With Mechanical Projector Patents (Class 273/399)
  • Patent number: 10058754
    Abstract: A game apparatus with pivotally mounted cup holders is disclosed. The apparatus includes a game board and a plurality of cup holders pivotally secured to a vertical surface of the game board. The cup holders are configured to pivot relative to the vertical surface of the game board to hold a cup at an angle. In addition, the game board includes a cavity formed into the game board for each cup holder, where the cavity is configured to receive and support a portion of a bottom edge of a cup. A depression is formed into the game board and configured to receive a respective cup holder to lay flat when the cup holder is pivoted against the game board. Further, the plurality of cup holders are disposed in a triangular formation on the game board and configured for cups to be placed adjacent to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew C. Parker, Timothy D. Nichols
  • 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
  • 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: 7722049
    Abstract: A multipurpose bowl assembly including a bowl, a target having a coupler configured to attach the target to the bowl and a launching device coupled to the bowl and configured to propel at least one item in a direction generally toward the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Wabash Valley Farms
    Inventors: Michael Williams, Rachel DeSmidt, William Lindeman, Cathy Lindeman, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7591471
    Abstract: A game in which game pieces in the form of acrobats are launched toward a target. The game pieces include magnets at the distal end of the extremities of the stylized acrobat game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Steve Walterscheid
  • Publication number: 20070284824
    Abstract: Provided is a game apparatus wherein a player may attempt to score a goal by means of a projectile. The gaming apparatus includes a handheld launcher which has a ramp portion configured such that the player may launch the projectile up and away from the launcher. The apparatus also includes a target supported in spaced relation relative to the launcher that defines a goal for the projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Wayne R. Arden
  • Patent number: 6464504
    Abstract: A mathematical game of amusement including a game board having generally planar upper and lower surfaces. The game board has a square center aperture therethrough. The upper surface of the game board is divided into a series of spaces. Each of the spaces has a predetermined point value associated therewith. A selected number of the spaces are designated as bonus spaces. A launching mechanism is positionable within the square center aperture of the game board. A plurality of disc-shaped game pieces are dimensioned for being positioned atop the launching mechanism. The game pieces are divided into at least two sets of game pieces distinguishable from one another by color. The game pieces are launchable by the launching mechanism onto the series of spaces of the game board to achieve a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Diane Wingert
  • Patent number: 6270080
    Abstract: A coin-operated item vending and game apparatus includes a coin-operated item vending machine and a game module. The vending machine includes a support base, coin deposit, vendable items dispenser, globe and elongated central support member. The game module includes a housing, target and flexible resilient lever. The housing is disposed within the globe. The target is disposed within the housing. The lever is disposed below the target and extends through the housing and globe such that an outer end of the lever is disposed exteriorly of the globe. A depression defined on the lever receives a coin. The outer end of the lever is manually depressed downwardly by the user causing bending of the lever from an initial condition and creating an upward force because of the resiliency of the lever. Release of the lever by the user allows the lever to spring back to its initial condition and toss the coin upwardly such that the coin will either make or miss the target depending on the skill of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • 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: 5681043
    Abstract: An apparatus providing a novel challenge to skill and dexterity includes a projectile and a deformable container having a drive medium contained therein. The deformable container is in fluid communication with a launch member, such that deformation of the container is communicated to the launch member, thereby causing the launch member to impact the projectile. Deformation may be caused by physical pressure applied by an operator. In this case, when an operator strikes the deformable container, it is compressed, forcing the drive medium, which may be air, to the launch member, which may be a piston, causing the launch member to strike a game ball, sending it toward the target. The deformable container may comprise resilient and rigid foam. Alternatively, a plurality of independently compressible containers, each actuating a separate piston or other launch member may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventors: Wade Winblad, Fred Miller
  • 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: 5492334
