Introduction: Marble Arcade Game

In this instructable I will be teaching you the steps to make an arcade game. It is really simple, and if you follow the steps correctly you will get it right. If you are going to make it, I hope you use recycled cardboard, since the whole point of this project (or at least for me) is to recycle.

The game is really easy to use. All you have to do is put marbles at the top and see them roll down the bottom, each taking a different path and landing on a different number.

The materials needed for this project are:
- One cardboard box

- Paint (optional)

- Ruler (optional)

- About 20 thin wooden sticks

- One rubber band

- Glue gun

- Piece of paper

- Spare pieces of cardboard

- Scissors

- Sharpie

- Cardboard of toilet paper roll

- Marbles

Step 1:

The first thing you need to do is cut out one side of the box with the scissors. Make sure it is a long side.

Step 2:

After having cut off the front side, cut out two sides of the top part. Cut on the left and on the right, but do not cut out the middle side, since it needs to be attached to the box. When you're done with the cutting, bend the top side down, like it is shown in the picture above. Make sure it doesn't fold in the center, or the marbles won't be able to run down correctly. Then, with the glue gun, paste the top side of the box to the bottom.

Step 3:

Paint the box smoothly. You may choose any color of paint that you want. In my case, blue and silver. Let it dry overnight, and only continue once the paint is fully dry. Use a paint brush that is not too thick nor too thin, so everything is easier. If you don't have paint brushes, use your hands, and if you don't want to get dirty, just skip this step.

Step 4:

This is probably the most complicated step. The first thing you must do is, with the sharpie, mark the points where each stick will go. If you want to be more precise, use a ruler. Make sure that the space between each point is enough for marbles to go through, otherwise they will get stuck.

After marking with the sharpie, cut each stick into pieces not too small nor too big (amount of pieces per stick depends on the size of the sticks).

Pass the sticks through the box where each mark is. If the box is thin, you will be able to do so easily. If it's thick, use the scissors to cut on each of the marks. If the holes are too wide and the sticks fall off, stick them into place with the glue gun.

Step 5:

For this step you need a piece of cardboard, paint (optional), and a sharpie. If you are going to paint the piece of cardboard, do it at the same time when you paint the box. If you truly are too lazy to even look on your closet for paint or colored papers, just ignore the next two sentences. Instead of paint, you may also decorate the piece of cardboard (or the whole box, if you want) with colored papers. Paste them to the cardboard with the glue gun, or for there not to be bumps, Elmer's glue.

When you are done decorating, assuming you were not too lazy to decorate, use the sharpie to mark numbers, which are the points you get when the marble falls on the space. Mark bigger numbers on the places where marbles are less probable to fall and smaller ones where they will fall often. when you are done, paste the cardboard into the box as shown in the first picture of this instructable.

Step 6:

This step is the easier step, since all you have to do is paste each cardboard piece as a separation between each number from the piece of cardboard from the previous step. Paste them with the glue gun, and do so correctly so they won't fall off. It is optional for you to paint the pieces of cardboard.

Step 7:

Cut out a small piece of paper and paste it to the bottom of the cardboard of toilet paper roll with the glue gun. When you're done, make two holes on one side of the nearly-finished arcade game. Cut the rubber band in half, and stick it through the holes. Attach it to the paper roll by making a knot. This is the place where the marbles will be stored.

Have fun making! This is my first instructable and I hope you enjoyed it!

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