|Publication number||US20080001354 A1|
|Application number||US 11/476,168|
|Publication date||Jan 3, 2008|
|Filing date||Jun 28, 2006|
|Priority date||Jun 28, 2006|
|Also published as||US7306223|
|Publication number||11476168, 476168, US 2008/0001354 A1, US 2008/001354 A1, US 20080001354 A1, US 20080001354A1, US 2008001354 A1, US 2008001354A1, US-A1-20080001354, US-A1-2008001354, US2008/0001354A1, US2008/001354A1, US20080001354 A1, US20080001354A1, US2008001354 A1, US2008001354A1|
|Original Assignee||James Ting|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (1), Classifications (9), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the invention
The present invention relates to a marble game machine, more particularly one, which has a relatively simple structure, and is entertaining and relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
2. Brief Description of the Prior Art
Many modern people like to do various recreational activities, e.g. drawing, fishing, and sports to alleviate the stress resulting from work. Many different kinds of entertaining game machines are available, e.g. pinball machines. However, most currently existing game machines are relatively complicated in structure, and expensive to manufacture.
Therefore, it is a main object of the present invention to provide a marble game machine, which has a relatively simple structure, and is entertaining and relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
The marble game machine of the present invention includes a bed, a marble launching device fitted to a front end of the bed, a game plate supported on a rear section of the bed, and a bottom plate positioned under the bed. The game plate slopes up rearwards, and has several through holes thereon for allowing marbles to fall through. The marble launching device is used for launching marbles onto the game plate through a front section of the bed. The bottom plate has a marble receiving area projecting out beyond a front end of the bed, and several lengthways extending trenches thereon therefore marbles will roll to the marble receiving area along the trenches when they fall through the through holes of the game plate.
The present invention will be better understood by referring to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
The bed 1 slopes down towards a front end, and includes a front rolling section 11, a rear fitting section 12, a transverse separating bar 13 between the front rolling section 11 and the rear fitting section 12, a transverse ditch 14 next to a front end of the front rolling section 11, and two lateral walls.
The marble launching device 2 has a rolling bead 21 movably fitted on a lower end thereof. The transverse ditch 14 tapers towards an upper opening thereof, and has a receiving gap 141 for allowing the marble launching device 2 to be passed through at a lower end thereof; the marble launching device 2 can be linearly slid along the transverse ditch 14 after it is fitted in the transverse ditch 14; the marble launching device 2 can't be separated from the transverse ditch 14 if it is slid away from the receiving gap 141. The transverse separating bar 13 has a sloping side, which slopes up rearwards; a marble will be prevented from rolling back onto the rolling section 11 by means of the transverse separating bar 13 after it is launched by means of the marble launching device 2. Lateral stopping plates 15 projects up from rear portions of the lateral walls of the bed 1 so that the rear fitting section 12 is between the lateral stopping plates 15. Each of the lateral stopping plates 15 has an upright fitting groove 16 on inner sides of a rear end thereof, and a rear extension portion 17. A rear stopping plate 5 is fitted on the upright fitting grooves 16 at lateral sides thereof for stopping marbles. A rear plate 18 is connected to rear ends of the rear extension portions 17 of the lateral stopping plates 15; thus, a holding space 19 with an up facing opening is provided between the rear plate 18 and the rear stopping plate 5. Furthermore, the rear extension portions 17 of the lateral stopping plates 15 have several upright fitting grooves 171 on inner sides, on which the game plates 3 can be fitted at two sides when they aren't in use. Each of the lateral stopping plates 15 has a sloping groove 151 on an inner side thereof, which slopes down forwards, and on which a chosen one of the game plates 3 can be fitted from rear ends of the lateral stopping plates 15 for use.
Each of the game plates 3 has several through holes 32 thereon for allowing marbles to pass through. The game plates 3 have several pieces of drawings 31 stuck on upper sides thereof such that they look like a baseball field (
The bottom plate 4 is positioned under the bed 1, and has several lengthways extending trenches 42 thereon, and a marble receiving area 41 at a front end thereof, which sticks out beyond the front end of the front rolling section 11 of the bed 1. A scoring plate 43 is stuck on a front end of the bottom plate 4, which has several different numerals thereon facing respective ones of the trenches 42 as well as representing respective scores.
To replace the currently used game plate 3, the user first has to lift the rear stopping plate 5 so as to remove the rear stopping plate 5 from the bed 1.
To change game plates 3, the user should first draw the rear stopping plate 5 up and away from the upright fitting grooves 16 of the lateral stopping plates 15, and next move the currently used game plate 3 away from the propping bars 152, which can be stored in the holding space 19. Next, one of the various game plates 3 is taken out of the holding space 19, and positioned on the propping bars 152 with its drawings 31 facing up, and with its front end touching a front end of the fitting section 12. And, the rear stopping plate 5 is fitted back onto the upright fitting grooves 16.
In playing game with the marble game machine, the player slides the marble launching device 2 on the ditch 14 to a proper position, and launches marbles by means of the marble launching device 2 so that the marbles roll onto the game plate 3 through the rolling section 11 of the bed 1; if the marbles fall through the through holes 32 of the game plate 3, they will fall onto the trenches 42 of the bottom plate 4, and roll into the marble receiving area 41, getting a score as indicated by means of the corresponding numeral on the scoring plate 43; if the marbles fail to fall through the through holes 32 of the game plate 3, they will roll to the transverse separating bar 13 owing to the slope of the game plate 3, fall through a no-score through hole 32 onto a corresponding trench 42, and also roll into the marble receiving area 41, getting zero point.
From the above description, it can be seen that the marble game machine of the present invention has a relatively simple structure, is relatively inexpensive to manufacture and entertaining, and the player is allowed to choose among several game plates with different drawings, which can be easily fitted on the bed for use.
|Citing Patent||Filing date||Publication date||Applicant||Title|
|US7798494 *||Apr 19, 2007||Sep 21, 2010||Gregory Benjamin||Amusement game|
|U.S. Classification||273/119.00R, 273/123.00R|
|International Classification||A63D3/02, A63F7/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A63F7/06, A63F7/0005, A63F2007/0011|
|European Classification||A63F7/06, A63F7/00B|
|Jul 18, 2011||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Dec 11, 2011||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Jan 31, 2012||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20111211