many toys from the 80s that I loved so much...board games, (Trouble!,
Trivial Pursuit) electronic games, (Speak &
Spell, Merlin), and video games (anything you could play on the
Atari), but there’s one game that stands
out for its simplicity, its one-player challenge and for its use of
The Waterful Ring-Toss by TOMY.
I was obsessed with this game – can we even call it a game? More
like a test of
your skills, like
those wooden triangle things with the pegs in them that would be on
restaurant/diner tables back in the day.
The goal of the Waterful Ring-Toss is to press the button which shoots out
a jet propulsion of water, trying to maneuver the bright red, green,
yellow and blue rings onto the two little plastic sticks.
I would press that button like a madwoman until my thumb hurt – and then I
would give up and turn the whole apparatus upside down, trying to make
the rings fall gently onto the spikes.
Yes, I cheated on a one-player game.
Luckily the little yellow tab on the top never leaked or came undone,
dripping weird old water all over me.
I loved taking this game places with me, and I have vivid memories of
playing it on long car trips and laying on the floor of my grandparents
house with my miniature fish tank full of plastic.
Eventually I did get pretty good at it...I could stack up those colored
circles pretty high. But that very last one or two? To get them to land
all lined up pretty where they were supposed to go?
Did anyone ever “win” this?
Honestly I don’t think this game took any skill – it was pretty much all
luck, pushing a button and praying your rings would float and land where
you wanted them to.
Today there are variations of water toss games out there, Milton Bradley
and other companies make similar models. But just like anything from
childhood, nothing comes close to the original TOMY.
Their hands are raised as if to say “YOU CAN DO IT!!!”