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Toothache from Kohner Bros. (1971)


If the thought of a toothache gives you anxiety about an emergency trip to the dentist’s office, the game Toothache will give you a different perspective. Launched in the early 1970s by Kohner Bros., the mechanical puzzle put an upbeat spin on dental malady.

Released in 1971, Toothache is a dexterity game that challenges players to move a metal ring from start to finish as quickly as possible. Players accomplish this goal by twisting and turning the ring forward and backward, moving it from one hole to the next. Successfully solving the puzzle requires a “devious route”, according to the accompanying instructions.

For players stumped by the challenge, Kohner graciously provided a sealed solution in the box.

Toothache was part of a series of puzzles based on medical ailments that the company issued. Other games in the series include Heartache and Belly-Ache.

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