With Plural Mechanical Projectors Patents (Class 273/357)
  • Patent number: 11383155
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an educational toy. The educational toy incudes a base, a rotatable frame, at least one clamping claw, and at least one impact device. The base is configured for placing on an external placement surface. The rotatable frame is provided on the base and is capable of being rotated on the base when driven by external force. The at least one clamping claw is located on the rotatable frame and configured for clamping a gift. The at least one impact device is arranged on a peripheral side of the base and configured for impacting the gift on the clamp claw when driven by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Aihong Jiang, Yichen Li, Yuxuan Xie, Xiaonuo Xu, Xiaoyan Xu, Chuyi Xu
  • Patent number: 9039011
    Abstract: A game apparatus and a method using trays as the game board with vertical support columns, two sets of playing pieces and two launching devices. The one or more vertical support columns attach to the one or more trays to support the trays horizontally above a support surface. On the surface of each of the trays is a matrix and each element of the matrix has a recessed compartment orthogonal to the surface of the tray. Each recessed compartment is sized to hold a multiplicity of both types of playing pieces in a stacked manner. The recessed compartments may also be created so that the order and the number of the playing pieces in each recessed compartment are observable for additional variety in game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Steven Van Ness
  • Patent number: 8387988
    Abstract: A game apparatus and a method using trays as the game board with vertical support columns, two sets of playing pieces and two launching devices. The one or more vertical support columns attach to the one or more trays to support the trays horizontally above a support surface. On the surface of each of the trays is a matrix and each element of the matrix has a recessed compartment orthogonal to the surface of the tray. Each recessed compartment is sized to hold a multiplicity of both types of playing pieces in a stacked manner. The launching devices are used to launch the playing pieces from the launching devices into the recessed compartments on the trays. Games are played with two or more players and the object of the game is for one player to be the first to build a predetermined pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Steven Van Ness
  • Publication number: 20130033004
    Abstract: A game apparatus and a method using trays as the game board with vertical support columns, two sets of playing pieces and two launching devices. The one or more vertical support columns attach to the one or more trays to support the trays horizontally above a support surface. On the surface of each of the trays is a matrix and each element of the matrix has a recessed compartment orthogonal to the surface of the tray. Each recessed compartment is sized to hold a multiplicity of both types of playing pieces in a stacked manner. The recessed compartments may also be created so that the order and the number of the playing pieces in each recessed compartment are observable for additional variety in game play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventor: Hasbro, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8282104
    Abstract: The reduction in real operation objects in game systems that use real operation objects is detected. The quantity of real operation objects, which are repeatedly used by being circulated, is detected, it is judged whether the quantity is sufficient or not, and the judging results are output. For example, in a ball throwing game, balls are used in rotation by repeatedly supplying and recovering the balls. The quantity of balls in circulation is detected, and if the quantity is less than a threshold value, the manager of the game system is notified whether a sufficient quantity of balls is being supplied to the player or not, by for example outputting a warning message. By playing with an insufficient quantity of balls the level of difficulty of the game is essentially increased, so the player will feel that this is unfair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuya Okuda, Toru Takeda, Shingo Onkoshi, Tadasu Kitae
  • Patent number: 8262473
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an amusement device, the amusement device having: a display device rotatably mounted to a structure, the display device being configured to create a plurality of images via a persistence of vision effect; a device for rotating the display device; a sensor for determining whether an object has hit one of the plurality of images; a microcontroller in operable communication with the sensor and the display device, the microcontroller changing the appearance of at least one of the plurality of images when the sensor determines that an object has hit at least one of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Civettini, Douglas P. Snook, Luke J. Orland, Todd M. Bailey, Christopher Hardouin
  • Patent number: 8109518
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a game in which players launch, shoot, or propel objects at a target, and more specifically, to a game in which players launch, shoot, or propel objects in an attempt to attach the objects to a target that may be in motion, or to dislodge objects that are hanging from the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Blagg, Janice E. Ritter, Stephen Pang Kwai Lau, Sammy Wai Nang Lam
  • Patent number: 7516961
