FIVE CORE DESIGN ELEMENTS

1. RULES: Players are given one free chip and have the chance to win an additional four chips by guessing the prices of four items worth \$10-\$99.  The item is shown along with two digits; one of the two digits is correct, i.e. A blender is shown with two digits underneath and the contestant must decide which digit of the two is accurate.  For every correct guess the contestant wins a chip.  The chips are then placed into a peg board where they cascade down into slots labeled with money prizes and the contestant wins the value in the space in which the peg landed.
2. COMPONENTS: 5 Plinko discs, 4 items on which to guess price, Plinko peg board
3. CORE MECHANICS:  Players must correctly guess which digit of the two shown is correct in the preliminary stage of the game to score more chips, More chips = more chances of winning money.  The two digits correspond to the first and second number in the price of the item.  The strategy of the second part of the game in which Plinko chips are dropped into the peg board is luck, but many contestants will release the Plinko chip in the center of the board.
4. SPACE: Player stands in front of Plinko peg board.  The four items that the player must guess the price of are aside the board.  The Plinko board stands approximately 10 feet high and there is a stair case which leads to the top of the peg board.
5. GOAL: The goal is to win money by placing Plinko chips in the peg board and hope the chips land in the highest money slots at the bottom of the board.  Chips are won by correctly guessing the price of items shown.
• My Plinko game modifications will take place in the preliminary stage of the game:  Instead of guessing the price of items, students will have to answer four trivia questions in the categories of math, science, social studies, and physical education.  Each correct answer is rewarded by a Plinko chip.  Students will then have the chance to place their chips in the peg board to win tickets which can be exchanged for educational prizes.
• The board will be made of a cardboard box and the pegs will be corks.

## 4 thoughts on “PLINKO !”

1. This a really cool game and there are a lot of opportunities to win big amount. It is really hard to design this game with paper and pencil, but good this is that you’ve tried. Yous explanation of the game is also beautiful and well done. Great post.

2. Wow! that’s a nice game of chance, that army guy won \$20,000 just like that. I really like the mock up version of the game, very creative.

3. Sounds like an easy game to play but a person would need a lot of luck to be bale to win a lot! Great job on the mock up of the game, it is well explained!

4. When this game comes on during the show, I have to make sure I’m not in the same room as my mom. She gets so riled up. I have to remind her,
“Mom, you’re not even the one playing the game and even IF he/she wins the \$20,000, you won’t see a cent of it.”

Good way to design the board and make your own bumpers just like the real board!