    Abstract: A hand-held ball game toy including a column upright stanchion for the holding of the hand; a housing supported on the column upright stanchion, having a vertical back wall and a goal mounted on the vertical back wall; a trigger mounted on the column upright stanchion; a ball received inside the housing; a serving unit mounted inside the housing below the goal and driven by the trigger to eject the ball toward the goal; a scoring unit mounted on the vertical back wall of the housing and triggered by the ball to score points when the ball is driven into the goal; and a shot timer unit mounted on the vertical back wall of the housing and controlled to count down a predetermined length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventors: Robert L. Carignan, Ting Liu
  • Patent number: 5465961
    Abstract: A novelty punch-out game card comprises punch-out elements for, when assembled, simulating elements of a sporting game such as basketball, football or the like. The punch-out card comprises a card member including a plurality of elements adapted to be punched out therefrom and then assembled to form the components used in the game. The elements include a mountable element which is adapted to be affixed to a suitable item, a target element integral with or affixable to the mountable element so as to form a target, and at least one projectile element, for, in use after being punched out of the card member, forming a projectile adapted to be propelled at the target. Further elements, which are adapted to be punched out from the card member, form a propelling device for propelling the projectile at the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Ronald P. Burtch & Associates Limited
    Inventor: Ronald P. Burtch
  • Patent number: 5417435
    Abstract: An amusement apparatus wherein a catapult mechanism projects objects toward various targets, and in particular to an amusement game in which a catapult is lever activated and receives coins via a chute arrangement. The user controls the lever to catapult objects to various targets within the game playing area. The arrangement of the coin entry mechanism, the chute, the self aligning projectile receptacle, and the flipping mechanism provide a constant locating mechanism which ensures accurate locating of the objects to the flipping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: David A. Peretz
  • Patent number: 5375828
    Abstract: A combination drinking glass lid and game includes a base which operates to cover and seal a drinking glass. The base includes an opening there through for passage of a drinking straw. Supported upon the base is a game of skill or chance, such as a target game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Creata, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Shikami
  • Patent number: 5318307
    Abstract: A game of skill and strategy that can be played on almost any surfaces (grass, sand, water, cement, etc.), indoors as well as outdoors. This game shows some resemblance with "tic-tac-toe". The game comprises a reception frame divided into nine squares and four groups of disks, two for each player. The squares from targets to be hit with the disks. The first set of disks is made up of at least nine disks of the same diameter, density and thickness. The second set has only three disks of a larger diameter than those of the first group. The larger size of the disks of the second set makes them harder to lodge in the target squares. This is compensated by the fact that a larger disk can remove one of the opponent's disks and take possession of the square. First, the players take turns trying to toss the small disk into the squares. After this phase, they use the larger disks to try to dislodge the opposing player's disks and gain an advantage on him.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Inventors: Marcel Bouchard, Raymond Fortin
  • Patent number: 5145176
    Abstract: A pneumatically operated golf ball tee system of the present invention comprises an upwardly opening ball and air guide through which the ball passes and above which the ball is pneumatically supported when in a teed position. The system further includes a source of golf balls, a control for ball entry from the source to the guide and an air supply providing pressurized air upwardly through the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Inventor: Earl Lipson
  • Patent number: 5104129
    Abstract: An arrangement for a game playing device comprising a game playing apparatus which controls a prize delivering machinery (10), a feeding device (7) for a token (8) for starting the game playing apparatus against a payment, and a tuner (11) controlling the prize delivering machinery. The tuner improves the odds and the chances of winning a prize from a normal state in response to the operation of the game playing apparatus. In order that the tuner could be restored to the normal state by the player, the game playing device comprises a stop switch (13) which influences the feeding device for starting the game playing apparatus without payment and which is arranged to control the tuner in such a manner that the tuner is restored to the normal state when the operation of the game playing device does not affect the tuner or the prize delivering machinery, so that the player does not win a prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Raha-Automaattiyhdistys
    Inventors: Olli Hamalainen, Kauko Piri
  • Patent number: 4979753