    Abstract: A toy water cannon game wherein opposing players use water cannons to herd cannon balls from perches on the boat deck into the scoring holes. The rotational capability of the unsinkable boat within the reservoir adds difficulty and realism. The game is designed to keep a majority of the water within and to continually recycle that water. The player to first clear the deck of cannon balls wins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Brian K. Zylka
  • Patent number: 6851675
    Abstract: A tossing game apparatus and method is provided utilizing a compactable shield launching device, including a base, a shield support pivotally mounted to the base, with a shield positioned on the shield support. A launching device may be supported independently or off of the shield support to create a solid or compactable launching device which is selectively positionable in both an extended position and a flat compacted travel position. A filling station is also described which is either solid or movable between an extended filling position and a reduced volume travel position. Further embodiments describe an apparatus and method for constructing a balloon tying station off of a water hose faucet utilizing at least two spaced support surfaces defining a central tying opening, tube, half pipe, or tying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventors: James A. Jakubec, Edward Jakubec
  • Patent number: 6467772
    Abstract: A shooting game machine for discharging a disk-shaped or substantially disk-shaped member made of a metal to hit a target, the shooting game machine comprising: a target provided in a casing, a simulated gun having a muzzle arranged inside the casing and adapted to discharge the flying member in such a manner that the thickness direction of the flying member substantially extends along a horizontal direction, and a detecting unit for detecting that the flying member discharged from the simulated gun has hit the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Tamura, Satoshi Ueda, Koichi Nishio, Hirofumi Nagao
  • Patent number: 6217025
    Abstract: A game apparatus that has a goal corresponding to the number of a player and is designed to cause the player to move a target to the goal in a playing field. The game apparatus has a plurality of tossing devices disposed on the playing field for tossing and moving the movable game piece. Each of the tossing devices includes an impacting member disposed in the playing field to be vertically movable for upwardly tossing the movable game piece, driving devices for tossing the impacting member and a beam sensor located on the impacting member for sensing a beam from a ray gun to energize the driving devices. Adjacent impacting members of the tossing devices toss up the movable game piece in different direction, and there are at least two impacting members under the movable game piece when the movable game piece is on the playing field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Namco, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiro Yamazaki, Takeshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5788242
    Abstract: A game that allows one player to win by scoring goals at a faster rate than the opposing player. The game includes a vertical wall that has a first goal attached to a first side and a second goal attached to a second opposite side of the wall. The game also has a first launcher that can project a ball toward the first goal and a second launcher that can project a ball toward the second goal. The goals may be coupled to openings in the wall by chutes that guide the balls into the court of the opposing player when a player makes a basket. The game can be played by having each player project balls into their basket so that the balls roll into the court of the opposing player. The first player to run out balls wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Elliot A. Rudell
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, George T. Foster
  • Patent number: 5695194
    Abstract: A domed game including a transparent dome mounted to a hollow base with game balls enclosed therein. The base has a top surface comprising a shoulder and a concave cavity. A plurality of ball recesses are arranged along the shoulder. A colored lever is associated with each of the ball recesses. Protruding from the top of the dome is a movable activating member. When the activating member is moved to an activated state an engaging member connected to the activating member, slides to an engaged position whereby power is supplied to a motor. The motor is operatively connected to a rotating member in the bottom of the base which rotates and thereby causes the balls in the base to randomly project into the dome. Some of the projected balls will randomly fall or drop into the ball recesses. The user depresses the lever and thereby ejects from the ball recess balls that do not match in color with the associated lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Dietmar Nagel
  • Patent number: 5613683
    Abstract: The sport of soccer is simulated with the aid of a representative playing field, a game ball, representative general athletes and representative goalkeepers. The general athletes are constructed from a resilient material such as cardboard, plastic, or sheet metal and are characterized by a concave-down shape defined by a leading member and a trailing member that are resiliently connected. In play, a general athlete is placed adjacent to the game ball such that its leading member abuts the ball. The player makes the athlete kick the game ball by striking a downward blow to the resilient connection, thereby propelling the leading and trailing members outward and upward and driving the abutted ball forward. A goalkeeper is constructed much like the general athlete except that it bears a first magnet. The player uses a second magnet on a control rod to drag the goalkeeper around the playing field by the first magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventors: Ray C. Ying, Alton M. Ying, Killian P. Ying
