The Redemption & Family Entertainment Center Report – August 2018 Section 1

The Redemption & Family Entertainment Center Report – August 2018 Section 1

August 2018

In This Section

 

Breaking News

U.S. Trends That Will Significantly Affect Our Industry – Both Good & Bad

Vacation Days – U.S.  vs. Other Countries

The 12 country graph below shows that the United States ranks last when it comes to combining days of annual leave and public holidays for all employees in a job for 1 year or more.  Note that the U.S. total does not have any days of annual leave as this is not a national law.  Even though, the statistics are alarming.

Vacation Days in Different Countries

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What This Could Mean?  We all realize that our industry makes more money during most of the paid holidays.  For example, Christmas and New Years weekends and sometimes two weeks, are the super peak weeks for a large majority of FEC’s.  It seems reasonable that in the near future employers in the U.S. may put pressure on their federal legislators to create a few more recognized public holidays.  It also seems reasonable that states will start passing minimum annual leave day laws as companies are already offering family leave time as an incentive to retain and attract employees.  In fact, I just read about ‘furturnity leave’.  Yes, you read that correctly.  That is time off when you get a new pet or when your pet dies.

My point is that the more days off, the better our out-of-home leisure industry will do. So, this graph in general is not a bad thing for our legislators to see. On the other hand, adding days of annual leave (whether paid or just time off) is still a lot of pressure to put on small businesses.  But good or bad, in any event, I just wanted to let you know, it is most likely coming. Half of the voting population will most likely be in favor, the other half, perhaps no so much.

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Future of Trade Associations

I finished reading this 17-page document, ‘Exploring the Future of Trade Associations’ with 254 posts that was done in 2016.  I started thinking about our own IAAPA, BPAA, AMOA, AAMA, and IATP to name a few.  It started off with this quote:

“While Trade Associations are significant drivers of industry collaboration, methods for identifying thought-leaders and capturing their insights in authentic dialogue are limited and have remained status quo for too long.”

And ended with this Conclusion and 2 Posts:

Conclusions

“The ability to generate premium content through online collaboration platform is valuable to current Trade Association members and attracts new membership, and even significantly more valuable when it contains cross-industry knowledge, as it brings different perspectives for solving challenges or just for enhancing the lives of members.”

“The content will need to be exciting to the members instead of the association. At the end of the day the consumer of the content will be your purchaser.”

“The leadership team will put forth programs that would be of value to their employers or organization. If they believe the program is broad enough to address other members concerns, then they identify and push the opportunity forward.”

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What This Could Mean? Are our trade associations immune because they are doing a great job of putting on trade shows, having great attendance at industry seminars as a percentage of attendees, e-news letters, and have good federal and state level lobbying efforts? Last time I looked there were more than 45,000 associations in the U.S. alone, and that was 10 years ago.

Well, one thing is certain.  Associations controlled by manufacturers/suppliers/franchisors will always have a different perception and perhaps even a different agenda than those of their operators/parks/FEC’s/proprietors/franchisees. Even if these different parties are 100% open and honest with each other, what they perceive to be reality may be completely different.

 

With that said, and the facts that out of home leisure entertainment is a very competitive niche, the middle class has been dwindling (if you measure it consistently without changing the model to make it look better than it really is), that labor costs are increasing, that qualified dedicated labor is difficult for our industry to find/retain, and that inflation is low but is still there and may increase, now it is more important than ever for our industry associations to work together and support each other.  The old quote, ‘The whole is equal to the sum of its parts.’ may no not apply in this case.  My take is we are no longer ‘whole’.  There is even a divide between young and old and what they expect out of life.  My philosophy when involved on the boards of industry associations for more than 30 years:  ‘Always do what is best for the industry—even if it hurts your business and you personally.’  That was taught to me by some very special people in my life.  Truth is, many times that is just the opposite of what has happened in the past.  And I can see it continuing unless all parties can see the ‘big picture’.  Just a thought.

Here is the link to this Study:

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Baby Boomers to Grow Amusement Parks

(Technavio-Ian Donegan)

Amusement Parks worldwide are counting on baby boomers (those born 1946-1964) to drive their growth.  This statement is couched to include those parks that offer ‘expensive and thrilling rides.’

What This Could Mean? The report is projecting an 8% growth/year over the next 5 years and of course must also include the baby boomers bringing their kids and grand kids on more family trips.  This growth also means that international tourism will also help this growth.  We in the FEC industry also know that FEC’s will also benefit from boomers seeking out exciting entertainment facilities to visit during their trips, especially on rainy days, cold days, and when they have a few extra hours.

So let’s not forget that these customers will still be looking for expensive and thrilling attractions, not just ordinary attractions that may be acceptable to local patrons.  Also, when I hear the word ‘expensive’, it means to me that a large majority of the local customers will be the middle-income and upper income households.  These are the same groups that today can afford to go to major sporting events.

I want to give credit here to Randy White (White-Hutchison Leisure & Learning Group) who recently wrote an article, “Who is “middle class” and “upper income”?, detailing how family size (including pet(s) I would also include) vs. family income is what determines which financial economic group that family fits into.  It shows that, for example, a family with 2 kids needs a much higher family income to live in a certain city/town than a single person or a married couple with no kids. 

Here is a link to that article: http://whitehutchinson.com/news/lenews/2018/august/article108.shtml#article

 

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Last Call – Next Foundations Entertainment University 2.0 – Houston TX October 16-18

2018 is the 16th consecutive year for Foundations Entertainment University, the industry’s #1 Ranked Educational Seminar Program. With more than 1450 graduates and more than 280 Family Entertainment Center’s (FEC’s) that got their start with Foundations, the NEW Foundations University 2.0 is for newbies, FEC industry veterans, and service providers who want to learn how to be a part of the #3 growth industry in the U.S.

