Gnip-Gnop: Silly, but oh so addictive

Gnip-Gnop is quite possibly the dumbest, but most fun skill game I have ever played.  Play time is roughly one minute, less if you are good at it. And for some reason it is a game that players young and old just don’t seem to be able to keep their hands off of.

This game came to my attention in 2005, while I was working for “Games By James”, a small board games store in the Minneapolis area.  The owner of the store came in with a big shipment of new games and asked if I would set up a demo of this game on our central table.

I pulled the big hunks of plastic that comprised the game out of the box and began assembling it.  The game was comprised of a large plastic basin with a clear plastic dome on top.  A central divider with large round holes split the board in two.  Inside this dome was six ping pong balls, three of each color.  And lastly on each side of the dome were three rubber band powered flippers.

The goal of the game is to hit the flippers, sending the balls flying, and attempt to get them through the holes and into your opponents side of the dome.  First player to get all the balls on the other side wins.

A look at the underside of a copy of Gnip-Gnop. Here you can see the rubberband mechanism that provides the spring back for the flippers.

Now the owner of this store, while a very nice lady, didn’t usually get all that excited about any of the games.  But once I got this set up, myself and a number of other clerks, actually got her to challenge us to a few games of this.  I think us clerks had more fun with this than any customer who walked in. Everyone I have shown this game to has the same reaction to the game, it’s silly, it’s dumb, but it’s a ton of addicting fun.  It’s the kind of game that leaves you immediately demanding a rematch.

When I moved out of Minnesota to Indiana, I decided to try to find a copy of this.  I went to my local game store and asked for it, and the clerk there gave me a dumbfounded look.  He had never heard of such a thing.  It wasn’t until a couple of years later, close to Christmas, when I happened to be wandering through the toy section at a Meijers, that I stumbled upon it. I snatched up a copy while the getting was good.

So, you may have trouble finding a copy of this, but let me tell you, it’s worth every penny if you do.  I think I paid about $15 for my copy back in 2007, which is a small price for the addicting fun this game is.

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