  • Patent number: 5605330
    Abstract: A portable container for playing games of chance comprises a box combined by a cover and a base, a rotatable means whose components are disposed in the cover and the base when carried. A number of bouncers are provided on the base for playing. Disks are inserted in the bouncers and bounced by the springs within the bouncers to the assembled rotatable means so that the positions of the rotatable means in which the disks drop determine the scores of the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventors: Wonder Huang, Victoria Ho, Wei-po Hsu
  • Patent number: 5499821
    Abstract: A basketball game amusement device includes a base and a partition to divide the base into a first court and a second court. A first basket is positioned on a first side of the partition facing the first court. A second basket is positioned on a second side of the partition facing the second court. Competitive interest is maintained by positioning a conduit immediately below each basket. When a projectile passes through the basket it is directed by the conduit onto the opponents court. The number of projectiles on the court provides an objective indication to the player as to whether he is winning or losing. A winner is declared when one of the players disposes of all of his projectiles onto the opponent's court.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Inventor: Vance Rycroft
  • Patent number: 5251906
    Abstract: A new and innovative game for the amusement industry comprises a gun which players use to guide a stream of balls to an intended target or objective. A revolving turntable feeds a plurality of balls one at a time into a tube where a motorized pinch wheel forces the balls up and through a tube to the gun. A blower is coupled to the tube to force the balls out of the tube end which is surrounded by a gun facade. The balls exit the tube end in a rapid stream which is directed at a target. A solenoid with a plunger mounted to the tube wall and movable within the tube is used to turn the gun on and off by halting the flow of balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventors: Earl A. Heller, William Alter
  • Patent number: 5125668
    Abstract: The invention relates to a game in which an invading player sends a self-propelled vehicle into a defender's territory. The vehicle carries a gun which shoots ping-pong ball toward a goal, after a time delay. The invader chooses the time delay such that the ball shoots when the vehicle is located at a good scoring position. In order to prevent the invader from scoring, the defender throws pin-pong balls of his own toward the vehicle. The vehicle carries a sensor which detects ball strikes. When a ball strike occurs, the vehicle is forced to temporarily drive in reverse, or take another type of detour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Gregory A. Welte
  • Patent number: 5100153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a game using remotely-controlled miniature vehicles. One player drives an invading vehicle which shoots a ping-pong ball at a target which is defended by a second player. The defender fires balls at the vehicle and, if he strikes the vehicle, the vehicle incurs a penalty of temporary disablement. In addition, the vehicle can be required to periodically tag bases which the defender strews on the playing field; failing to do inflicts a penalty. Further, the invader can fire two types of missiles, and the defender must protect two goals. Firing the first missile can act as a feint by which the defender is distracted from defending one of the goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Gregory A. Welte
  • Patent number: 4961584
    Abstract: An apparatus is set forth including a planar board game formed with a clock-wise path thereabout. The path includes a plurality of "safe" zones positioned intermediate "action" positions. The "action" positions include directions per each symbolic position to alternatively draw a card from a central card deck and require the drawing player to draw a gun in coordination with an opposing player whose position corresponds to a coloration of card drawn. Sequentially, the individuals fire a spherical projectile into designated conduits of a target, and the first sphere to appear at a lower end portion of a chute associated with the target is the winner of that draw. The winning player is the first to successfully have fired all of a predetermined number of projectiles awarded each player at the outset of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Inventor: Grayling B. Day, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4928968
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a game of skill has a bottom member with a plurality of pockets and a top member. The top member has a base with a plurality of openings therein, a sidewall attached to the base and a cover having a central opening attached to the sidewall. A spindle connects the top and bottom members, and the top member is rotatable about the spindle whereby each of the openings is vertically aligned with each of the pockets during each revolution of the top member. A flipper is attached to the base for hurling a projectile into a cup on the top member. Projectiles missing the cup pass through the openings into the plurality of pockets as the top member rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventor: Paul Gebert
  • Patent number: 4909518