The new 2.0 Foundations added several new topics that were well received in addition to the popular standards:

  • Testing Market Feasibility & Developing Your Business Case – Jerry Merola – AEM
  • What is an Experience Destination & How Do I Get There? – Frank Price – BU
  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Project Financing – Jerry Merola – AEM
  • The Design Process – Doug Wilkerson – Dynamic Designs
  • 7 Keys to Great FEC Design – Doug Wilkerson – Dynamic Designs
  • Contractor Selection – Peter Olesen – Entertainment Concepts
  • Modern Audience Trends – Kevin Williams – KWP Ltd
  • Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality – Kevin Williams – KWP Ltd
  • How to Market Your FEC – Frank Seninsky – AEM
  • Building Your Perfect Team – Frank Price – Birthday University
  • Mastering Food Service Operations One Meal at A Time – Jerry Merola – AEM

Tuition:

  • Early Bird Registration to October 1, 2018: $395 
  • Regular Registration after October 1, 2018: $495
  • 2 or more people from the same company: 1st person at regular rate; 50% discount for each additional person
Frank ‘the Crank’ has several FREE Scholarships available.
Email: [email protected], call: 732 616 5345 if interested.

 

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Redemption & FEC Report Advertiser Renewals for 2018 Hit 97%

We must be doing something right!!!

I want to personally thank our current family of 85 Advertisers in TRR-FEC for their continued support (more than double since 2015). The renewal rate for 2018 is 97%.  I also try my best to include as many of the linked advertiser banners in my Frank ‘the Crank’ Blog articles and to keep the banners, skyscrapers, and buttons updated.

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— Nick Montano, Marketing Director, Andamiro USA Corp.

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Ask Frank ‘the Crank’ Technical Tips – For Games & For Life in General

Water Blaster (Bob’s Space Racers) – Easy Fix to Keep the Water Clear

Ray Dachik, Regional Manager/Technician, Alpha-Omega Amusements

Problem:  If you change the water regularly but still it looks dirty within a few days with tiny black dust particles settling in the water….it’s not your housekeeping at fault, nor the quality of your water….it’s a problem with the red hose that came with the game!

Solution:  Take a look at the inside of my game’s 1” diameter red hose which I sliced open.  That is where the black particles are coming from. Get a new 1” diameter hose and you will get rid of the particles.

Note that you do not need to replace any of the smaller diameter red hoses that service the guns. Those hoses have a white poly tube inside the red hose so the black rubber inside does not touch the water and won’t decay.

I purchased a 10’ section of 1” OD braided clear vinyl tube at Home Depot for $21. This is enough for 2 replacements. It is also shown in the pix next to that crumbling black interior of the OEM hose. The clear braided vinyl is only rated for 125 PSI vs 250 PSI for the red hose but is more than adequate for the pump . Make sure the vinyl is “braided” because without the “braid” the psi rating drops to 30 PSI, which is not adequate.

Air Hockey Revenues Increase – It is the ‘Paddles’ (Mallets) that Matter

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Interesting historical note: Going back to the beginning of air hockey in 1972, they called the hand-held round discs “paddles” on the East Coast of the U.S. but “mallets” everywhere else in the world. Frank ‘the Crank’ is a part of a long-time New Jersey/East Coast tradition! [Editor Note:  I also call them ‘goalies’]

Felt is usually used on the bottom of mallets for lower-cost home air hockey tables that do not use as durable a laminate on the playfield. The only coin-operated air hockey table manufacturers whose mallets that might use felt are some of the European-style tables (ICE, Barron’s, Sam, WIK) that have polycarbonate or acrylic playfields that scratch easily. You won’t see felt on the mallets for U.S. made tables with laminate (formica) surfaces, like ours, Dynamo, Great American.

The problems with the felt bottoms are:  a) It causes the mallet to ride slightly higher on the table, thus hitting the puck higher (not flush) and increasing the fly-offs; and b) In a commercial setting, the felt rubs off fairly quickly, then you are left with rough dried glue that is MUCH WORSE on the table in terms of scratching and wearing down the playfield.

Yes, even tables that use laminate playfields can get some scratching, but it’s not nearly as bad as on the acrylic/polycarbonate tables (that’s why ICE cleverly offers a “pre-scratched” design on its AirFX). Some of those scratches can be from rings, others from dirt or debris on the bottom of the mallet. The best practice in all cases is to clean the bottom of the mallets when cleaning the playfield surface, using rubbing alcohol or Windex.

[TRR-FEC welcomes responses from other air hockey and mallet (paddle) suppliers as we want to be fair and of course never know what is real news or fake news. HaHa!]

Wonder Wheel (Bay-Tek) Flange Bushings & Support Bracket Savings Tip

Ray Dachik, Regional Manager/Technician, Alpha-Omega Amusements

Wonder Wheel is still a great game when it is in tip top operating condition-an old ‘workhorse’ in Frank ‘the Crank’ land.  In the past I have been replacing the flange bushings with either a $14 bronze flange bearing/bushing or a $8 plastic one from Bay-Tek. I like to save my company money anywhere I can so I now get them from Asbbearings.com (located in Connecticut).

Their identical bronze and plastic bearings are identical in size to Bay-Tek’s and cost under $1 each for the bronze and a $2.56 for the plastic if you buy one ($156 each in lots of 20).

The picture shows the Bay-Tek 3/8” OD plastic bushing next to a 1/2” OD bronze bushing which I ordered several years ago (but not from Bay-Tek). I have been using the oversized bronze bushing when I don’t catch the failing plastic bushing in time, which usually causes the metal axle to burn through it.

When that happens, the axle starts gouging a hole into the $60 metal support bracket and makes it impossible to use a 3/8” bushing. Rather than just tossing the bracket away I drilled 1/2” holes and installed the oversize bushings to prolong the life of the bracket.

