Whac A Mole Game Whack - Hand Held
Whac-A-Mole Hand Held Game
Bring arcade fun into your home. Come on, slowpoke! Nine mocking, mining moles peek out of their holes just begging to get clobbered. A great game for lively little people--and for getting shy types out of their shells--Whac-A-Mole is just like the arcade game, only minus the quarters. A fallen log conceals the controls at one end. You select solo- or two-player mode, choose from three different games and five levels of speed, and you're off! Red and yellow lights on the moles' hardhats flash randomly; rodents cheer and jeer as you race to see who can rack up the most direct hits with the plastic mallets. The controller announces the winner after about 30 seconds of play. Whack! That smarts! Get me an icepack!--it's every gardener's dream. But with those mallets going in all directions, younger players will need to be careful of each other's fingers.
Whac-A-Mole is a popular arcade redemption game that has become a classic over its nearly 50-year history. The game was invented in 1976 by Aaron Fechter and Bob Cassata of Creative Engineering, Inc. They created the original Whac-A-Mole prototype called "Mole Patrol" which placed plastic moles into holes in a field. In 1977, Midway Games licensed the concept and created their own version changing the moles to moles for redemption tickets at arcades. Whac-A-Mole quickly became a huge success due to its simple, frantic gameplay. Players used a mallet to hit the moles back into their holes as they continuously pop up from the field in different spots.
As Whac-A-Mole grew in popularity through the 1980s, it inspired different themed versions like Gopher, Dragon and more wacky moles. The 1990s saw larger super-sized versions for amusement parks along with travel sized Mini Whac-A-Mole machines. Home versions were also created for console game systems. The competitive nature of Whac-A-Mole also led to contests focused on who could achieve the highest score. Now a ticket redemption staple at arcades, Whac-A-Mole remains a favorite game driven by flashy lights, sounds and the satisfaction of bopping moles on the head with a soft hammer.