    Abstract: A game participant enclosure for a water balloon game includes a plurality of side walls and an overhead protector and water balloon engager supported by the side walls. The protector and engager includes a water balloon opening sufficiently large for a water balloon to pass therethrough from the interior of the enclosure and a plurality of water openings sufficiently small to prevent water balloons from entering the enclosure. A water balloon launcher is disposed within the enclosure such that water balloons are launchable through the water balloon opening. In one aspect of the invention, two such enclosures are positioned a selected distance from each other and water balloons are launched from one enclosure to the other to splash the participants in the opposing enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: T & D Enterprises of Brainerd, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Erlandson, Thomas F. Woog
  • Patent number: 4787640
    Abstract: A tabletop action game for two, three or four players in which each player attempts to be the first to dispose of a predetermined number of marbles by propelling the marbles into targets being carried on a rotating turntable, while also rotating the turntable. The game includes a generally square, plastic frame having a central opening. A frusto-conical shaped turntable is rotatably mounted in the central opening. A lever operated mechanism for rotating the turntable is located at each corner of the frame. Also provided at each corner of the frame, adjacent the lever operated rotating mechanism, is a lever operated marble propelling mechanism. A chute is installed over each marble propelling mechanism to direct the propelled marbles onto the turntable. The targets includes a open top replica of a garbage truck and an open top replica of a trash container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Gordon Barlow Design
    Inventor: Gordon A. Barlow
  • Patent number: 4783082
    Abstract: A competitive game device having mainly a plurality of balls, two sets of obliquely mounted tubes, at least two slidable blocks slidably mounted on two sets of horizontal guide rails and connected with bellow-shaped tubes so that a player can deflect the balls put into the tubes by an opponent player to a winning basket of the player. Stopper means is also provided on each of the tubes so that the players can deposit some balls at selected tubes and thereafter open the stopper means at a selected time. A pivotably mounted ball collecting means, a pointer, and a scale are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Chun Nan (Ignatius) Chen
    Inventor: Chung C. Chen
  • Patent number: 4759551
    Abstract: The invention provides a coin operated amusement machine, comprising a continuously movable band (1) which defines a play field (8), means (7, 9) for projecting coins (6) onto the play field, sensor means for detecting whether coins occupy defined areas on the play field, and dispensing means for dispensing a cash or non-cash prize in response to a signal from the sensor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: Crompton Machine Company Limited
    Inventor: Gordon J. Crompton
  • Patent number: 4754980
    Abstract: A game apparatus consisting of a housing, the interior of the housing has electrical wiring and a power switch including a switching means, for starting and stopping a toy motor. The motor being coupled to spin a multi-disk assembly. The disks are divided into sectors and each sector as a symbol marking printed thereon. When the switching means causes the motor to spin, the disks free-spin around the motor shaft. When the switching means disconnect the motor from the electrical power source, the disks coast to a stop. An indicating means designates two random symbols in alignment.The random symbol generator in conjunction with a multiplication type game board is used as a "non-problem solving" educational game.In an another embodiment, the random symbol generator is used in conjunction with a marble operated switching means, wherein a marble is aimed at a target opening, its entrance into the target opening closes the switching means, thereby causing the multi-disk symbol generator to spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Abraham Torgow
  • Patent number: 4744566
    Abstract: A coin projecting game apparatus includes a transparent display housing having a rotating target carousel disposed therein. A plurality of player positions are spaced about the display housing, with non-player areas interposed therebetween. Each player position includes a coin projecting device which shoots a coin provided by the player toward the target carousel. The target carousel includes a plurality of annular shelves of decreasing diameter with increasing height, and upwardly extending target panels in regular polygon array separating adjacent shelves, the target panels rotating as a unit. Each target panel is provided with at least one jackpot opening dimensioned to receive a coin projected thereat. Within the carousel, a plurality of annular coin diverter slots are disposed in non-rotating fashion in confronting relation to each player position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventors: Gregory A. Malavazos, Alex J. Malavazos
  • Patent number: 4585235
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for enabling two or four people to play a competitive game involving skillful manipulative control of a ball on a horizontal game surface. The apparatus comprises a flat playing surface of substantially square perimeter supported by four legs adapted to maintain the playing surface at table height. A retaining wall is associated with each side of said perimeter, and at least one ball-receiving goal is associated with each retaining wall. An elongated sliding guide is positioned parallel to each retaining wall, and a paddle slidably engages each guide. The paddle, having a flat striking portion disposed below the sliding guide, and an elongated handle portion extending above the guide, can be rotated about the handle portion and pivoted about the guide. The striking portion of the paddle is utilized to hit a playing ball having the general characteristics of a table tennis ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Inventor: Jerry D. Williams
