My family and I played a few times this last summer at an arcade and it's just something we all seem to enjoy. So when I saw that table, I knew it was mine. I've looked at them in catalogs, but the ones I could afford were small and wimpy. And although this one is not a full size table, it's still six feet long and a wild time.
It's just a good thing I waited until my daughters were taller than me to get this table. I could imagine bloody noses and teeth the way we get to smashing the puck around. And believe me, it goes flying all over the place. It's not a particularly heavy puck, just a flat plastic disc, but when it's flying, you should cover vital organs. The dog stands 20 feet away when we're playing. The only place I have room for it is on the back patio. It's covered and since we're outside, household items are not in danger of being broken.
My youngest daughter and I have been playing the most, with a best out of three match every evening. I've discovered it's a good way for us to get our aggressions out and the only legal way to "beat" my kids. But we laugh a lot at the funny things that happen when the puck flies. Once it caught in between my fingers resting on the edge of the table and it's landed several times in the dogs' water bowl. And no, my daughter cannot have extra points for it.
I'm sure there are rules to air hockey, but we don't really want to know them. The table has an electric score keeper and timer on it, but one of the digits on one of the scores is missing so you can't see the score until it's ten, then you can't see the score until it turns 20, etc. It's so sensitive it thinks someone has scored when the puck smacks the inside corner of the table. There are counters on the other side; we think they're for keeping track of how many games you've won, but we decided to just use them to keep track of our scores. The counters go up to ten and when we're playing hard, it takes awhile for someone to get to ten.
My kids are just lucky I can't practice on my own, because then maybe I'd even be able to learn how to aim and I'd really whup them! But next time my mom friends want to go out for coffee, I'm going to offer to make the coffee, put it in plastic cups and challenge them to air hockey.
Gotta get some practice in somehow while my kids are in school. After dinner it's on! Air hockey at 20 paces!