The Junk Yard Game from Ideal (1975)

Company: Ideal | Release date: 1975 | Ages: 7+ | # of players: 1 or more | Where to purchase: eBay

Pinball-inspired target practice, anyone? That’s what you get with the Junk Yard game from Ideal. Released in 1975, the game challenges one or more players 7 years of age and up to knock down various targets. Your tools are a 9/16” steel marble and a set of plastic flippers.

Ten targets are provided, consisting of junk yard-worthy items, including two broken windows, a clock, shoe, tire, soup can, sardine can, cage, radio, and milk bottle. Each of the targets has its own point value based on the likelihood of losing the ball down the middle of the game after hitting it. Two “Keep Out” targets add challenge to what is a simple dexterity game – hit one of those targets and you’ll lose your turn.

Measuring 15 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 12 inches tall, the multi-coloured tabletop game is controlled through a series of medium and large-sized rubber bands that use tension to manage the action of the flippers and allow the targets to pop up when struck by the marble during game play.

The winner of the game can be determined in one of two ways: the player having the highest score after each player has had one turn; or, the first player to reach winning point total set before play begins.

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