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Electronic Arcade Speedball

by Poof Slinky

Price: 135.00
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  • Game of skill that comes with everything you need to have hours of fun from home
  • All the lights, sounds and thrills will make you think you're playing this classic game at your local arcade
  • Arcade Speedball keeps score automatically and reaching the (100) point target is the real challenge
  • Designed for 1+ players and includes a 2-piece speedball tray with launcher, score housing, clear hood, (8) silver balls, score housing support and instructions
  • Recommended for children 5-years of age and older
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight2.2 Kg
Product Dimensions58.4 x 10.2 x 35.6 cm
Batteries:3 D batteries required.
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model number33203BL
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000ALCCAK
Best Sellers Rank 634,280 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 Kg
Delivery Destinations:Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
Date First Available10 Aug 2010
  
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Product Description

Enjoy the lights, sounds and thrills of playing classic arcade speedball right in your own home. Play alone or with friends. Arcade Speedball is equipped with automatic scoring and ball return. Requires 3 "C" batteries, not included. Measures 23"L x 14"H x 4"W.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  66 reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad luck or back ciruit boards? 13 Jan 2010
By M. Schaefer - Published on Amazon.com
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Durability: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I first ordered this toy as a Christmas gift for my daughter. The whole family enjoyed playing it. We have 3 kids ages 6, 5, and 3. After only a short time playing it, sometimes the score would just totally reset itself. And we couldn't get the 2 player option to score correctly. I returned it thinking it was just a bad circuit board. I ordered a new one after getting my refund and I just got done testing the new one we received. The same thing is happening! I even tried it first to make sure it was not caused by my kids being too rough on it, etc. On my 3rd or 4th ball, the score reset itself back to zero. And on that same game, the scores went blank and I had to press the reset button in order for it to work again. I don't think I'll bother sending this one back just because my kids love the game so much. But it is sad that it costs over $30 and you can't even rely on the game to score you correctly. I am surprsied no other reviews have talked about this issue - especially since this is our 2nd one and we are having the exact same issue.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for kids and adults! 15 Jan 2007
By Brown-Eyed Midge - Published on Amazon.com
My five-year old loves to play skee-ball at the local arcade. I bought this for a Christmas present for him and our entire family loves to play. Everyone can compete. The lights and sounds make it very exciting. Sometimes the scoring mechanism fails to register the points scored. But it really isn't a big deal, since it's all in fun. My husband has become quite competitive with my son. I'm not really sure who enjoys this game more!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Pinball & Skee-Ball 27 Jun 2008
By Max Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
You'll love this. Skee-ball meets Pinball! Easy to put together, great sounds and FUN! The kids loved it too. Not as easy as it looks! All you have to do is put the batteries in, the clear shield on and slide the two long pieces together, and press on! Auto ball return! Lights! This would make a fun gift for Dad too!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed Ball is awesome 9 Jan 2009
By frequent shopper - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The scoreboard is cool It doesn't get too easy once you've played it for a long time so it should bring continued fun times. I would definately recommend it if you like skee ball.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great toy, great value, seems like one of those "classic" toys you save forever 20 Mar 2012
By Kenneth R. Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My son got this from an uncle for his 5th birthday. It was very easy to assemble, takes 3 "C" batteries, packaged very well (twist ties, did not need scissors to unpackage). Visually, it is really stunnning, the color scheme and particularly the lights along the back/side are very nicely chosen. It is pleasant to look at. The metal balls you use are interesting, slightly smaller than marbles, seem somewhat magnetic (?) (when put near each other, they seemed to move toward each other -- you could play with the eight metal balls alone and have fun without the rest of the toy).

It took me about 5 minutes to assemble. The only downside is that you need a little screw driver to unscrew the battery case. I always find that annoying. Even worse, the tiny screw fell completely out and I had to pick it up off the floor. Not a big deal, but it is so small it could fall between floor boards and be lost forever. When battery cases do have these kind of screws, I always prefer it if they make them so that the screw cannot come all the way out. However, that is a small issue.

It has a real "wow" factor in terms of being a cool miniature version of those bowling games at Chuck E. Cheeze or carnival type places where you roll the ball into a hole, and with the lights and sounds it makes to reward you if you get a good shot. The spring action is good and the holes are all makeable (it is very tricky, but you can hit the 100 point hole).

The ball-return works reasonably well. My 3 and 5 year old both could play this after a little instruction with no (or very little) supervision. It kept them entertained for some time. The scoring might help teach them math. The aiming and spring mechanism might teach them about planning and physics.

Overall, a very well-done product, simple concept realized with beauty. I do wonder if the stickers on the lane (that make the plastic look like a wood) will stay down, or will come up over time. I see a bit of ripple here and there that makes me think the glue job might not be the best, and I'll keep an eye on that and re-glue if something starts coming up.

The lane is basically three pieces. The first part with the spring-loaded shooter. The spring shooter seems well-designed. The two parts that form the lane have a slight gap, less than 1/8th of an inch, but is not perfectly flush. That also may be something I need to watch. However, the slight off-set did not prevent us from playing with it and scoring in the various holes. I think for China to mass produce these for sale in the USA at a price point under $40 (which is what I'm seeing online), you cannot expect perfection.

It may be the best way to bring a little of that "Chuck E Cheeze Parlour Game" feel into your home. I know I personally am going to save the box and packaging material because it feels like the kind of game that kids nowadays, when grown up, will recall and say, "Why don't they make games like that anymore?" and it may have some value. So, I kind of view it as a potential "heirloom" toy despite being made mostly of plastic and in China.

It is nice for kids to have a physical toy they can play with as an alternative to video games that shows them physics and is interactive like this. I do think it needs to be owned by some one willing to take care of things, as the eight metal balls smaller than marbles could be easily lost (little kids would like to walk away with things like this, in my experience).

I have not paid a lot of attention to the actual scoring done by the electronics. I think it makes a lot of noise for getting 10 points and 20 points, but it did not make much noise when my son got the ball in the 50 point hole. It seems lik 90% of the time, the shooter will get it in 10, 20 or zero, so maybe they opted for more noise for the more common holes, it just strikes me as a bit counterintuitive. You'd think you'd have a bigger sound / light explosion for the higher points, but the kids don't seem to mind and so I don't think this is a big deal.
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