Human Whack-a-Mole Arcade Machine Game

Introduction: Human Whack-a-Mole Arcade Machine Game

About: I am interested in the boundaries between engineering and art, with a slightly eco/nature vibe.

A version of the arcade whack-a-mole game where 5 people are the moles, and one person hits them with a foam hammer. This was created as a not very serious, one-off art exhibition piece.

Here is video of it in action:

Step 1: General Instructions

It's basically a table with holes in the top and cloth round the sides. It then has an ipod shuffle and speakers taped to it so it plays music. This game is quite a good size for 5 medium sized adults.

top surface: 1.8m x 1m MDF, thickness 12mm
backboard: about 1.8m x 50cm MDF, thickness 6mm
legs: 1.1m long, screwed directly into top surface
sides: 4 x 2m x 60cm cheap black scarves (bought in an asian dollar store for 1.50 GBP (3USD) each)

4 large sponges, as the type you get for washing cars. bought from asda walmart or dollar store
a short handle: 20mm dowel , which extends halfway into the hammer
lots of duct tape

5 cheap cushions for people (the moles) to sit/kneel on
ipod shuffle and computer speakers (taped onto legs of unit)

That's about it really. I recorded 12 songs onto the ipod shuffle, each which lasted about 40 seconds. To give it that tacky videogame sound, I used midi versions of songs like:
haddaway - what is love
las ketchup - asereje
a-team theme
2 unlimtied - RU ready for this?
tijuana taxi get the idea.

The unit was designed to be a bit of laugh for drunk people, not to be a serious game. If I was building it again I would incorporate fun lights and a generally sturdier build. It's quite difficult to persuade people to get under it, so perhaps a good idea would be helmets for the moles, which could have a hit sensor (linked to the hammer, very much like fencing gear).

Anyway, here's a video of a hot girl playing it. Feedback welcome. This project was a lot of fun.

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    6 Discussions


    13 years ago on Introduction

    This is a very cool idea, but it looks more like tap-a-mole, why weren't people geting whacked?



    12 years ago on Introduction

    Looks cool. Was funny when they were making faces as they were being "Tapped".


    13 years ago on Introduction

    haha. it was a work thing, with all clients and stuff, and even though the booze was flowing freely, it was quite restrained.