24 Axles:  Now let’s move on to the 1/4” diameter axles. Bay-Tek charges $19.50 each for the 4.75” and 6.25” axles which are sometimes damaged during the gouging described above. I buy a 12 ft. piece of 1/4” stainless steel rod from a local supplier for under $15 and make 24 of these axles in about an hour total.

Savings: It amounts to 24 axles from Bay-Tek for about $480 or 24 of my custom-made axles for $15 plus 60 minutes of my labor (estimated at $20 for the purposes of this article). So….$480 or $35 …which side are you on?

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5 Tips to Boost Mega Stacker Performance

from LAI website

[Also good advice for many other cranes and merchandisers]

Mega Stacker is the super-sized version of a true arcade classic. At over 8 feet wide and nearly 10 feet tall, it is a signature piece for any game room. Still a top earner, Mega Stacker has been on the RePlay Magazine Players’ Choice Poll for 70 months, much of that time in the #1 spot for Best Merchandisers.

#01 – CREATE WINNING WINDOW DISPLAYS

Your prize doors are like billboards for your game. They can be the make-or-break factor in whether a customer stops to play or walks on by. Placing a small single prize in these slots doesn’t demand attention and create excitement. We suggest dressing it up a little, like a point-of-purchase type display. For instance, if your prize is a Nintendo 3DS, put some Nintendo signage around the prize compartment, include a Mario plush, maybe a 3DS game, and a case. Savvy operators will use these windows as a mini-redemption counter, filling them with the most coveted prizes and advertising how many tickets or points are needed to win each prize.

We also recommend updating your displays regularly to keep your customers excited. The more often you change your prize doors, the more people will look at your game and want to give it a try!

#02 – USE GOOD QUALITY, IN-DEMAND PRIZES

When picking items for your Mega Stacker game, we recommend using different types in each of the 5 prize doors to determine which prizes are most desired by the players. You can then use the game audits to check popularity and vary the stock accordingly. A general understanding of the basic demographics of your location and the likes and dislikes of your customers will allow you to improve the merchandise selection and increase the revenue that your Mega Stacker is generating.

#03 – DON’T SELL YOUR GAME SHORT

Experiment with higher price per play and higher value prizes in this attraction piece – While you need to make the ultimate decision for what works best in your venue, we’ve had many operators report their Mega Stackers are earning $3 per play!

#04 – PROMOTE YOUR WINNERS

Make sure that the players know that they can and do win. Provide the location manager or someone reliable from your staff with a camera and instructions to photograph Major Prize Winners and then post the photo’s inside the game cabinet. In many cases, this has proven to DOUBLE Stacker revenue!

#05 – GENERAL GAME MAINTENANCE

Regularly dust and clean the external cabinet areas using a soft water-damp cloth and mild soap. Any scratches or marks in the glass or acrylic can be buffed out using car polish. Regularly check that all the Display and Button Lamps are working correctly through the Sounds, Lamps and Display Test. Stay on top and replace any globes or buttons that are not functioning properly.

It’s always a good idea to keep a few extra control panel buttons on-hand to make sure your Mega Stacker game doesn’t miss a chance to earn you revenue.

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Top Redemption & Merchandiser Prizes

HMS Monaco – HMS Are You Ready For Football?!

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Rhode Island Novelty – New Great Prizes August 2018

 

Fun Express 750 New Items Since January!

 

Industry Events September-December 2018

Dates Name/Link City/Country Frank ‘the Crank’ Attending/Speaking
September    
12 – 14 GTI Asia China Expo 2018 Guangzhou, China  
13 Georgia Amusement & Music Operators Association Annual Meeting Atlanta, GA  
16 – 18 IATP Conference & Trade Show Ft. Lauderdale, FL
23 – 27 EAS 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands  
     
October    
1 – 5 AAMA Gala Northbrook, IL
16 – 18 Foundations Entertainment University 2.0 Houston, TX ➡ &  💡
26 – 28 AMOA On the Road Program Rosemont, IL
27 – 29 AMOA On Campus Rosemont, IL
       
November      
12 – 16 IAAPA 2018 Orlando, FL
       
 ➡  FRANK WILL BE ATTENDING
 💡  FRANK WILL BE PRESENTING A SEMINAR SESSION(S)
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The Redemption & Family Entertainment Center Report – August 2018 Section 2

The Redemption & Family Entertainment Center Report – August 2018 Section 2

August 2018

In This Section

 

ICE Arcade, Amusement and Redemption Games

Introduction to ‘Frank’s Ranks’-the Quadfecta of Spreadsheets

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Here’s the Ticket!

The Top 74 Redemption, Merchandiser, Video, & Novelty Combined List and Test Games Spreadsheets are put together from actual collections from games owned and operated by Alpha-Omega Amusements at FOUR of our contracted revenue-share centers in different areas of the U.S. The data is exactly as it is recorded by our staff and the FEC’s together, so I know that the data is correct and is not changed in any way.

The purpose of the Lists and Spreadsheets is for you to see where your current games place or rank, divide the game revenues to those of your own games to determine the ratio to your game revenues, and check out where other games that you do not have might rank in your facility. Sometimes the rankings show which games you should double up on. It is also easy to pick out trends and stay on top of your ‘game’.

Update:  Since the previous TRR-FEC June Location #1 received an E-Claw 900 2 Pl (Elaut), Fun Zone Crane 1 Pl (Elaut), Connect4 Hoops (Bay-Tek), Ring Toss (Coastal), and Dragon Hunter (IGS). Games that were removed to make space:  Mega Double Crane & Monster Crane, Flying Tickets, Launch Code, and Ocean Pearl.

