Frantik from Kenner (1979)

Company: Kenner | Release date: 1979 | Ages: 6+ | # of players: 1 or more | Where to purchase: eBay

“You keep on spinning, to keep on winning!”

Released in 1979 by Kenner, Frantik challenged players aged 6 to adult to score as many points as possible before their ball dropped into the gutter. A rotating game board outfitted with a pachinko-style peg maze created the challenge.


Each player got only a single turn on the Frantik wheel, creating a strong sense of urgency. After placing a marble in the Start section of the game board, a player used both hands to rotate the wheel and release the marble it into the peg maze.

The object was to spin the wheel as many times as possible to keep the marble in play. At the top of the board, an automatic counter held a running tally of points. Points were won with every turn of the wheel and lost when the ball inevitably escaped the maze and fell into the gutter. The player with the most points was declared winner of the round.

The Frantik wheel could also be tilted at various angles for more challenging play.


A complete game included the game wheel, stand, pegs, assembly tool, and printed instructions. The front of each box featured a signed photograph of American actor and comedian, Charlie Callas.

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