Table games have always been difficult for me to figure out. I tend to stick to my defense because I don’t know any ways I can use to improve my offense. Whenever I go to an arcade bubble hockey is one thing that has always interested me so I decided to do some research to help me improve my game.
Bubble hockey can be difficult when you start playing especially when you’re not playing against someone at your own level. If you’re an amateur there are a couple of things that you can use to help better your chances at scoring a goal.
The player in front of your opponent’s goal is going to be the player that will probably score the most so the first thing you need to know how to do is get the puck to them. You also need to keep in mind where in their range you want the puck so they have the better advantage against the other players.
Before we get into the full speed of things you need to get to know the puck and how to move it the way you want to. Take things slow so you can get a better feel for the game. How it works and how to execute different moves that you want to use.
Pushing and pulling the rods to make a goal rather than twisting the players can become a habit. It can work at times but this severely limits the different moves that you can make. This is almost as bad as spinning your handles because you lose control of the puck.
Making predictable shots can also damage your game performance. One of the ways people win this game is by thinking like their opponents. If you use the same move every time your opponent is going to be ready for it every time. Mix things up and try different things.
Most of the shot you can use in bubble hockey are the same shots used in ice hockey. But they are just as useful. There are four main moves that are the most effective and the most used in bubble hockey; the shovel, slapshot, one timer, and the break away shot.
- Shovel: To use this hit, the puck must start off in front of your player. Push the player into the puck so that it sits in front of the player’s stick and then continue pushing the player towards the goal. Twist the player while it’s still in motion to release the puck.
- Slapshot: In regular ice hockey, a slapshot is when the player stops a distance in front of the goal and and swings their stick back slapping the puck with a strong forward motion. In regular hockey and bubble hockey this can be tricky because you need to worry about the other players stealing the puck from you.
- One Timer: This hit is hard to execute but typically has a high rate of success. A one timer shot is when one player passes the puck to another player followed by an immediate shot to the goal. Doing so doesn’t leave enough time for your opponent to block the puck but it’s also hard to keep control of the puck because it is so quick.
- Breakaway: A breakaway is a split moment when there is a one on one match between the player in front of the goal and the goalie. This usually happens when there isn’t a lot of time for your opponent to transition their hands from one rod to their defense players. Breakaway hits can happen in the process of completing any of the other three shots.
Because bubble hockey can be such a fast-paced game it’s important to use any of these shots quickly. Don’t give your opponent time to figure out your next move and make their own plan for defense. If your team is the one without the puck, defense is what you need to focus on.
Defending your own goal isn’t as fun as scoring in your opponents but it is just as important. Working on your defense can be a lot harder than your offense. It’s extremely important to keep your eyes on the puck and determine where your opponent is going to send it next.
One other thing you can do to help prevent the puck from going into your goal is to position the players you aren't using in a way that will catch the puck if it goes towards your goal. This can give you the opportunity to focus on where the puck is and try to get it out of your opponents hands. Don’t forget to move the goalie to the most vulnerable areas of the goal.
What Are Some of The Rules?
A lot of the rules in bubble hockey are similar to air hockey. In bubble hockey a player can only take control of the puck for a maximum time of 5 seconds (in air hockey it’s 7 seconds). Another similarity is the use of distractions. If a player scores while their opponent is distracted or they cause a distraction they get penalized.
Causing a distraction can be as simple as pushing and pulling your rods out too forcefully, spinning your players crazily, or bumping into the table causing it to shift. Tilting the table in any way to give yourself an advantage is illegal. The only time tilting is allowed is if the puck is in a dead zone and no player is about to get it.
Are There Differences in Bubble Hockey Tables?
There are a couple of manufacturers of bubble hockey tables that each have their own unique features. Some of the tables have lights that light up when a player makes a goal. Most tables have some sort of sound effect but a few have many different options. Newer models even have the option of getting a jumbotron.
Depending on who you buy your bubble hockey table from, quality can differ greatly. Most manufacturers don’t have an option to buy extra parts for repairs. You need to find old parts from other bubble hockey machines online or at arcades.