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For this Report – Five (5) New Test Games were Installed that now have at least three complete weeks: 

  • Conect4 Hoops – Rank #6
  • E-Claw 900 Crane 2 Pl – Rank #8
  • Ring Toss – Rank #20
  • Fun Zone Crane 1 Pl – Rank #30 (Averaged)
  • Dragon Hunter – Rank #33

Revenue Update – As TRR-FEC goes out, WE 8-17-18 shows SpongeBob Ranking #1.  This phenomenon occurs several times a year and it completely baffles me.  How can a 2-Player game beat out the Wizard of Oz 6-Player, even if it is only by $92 with both games grossing more than $5000 each? Any comments are most appreciated.

Knock it Off Rotary moved from #8 Ranking to #7 (way up from #33 because the Alpha Team sourced some new arm sweep motors and they are working continuously for the past 3 months!!!

August Observations

Virtual Rabbids Virtual Reality Sit Down 2 Pl (LAI) continues to be the hottest new game in the industry and is receiving lots of Buzz. (Malcolm Steinberg YouTube Interview) Ranking at #2 overall for its initial 21 weeks now  is just amazing for a new game!  When you consider that Rabbids is the first ‘unattended virtual reality game’, that it doesn’t have any cost of sales, and it is an attraction grabber, Virtual Rabbids is the focal point of the game zone.  In our real world, that would rank it as the #1 Game.

With that said I feel that I should also let you know the other side. Yes, this game is very pricy (like $50,000). Yes, it has a very low throughput per hour.  But when you look at its revenues and the people that are waiting in line to play at $5 a pop, the high price tag should not be a concern to the FEC’s that have the game space and traffic to support this game.

The Alpha/AEM Team believes that Virtual Rabbids can be improved with the following constructive criticism:

  • New players do not realize that they need to first select which ride they want and that involves using their Head. Ride selection could be made much easier and faster if there were large buttons near each seat that could be pressed.
  • The head straps on the VR headsets are too big! The headsets are adjustable with Velcro straps, but even when adjusted to the smallest setting the headsets are still too big for most players.  The players are actually ting knots into the straps to make the strap length smaller.
  • After the 3rd week we moved the game a little bit more away from the wall and thus were able to install the decorative ‘clouds’ on the sides. Perhaps this will attract more players???? [Yes it did!].

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Hottest New Games – Thumbs Up

 The AEM/Alpha/AlphaBET Teams Gives a Thumbs Up to the following New Test Games and Old Work Horses (Must Have’s) based on their revenues during the months of July/Aug 2018

  • DC Comics Super Heroes 4 Pl at #1 is a must have game
  • Virtual Rabbids 2 Pl ranking #2 is the hottest new game. LAI says they are making them as fast as they can to keep up with demand. (See YouTube Video featuring Malcolm Steinberg, Chairman LAI).
  • SpongeBob at #4 is a ‘must have’ – ‘must have’ game.
  • Connect4 Hoops has ranked #6 for the past two months but has moved up to Rank #3 for a few weeks in August. This is a great sign for this great game.  My take is that this game will be a Work Horse for years to come!!!
  • E-Claw 900 2 Pl – Rank #9 is in reality the #1 Ranking Merchandiser (if you do not count Knock if Off Rotary that is out of production).
  • Ticket Cranes Rank #10 & #12. Any Games Zone that has 30 games or more needs at least TWO Ticket Cranes, almost all large games zones with 50 or more games should have at least THREE says ‘Frank the Crank’.
  • Ticket Ring (Smart) was tested at Location #2 where it received Rank #1. I am hoping to get this crane into Location #1 so it can go up against some strong competition.

AdviceIf you are considering buying a new game and you have waited 14 months now to make a decision (and you do not have a lot of space) and you do not have a Sponge Bob Pineapple Arcade, you should label yourself as a ‘Primo/Prima Procrastinator’.  If you are waiting to get one at a low ‘used’ price, you may have to wait another 12 months as I do not see any sane person trading one in any time soon!!!

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Top 74 Ranking Redemption-Merchandiser-Video-Novelty Games Combined August 2018

Special Games to Keep Track Of
Newest Games are Highlighted in Yellow
Frank ‘the Crank’ Designed Games

