The Elusive Claw Crane

Throughout time and arcade history, a mainstay on the floor has been the “claw game” or “crane game” or “claw crane” … take your pick. The gist of the game is that you control your claw from the outside of a glass box over a desired object, such as extra tickets or stuffed animals. The control mechanics are simple: you have a joystick and a button. Once your claw is in your chosen position, you press the button and release the claw to (hopefully) grasp whatever item is below it. Therein lies the beauty: will you or won’t you win the prize?

Claw machines have been around fun houses, arcades, drugstores, and tourist areas since the 1890s. Patterned after the cranes that were building the Panama Canal, these early machines contained candy and various small toys as prizes. Instead of a joystick, there was a handle, and instead of a button, there was a hand crank. The first patented model was invented in 1926. It was called the Erie Digger, named after the construction of the Erie Canal. Six years later, an American carnival operator named William Bartlett patented a design for an electric motor that allowed the crane to move around the entire box.

A Complete Guide to A Fun & Games Center

Are you tired of the same old routine and looking for a fun way to shake things up? Look no further than our complete guide to our fun and games center at Boondocks Food & Fun! Our arcade in Denver offers an exciting array of activities that will keep you entertained for hours. From classic arcade games and pinball machines to laser tag and miniature golf, we have something for everyone. In this blog, we tell you all about the fun activities and attractions at our arcade in Salt Lake City.  

Miniature Golf

Miniature golf is a classic game that has been entertaining people for decades. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular attractions at a fun and games center! With colorful obstacles, challenging holes, and exciting twists and turns, miniature golf offers a unique and entertaining experience for people of all ages. Whether you’re on a date or spending time with family and friends, miniature golf provides a fun challenge that’s easy to pick up but difficult to master. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise while having fun! So next time you’re looking for something to do, come to your local arcade and tee off on the miniature golf course.