Finding amusing contraptions to help all you busy workers get through the day is one of our specialities. But who says they have to be full of state-of-the-art whizz-bangery? Not us, because some of the most enthralling desktop diversions are pretty basic.
A case in point is the worryingly addictive Penny Pusher. Based on the pocket money-munching penny push machines of yesteryear, this battery-operated device will have you dreaming about falling coins every waking hour. Not necessarily a good thing when you're trying to collate an annual report.
But quite frankly you won't give a sausage about work once you start dropping pennies into this highly nostalgic update on an all time classic. Its one-more-go-factor is off the scale.
Topple the pennies
In case you've never been to a funfair, a pier or an arcade (weirdo!) the idea is to drop pennies into the slot at just the right time in order to push the coins on the moving lower shelf forward, and in turn topple the pennies on that level over the edge and into your greedy mitts. Add to this simplistic gameplay the torture of lights and whimsical fairground-style music and you're looking at an irresistible plaything.
Spend a penny
Although the Penny Pusher takes pennies (funny that) you can always up the stakes and view each 1p piece as a token worth, what, 50p? The choice is yours. And so is a pile of cash if the coins fall your way. Speaking of tokens, the Penny Pusher comes with a big bag of plastic pennies, so it's perfect for mega-tightwads and high-rollers alike. Whether it's sitting on your desk, entertaining guests at parties, or making up part of your home retro-arcade collection (what, haven't you got one?), the Penny Pusher is guaranteed to have you scrabbling around for more shrapnel every time you play. Mum, lend us some pennies!
The Penny Pusher pictured in our Winter 2006/07 catalogue is unavailable and has been replaced with the model shown on this page. Don't worry though, this one is just as good and will have you coming back time and time again.
Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
Choking hazard - small parts.
Includes 160 x plastic pennies.
Accepts 1p coins only.
The Penny Pusher which lights up and plays music (switchable) is just like being in an arcade.
Security alarm sounds and music stops when the unit is lifted.
Use your skill to drop the penny at just the right time to push all the pennies forward onto the lower shelf and in return, hopefully pushing the pennies on that level over the edge as your reward.
Approximately 26cm(W) x 33cm(H) x 20cm(D)
Requires 4x D batteries (not included).
Small screwdriver required to open battery compartment.
This is a great product, I had hours of fun playing with it and 'firebox.com' offered the best price I have seen, although this does really slow down if you use real pennies, but this doesn't matter because it comes with loads of plastic coins.
OVERALL: Great I would advise you buying it. Lawrence Baker, Lincoln - 5th September 2007
I cannot believe how good this is and how long the batteries last. If you use 1p coins the baterries will wear out much faste, but in my Penny Pusher I have the plastic chips and even a few real pennies. Max, 123 Fake Street - 14th April 2007
I have to agree with the previous reviewer regarding real 1p pieces, although this site and the packaging SAYS you can, I wouldn't recommend it. After a few hours normal use with real pennies, the right-side pusher now has a circular scratch under the tray which is visible when the slider is pulled back. I recommend sticking to the plastic tokens included with the product. Other than that, had hours of fun with it. Daniel, London, UK - 8th April 2007
Great fun, I bought this for my partner who remembers these machines fondly from his childhood, and now at 27 can be a big kid all over again!
We did find it's possible to lose pennies behind the 'hologram' backing tho, and the mechanism slows down a lot when you use real pennies instead of the plastic ones it comes with! Wil N ShaL, Leeds, UK - 27th December 2006