Apple Face Place Photo Booth-Air Hockey (Firestorm)-Video Games are Included

Rank # Top 74 Combined  ALL Games Merchandise Dispensing Rank Video & Novelty Rankings 
Linked Game Rank As a Pair Combined 
1 Wizard of Oz 6 Pl
2 Virtual Rabbids 2 Pl #1 VIDEO
3 DC Super Heros 4 Pl
4 SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade 2 Pl
5 Monster Drop Extreme
6 Connect4 Hoops Basketball
7 Knock it Off Rotary 4 Pl w/Ticket Rolls Knock it Off Rotary w/Ticket Rolls 1
8 E-Claw 900 2 Pl E-Claw 900 2 Pl 2
9 Mega Stacker Mega Stacker 3
10 Ticket Time Crane 1 Pl Ticket Time Crane 1 Pl 4
11 Mega Triple Crane-1 Bay Ticket Bundles Mega Triple Crane-1 Bay Tickets 5
12 Ticket Time Crane 2 Pl RFID Ticket Time Crane 2 Pl RFID 6
13 Big Choice Crane 2 Pl Big Choice Crane 2 Pl 7
14 Big Bass Wheel #1 Linked #1
15 Space Invader Frenzy 2 Pl
16 Ticket Monster
17 Big Bass Wheel #2 Linked
18 Whack N Win 11 Feet
19 Willy Wonka 2 Pl
20 Ring Toss
21 Ice Man 2 Pl
22 Fishbowl Frenzy A Linked #2
23 Lane Master
24 Wheel Of Fortune – Large
25 Bean Bag Toss
26 Down the Clown #2 #3
27 Scooby Doo
28 Down the Clown #1
29 Squiggle
30 Fishbowl Frenzy B Linked
31 Pirates Hook 4 Pl
32 Gum Drop
33 Giga Crane 1 Pl Giga Crane 1 Pl 8
34 Jersey Wheels
35 Lets Bounce
36 Spin N Win 6′ Dia.
37 Mighty Mini Rotary Mighty Mini Rotary 9
38 Crank It  Revolution 2 Pl
39 Grand Piano Keys 2 Pl
40 Fun Zone Crane 1 Pl Fun Zone Crane 1 Pl 10
41 Crossy Road
42 Typhoon Lagoon 2 Pl #2 VIDEO
43 SpongeBob Soccer Star
44 Magic Shot (Replaced iCube) Magic Shot (Replaced iCube) 11
45 Color Match Color Match 12
46 Snow Down 2 Pl
47 Spinner Frenzy
48 Black Hole Merchandiser Black Hole Merchandiser 13
49 Pop The Lock
50 Angry Birds
51 NFLPA Superstar 2 Pl
52 Dragon Hunter
53 Gold Fishing
54 Air Hockey Firestorm 2 Pl
55 Photo Booth Sapphire Photo Booth Sapphire 14
56 Ghostbusters
57 Key Catcher #2 w/Ticket Strips Key Catcher 2 Pl w/Ticket Strips 15
58 Cruis’n Blast #2 #3
59 Hoop Fever #2
60 Pacman DLX #4
61 Skeeball #1
62 Snowboarders #1 #5
63 Cruis’n Blast #1 #6
64 Cruis’n Blast #3 #7
65 Skeeball #2
66 Skeeball #3
67 Moto Cross GP #2 #8
68 Snowboarders #2 #9
69 Hoop Fever #3
70 Cruis’n Blast #4 #10
71 Moto Cross GP #1 #11
72 Minion Whacker
73 Hoop Fever #1
74 Skeeball #4
**** This Location chooses not to have a Jurassic Park or Walking Dead.

 

Test Game Spreadsheets August 2018 Covering 4 Alpha-Omega Amusements Test Locations in 4 Sections of the U.S.

