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Geek Gifts 2007: Shocking Tanks


Shocking Tanks from Shocking Fun could add a new dimension to your next LAN party. Shocking Fun is known for such games as Lighting Reaction and Shocking Roulette, as well as prank gadgets like the Shocking Alarm Clock. Shocking Tanks are available all over the Internet, from sites like ThinkGeek and Amazon (a Google search will bring up dozens of vendors) for $40 - $50.

Shocking Tanks

The idea behind the tanks is similar to the old laser tag game: Shoot your opponent and extinguish the lights on his tank before he extinguishes yours. The twist is, if you get hit you get an 18-volt shock through your controller. The remotes have forward and reverse controls for each of your tank's treads, as well as triggers on the top back to fire your weapon.

Shocking Tanks

As part of TechRepublic's Geek Gifts 2007 series, I took a look at Shocking Fun's Shocking Tanks. Then, last week, I took the tanks to my nephew's birthday party to put them to a real-world test. There are warnings all over the packaging saying that these are not suitable for children under 14, but the parents hanging around needing something fun to do, right? It turned out to be quite a hit. Everyone enjoyed seeing their friends get shocked, and somehow didn't mind getting it themselves.

The actual tanks and controllers seemed fairly cheaply made. We encountered some problems with the controller buttons sticking. Sometimes it was one of the manuvering buttons and sometimes it was the firing buttons. Despite these drawbacks, the Shocking Tanks ended up being a lot of fun. They would be a great addition to a LAN party or pretty much any fun gathering.

Geek Gift Score (out of 5)

Fun Factor: 4

Geek Factor: 4

Value: 3

Overall: 4

6 comments
pitineo
pitineo

18 volts !!! omg it's soooo dangerous

basetballjones
basetballjones

During my younger days working as an industrial electrician, we used to play a game that was similar in theory. A little more blind man's bluff was involved, however ;) Since many jobs had multiple floors and of course, steel frames- and since we were immature electricians with access to plenty of things that could maim or kill with electricity... The premise- Two electricians go to separate floors/rooms; each one equipped with a rather large capacitor capable of disabling large farm animals if needed. The game- each electrician would try and guess which beam, stud, pipe, or otherwise metal structure the other one was touching (marco! polo!) Each man taking turns alternating between touching and searching. When you thought you had guessed the correct beam, you would touch the capacitor terminals to it How to Win- First, you looked around for supervisors, innocent bystanders, plumbers, OSHA, etc.. Then, you had to be close enough to actually hit your opponent with the dissipated electricity from the capacitor. Points were based on the volume of the "yelp" from your opponent, with bonus points for each curse they spat as they fell on their ass! Sorry, way off topic, but this is the first time I thought about that game in years.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Leave one of the controllers on a co-worker's desk, keep the other one in your cube, and put the tanks on your floor about a foot apart. Have a buddy signal you when the victim picks the controller up.

meryllogue
meryllogue

But NOT for me! I'm way too much like her... too busy jumping from the zap to actually use it first! Really a boy toy.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Bad Bad Palmetto. And increase the voltage. A mere 18 is just not enough to do permanent damage :^0 oh, the fun. even better though, when you see someone sleeping at their desk. Drop a controller onto their lap.... LOL

JamesRL
JamesRL

When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, I was in a private music school. The conductor of the band was an old pro musician from the swing band era, and he was a real SOB. He did teach me at the age of 9 that if you are just on time, you are late - you had to be in your seat, music out, instrument tuned and warmed up and ready to play at the appointed time when he walked up to his music stand. But he also suggested since he had a hard time getting the young musicians to watch his baton, that he would install shock cushions into the chairs so he could get our attention when he wanted us to get back in time. He was a crusty old dog. James

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