  • Patent number: 4529207
    Abstract: A toy has a base having an opening therein which is capable of receiving one of a plurality of game modules. The modules are attached to the base by sliding the modules into the opening in the base. The modules each contain a game, with the game of each being different from the others. Each of the modules include at least one or more objects located therein which are moved in playing the particular game associated with the particular module. The base has first and second activation buttons which are connected via linking members to object strikers which are located in the modules. A single player playing against himself, or two players, can compete by controlling their appropriate buttons to activate the strikers under their control to attempt to move the objects within the game modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Company, Incorporated
    Inventors: Takeo Iseki, Michael W. Nuttall, Gorden Spring, Herbert Weiland
  • Patent number: 4412680
    Abstract: A floating arcade includes a housing in the form of an elongated transparent enclosure with a water pistol operatively connected at one end for directing a jet of water toward targets situated within the housing for striking the same. A siphon tube extends downwardly from the water pistol for immersion in the body of water on which the housing is floatably supported to draw water from the body of water in response to operation of the water pistol. The housing may be floatably supported by buoyant material secured to the underside thereof. The bottom wall of the housing may be perforated for drainage of water from the housing back to the body of water and may be removable for cleaning purposes. In an alternate embodiment, water pistols may be operatively connected to both ends of the housing with a target supported for longitudinal sliding movement between opposite ends of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Inventor: Thomas E. Zorn
  • Patent number: 4371171
    Abstract: A self-contained game providing an enclosed space between a base and a transparent dome, and including a plurality of freely movable objects within the space. A plurality of levers are pivotably mounted on the base and can be manually activated by players via portions of the levers accessible outside the dome so that a hammer portion of the lever will impact objects at sockets on a surface portion of the base, causing the objects to fly upwardly into the space in an attempt by the players to propel the objects into receptacles on the base. After the game is completed, the game can be inverted to return the objects from the receptacles to the surface portion of the base so that the game can be replayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Custom Concepts Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary S. Silverman, Robert D. Zera, James F. Kubiatowicz, Robert L. Claussen
  • Patent number: 4350344
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for playing a competitive game comprising (a) a playing board having a first player's station at one end and a second player's station at the opposite end, (b) an upright standard centrally mounted on the playing board, (c) a weight which is connected to the upright standard at a point remote from the playing board, but which is permitted to rotate about the upright standard, (d) at least one target mounted on the playing board in position to be contacted by the weight, and (e) a mallet mounted at each of the player's stations by means permitting the mallet to be both pivoted and moved longitudinally. The mallets are used to strike the weight, thereby causing it to rotate about the upright standard and to contact the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Michael L. Bear
  • Patent number: 4325555
    Abstract: A game apparatus using air jets from a pair of air blowers to move one or more objects. The pair of air blowers are mounted in opposed relationship on guide means and the object is placed between the two air blowers. With the air blowers connected to a source of pressurized air, the goal of the game is to use air jets from the air blowers to move the object to a desired location. The object can be a vaned rotor mounted on a threaded rod. In the latter embodiment, each player uses the air jet from his air blower to attempt to move the vaned rotor in a given direction along the threaded rod to a predetermined end of the rod in order to win the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Inventor: Douglas S. Marling
  • Patent number: 4316611
    Abstract: A game machine which can be played by two or more players includes an elongated box-like housing in which a game ball can be inserted, the housing including elongated side members with transparent windows therein and opposed end members with openings in their upper portions through which the game ball can be projected, the housing also including two projector elements in respective opposite ends thereof which are capable of utilization by competing players to project the game ball towards the opposite end member, and at least two activator elements in the housing between the two projector elements which are capable of utilization by competing players to contact and move a game ball in the desired fashion. A flooring structure inside the housing forms a contoured playing deck surface above the bottom of the housing and provides multiple, uniform and equally spaced-apart spaces which extend from one end member of the housing to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1982
