Are You Ready for Some Electric Football?

Are You Ready for Some Electric Football?

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“Go, go, go, GOOO! NOOO!” That’s my most vivid recollection from my days as an armchair football coach when I was a kid. I can still picture it today, the lineman ready to protect our quarterback. The running back lined up to take a hand-off. Wide receivers flung wide ready to run their routes. And the defense, looking confident but not realizing just what was about to hit them. And the buzz…

What? The buzz?  Don’t you remember the buzz while watching football? Oh, you thought I was talking about REAL football? No, I’m talking about the old-fashioned home game with miniature players moving down a vibrating field (hopefully in the right direction)! Sorry for the confusion!

I only call it “old-fashioned” because it has been around so long, but electric football is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among all ages. Today you have the luxury of different sizes of field, the ability to customize your players and thanks to the internet, a plethora of forums and sites that tailor to this hobby. There are even national organizations such as the National Miniature Electric Football League and the Miniature Football Coaches Association, as well as annual tournaments like TudorCon. You’re probably asking, “What is Tudor?” Keep reading.

In 1947, Norman Sas, owner of Tudor Metal Products and Tudor Games, created electric football. He used a vibrating car race game made by Tudor as the base and added small players which moved down the field as they vibrated. It was an immediate hit and more than 40 million of the games have been sold since its creation.

Their latest version, Red Zone Electric Football, is an entry-level offering suitable for all ages. But don’t let “entry-level” fool you, it has all the difficulty and nuances of their more expensive offerings. Enough to keep you challenged for many quarters.

Electric Football is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Stick with the originals with Tudor Games. - SahmReviews.com

By attaching small plastic ‘cleats’ to each base, the vibration of the field causes the player to move. The positioning of each cleat dictates the movement speed and direction of the piece and gives you ultimate control over every position.

Electric Football is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Stick with the originals with Tudor Games. - SahmReviews.com

Just like in NFL football, you position the offense and the defense into their starting positions. The object is to move the ball forward towards the end zone by running or passing. First down lines are marked with plastic flags on one side of the field, while the scrimmage line is monitored by a flag on the opposite side. You have four downs to move the ball 10 yards (again, same as NFL rules) or lose possession.

Electric Football is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Stick with the originals with Tudor Games. - SahmReviews.com

Running the ball is straightforward – you simply dictate which player has the ball and he runs until he is either touched by an opposing player, falls over or turns around. You then reset all the players and begin your next down. Passing is a little more complicated, requiring interaction from you to pass the ball with the flick of a finger.

Electric Football is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Stick with the originals with Tudor Games. - SahmReviews.com

Still don’t remember the buzz? Here’s an example of one running play – once you hear the sound it will all come back to you.

Red Zone Electric Football comes with unpainted players, allowing you to customize them in your favorite team colors. They also include sticker numbers so you can identify each one. I can see the hobby of customizing them being as fulfilling as actually playing the game!

Electric Football is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Stick with the originals with Tudor Games. - SahmReviews.com

Fortunately for those of us that are paintbrush-challenged, Tudor Games is launching an officially-licensed NFL version that will be available direct from Tudor as well as at your favorite retailers. We’ll be picking up a set of Chicago Bears to play with since they can’t seem to pull off a real win at Soldier Field…

Check out all the current offerings from Tudor Games by visiting their website and following them on Twitter and Facebook. American-style football not your thing? They also have you covered with baseball and soccer!

After you have picked up one of the electric football games for the big and little kids in your house, impress them with your knowledge of the history of the sport by grabbing a copy of The Unforgettable Buzz: The History of Electric Football and Tudor Games. You’ll be an armchair coach in no time!

But wait, this post has now gone into overtime! Tudor Games has graciously offered to give away one copy of Red Zone Electric Football to one lucky SahmReviews reader! Entry is easy using the form below and there are daily options for entry so be sure to come back tomorrow!
Tudor Electric Football Game

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

49 comments on «Are You Ready for Some Electric Football?»

  1. Stu Swensen says:

    I’m a huge Tudor fan & this new board technology looks awesome!

  2. Stu Swensen says:

    Tudor is back in the game with the NFL backing them! This new board technology looks awesome!

  3. Josh Willhite says:

    So goofy, I’d love to play this!

  4. Terry says:

    I was just checking out the Tudor online store and see they have Steelers VS Ravens. GO STEELERS!! Great video by the way.