VIDEO-AIR HOCKEY-NOVELTY
BEST OF THE BEST WORKHORSES 74 Games 74 Games
BEST WORKHORSES IN GREEN Rev/Game Rev/Game
NEWEST TEST GAMES IN YELLOW $1,450 $1,360
OTHER WORK HORSE GAMES 74 Games Peak Week 74 Games Peak Week
1st Test Location-High Volume Wk Ending Rev/Game Payout % Wk Ending Rev/Game Payout %
Air Hockey Firestorm 8/17/18 $706 8/3/18 $650
Angry Birds 8/17/18 $774 22% 8/3/18 $628 22%
Bean Bag Toss (New Test Game) 8/17/18 $1,497 27% 8/3/18 $1,499 29%
Black Hole Merchandiser (Set 6-7-17) 8/17/18 $789 11% 8/3/18 $759 5%
Big Bass Wheel A Linked 8/17/18 $2,164 22% 8/3/18 $1,996 21%
Big Bass Wheel B Linked 8/17/18 $1,944 25% 8/3/18 $1,680 24%
Big Choice Crane 2 Pl 8/17/18 $2,176 24% 8/3/18 $2,170 25%
Connect4 Hoops (New Test Game) 8/17/18 $4,565 25% 8/3/18 $4,440 25%
Color Match 8/17/18 $849 54% 8/3/18 $843 52%
Crank It Revolution 2 Pl 8/17/18 $990 28% 8/3/18 $930 23%
Crazy Claw 2Pl-Will Return Updated
Crossy Road Updated (Set Up 5-2-18) 8/17/18 $928 23% 8/3/18 $790 31%
DC Super Heros 4 Pl (Set up 1-4-17) 8/17/18 $4,442 18% 8/3/18 $5,300 17%
Down the Clown A 8/17/18 $1,437 22% 8/3/18 $1,539 22%
Down the Clown B 8/17/18 $1,466 22% 8/3/18 $1,526 25%
Dragon Hunter (Set Up 5-23-18) 8/17/18 $720 18% 8/3/18 $1,100 14%
E-Claw 900 2Pl Crane 8/17/18 $2,880 19% 8/3/18 $2,128 23%
Fishbowl Frenzy A Linked 8/17/18 $1,604 36% 8/3/18 $1,564 25%
Fishbowl Frenzy B Linked 8/17/18 $1,308 21% 8/3/18 $1,256 28%
Fun Zone Crane 1 Pl 8/17/18 $928 22% 8/3/18 $1,500 22%
Ghostbusters 2 Pl 8/17/18 $630 6% 8/3/18 $572 6%
Gold Fishing 8/17/18 $716 19% 8/3/18 $671 20%
Grand Piano Keys 2 Pl 8/17/18 $931 25% 8/3/18 $919 24%
Gum Drop (Set Up 1-24-18) 8/17/18 $1,222 33% 8/3/18 $1,054 33%
Hoop Fever Basketball A 8/17/18 $262 18% 8/3/18 $284 18%
Hoopla (Set Up 12-20-17) Rotated Out/Needed Space Rotated Out
Ice Man 2 Pl (Set up 6-7-17) 8/17/18 $1,680 20% 8/3/18 $1,504 16%
Jersey Wheels 8/17/18 $1,174 27% 8/3/18 $904 27%
Knock It Off Rotary 4 Pl w/Ticket Rolls 8/17/18 $3,446 16% 8/3/18 $3,495 21%
Lane Master (Set Up 9-13-17) 8/17/18 $1,567 27% 8/3/18 $1,482
$1,127
27%
Lets Bounce 8/17/18 $1,110 19% 8/3/18 18%
Magic Shot (I-Cube Conversion) 8/17/18 $852 39% 8/3/18 $668 12%
Minion Whacker 8/17/18 $323 11% 8/3/18 $279 13%
Monster Drop Extreme 8/17/18 $4,792 22% 8/3/18 $3,792 32%
NFLPA Superstar (Set Up 11-29-17) 8/17/18 $758 8% 8/3/18 $624 7%
Pacman Dlx 2 Pl 8/17/18 $442 8/3/18 $423
Pirates Hook 4 Pl 8/17/18 $1,292 25% 8/3/18 $1,060 28%
Pop the Lock 8/17/18 $789 9% 8/3/18 $615 7%
Ring Toss (Set Up 4-4-18) 8/17/18 $1,696 19% 8/3/18 $1,692 20%
Scooby Doo (Set Up 12-13-17) 8/17/18 $1,448 28% 8/3/18 $1,290 28%
Snow Down 2 Pl 8/17/18 $842 21% 8/3/18 $669 25%
Space Invader Frenzy (Set up 1-4-17) 8/17/18 $2,122 23% 8/3/18 $1,788 22%
Spinner Frenzy (Set Up 9-7-17) 8/17/18 $816 20% 8/3/18 $1,026 22%
Sponge Bob Soccer Star (Set Up 5-23-18) 8/17/18 $871 25% 8/3/18 $800 28%
Squiggle Updated (Set Up 5-23-18) 8/17/18 $1,436 24% 8/3/18 $1,386 25%
Photo Booth Face Place Sapphire (New) 8/17/18 $690 25% 8/3/18 $730 25%
Spin N Win 6 Foot Dia  Wheel 8/17/18 $1,074 24% 8/3/18 $1,090 28%
Sponge Bob Pinapple Arcade 2 Pl 8/17/18 $5,504 32% 8/3/18 $4,138 22%
Stacker Mega 8/17/18 $2,496 18% 8/3/18 $2,148 18%
Ticket Monster 8/17/18 $2,062 26% 8/3/18 $2,308 25%
Ticket Time Crane 2 Pl w/ticke rolls RFID 8/17/18 $2,255 24% 8/3/18 $2,138 27%
Ticket Time Crane 1 Pl – Alpha Ticket Rolls 8/17/18 $2,437 24% 8/3/18 $2,709 25%
Virtual Rabbids VR (Set Up 4-4-18) 8/17/18 $5,315 Video 8/3/18 $4,570 Video
Waterfall Ring Toss (Set Up 4-4-18) Rotated Out/Needed Space Rotated Out
Whack N Win 11 Ft. 8/17/18 $1,825 31% 8/3/18 $1,713 31%
Wheel of Fortune 8/17/18 $1,520 28% 8/3/18 $1,274 29%
Willy Wonka 2 Pl (Set Up 1-24-18) 8/17/18 $1,808 24% 8/3/18 $2,780 29%
Wizard of Oz 6 Pl 8/17/18 $5,418 26% 8/3/18 $4,818 24%
Typhoon Lagoon2 Pl Video 8/17/18 $898 8/3/18 $960
Crusin Blast SD A of 4 Linked 8/17/18 $427 8/3/18 $417
Crusin Blast SD B of 4 Linked 8/17/18 $524 8/3/18 $406
Snowboarders #1 Linked (Set Up 4-4-18) 8/17/18 $432 8/3/18 $364
Snowboarders #2 Linked (Set Up 4-4-18) 8/17/18 $346 8/3/18 $294
Moto Cross GP #1 of 2 Linked SD 8/17/18 $330 8/3/18 $312
* Calculation Error
**Game Down 1 or more days
*** Many Card Sets Redeemed
2nd Test Location-West Coast 50 Games Rev/Game Payout % 50 Games Rev/Game Payout %
DC Super Heros 4 Pl 8/17/18 $1,024 19% 8/3/18 $1,234 15%
Fishbowl Frenzy 8/17/18 $720 33% 8/3/18 $558 32%
Air Hockey Sheti (Set Up 5-14-18) 8/17/18 $129 8/3/18 $153
Gold Fishin 8/17/18 $262 22% 8/3/18 $309 11%
Maze Escape 8/17/18 $237 18% 8/3/18 $228 19%
Monster Drop 1 Pl 8/17/18 $473 30% 8/3/18 $308 19%
Pacman Smash 8/17/18 $150 22% 8/3/18 $205 23%
Pharoahs Treasure 4 Pl A 8/17/18 $222 25% 8/3/18 $396 26%
Pharoahs Treasure 4 Pl B w/Hopper 8/17/18 $431 21% 8/3/18 $411 28%
Quick Drop 8/17/18 $834 29% 8/3/18 74** 25%
Safari Ranger 4 Pl 8/17/18 $351 29% 8/3/18 $406 32%
Space Ballz 8/17/18 $528 22% 8/3/18 $260 37%
Super Big Rig 8/17/18 $186 19% 8/3/18 $174 18%
Super Star (Set Up 11-9-16) 8/17/18 $362 32% 8/3/18 $380 34%
Tickets-Tickets-Tickets Crane (AOS) 8/17/18 $722 25% 8/3/18 $553 22%
Ticket Monster 8/17/18 $1,244 22% 8/3/18 $1,648 23%
Ticket Ring (Set Up 7-18-18) 8/17/18 $1,988 23% 8/3/18 $3,968 40%
Water Gun Fun 5 Pl 8/17/18 $1,518 24% 8/3/18 $1,497 25%
3rd Test Location-Summer Season 50 Games Good Week 50 Games Good Week
Baseball Pro Junior (Set up 1-31-17) 8/17/18 $371 24% 8/3/18 $516 18%
Bean Bag Toss (Set up 12-5-17) 8/17/18 $623 43% 8/3/18 $791 35%
Big Bass Wheel Dlx 8/17/18 $1,536 27% 8/3/18 $1,748 31%
Big Wave Air Hockey (Set Up 6-10-16) 8/17/18 $145 8/3/18 $204
Crusin Blast A 8/17/18 $191 8/3/18 $250
Crusin Blast B 8/17/18 $215 8/3/18 $279
Spin Zone Bumper Cars (6 Cars) 8/17/18 $940 8/3/18 $935
Fishbowl Frenzy 8/17/18 $586 26% 8/3/18 $1,098 28%
Highway 66 Mini-Bowling A Lane 8/17/18 $368 8/3/18 $735
Highway 66 Mini-Bowling B Lane 8/17/18 $540 8/3/18 $560
Hop Star – Kids Game 8/17/18 $251 24% 8/3/18 $165 33%
Jurassic Park Dlx. Video 8/17/18 $388 8/3/18 $555
Lane Master (Set Up 5-8-18) 8/17/18 $532 29% 8/3/18 $634 30%
Lazer Frenzy Maze Attraction Rotating to New Location Rotated Out
Prize Arrow (Set Up 4-1-18) 8/17/18 $463 31% 8/3/18 $815 60%
Superstar 8/17/18 $571 8% 8/3/18 $687 27%
Target Bravo Operation Ghost 3-31-18 8/17/18 $222 8/3/18 $388
Tickets-Tickets-Tickets Crane (AOS) 8/17/18 $733 25% 8/3/18 $924 29%
Ticket Candy Crane OLD Converted 8/17/18 $536 25% 8/3/18 $784 24%
Walking Dead AMC Video 8/17/18 $369 8/3/18 $472
Water Gun Fun 5 Pl (Set Up 11-23-16) 8/17/18 $1,338 24% 8/3/18 $1,620 25%
Whack N Win 11′ 8/17/18 $597 17% 8/3/18 $820 18%
Wizard of Oz 3 Pl 8/17/18 $1,750 28% 8/3/18 $2,002 20%
Avg. Week Avg. Week
4th Test Location-South Central US 60 Games Rev/Game Pay % 60 Games Rev/Game Pay %
Angry Birds 8/17/18 $300 27% 8/3/18 $326 26%
Circus Ball Drop 8/17/18 $293 22% 8/3/18 $436 23%
Golden Empire 8/17/18 $284 20% 8/3/18 $400 23%
Pirates Hook 2 Pl 8/17/18 $703 14% 8/3/18 377** 11%
Prize Party (Set up 6-6-17) 8/17/18 $547 18% 8/3/18 $696 22%
Super Star (Set Up 11-9-16) 8/17/18 $192 16% 8/3/18 $377 4%
Ticket Time Crane 1 Pl 8/17/18 $957 24% 8/3/18 $738 18%
Tickets Tickets Tickets Crane 8/17/18 $320 38% 8/3/18 $320 38%
Ticket Crane-Old Candy Crane Converted 8/17/18 $445 20% 8/3/18 $445 20%

