocking the puck from entering his/her own goal. The extremely light weight puck, which has a diameter of 64 mm and a thickness of 1 mm, has the shape of an extremely shallow, inverted cone with the side (18) having an angle of 0.3 degree. When the puck is struck by a bat, air rushing against the underside of the cone-shaped puck lifts the puck completely off the playing surface, such that the puck glides on a thin cushion of air. Because the puck travels across the playing surface without friction against the surface, the puck can maintain very high speeds to greatly challenge the dexterity and reaction of the players as they try to strike or block the fast moving puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Monneret Jouets
    Inventor: Robert C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5275401
    Abstract: A game comprising a board on which figurines can be moved along longitudinal paths by driving mechanisms arranged below the board. The driving mechanisms each comprises at least one handle and connectors for joining the handle to the figurines. The game comprises at least 2 sets of driving mechanisms which can be moved along a longitudinal axis of the board by means of the handles. The handles, which project outwardly from sides of a frame on which the board is mounted, can be moved longitudinally along the frame within slots within the frame sides over a distance equal to about half the frame length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Edouard F. Llorens
  • Patent number: 5242164
    Abstract: A tabletop hockey game includes a scoring member configured for affixation to a player's hand. The scoring member includes a transversely curved shooting portion which enables the player to lift the puck above the playing surface for top shelf scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: James D. Nicoll
  • 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: 5199708
    Abstract: A lawn roller game apparatus and a method of playing the game. The invention comprises a plurality of ring elements having contoured inner surface and a handle port. Pairs of spaced playing posts are positioned at either end of the generally flat playing surface. The ring elements are rolled on the playing surface towards the playing posts scoring points based on closeness of the rings to playing posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Raymond Lucas
  • Patent number: 5188364
    Abstract: An amusement game is formed with a serpentine path formed of various segments. The segments include various hazards, wherein locomotion tool structure is arranged to direct token discs along various top surfaces of the segments, whereupon displacement of the predetermined top surfaces of the discs relative to the top surfaces effects repositioning of the discs to starting the path anew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Inventor: Carmine L. Falzarano
  • 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: 5154419
    Abstract: A new and improved game board for use in the playing of a traditional board game of India known as CAROM. The improvements of the present invention relate primarily to a spring biased, rotatable pocket system (FIGS. 1-3) for facilitating removal of the game pieces, as well as a concealed and compact, locking and spring biased storage compartment (FIGS. 4-6). The pocket system of the preferred embodiment of the invention comprises four independent, corner pockets, each having a locking bias to facilitate the positioning of each pocket in a position for catching game pieces falling into the pocket area, or in a position exterior to the board, for removal of the pieces for continued play or storage. The storage compartment provides an improved system for maintaining the many game pieces used in playing the game, while not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Jayadev Madhavan
  • Patent number: 5131664
    Abstract: A rotary pool table with sliding disc-type cue and player discs, constructed with a base having radial, widely spaced rollers for supporting the table bed for rotation and a tensioning rod assembly for controlling resistance to table rotation and table bed stability. The player discs have convex or concave surfaces that control disc speed, and the table pockets have removable trays mounted in slides. The top of the table bed has a visible line near the side rails that give the player relief from a tight cue disc lie along the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: Conrad R. Medina
  • 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: 5090699
    Abstract: A slot game utilizing coins provides an enclosed partially transparent case having at an upper end thereof input slots for placing coins into each of a plurality of vertical columns. At the lower end is positioned a coin retrieval slot the allows removal of the coins upon pulling of a handle. Between the uppermost and lowermost points on the case are disposed a plurality of horizontal rows of blocks and slots. The slots are sized to receive coins of a predetermined size. The blocks and slots of each row are individually movable horizontally to allow movement of the coins between columns, thus, facilitating passage of coins in the slots from upper to lower rows. Each row of blocks and slots may be operated for horizontal movement individually by means of slides projecting from the case along one side of its face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Tri-Tec Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ira Friedman
  • Patent number: 5074556
    Abstract: A table game is similar to ice hockey, and includes a deflector element located in the slot area in front of each goal. The deflector element is diamond shaped and is sized to be wider than the slot area, and extends from the blue line defining the offensive zone in which the deflector element is located to near the crease area of the goal of that offensive zone. The game is played using shots and penalty shots, and the game includes a minimum number of small loose parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventors: Edward Loeppky, Ron Charbonneau
  • Patent number: 4995611
    Abstract: A rectangularly shaped, multimode game board in accordance with this invention comprises at least one generally flat playing surface upon which game pieces can be rolled or slid by one player. My novel game board is supported by a plurality of legs, with the legs preferably being removable in pairs, such that the game board can be folded into a comparatively flat configuration for transit and/or storage. I may use a hinged joint at approximately at the midpoint of the game board, such that it can be folded into a comparatively small volume for storage transport. The multimode game board preferably has a generally flat playing surface on both of its major sides, with the pairs of removable legs being able to be installed in either of two orientations 180.degree. apart, whereby the player or players can utilize the game board for at least two different games involving the use of game pieces that are caused to move along a generally flat playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: James F. Goldthorpe
  • Patent number: 4986542
    Abstract: A special game board designed for the practice of a game of bowls which associates some aspects of the games of petanque and/or billiards more particularly. The board has a rectangular horizontal plate mounted on legs and edged along its two longitudinal sides with lateral bands or banks, extending above the plate and provided with a padding or similar structure of a resilient material. On at least one of the lateral sides, with a bowl collecting trough, on the plate defined a quadrangular game area extending in the plate half portion provided with the trough. The table is covered with a shock and noise absorbent resilient material which allows the bowls to run and is installed between 40 and 50 cm. A shock and noise absorbing band made up of a curtain is provided on the outer side of each trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Societe des Jeux d'Aquitaine
    Inventor: Jean Bonnet