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Mechanical Game


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A game consisting of a rectangular board, made of wood, plastic or cardboard, fitted with posts, holes, curved strips, channels, several small metal balls or marbles, etc. and decorated with various motifs, designs and numbers. Usually with a clear glass or plastic cover and push-buttons, sometimes equipped with a spring-loaded cylindrical rod or other type of spring action release lever. When pulled by the player, the lever propels one marble at a time up the metal channel which directs it to the surface of the board, where the posts, holes and strips act as obstacles or traps. Used to repeat the same action game to improve one's score or play.
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Mechanical Game
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Game, Mechanical
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Jeu mécanique
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