A game room is a great addition to any home. Stocking it with a wide variety of video games and gaming tables helps provide hours of fun for you and your family. One gaming table you should never forget when stocking a game room is a foosball table. These tables have been around since their invention in 1921 by Harold Searles Thornton. They are a family friendly and violence free simulation of a soccer game that take a lot of skill and hand eye coordination to master.
Players start by dropping a small white ball in the center of the gaming field. There are a few ways they can do this: some tables come with ramps that slide the ball in automatically. Others have a small spring loaded center that pops the ball up. Some just require you to throw the ball onto the table. However it happens, once the ball drops, the game fun really begins.
Small plastic players are attached to long metal rods that come out the side of the machine. Players can pull the rods back and forth to move their players horizontally along the field. Twisting the rod handle causes the players to kick the ball. Each time the ball drops into a goal, the scoring player earns a point.
This simple set up may seem pretty basic to jaded fans of video games. However, there is a reason these foosball tables have stuck around for 90 years: they're a lot of fun. It's really a challenge to position your players correctly and to avoid getting scored on by skilled players. Good players can pass the ball from plastic player to plastic player and can even perform simple tricks by throwing the ball into the air with their player's foot and shooting it towards the goal.
Foosball tables and games don't require that level of talent to be fun. Younger kids can spin their players wildly in order to get the ball flying. Normally, players aren't allowed to “spin" their rods as this is unrealistic. It causes their players to spin around vertically. Well timed shots are usually much better than these wildly out of control shots but kids will have fun playing this way anyways.
Foosball tables also offer a wide range of gaming options. Teams can consist of one player controlling all the rods or multiple players controlling the rods. Each side has four rods to control, meaning up to four players can squeeze around a side to play. This helps bring the whole family together around the foosball table and having fun.
Another great way to have fun with foosball tables is to hold a foosball table tournament. Create a series of teams and hold regular games. Winners get to advance in the tournament schedule while losers are out of the tournament. Reward the winner with something small, such as picking Friday dinners for a month.
Don't neglect foosball tables when building up your game room. Foosball tables are available from a variety of sporting good stores.