How to win at the claw machine?

Claw machines can be a lot of fun to play and even more fun to win. With the retail sector facing some headwinds, I see more of these appearing in malls. Just to boost the footfall and keep those customers entertained. But before you jump into playing a claw machine, you have to know how hard actually winning a prize can be sometimes! Luckily, once you know how to study claw machines and go for the best prizes, you can make it a lot more likely for you to win at claw machines.

  1. Selecting a Good Machine
    Choose a claw machine that isn’t full of tightly packed prizes. In other words, go for the claw machine that people have already been playing for a while. This way, the prizes won’t be packed together so tightly that they’re hard to pick up with a claw.
    This effectively means that you should look for prize pits that aren’t more than about halfway full. Be on the lookout for prize pits where all the stuffed animal prizes are facing outward and look very tightly packed. The prizes in those machines will probably be very hard to pick up.
  2. Aim to use machines with 3-pronged claws for the best results.
    3-pronged claws are generally easier to win with than 2-pronged and 4-pronged claws. Although 4-pronged claws are pretty good at picking up stuffed animals, you’ll have the most luck with most prizes by using a 3-pronged claw. 4-pronged claws are great for grabbing around the chest area of a stuffed animal. When you use this type of claw on a stuffed animal, try to maneuver the claw so that the four prongs are positioned both above and below the arms with the central part of the claw close to the neck or high chest area.
  3. Watch somebody play the claw machine before you to study it.
    As that person is playing, pay attention to how the machine operates and how difficult it is to pick up a prize with it. Count how many seconds the machine gives the player after they put their money in, as well. For example, when the player ahead of you goes to pick up a prize, look to see how loose the grip on the claw is. If it’s a very loose grip and doesn’t hold on to prizes very well, you probably shouldn’t play that machine, since it’ll be very difficult to win. Another thing to pay attention to is how easy the crane is to move around. It will be useful to know ahead of time how jerky or smooth the crane moves around over the prize pit.
  4. Pick a prize to go for before you put your money into the machine. This way, you won’t spend precious seconds trying to decide which prize you want. The best prizes to go for are the ones near the top of the pile in the center of the prize pit. Note that rounder prizes, like baseballs and footballs, are usually more difficult to pick up than angular objects, like stuffed animals.

Know when it’s a scam. If the first twenty people can’t do it, it probably is. And please before you begin to play, see if the prize can be just bought for a cheaper prize off the shops. You may want to impress a date, but grabbing if off the shelves at a store makes you look like a smarter dude.

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