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A generally cubic enclosure having foraminous side walls and top. A prize object is positioned in the enclosure and players attempt to remove it from the enclosure in a tug-of-war type action by grasping it with members having yieldable hook ends.
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United States Patent [191 Glass et al.
Apr. 3, 1973 7/1969 Ryan et al.............................273/l R  Inventors:
Marvin 1. Glass, 815 North La Salle Street; Jeffrey D. Breslow,
Primary Examiner-Richard Pinkham Assistant Examiner-Paul E. Shapiro WestrThome, both of Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 19, 1970  Filed:
Attorney-Hofgren, Wegner, Allen, Stellman Mc- Cord  Appl. No.: 81,924
 ABSTRACT A generally cubic enclosure having fora'mino'us side  U S Cl ....273/1 R 51 Int. Cl.................................................A63f9/00 walls and top. A prize object is positioned in the enclosure and players attempt to remove it from the en-  Field of Search............. ........273/1 R-l M closure in a tug-of-war type action by grasping it with References Cited members having yieldable hook ends.
1 Claim, 2 Drawing Figures UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,464,694 9/1969 Stan et al. R
PATENTEDAFR 3 I973 \NVENTOQS MRI MU. 61.455
. by participants in attempting OPPOSING PULLING ACTION GAME BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates to game devices.
2. Brief Description of the Prior Art There are few games which offer the opportunity for competitive participants to simultaneously exert opposing forces against each other, either directly, or indirectly, in an effort to emerge victorious in the activity. The concept of simultaneous opposing physical exertion is usually well accepted by youthful participants. The object of this invention is to provide a'game which employs this concept and yet requires dexterity and quickness for successful execution thereof.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention is directed, in brief, to the provision of an improved competitive simultaneous physical activity game. i
The best mode currently contemplated for carrying out the invention includes the provision of a cage-like enclosure having enlarged openings in the side walls thereof. A prize object, preferably in the form of a simulated animal, is also provided with grasping areas therein, such as in the simulated limbs of the animals. Grasping implements are provided which have elongatedhandle portions and yieldable hook ends for use to extract the prize object from the enclosure.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS .FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the game device of this invention; and l FIG. 2 is a sectionview through the enclosure illustrating the game in use with the attempted extraction of the prize object from the enclosure through use of the grasping implements.
While this invention is susceptible of embodiment in many different forms, there is shown in the drawings and will herein be described in detail a specific embodiment therefor, with the understanding that the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification of the principles of the invention and is not intended to limit the invention to the embodiment illustrated.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED I EMBODIMENT The game 10 of this invention includes a box-like enthe hooked end thereof, are formed of a pliable material so as to be relatively yieldable during use.
The game further includes a prize object, generally 2 simulated tail 46.
In use, the prize object 36 is deposited into the enclosure 12 through the top opening 26 therein. The participants then insert their several grasping implements 30 through the side wall openings 28 and attempt to simultaneously extract the prize object 36 outwardly from the enclosure. As the participants simultaneously vie for the prize object 36, the hooked ends 34 will yield in response to opposing forces by another participant and tend to slip away from the grasping areas. Thus, successful execution of the game requires not only physical force to pull the prize object 36 outwardly from the enclosure, but also sufficient dexterity and quickness to manipulate the grasping implements 30, such that theextracting force will be applied at the correct time and in the proper fashionin relationship to the opposing forces applied thereto by the other participants,
The side walls .16, 18, 20 and 22 and the top 14 are here shown as generally foraminous in nature, as represented by openings 48, so as to provide a great deal of viewing area to'the interior of enclosure 12. However, it is to be understood that the walls could also be formed of a transparent or translucent material,
rather than being foraminous, so as to permit the participants-to view the action in the enclosure 12. Thus, it
. can be seen that the game of this invention provides a clearness of understanding only, and no unnecessary.
limitations should be understood therefrom, as some modifications may be obvious to those skilled in the art.
We claim: 1. A game, comprising: means defining a cage-like enclosure having'a plurality of sides and a top supclosure 12 having a top 14 and side walls 16, 18, 20 and 22. A base 24 may be provided, but is not necessary when the enclosure is placed upon a planar type of supporting surface.
The top 14 includes a central opening 26 therein and each of the side walls 16, 18, 20 and 22hasa relatively enlarged opening 28 therein, providing a means for gaining access to the prize object, and extracting the same, from the interior of the enclosure. The top opening 26 provides a means for dropping the prize object into the enclosure at the start of the game.
A plurality of grasping implements 30 are provided for use by the participants of the game. Each of the grasping instruments includes a thin elongate handle portion 32 terminating in a small curved or hooked end 34. Preferably, the grasping implements 30,- or at least ported by the sides, each of the sides affording viewing areas therein for viewing the contents of the interior of the enclosure and each of the sides having player access openings therein, the enclosure further having a playing piece deposit opening in the top; and a plurality of playing tools having a shank-like portion with a playing piece grasping portion thereon in the form of a yieldable hook; and a prize object for grasping by the playing tool and removal through one of the openings in one of the side walls, said prize object having cornplementary grasping portions of a-size and shape to be engaged and secured by said yieldable hook of said playing tool, whereby the prize object may be grasped by the hook of the participant and pulled outwardly of the enclosure and said grasping may be overcome by an opposing force exerted by an opposing player causing the yieldable hook of one player to become disengaged from the prize object.