Taking its name from the popular Ice Road Truckers docu-reality show, Glass Road Trucker is a game for grown-ups. While not quite as dangerous as navigating a huge truck on icy roads, this Minute to Win It game does use glass bottles that are precariously set up, so you'll want to keep kids and pets away, and a broom and dust pan handy just in case.
All you have to do to win Glass Road Trucker is to blow a ping pong ball along a series of glass bottles that you've lined up, upside down, and then make sure that the ball lands in a waiting shot glass at the other end of the line. Easy peasy, right? I'd love to tell you that it sounds harder than it is, but I can't - it's a tough one.
Have I mentioned that this game can be dangerous? 'Cause it can. Make sure your playing surface isn't above pile carpeting, have broken glass clean up measures in place, and ensure that everyone is wearing shoes. You could even place loads of old newspapers or a drop cloth under the table, just in case. Also, you'll need the following supplies to play:
- Eight empty glass soda, beer, or milk bottles
- Ping pong balls
- Pint glass
- Shot glass
- A long table
- Stop watch or other timer
How to Play
Most of the setup work for this game is actually done by the player, so all you need to do before starting is make sure that all the equipment is available on the table.
When the one-minute timer begins, start lining up the bottles, upside down, in a row. At the end of the row, place the pint glass upside down and place the shot glass on top of it, right side up.
Place a ping pong ball on top of the first bottle. Using only your mouth, blow the ping pong ball across all eight bottles so that it rolls off and lands in the shot glass at the end. Get one ping pong ball into the shot glass before time runs out and you win the game.
In order to win, the ping pong ball has to travel across all eight bottles before landing in the shot glass. If it bounces somehow or falls off then bounces into the shot glass, it's way cool, but it doesn't count.
As you can likely guess, you may not touch the ping pong ball with any part of your body after placing it on the first bottle. If a ball falls off or misses the shot glass, you can start again with a new ball. If a bottle falls and breaks you're done, so go easy on the wind power to start off with.
Tips and Tricks
Keep in mind that this game works in two parts: First you have to set up the bottles and then you get to actually play. Don't spend too much time lining the bottles up perfectly. As long as they go in a fairly straight line you'll be okay. You're going to need the bulk of your 60 seconds to get that ping pong ball into the shot glass.
Also, you don't want to blow too hard, because the ball will rush off the curved end of the last bottle and miss the shot glass completely. A steady stream of air is your best bet if you can manage it.
The blueprint with video instructions for this game can be found at NBC.com.