A lot of the games at Chucky Cheese are purely based on timing, these are a lot easier than the other games of chance or some other skill (like basketball). They’re great if you came to win tickets, because once you’ve got the timing down, it’s just a matter of letting your muscle memory work for you.
An example game is Hat Trick. The mechanics of the game itself are a bit complicated (it’s a machine with moving parts), but the gameplay mechanics are pretty simple:
- Roll a token down the ramp
- Avoid the big holes and make it across the bridge
- Once you’ve crossed the bridge you’re in the money (ticket winner), but you can keep rolling through a tiny slot to win the jackpot.
It’s best to see this in action:
A game like this is definitely doable though. It’s just a matter of finding a way to rotate the table at the right speed. The ramps and board itself could be easily constructed.
To add an educational element to this game I’ll modify the rules so that the the numbers on the gameboard are different and there are now +, -, ÷ and × holes. The students get a free roll, and the number they hit is the number of tokens they are given for their turn. The goal of each turn in the modified game would be to hit a target number by performing a series of arithmetic based moves.
- Free roll: lands on 8, gets 8 tokens
- Student draws random number from a hat, lets say 32.
- Student must make the number 32 by using, at most, their 8 tokens:
-Student rolls and hits a 14
-Student rolls and hits a ×
-Student rolls and hits a 2
– Student rolls and hits a +
– Student rolls and hits a 4
– Student has 32, wins.