    Inventors: W. Fred Stokes, Fairey S. Bradford, Nancy S. Strobel
  • Patent number: 4313605
    Abstract: A game machine which can be played by two or more players includes an elongated box-like housing in which a game ball can be inserted, the housing including elongated side members with transparent viewing windows therein and opposed end members with openings in their upper portions through which the game ball can be projected to achieve a score. The housing also includes at least three transversely extending flooring panels stationarily mounted in spaced apart fashion between the housing end members, the upper portions of these flooring panels forming separated segments of a playing deck surface for the game ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1982
    Inventors: W. Fred Stokes, Fairey S. Bradford, Nancy S. Strobel
  • Patent number: 4309034
    Abstract: A toy is described which has a housing which includes an elevated centralized object repository. Associated with the object repository is at least one peripheral section of the housing which includes an inclined top surface. The inclined top surface has a plurality of object locating holes which are arranged in sequence up the inclined surface. An object is sized to fit partly through the object locating holes. An object propulsion member fits beneath the top surface and includes a plurality of object striking projections which are located off-center beneath each of the object locating holes. When the object propulsion member is activated, if an object is located in one of the locating holes, the striking surface associated with that hole strikes the object and can propel the object toward the next locating hole. This is repeated until the object is deposited in the object repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Takao Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 4303248
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an amusement game wherein coins are dropped onto a flat surface over which a vertical dam is horizontally translated. The vertical dam translates over a portion of the flat surface and will thus drop certain of the accumulated coins over the edge. The coins, as they drop over the edge, are collected in a counting chute to be synchronously counted in a memory which is then synchronously unloaded to vend out a corresponding number of tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Inventors: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr., Foster M. Brashear
  • Patent number: 4273341
    Abstract: An amusement game device played by one or two persons and including an up-standing housing separated into left-hand and right-hand compartments by a vertical middle wall therebetween which is provided with a window for communication between the compartments. A pendulum is pivotally mounted in each compartment and each pendulum has an upwardly extending arm which extends above the pendulum pivot and a projectile target at the top of each arm. A launcher and a plurality of projectiles are provided for each compartment, and the pendulums are positioned within their respective compartments such that when a projectile is launched and thereby projects into the projectile target, the pendulum will pivot from the weight of the projectile resting in the target to dump the projectile into the compartment of the opponent through the aforesaid window in the center dividing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Assignee: Wolverine Toy Company
    Inventor: John T. Warrix
  • Patent number: 4261577
    Abstract: A washer game includes a playing board of a generally rectangular configuration having side and end surfaces extending upwardly above the plane of the playing board surface. Pocket means adjacent, but spaced from each end of the game board playing surface is provided which pocket means include openings of a predetermined size and configuration adjacent but spaced from each end of the game board playing surface. Washer shooter means are provided for mounting adjacent each end of the game board surface with spring tensioned washer support means whereby a washer may be placed on the support means and the support means pulled against the spring and thereafter released so that the tension in the spring throws a washer on the surface of the game board surface in any of various predetermined angles in relation to the game board surface to try to place the washer in one of the pocket means on the game board surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Inventor: Lonnie T. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4253669
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a stationary base with a playing surface and housing rotatably mounted thereon in driving engagement with a spring motor. The playing surface includes a hemispherical central portion and a centrally mounted chute for dropping playing objects onto the playing surface. A circular flange is secured to the outer peripheral edge of the central portion and includes a plurality of receptacles, a first preselected number of which are of a configuration to retain the playing objects received from the central portion. A second preselected number of the receptacles are of a configuration to allow the playing object to pass therethrough. Pivotally mounted on the base are one or more player operated levers for engaging a playing object captured within one of the first type of receptacles for attempted dislodgement and movement to one of the second type for a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Michael J. Ferris, Burton C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 4245842