    Abstract: An action toy game device includes a base, a timer on the base, a receiving wall having a receiving opening therein on the base, a plurality of game elements, and a propelling mechanism for propelling the game elements toward the receiving wall so that they are receivable in the receiving opening. The timer is actuatable for set periods of time and it is operative for oscillating the receiving wall between obstructed and unobstructed positions wherein the receiving opening is obstructed and unobstructed, respectively. Game play is effected by actuating the timer and propelling the game elements toward the receiving opening at times when the receiving opening is in the unobstructed position so that the game elements are receivable in the receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Asahi Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Kobayashi
  • 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: 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: 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: 4733871
    Abstract: A game in which players, in turn, lay down cards, or other distinguishable items, that are divided into two or more sets of two or more items each. The cards are laid down in lines with the goal of laying down an end card that matches the one at the other end of a line in order to qualify for a jump attempt. For the jump attempts, a biased, upwardly angled jump ramp is provided for placement at one end of the line of items to be jumped and a target landing ramp is supplied for the other end. If the jump is successful, the player collects all of the items jumped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Thomas P. McQueeny, Wayne A. Kuna
  • Patent number: 4673186
    Abstract: An outdoor game and associated apparatus having a plurality of goals, playing balls with holes drilled therein, and tapered elongate shooting sticks used for projecting the balls toward the goals is disclosed. The goals are buckets or mesh baskets elevated above ground level by a ring having a standard projecting therefrom which is insertable into the ground. The playing balls are spherical wooden balls having holes drilled therein. One hole runs through the center of the ball and is open on either end, whereas the second hole is drilled substantially normal and off-center to the first hole. The elongate tapered shooting stick is provided with a grip end and a cylindrical tip end which can be inserted in the holes in the playing balls and is used by a player to project the balls toward the goals by use of an underhand throwing motion. A method of play is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Walker Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Walker
  • 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: 4496160
    Abstract: A game apparatus has a cabinet defining a playing area, a plurality of coin slots, and a rotable, ribbed, drum beneath the slots for projecting an accepted can within the playing area. In a lower portion of the playing area are two shelves onto which projected coins may fall, the shelves being traversed by pusher bars which push collected coins towards the edge of the respective shelf. In an upper portion of the playing area are a plurality of baskets containing sensors actuated by a coin passing through a basket to secure a predetermined award. Suitably one of the baskets is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Inventors: Michael Wichinsky, LeRoy N. Gutknecht
  • Patent number: 4487414
    Abstract: A slot machine or coin operated prize dispensing apparatus comprising a vertical gambling panel which forms a plane of movement for coins or similar flat, rolling tokens and which is provided with a plurality of prize sensors located in the plane of movement, a projector adjacent the plane of movement, a stake inserting slot, and a pay-out mechanism. A closed circulating path for projected coins is formed in the plane of movement of the gambling panel and passes adjacent the projector. The stake inserting slot is connected past the gambling panel to the pay-out panel by means of a separate circulating path for stake coins. Thus, the projected coins are independent of the number, value and combination of the stake coins so that the game can be priced and the prize relation changed without touching the projected coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Raha-Automaattiyhdistys
    Inventors: Martti K/a/ rkk/a/ inen, Lauri Martti
  • Patent number: 4424972
    Abstract: A new game apparatus including a shooting device for shooting a ball and a target when the shooting device is loaded, balls are either shot automatically by the shooting device, or by a trigger operated by the user. The shooting device includes a pressurizable ball receiving chamber into which the ball to be played enters when the player is ready to shoot the shooting device. The ball enters the chamber through a first hole in the chamber. The shooting device also includes a door for closing this first hole, a source of fluid under pressure and a switch and solenoid assembly for admitting the fluid into the chamber in a sufficient amount to drive the ball from the chamber through a second hole in the chamber. The second hole leads to an exit conduit through which the ball is projected out into the open air. The chamber is closed off upon the initial pressurization of the chamber by the door and by the ball. As more pressure is added, sufficient pressure builds up to propel the ball out the second hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Inventor: Richard H. Vinette
  • Patent number: 4373724
