Best Park Games and How To Win!

Friday, May 31, 2002 4:03 PM

Ok well there's the water shoot, the coin on the glass, the 100 strength, the 3 bottles, the guess pitch, and so many others. How do you guys win these especially the quarter on the slick glass? To win the water shoot I play twice and the 2nd time I direct the gun in the perfect spot to start on the dot, works everytime! You guys tell your strategies and your favorite as well as ones that RIP you off big time.


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Friday, May 31, 2002 4:46 PM

Ones that rip you off, the hammer deal, that thing is so fixed it's not even funny. It has nothign to do with how hard you hit it but rather which person you are to hit it, kind of like a slot machine. At least thats my theory. Anyway I don't play any of the games, I would rather waste my money in other ways, like the Lotto. LOL

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Friday, May 31, 2002 4:52 PM

I don't like the game where you have to knock the bottles off of the table. It seems sooo easy, but I can never win. The only game I've ever won was the ring toss game, and I'm still not even sure how I got it on there. But, I don't usually play those kind of games. I'd rather spend my money on games that are fun to play, like Dance Dance Revolution.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 4:54 PM
Anyone know how to conquer the crazy wire?

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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:01 PM
Just have a steady hand is all I can tell you. On the Quarter Pitch, Have your hand out flat and the quarter on the last crease before your finger tips,then toss your hand straight up and angle it just enough so the quarter goes up and comes straight down flat on the plate. Works every time. By the way, the plates have floor wax on them and they are buffed to a clear coat so they look crystal clear.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:04 PM

I used to work a lot of these games (and still operate a few)...

The best tip about the Wacky Wire(tm) game that I can give you (besides the steady hand) is to get around the final bend right when the straight part is pointing directly away from you (12 o'clock), then get it past that and down to the end before it gets around to 9'o clock. This can also be reversed (6-3) but I've found that a little more difficult to maneuver.

Other things to look for are the hoop size. I've seen three sizes- about the size of a Susan B Anthony dollar, a half-dollar, and an old silver-dollar coin. The medium size works the best - the large one actually seems harder to me. Another thing to look for is how high that straight-down part is (from the 90-degree bend to the base). The longer this section is, the better. Finally, watch the wire as it spins. A lot of them wear out a little bit and start to jump, making it harder to win (it's basically a motor with a rubber band driving the thing.)

The hammer game (a.k.a. Hi-Striker(tm)) really depends a lot on how the software is set up by the operator.

The basketball games (while still win-able) usually are harder...smaller rims, over-inflated balls. I once got hit it the back of the head with one of those on the rebound once and almost blacked out!

Race games - ideally, all the toys go the same speed and if reced head-to-head from start to finish would tie. That is very rarely the case. It takes a lot of maintenance to assure that every day. Watch the races for awhile when they are full...more often than not, you'll see certain numbers win more than others even when different people play. This works on all race games (water, roll-a-ball, pinball, etc.)

Hoop-type games (have to get the big plastic ring around the stuffed animal) ...choke the animal. Throw the hoop so that the front part of it is on the neckline of the animal while the rest of the hoop is slanted up. This is about the best shot at this.

The big "well DUH" rule of thumb: The bigger the prize, the harder it is to win.

Phwew- I kinda got long-winded there. Sorry.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:24 PM
my favorite game is four ball. its the pool game where you have four shots plus the break to sink four balls, hence the name four ball.since i am an avid pool shark, this game is always easy. take the que ball, move it to the right(or left) about eight inches and aim for the space between two of the balls. if your lucky, you can sink two on the break, your lucky. then use your last shots on the other two. although, some places use a weighted que ball, which rolls back (slighty) after the shot.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 7:50 PM
The hammer game is simple actually, you have to hit it dead center on the pad. My brother worked at an FEC and he told me that.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 9:09 PM

How about the Rope Climbing game...

I see the workers do it soo easily all the time. I see them take alternate steps evenly with the left hand, right foot... then right hand, left foot... and they make it up without shaking, without even a flintch and ring the bell no problem.

I tried to mimic that, and it didn't work. How can you easily beat that one and get a big prize??

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Friday, May 31, 2002 9:24 PM

MagnumForce said:

Ones that rip you off, the hammer deal, that thing is so fixed it's not even funny. It has nothign to do with how hard you hit it but rather which person you are to hit it, kind of like a slot machine. At least thats my theory. Anyway I don't play any of the games, I would rather waste my money in other ways, like the Lotto. LOL

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You flat out don't know what you are talking about here. I operate these games, and they aren't really hard to win, as long as you are a pretty good sized person.

There are two settings, one for men and one for women and children.

My tip: Hit it in the dead center. No matter how hard you hit it, your score will be awful if you don't hit accurately.


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Friday, May 31, 2002 11:06 PM
The hammer game, just hit it with solid strength in the center. As for the game where you knock all the bottles off of the table, the key for me is to just throw it really hard and try to get lower on the bottom two, I don't know how well this'll work for everyone else as I am one of those kids who in little league would get batters out by fear alone with a wild arm but very good speed on the fast ball, so it may just be that I have a good arm, but it's worth a try I think. All of my other tips have been covered pretty well.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 4:11 AM

DawgByte II said:

How about the Rope Climbing game...

I see the workers do it soo easily all the time. I see them take alternate steps evenly with the left hand, right foot... then right hand, left foot... and they make it up without shaking, without even a flintch and ring the bell no problem.



The people who work these games play them extremely often. And its like anything else, if you do something a lot, you start to get better at it. This is why the workers can always win the games so easily.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 9:35 AM

Thats not always true. I think that in most cases, game operators will get in trouble for playing their games while working.

Another tip for winning: Play a race game. Someone has to win, so if you are paranoid, you don't have to worry about the game being rigged.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 10:26 AM
I see it all the time at SFWoA, the game operators are always playing the games and saying, look how easy this is to win. Now, for employees to play games while they're not working is definately against the rules.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 1:22 PM

At SFGAm last season, they had a "dart" game. Pretty simple...just regular old darts, like you'd see in a bar. You had to score at least 60 to win a prize. I think it was $2 for 3 darts. Not too hard if you play darts at all...even with the crappy plastic 1/2 broken darts they would give you.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 2:53 PM
I like the goblet toss, but the cranes are my favorite cause i rule at them.

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 5:05 PM
All the games are ripoff's
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Saturday, June 1, 2002 5:27 PM

jimmybob has some good tips above for Wacky Wire. I'll add that it is easiest to hold the wand in the middle, as close to the ring as possible. Also, I've seen 2 types of this game: The one with a square base, and one with a wizard's face. The square base is MUCH easier, as you can drag the wand along the flat base as you "make your move" to get the ring to the bottom.

I'll say that with a little practice I can now consistently win after only 1-2 tries. Given the size of prize you can usually win, I'll take wacky wire as the best game in any park

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Saturday, June 1, 2002 11:04 PM

Well, I used to work at the midway at PGA, and let me tell you... EVERY SINGLE game is a rip off! First of all, the doll you spent 20 dollars to win, thinking you are a pimp lugging around the park on your shoulders all day, costs the park a measly $1.50!!! Before the end of the day, the neck will be all limping, and there will be a trail of white pills behind you.

With that being said, I know how to master all the games. That is, if the operators don't cheat you (which is more common than you might think). The milk can game is just pure luck. I can't help you there. The "knockdown the bottles" is easy once you have mastered it. You have to hit the uppermost tip in between the bottom two bottles. The "throw the ball into the slanted basket" is easy too. They tell you to hit the top of the basket, but that is harder than it looks. The easy way is to hold the ball with palm facing the ground. Then, flip it up very softly as if you were revving your gyxxer. Hit the ball on the front part of the basket. The backspin will keep it in.

However, like I said, the prizes aren't worth crap, so I never even bother to play unless I'm with some really hot chick, or if there are some chicks there playing, and I win some prizes for them (it works every time).

The one I use to really impress them is the "Wacky Wire." Once you get the hang of it, it is soooo easy, but it takes practice.

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Sunday, June 2, 2002 5:41 AM
What is it that makes the "knock down the bottles" game so hard? I mean, if I set up a couple of milk bottles in my backyard and threw a ball at them, it wouldn't be all that hard to knock them down.

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