    Abstract: A skill-type game is disclosed having two opposing projectile launching areas, each launching area including means for launching a projectile and a projectile receiving target area including at least one projectile-receiving upstanding channel adapted to receive a plurality of projectiles, one at a time, in stacked relation one above another. Each launching area includes means for launching a projectile upwardly from a game floor area into a channel, and means for launching a projectile along the game floor area to dislodge a lowermost projectile out of a channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Wayne A. Kuna, Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4243227
    Abstract: An action toy game comprises a flat hollow frame having an actuating lever mounted at each end and an arcuate slot extending from one lever to the other and forming a passageway for the travel of disc-shaped playing pieces propelled therethrough by manual actuation of the levers. At its central portion the arcuate slot communicates with an underlying display section of the frame, the display section being formed with a plurality of vertical compartments and having windows communicating with the vertical compartments and arranged in a square grid pattern. When each actuating lever is actuated by a player, a playing piece is propelled through the arcuate slot and drops into one of the vertical compartments where it is exposed through a window. The game pieces fill the slots until one player forms a line of game pieces according to a game plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1981
    Inventor: Ned Strongin
  • Patent number: 4236716
    Abstract: A box supports two playing fields which slope downwardly from opposite sides thereof toward a switch bar along the exposed inner side of each field for energizing a "spill" display light at the end of each field when a player fails to score with a ball rolling between two gently sloping cues from dwell notches thereon, upon skillfully opening the handles of the cues that rest on a support, and are connected at their outer ends, which are bent down to rest on the playing field, by one of three dropping the ball into triangularly arranged sockets that are assigned different score values ranging from a minimum to a maximum as the distance from the back of the field increases, with three balls per turn per player, two, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Inventor: Melvin O. Douglas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4215867
    Abstract: An arcade amusement gun of the type which pneumatically shoots a rubber ball toward a hollow target with each pull of the trigger is gated by a master control so that its firing rate is the same as the other arcade amusement guns in a grouping of such guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1980
    Assignee: Ramtek Corporation
    Inventor: Vernon R. Natwick
  • Patent number: 4213612
    Abstract: A competitive action game includes a playing field which is inclined downwardly from its center to first and second player stations at opposite ends. Shooting assemblies are positioned at the player stations to shoot projectiles at one of two targets mounted for transverse movement across the center of the playing field. Each target includes a rotary disc member, a release mechanism and a biasing device to bias the target toward one side of the field. Each target release mechanism also includes a latch engageable with a rotary member and having a portion extending adjacent the playing field for contact by the projectiles that will actuate the latch allowing the target to move toward the scoring end of the field under the face of the biasing means. A score indicating flag is mounted at the end of the track to indicate the completion of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1980
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: John R. Wildman, Burton C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 4186927
    Abstract: A competitive game device employing propulsion means suitable for propelling table tennis balls toward a target suitable for receiving such balls. The target is located in a field having sloping contours for guiding balls which have missed the target to return to a launching position from which such balls may again be propelled toward the target. This invention provides pneumatic podially operated ball propulsion means having actuators spaced from the field in which the target is located and which are movable with respect to each other and the field. Competing players or teams may be allocated sets of colored or otherwise coded balls to be launched and relaunched toward the target. The stations from which a competitor propels the allocated balls at the start of the game may be randomly selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Breslow, Eugene Jaworski
  • Patent number: 4186926
    Abstract: An amusement device for use by opposing players includes an upstanding enclosure having spaced apart transparent side walls permitting the interior to be viewed by players on opposite sides. The enclosure includes a bottom wall with a pair of spaced apart parallel openings and a plurality of projectiles, such as table tennis balls, are contained within the enclosure and are adapted to be fired upwardly from the bottom wall. Each player is provided with a movable firing unit or "cannon" which he positions beneath the opening in the bottom wall on his side and the firing unit is then manually operated to propel or fire a selected ball upwardly towards a target. Each player is provided with a target device having an open upper end for receiving the balls and holding a selected number of balls in a vertical stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Ralph J. Kulesza, Jeffrey D. Breslow