    Abstract: A game which may be sold as a packaged unit and is provided with means for projecting a ball by ejection in a direction and with a velocity controlled by the player and wherein the ball is directed at a given target representing a baseball field. The target toward which the ball is ejected by the player is mounted on one flap of a carton and has a number of ball receiving openings toward which the ball is aimed, wherein each opening is a scoring unit and between the front of the opening and the rear wall are spaces to retain the balls for tabulating at the end of the half inning. In the event the ball doesn't enter an opening it will drop to the bottom of the game into one of severally marked troughs and register another chance score. A prop is used to hold the target in an upright position facing the open carton. For storage the prop is removed and the carton flaps are held in an overlapping closed position by clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: Harry Shoglow
  • 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: 4337949
    Abstract: A playing piece propelling game device includes a generally dish-shaped open-topped playing surface divided into a plurality of compartments which are defined on the surface by a plurality of radially arranged upstanding walls on the surface. The surface further includes a generally horizontal peripheral flange. An upstanding receptacle is defined centrally on the playing surface for receiving one or more playing pieces in the form of discs. A manually actuable propelling apparatus is aligned with the receptacle and attached to the playing surface for propelling the playing pieces from the receptacle onto the playing surface. The propelling apparatus includes a U-shaped leaf spring with a pair of spaced apart downwardly directed arms upon which the playing surface is supported. The propelling means is arranged to propel the playing pieces upwardly in response to a downward actuation applied to the flange in a direction of flight determined by the manner and angle of application of the force to the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1982
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventor: Michael J. Ferris
  • Patent number: 4320902
    Abstract: A game having a pitching track suspended above a game board is disclosed. The pitching track may be tilted thereby allowing a ball to roll downward toward a device for striking the ball. After being struck, the ball is propelled onto the game board where the ball's resting point designates a certain score. In a preferred embodiment, a struck ball is captured by a curvilinear ramp which returns the ball to the pitching track, thereby enabling a single player to practice striking the ball continuously, without interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Inventor: Arthur G. Florkey
  • 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: 4290605
    Abstract: A game of skill has a support housing on which there are located a plurality of independent object transfer mechanisms preferably no two which are identical. The transfer mechanisms are aligned in a sequence such that a pathway includes a plurality of discontinuities along its length which divides it into a plurality of segments. Each of the transfer mechanisms includes one segment of the pathway and some of the transfer mechanisms can also include more than one segment. This creates a discontinuity in the pathway between each of the transfer mechanisms as well as between each segment when more than one segment is found on one transfer mechanism. Each of the transfer mechanisms includes a movable portion which is moved by the operator of the game via a control mechanism attached thereto. By manipulating the control mechanisms a spherical object can be caused to travel across the pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Takao Matsumoto
  • 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: 4219198
    Abstract: This invention relates to an amusement device which will provide an amusing series of events, in a chain reaction fashion, culminating in the entrapment of a playing piece. A first element is selectively actuated which causes the release of a first ball down a ramp and the activation of a second element which permits a fanciful ladder element to be released down a spiral post. This latter action drives a third element causing the release of a second ball which ultimately actuates an ejector device which propels a playing piece through the air. The first released ball if properly aimed and timely released has preset a target element for receipt of the playing piece which actuates closure of the target element due to its weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1980
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Burton C. Meyer, Ralph J. Kulesza
  • 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
  • Patent number: RE45679
    Abstract: A casino style game apparatus preferably having a table layout for playing a roulette or roulette-like game without a roulette wheel. The preferred embodiment uses a ball blower to select a numbered ball from a set of thirty-eight numbered balls. A monitor displays the selected ball as viewed from a video camera mounted above the ball blower. The number displayed constitutes the random number decision generation replacing the use of a roulette wheel. An additional embodiment uses a random number generator to select a number from one to thirty-eight for random number decision generation. Another embodiment uses a shuffled thirty-eight card deck from which a numbered card is selected constituting the random number decision generation. An additional embodiment uses a remote control activated by a player to initiate the random number generator for selection of a number from one to thirty-eight to constitute the random number decision generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones