Archive for the ‘Arcade Cranes’ category

3-year-old boy gets stuck inside Clena-Flex

June 13, 2008

For those of you that have seen a Clena-Flex this will come as no surprise that a child could get inside it through the giant prize collection door. However I though these cranes had a mechanism that stopped the door opening unless there’s a prize to collect?  Anyways, pretty funny story courtesy of the The Mirror, read on…

As anyone who has tried to win a teddy bear on a fairground “grabber” knows, it’s an almost impossible task. But little Christopher Air wasn’t about to admit defeat. So when his mum turned round to change a £20 note for another go, the three-year-old seized his chance and squeezed himself in through the “cat-flap” hole where the bears tumble out. Christopher was trapped inside the arcade machine for half an hour as his frantic mum tried to get him out. Mum Elaine, 33, dad Peter, 33, and brother Stewart, 15, from Grangetown, Sunderland, were holidaying in Skegness. Elaine said: “Christopher spotted this great big teddy bear in the crane machine. I put a pound in and he had a few goes trying to hook it but didn’t win. “He was so upset I decided to get a £20 note changed so he could have another go.” Elaine added: “My back was only turned for a minute and I heard Stewart shrieking. When I looked around Christopher was inside. “I couldn’t believe he had got through such a small space.” Dad Peter, a farm worker, added: “He has never done anything like this before. “When you mention it to him now he smiles and a guilty look comes across his face. “We’ll be keeping a closer eye on him next time we go into an arcade.” The lad’s ordeal ended happily as the arcade boss who freed him handed over the teddy, which he calls Winnie.

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New Asian venue with focus on “Eatertainment”

May 12, 2008

It’s no secret that the idea of “Eatertainment” – a restaurant venue that also seeks to entertain it’s clientèle with aspects other than just food, which may include arcade games. – is a valid idea that has worked for many different companies over the years including Chuck E. Cheese and Dave & Busters. Now here is a new venue opening up in Asia with a similar concept although it looks like their main coin-op focus will be crane games. The cranes look a lot like the cranes that Sega recently released for the UFO Catcher but whether or not these are just modified UFO Catcher cranes is unknown. The venue will also feature live performances and has a lot of attention focusing on sweets – some of them look pretty mouth watering. Click on the link below to check it all out.

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New Asian venue with focus on "Eatertainment"

May 12, 2008

It’s no secret that the idea of “Eatertainment” – a restaurant venue that also seeks to entertain it’s clientèle with aspects other than just food, which may include arcade games. – is a valid idea that has worked for many different companies over the years including Chuck E. Cheese and Dave & Busters. Now here is a new venue opening up in Asia with a similar concept although it looks like their main coin-op focus will be crane games. The cranes look a lot like the cranes that Sega recently released for the UFO Catcher but whether or not these are just modified UFO Catcher cranes is unknown. The venue will also feature live performances and has a lot of attention focusing on sweets – some of them look pretty mouth watering. Click on the link below to check it all out.

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Crane games and lobsters

May 9, 2008

When it comes to bizarre games, Japan never fails to impress and in fact I found out about this crazy crane game at WeirdAsianews.com. This certainly classifies as weird (I’m sure not many people are smacking their heads saying “Well why didn’t I think of that!”) where the goal is just like that of any other crane game – use a claw which is generally a bit loose to grab a “prize” but the twist is the prize is a live lobster submerged under the water. It’s called Sub Marine Catcher and  there is even a video on youtube showing someone actually managing to win at the game. It just makes you wonder what on earth will they think of next (Stacker: Lobster Edition maybe)?

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Tim Hunkin’s Under The Pier Show

March 24, 2008

[Thanks to reader Paul LaFran for sending this in!]

I know that some of you who read the site regularly would like to open up your own arcade one day (Speaking of that I haven’t signed my lease yet, I was told that it would happen last week but I got nothing so we’ll see this week; I’m thinking that they are going to wait until April 1st, just to be funny) and also where I am going to do that myself I like to keep an eye out for stuff where others do the same. Thanks to  one of our readers Paul, he tipped us to this site that shows an older gentleman by the name of Tim Hunkin who has built his own arcade at the Southwold Pier, Suffolk UK. This is quite a unique coin-operated business as Tim built his own machines. As such a lot of them are more traditional mechanical arcades but there are a few videos there and overall he has created his own unique arcade for people to experience. He even teaches you on the site on how to build your very own machines. I plan on doing something like that one day although I would like to get a development team together to create new video arcade titles (and I have a couple of ideas for some new pinball games). Check out the video below or visit Tim’s site, Under The Pier.

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Tim Hunkin's Under The Pier Show

March 24, 2008

[Thanks to reader Paul LaFran for sending this in!]

I know that some of you who read the site regularly would like to open up your own arcade one day (Speaking of that I haven’t signed my lease yet, I was told that it would happen last week but I got nothing so we’ll see this week; I’m thinking that they are going to wait until April 1st, just to be funny) and also where I am going to do that myself I like to keep an eye out for stuff where others do the same. Thanks to  one of our readers Paul, he tipped us to this site that shows an older gentleman by the name of Tim Hunkin who has built his own arcade at the Southwold Pier, Suffolk UK. This is quite a unique coin-operated business as Tim built his own machines. As such a lot of them are more traditional mechanical arcades but there are a few videos there and overall he has created his own unique arcade for people to experience. He even teaches you on the site on how to build your very own machines. I plan on doing something like that one day although I would like to get a development team together to create new video arcade titles (and I have a couple of ideas for some new pinball games). Check out the video below or visit Tim’s site, Under The Pier.

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Super Mickey Mouse Brothers Crane

November 26, 2007

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[Thanks to The Stinger Report] 

From what I gather Nintendo and Disney don’t take kindly to thier IP’s being ripped off, so I’m thinking who ever came up with this bizarre combo of Mario and Mickey for a crane game could have a whole heap of trouble coming thier way!

[via BBPS.com]

My friend Spencer of Siliconera has been maxin’ and relaxin’ in the Land of the Rising Sun and spied this strange crane game. Last time I checked Disney and Nintendo hadn’t teamed up. Naturally this little job is off the cuff and under the radar, but gave me a chuckle all the same!

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