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Top 15 Merchandisers August 2018 – Test Location #1

Game Name Revenue Cost of Prizes Win % Prize Item Ranking Combined Comments
Big Choice Double A $1,378.00 $424.00 30.77% Figet Squidgets
Big Choice Double B $798.00 $92.88 11.64% Minions Increasing claw pressure
Big Choice Total $2,176.00 $516.88 23.75% #12
Giga Crane 1 Pl $1,186.00 $369.00 31.11% DC Big Head #33
E-Claw 900 A $1,764.00 $402.00 22.79% Bears
E-Claw 900 B $1,116.00 $154.80 13.87% Hotel Transalvania Replacing with different plush
E-Claw Total $2,880.00 $556.80 19.33% #8
Mega Triple A $507.00 $136.94 27.01% Star Wars
Mega Triple B $1,018.00 $208.75 20.51% Treasure Chests
Mega Triple C $767.00 $166.82 21.75% Tickets-100/150’s
Mega Triple Total $2,292.00 $512.51 22.36% #11
Fun Zone Crane 1 Pl $928.00 $201.96 21.76% Blind Packages #41
Key Catcher 2 Pl $617.00 $118.56 19.22% Ticket Strips #58
Knock It Off Rotary 4 Pl $3,446.00 $546.82 15.87% Ticket Rolls #7
Mighty Mini Rotary $1,028.00 $315.95 30.73% #37
Color Match $849.00 $458.46 54.00% #45
Mega Stacker $2,498.00 $447.80 17.93% #9
Ticket Time Crane 1 Pl $2,437.00 $592.04 24.29% Ticket Rolls #10
Ticket Time Crane 2 Pl $2,255.00 $548.64 24.33% Ticket Rolls #12
Magic Shot $852.00 $330.00 38.73% #44
DC Super Heros 4 Pl $4,442.00 $792.23 17.84% #6
Wizard of Oz 6 Pl $5,418.00 $1,448.86 26.74% #2
Sponge Bob Pineapple 2 Pl $5,504.00 $1,768.59 32.13% #1 for this week!!!
Black Hole Merchandiser $789.00 $87.00 11.03% $25,$50,$12and $4 prizes #49
Willy Wonka 2 Pl $1,808.00 $437.46 24.20% #18
NFLPA Superstar 2 Pl $758.00 $62.32 8.22% #52

 

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NEW Top 100 Redemption Prizes Redeemed 5 Points to 100 Points July 2018

Below are the Top 100 Redemption Prizes that were redeemed in our Test Locations during July 2018 for the Point Ranges 5 Points to 100 Points.  In the next TRR-FEC, we will go through the Top Redemption Prizes Redeemed for the Point Ranges 105 Points to 500 Points.  Then we will tackle the Top Redemption Prizes Redeemed for 525 Points to 7500 Points.

