This is definitely one of the more difficult carney games for obvious reasons. For instance, maybe you and your girlfriend just had a fight minutes before when she told you that your body looks like a milk can, so now you're all self-conscious, your palms are sweating, and you couldn't find your nose on your face much less get a baseball into an opening that's 1/16th larger than the ball. But anyway...you're going to want to put some backspin on the ball and have it dink the back rim. The backspin will slow the ball down, the dink will have it shoot straight into the cup. This may or may not counter claims that you have a boxy figure, but it might help.
This old trick! Milk bottles! Stacked! Like a house of cards. Except it's a house of milk bottles. Must be the cow's house. Anyway. You come across this trick, and you think, "I'll swing for the heavens." No. Go for hell. And by hell, I mean: aim for the space in between two bottom bottles. The rest will topple when the foundation gives.
Look at all those pretty colors. And you want to destroy this rainbow array with your fatal darts. OK, so a few things to remember when killing a balloon. The balloons are purposely under-inflated. The dart tips are dulled. And the best prizes are usually on the perimeter, where people tend not to strike. So: throw as hard as you can, as well as you can, at a balloon on the rim. Paint it black.
This one is similar to the milk jug game, but there's a variation. Instead of milk jugs, you're throwing a tennis ball into a basket. The variety at these places is incredible. Now, same deal. A gentle toss will get you a long way, and that backspin will keep your ball in the basket...or at least that's what it's supposed to do. This throwback to agrarian America will warm your heart cockles and your pocket cockles...if you win!
You don't have to be built like Arnold Schwarzenegger to win at this game. But if you are, you can still play. On second thought, if you are built like The Arnold, what are you doing playing games at a carnival? Just go become a world famous weight lifter, make a lot of money, and buy the prizes. Anyway. This is a game about accuracy. Hold the mallet all the way at the end, eyeball how far away to stand, and strike the sensor right dead in the center.
It's like bowling, except you get to wear your own shoes! The thing with skee ball is...it's addictive. So make sure you have a lot of money to blow on those tickets, because it's like a K-hole. Now, you're going to want to toss your balls in at an angle so that they carom against the inside wall and bounce back in. That way they'll have a better chance of arcing into the prize holes. Prize holes = K holes.
Who says America has a gun problem?! If you've got to shoot out the star, don't aim right at it. Rather, shoot a circle around it so that the star will fall out. Also remember that these guns are warped and old (like 'Nam old) and you're going to need to compensate your aim.
It's like you're colonizing the continent again! Here's the thing with the rope ladders. Ignore those rungs altogether. Don't pay them no mind. Use only the ropes. Move opposing limbs at the same time to balance and shimmy up the ladder. Keep your limbs protruding far out so that you increase your surface area.
Perhaps the most iconic game at the carnival. Sometimes you can win fish. It's like you're "catching" a Coke bottle. To succeed at this game, you're going to need a limber wrist. Make sure to flick that joint as you toss to get some spin on the ring. It'll land on the neck, and has a better chance of staying there too.
What is FLUKEY BALL?! Rant over. Here's the thing with Flukey Ball (really, though, what is it?): your carney will want to mess with you. They'll show you how easy it is to bounce the ball off the slanted backboard and into the basket. But then they'll give you a light ball, which makes it harder. Ask to use their ball. Then, hit the top of the board lightly so that the ball sinks like a stone. But it's Flukey Ball, and like some newly discovered species, all bets are off.
The cat rack game can be a bit tricky. The initial instinct might be to blast those cute little animals with enough force to take down a mama grizzly bear. Check that aggression. Instead, use a dart-throwing motion and aim gently for the noses of those adorable creatures. This is about aim, not force.
This child is doing Whac-A-Mole all wrong. He's supposed to be keeping his elbow low, and his whole arm as near to the table as possible. That way there's less distance between his mallet and all the critters popping up looking for food. You won't get as much force, but you'll have a lot more accuracy, and still beat down those pesky creatures into their warren.
How do you win at Swinger? The game wherein you must swing a ball past a pin, and have it knock the pin over on its return trip? How do you win you ask? You don't play. That's how. You flip the carney the bird. That's how. Because the physics underpinning this pin game are not in your favor at all. If the pin hangs directly under the ball's anchor, you'll have to aim to the side, in which case the ball will just come all the way back to you. Save your money.
If Dirty Harry can play the water gun game, well...it's probably hard? Or you can do it too? The thing with the spitting game is that you're going to want to get the jump on everyone else. Even before the bell rings, line up your shot. Right down the barrel into the mouth of that smiling clown. If you're prepared, you'l have a better chance of filling that balloon on its head.
For flipping at 25 cent piece, you could win some major swag. Here's how to win the coin toss. First, keep your toss high and arcing. The downward pressure will help it stick to its landing. Secondly, lather your coin up with a little spit. It could also help it stick that landing. And if you don't want to do either of those: run with the quarter and buy yourself a stick of gum.