Battling Tops

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This memory was added on: August 18, 2009

This game stands out for me from childhood so much, the patterns on the tops, the blue arena; the excitement of it was awesome!

Me & my nana used to play this every week and laugh our socks off – brilliant game.


This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

“Smarty Smitty”, “Hurricane Hank” – I still remember many of the names. This was a great game for me and my brothers. Low-tech battles, lots of excitement and it was really fun to see some tops launched out of the arena! It’s all in the wrist!


This memory was added on: May 25, 2007

this game was so fun!! we could play it for a long time. lots better/simpler than video games


This memory was added on: May 18, 2007

Ha! God knows how many times, under how many different circumstances I've used the classic "He's down...he's up...anything can happen in Battling Tops" or the very diverse "It's all in the wrist action" Oh the days of the classics....makes a great retro party game as it brings out the knock out competitive spirit in many!

Hurricane Hank still rocks on an orange top!

Bob Doo...

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This memory was added on: December 26, 2006

Battling Tops was my favorite game growing up. I think part of was that my parents didn't mind playing this game with us kids. I remember a lot of laughs and good times. I've recently bought three original 1968 Battling Top sets on Ebay. I'm keeping one, giving one to my nephew and niece and the other I've decided to re-sell on Ebay. My nephew's and niece played for hours over the holiday's and both them and I loved it!


This memory was added on: October 6, 2006

I found one at a thrift store a few years ago. I play it with my 6 yr old. He loves it like I did and still do. My brother got it for christmas way back when :)


This memory was added on: August 26, 2006

One of the greatest dexterity games of the 70's. We played this for hours - though I hated winding up the top after dozens of games. I still remember the commercial where one top gets shot out of the arena in slo-mo.


This memory was added on: August 8, 2006

This game rocked. I used to take it with me to our Ocean City summer rental and play for hours as a kid. This was a great travle game to take with you when you were away from your home for a while. Love it and am pursuing reacquisition on eBay.

Joe L.

This memory was added on: July 4, 2006

My brothers and I still talk about playing this game at our grandparents house, when we would visit them. From little kids up until we were teenagers, we would play. Dizzy Dan was the only we could remember, but Hurricane Hank is mentioned here and I do remember that top being the hardest to beat. What a great game. My grandmother eventually gave the game away to a neighbor kid...along with original Superman comics (ugh!)...This was the best game in the '60's. Just ordered it to play with my own kids. Can't wait to play - Let the battle begin!


This memory was added on: June 18, 2006

Hi. Im not breally born in 1920, My daddy bought this game for him, and me and my little brother to play w/. You might of seen his comment, he was the one who would have super sam and hurricane hank fight. Yea, anyway, me and my family always played it. Me being tricky nicky. We would have contests to see whos could stay up the longest, my dad usually won.

Daddy, thanks for buying the family this game, and i just want to say happy fathers day!


This memory was added on: December 29, 2005

Awesome game. This one brings me back to that "simpler time".


This memory was added on: November 20, 2005

My family was playing at grandma's apartment. There were so many shreiks of joy that the neighbors came by to make sure we were ok!


This memory was added on: November 17, 2005

Me mum got me a new used one off of ebay.Yay! Carrying it through the airport I was stopped probably 5 time by astonished folks in awe and reverie who remember this as one of the best parts of their childhood. Me too. Has anthropomorphizing EVER been more fun? I think not. Upper cuts, wobbly knees,recoveries, speed kills,etc.etc. etc. Glorious highlight from this second childhood:blood sister in the game just like the good ol days, the top of a top popping off, launching strait up, hovering there at eye level, perfectly lit by the dimmed chandelier overhead for a moment of time somehow endless,endlessly suspended...all eyes big as saucers, and then down again three tops clashing and bashing again. OOOhs AAAhs of awe among friends. House rules? Any and all forms of prayer,curious winding rituals,supplication to whatever gods care to hear, strange voodoo and juju or even woowoo allowed. Hell, this may have the whole happy family on the cover, seriously ...the gloves are definately coming off.(No female top names though, sounds like a job for photoshop and some sticky labels)! Took it to Burningman and bust it out at the center cafe. In the middle of heated competition some good folks came round and passed out handfulls of OTTER POPS! Otter Pops and Battling Tops. Now THATS what I'm talkin about.