From 5 Points to 100 Points Ticket Value  3/4 Cent ($0.0075)
Most Redeemed Item in Point Category
Points/Tickets
Product Description Item Tickets  Value
STRAWBERRY FROOTIES-ZYSTRFR 5
TOOTSIE ROLLS-ZYTOORO 5
TOOTSIE FROOTIES BLUE RASPBERR 5
PIXY STIX BULK PACK-ZYPIXBU 5
NEON COLORED GOOFY TEETH-SLFAN 5
PIXY STIX BULK PACK 5
TOOTSIE ROLLS 5
LAFFY TAFFY VARIETY-ZYLAFFY 10
WARHEADS EXTREME SOURS-ZYWARSO 10
SWEDISH FISH-ZYSWEFI 10
MINI AIRHEADS BULK 10
LAFFY TAFFY VARIETY 10
RING POP RING GUMMIES 10
ATOMIC FIREBALLS JAR-ZYATOFI 15
STICKEY CRAWLERS-SKCRAWL 15
PLASTIC STAMPER ASSORTMENT-STS 15
EMOJI STAMPERS-STSTAEM 15
EMOTICON PENCILS-PEEMOTI 15
Hi Chew Sour Mix  Approx. 80 C 15
GUMMI CUPCAKE-ZYCUPCA 15
Hi Chew Regular Mix  approx. 8 15
SKITTLES BULK FUN SIZE ORIGINA 20
FUN DIP-ZYFUNDI 20
SIXLETS CANDIES-ZYSIXLE 20
GUMMI BURGER CANDY-ZYGUMBR 20
EMOTICON POPPERS 1.25in-BAPOPE 20
EMOTICON CANDY BRACELET-ZYCANE 20
Skittles Fun Size Packs  Appro 20
SIXLETS CANDIES 20
CHARMS BLOW POP-ZYCHABL 25
Fun Dip  48 cnt 25
MUSTACHES-COMUST3 25
eFrutti Gummi Mini Burgers Dis 25
Airheads Singles Gravity Box 25
JOLLY RANCHER LOLLIPOPS-ZYJOLL 30
WATERMELON AIRHEADS-ZYAIRHW 30
STATIONERY SET ASSORTMENT 30
HARIBO MINI GOLD GUMMY BEAR 30
JOLLY RANCHER LOLLIPOPS 30
Gummi Pizza  48 cnt 30
LARGE STICKY HAND W HANDLE 12i 35
EMOTICON GUY KEYCHAIN-KCEMOG2 35
JUSTICE LEAGUE FOAM BALLS 2in- 35
GUMMI SOUR GECKO-ZYSOUGE 35
CLASSIC TOY DUCKIES 35
Spinning Top Putty  3 Asst.  2 35
WARHEADS SOUR CHEWY CUBES-ZYWA 40
CRAYON SET PRINTED BOX 16pc-ST 40
Pop and Catch Ball Game  3 Ass 40
POP UP ASSORTMENT 2in 40
PKM Flip Token 40 40
COW TAIL-ZYCOWTA 45
SNAP ` CLICK PUZZLE-GASNCLI 45
GLOW IN THE DARK SUCTION BALL- 45
ROCK GUITAR INFLATE-INGUI24 45
RUBBER DUCKY ASST 2in-RDAS100 45
POP ROCKS XTREME 45
KNITTED KICK BALLS 45
JELLY BELLY 45
DINOSAUR WATER GAME-GADINWA 50
PULL BACK CAR 3.5in-VEPBCAR 50
$100 WALLET 7.5in-JAHUNWA 50
FLIP SEQUIN STAR KEYCHAIN 3in- 50
Ice Cream Putty  3 Asst.  2.5I 50
XSTREME SOUR DROPS-ZYXSTRE 55
WHOOPEE CUSHION 8in-JKWHOOP 55
EMOTICON BEACH BALL INFLATE 12 55
HIBISCUS FOLDING FAN WITH WOOD 55
PLAY MONEY-CAMONEY 60
METAL COIL SPRING 1in-CSMETA1 60
BROWN FOOTBALL INFLATE-INFOO16 60
COIL SPRING 80mm 60
EMOTICON POOP PLUSH ASST COLOR 60
GALAXY GEMSTONE PUTTY 60
10 COLOR SHUTLE PEN 60
Travel Checkers 4In (24 Pcs) 60
PLASTIC TRICK NUTS-JKTRNUT 65
Atomic Ball 2 65
TEST TUBE TOUCHABLE BUBBLES 65
LARGE NOISE PUTTY 65
GLOW PLANET STICK ONS 65
Transparent Rainbow Magic Spri 70
DC Comic String Dolls  8 Asst. 70
Small Zoo Animals  12 Asst.  5 70
Squishy Sea Life  12 Asst.  2. 70
PLUSH ANIMAL BALL KEY CHAIN-KC 75
FAST FOOD NECKLACE 16in-JNFASF 75
FLIP 2 TONE SEQUIN BRACELET 9i 75
Alien with Jewel Eyes K/C  4 A 75
MINI BOWLING GAME-TYBOWMI 80
PEST PUTTY EGG-SKPESPU 80
FLOWER CROWN HEADBAND-JAFLOCR 80
BLOW UP SPIKE BALL BALLOON 2.7 80
EMOTICON POOP SQUIRTS 3in-PASQ 80
EXTENDABLE BACK SCRATCHER 80
Transparent Spring – Dinosaurs 80
Face Flinger Ball  3 Asst.  3 85
ICEBERG SLIME 85
Twisted Ring Pops  24 cnt 85
NEON CRAYON INFLATE 44in-INCRA 90
SPLAT ALIEN BABY 2.25in-SKSPLA 90
Pull Back Motorcycle 90
Halloween Zombie Dip-N-Lik (96 90
STRETCH TONGUE EMOJI SLINGSHOT 100
FART PUTTY-SKFARPU 100
Hi-Bounce Ball 60 MM – Stormy 100
PUSH POP CANDY-ZYPUS24 100

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