Tips to Win the Stacker Arcade Game

By Melissa Martinez
Carnivals are one place that Stacker games can be found.

Stacker arcade games are video machines that generally give out a variety of prizes, some of them high end and expensive. The object is to stack sets of blocks on top of each other until you reach the highest level. If you push the button to stack before the blocks are aligned, you will lose. There are some tips to help you get your timing down and win at Stacker.

Decide on the Prize Level You Want in Advance

Most Stacker machines are at least 10 levels, possibly more. Most levels have a prize associated with it. The higher you get on the machine, the better the prize. Decide in advance which level you want and aim for that. If you try to surpass, you could lose and win nothing instead of winning the prize you want. Decide what level you want, then decide how much money you want to spend to get that prize. If you don't set a limit, you may end up spending more than that prize would have cost you just to buy it at the store.

Don't Play Right After Someone Else Won a Big Prize

The Stacker machines are programmed not to give out a big prize until it takes in a certain amount of money. For example, if the game is programmed for a $150 threshold, it won't pay out a large prize until it takes in that much money. So, if someone just won a big prize, it will take $150 worth of additional game plays before the next person wins a big prize. Of course, smaller prizes will have smaller thresholds, but if you are aiming for a larger prize, don't play right after someone else's big win.

Skipping Blocks

The last four blocks at the top can skip. This means that as they go across the screen waiting for you to stack them, they can skip over a section. This means that once you hit the button to stop the blocks in the right spot, it could skip over that spot. Keep an eye out for skips and try to stop the blocks so that the skip won't affect the placement of the blocks. The only way to learn to do this is practice.

Watch Someone Else

The Stacker blocks can go across the screen very quickly. The game is all about timing, making sure you get the blocks in the appropriate place at the right time. Watching someone else pay before you do helps you figure out the timing. You will get a sense of how fast the blocks go and when is the best time to push the button to place them. This will not only help you win but save you money as well, since you won't have to spend as much money practicing your timing.

About the Author

Melissa Martinez has been a freelance writer and copy editor since 2003. She specializes in Web content and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle" and is now the section editor for a minor league sports news wire. She attended Seattle University.