A game device in which opposing magnetic fields are used to position a plurality of magnetic balance tiles around the periphery of a starting magnet in accordance with a set of rules which specify unique patterns of displacement and awards points which are consistent with the degree of difficulty in replicating the patterns. The game may be played by one or more players in a group.
A game device utilizing opposing magnetic fields comprising: a Game Pad; a starting magnet, referred to as the Home Base, which is placed on the playing surface of Game Pad; a plurality of magnetic balance tiles, which are positioned about the Game Pad so that the opposing magnetic fields of the Home Base and an individual tile, placed in proximity to the Home Base, cause the elevated edge of the tile facing the Home Base to remain in balance with respect to the Game Pad; in like manner, other tiles placed on the Game Pad in proximity to previously balanced tiles will remain in balance in accordance with the player’s ability to judge the effects of the interacting magnetic fields; a set of rules which stipulate unique patterns of magnetic balance tiles and awards points to the player or players which are commensurate with the difficulty of replicating a particular pattern.
The game device of claim
1, in which a plurality of Game Pads are provided with playing surfaces that vary in texture to provide an additional challenge to the player or players.
The game device of claim 1, in which an alternate Game Pad comprises an aperture dimensioned to accept the starting magnet.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Field of the Invention
This invention relates generally to games which rely on the interactions of magnetic fields to test the skills of a player or players, and more specifically a game device which relies upon the characteristic of a magnetic field whereby magnets of like poles form a mutual field of repulsion.
Accordingly, one object and advantage of this invention is to provide a game which pits the skills of a player or players against the opposing fields of magnetic playing pieces.
Another object and advantage of this invention is to provide a game in which varying skill levels may be attained by introducing magnetic pieces with varying degrees of flux density, and game pads with playing surfaces that vary from a coarse texture to a smooth facade.
Another object and advantage of this invention is to provide a plurality of games, all employing the same magnetic game pieces and playing board, which challenge the skills of the player or players.
Further objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from consideration of the drawings and ensuing description of it.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention comprises a playing pad, henceforth called the Game Pad, a starting magnet, henceforth called the Home Base, and a plurality of magnetic balance tiles.
The playing pad, which may be a rigid, or alternately, flexible body structure, is placed on a suitable playing surface. The Home base is then placed on the Game Pad, with an identifying mark facing upwards, at a location chosen by the player or players. In an alternate form of the game, the Game Pad includes an aperture dimensioned to accept the Home Base, thereby defining a fixed location for the Home Base.
The object of the game is to position a magnetic balance tile in close proximity to the Home Base, with the magnetic fields of the Home Base and the tile in opposition. The edge of the tile facing the Home Base is held at an angle with the vertex of the angle formed by the edge of the tile furthermost from the Home Base, which abuts against the Game Pad, and the plane of the Game Pad. The slope of the angle is a function of the intensity of the magnetic fields, the distance from the Home Base, and the skill of the player. Properly positioned, the tile will maintain this angle when released by the player. If this is successfully done, the player then repeats this operation with the previously balanced tile now taking the place of the Home Base. Alternatively, the player may attempt to balance another tile with reference to the Home Base at a different location on the Game Pad Patterns may be formed in accordance with the rules stipulated by the game being played. Should the player mis-judge the interacting magnetic fields being created, the previously balanced tiles will collapse onto the Game Pad, destroying the pattern.
Patterns may be created with the magnetic balance tiles which vary in complexity and hence challenge the skills of the player or players. Points are then given in accordance with a set of pre-described rules and totaled to determine the winner of the game.