GARDENA, CA -- Pipeline Games Inc. reports that its high-tech Grip Strength game, which made its debut at the recent Amusement Expo in Las Vegas, is enjoying brisk sales. Buoyed by this response to its leadoff product, Pipeline is rolling out the small-footprint Mr. Vacuum crane game, a second game previewed at the show sponsored by the Amusement and Music Operators Association and American Amusement Machine Association.
The Grip Strength is a slimline vertical piece topped by a color LCD monitor and fitted with a robust steel-reinforced set of grip handles. The monitor displays animated creatures, with an appropriate soundtrack, in attract mode. The screen then instructs the patron in testing right- or left-hand strength, and displays the results.
The state-of-the-art pressure sensor in the grip provides accurate data to the onboard computer for analysis, and the machine is able to print out this information as well as posting it on the screen. According to Pipeline, a major attraction of the piece to operators is that it creates player excitement, building repeat patronage.
The new Mr. Vacuum machine is a small robotic update of the traditional crane game. It uses a suction pickup rather than the usual claw, and its small size (only 24" wide x 17" deep) suits it for mounting on a wall, a counter or tabletop in addition to its optional pedestal base.
The pickup creates a local vacuum when maneuvered down onto a desired item, allowing the prize to be lifted by suction and transported to a delivery bin for retrieval. According to the manufacturer, it can pick up nearly anything with a smooth surface, from a gift card to an iPod or a 3" capsule.
Pipeline Games was founded early this year by James Ko, an industry veteran who formerly served as president of Andamiro USA Corp. His objective was to bring "some very viable coin-op products" to market. Dave Peckels, whose long career in coin-op includes a recent stint as vice-president of sales for Wurlitzer Vending and Jukebox Co., joined the company soon after its formation.
The Grip Strength and Mr. Vacuum are two of the first four pieces, developed and produced in Korea, that Pipeline is adapting to the U.S. market. Sales information can be had by calling Dave Peckels at (562) 858-1025.