  5. This is totally fun. Gotta try it with my nephews when they visit again,

  6. Now that is very cool.I can definitely see my teens getting into playing this!

  7. Janice says:

    That is so cool! This would be a great addition to our family game night!

  8. Jenna Wood says:

    This looks like so much fun! My father had a board like this when he was a young boy and I have seen it in the attic all these years later! Maybe I’ll have to invest in Red Zone and bring back some memories!

  9. This game looks awesome. My husband and boys would love this!

  10. What a fun game for football fans like my son and my husband. They would love playing this together.

  11. Erika says:

    This game looks like great fun for football fans … action packed and exciting

  12. Chrysa says:

    This looks like such a fun old-school style game. I bet my hubby would get a kick out if it.

  13. This would be another way for my husband to torture me with football at home. My husband and sons would love this. They love anything that has to do with football.

  14. You find the neatest games! I have seen table hockey but don’t think I have ever seen electronic football!

  15. Oh so cool. I wonder who would like it better, the kids or my hubby.

  16. Crystal says:

    I’ll admit–football isn’t really my thing. But with a family full of sports fans, I try to find activities that will keep everyone engaged (myself included) during the game. This would be a lot of fun during half-time.

  17. Tonya says:

    Oh my goodness, my hubby would love this! I can totally see him and my oldest daughter playing this game together. How fun!

  18. Darn.. are you sure that Gatorade is NOT included? That would make this game the BEST ever… 😉 It already looks like a fun game and my guys love Football so I think I know what would be a fun game for them… thanks for a GREAT review and looked like you guys had a blast….

  19. Michelle says:

    I know a few guys that would love this. I’m passing it on.

  20. This so reminds me of some of the games my brother and I had as a kid!

  21. Cia Says says:

    Awesome thing I noticed about this game is that you don’t have to be a die hard football fan to enjoy playing the game. This definitely looks like the perfect game to pass the time away.

  22. LauraOinAK says:

    This looks like a great game for any football fan. Love how the game is going on the TV in the background.

  23. For the gamers who love football–a two for one deal. Not bad.

  24. April says:

    Looks like a fun game, I am sure the teens at my church would love it.

  25. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I root for the Detroit Lions — they were pathetic yesterday but I’m still a fan.

  26. Clemson University, Carolina Panthers, Cowboys

  27. latanya says:

    the dallas cowboys

  28. Christina Moore says:

    My grandson would love this, we are Carolina Panthers fans

  29. Howard Hanshaw says:

    I would love a new board, I have been an avid player for over 30 years. This board will definitely be used in my league play here in KY.

  30. Mary Somerville says:

    In our house we have Browns, Steelers, and Bengals fans- but we all agree on Ohio State!

  31. We root for the Steelers in this household!

  32. Gina Ferrell says:

    The teams we usually root for are LSU and New Orleans Saints.

  33. Birdiebee says:

    I like the 49ers.

  34. DG Middendorf says:

    We hoot and holler for the Cleveland Browns here. I secretly cheer for the Rams too.

  35. Mary Rogers says:

    what a fun giveaway great for any football fan

  36. Jill Myrick says:

    We root for the Carolina Panthers.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  37. Austin Baroudi says:

    I always root for the Pats!

  38. Richard Hicks says:

    I like the Panthers

  39. Rachel says:

    I haven’t heard of this game. Then again, I am not a big football fan. BUT my boys are and they would LOVE this!! 🙂

  40. Samantha says:

    I root for the New York Giants!

  41. Jenn says:

    Oh my hubby and daughter would be all over this one!

  42. That’s a pretty neat game. My little brother plays football and I’m sure he would like it.

  43. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This looks like an awesome game to play with my sons. I just started watching football a couple of years ago. Thanks for sharing.

  44. Debi says:

    Hubby would love this game. He talks about something similar when he was a kid.

  45. Aaron Johnson says:

    The cool thing is that you can also custom paint your own teams and we now have facemasks and chin straps. I have been playing since 1997 and there are leagues all over the country. I was even on ESPN with the game during our Electric Football Super Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. Good stuff!!

  46. Ralph Gonzalez says:

    Were you paid for this review?

    1. Scott says:

      Not at all. As the disclosure at the top of the post describes, we receive a copy of the game to test out, but there is no monetary compensation.

  47. Brandon Woodard says:

    Check out the progression of Electric Football.

    https://youtu.be/ICQsmQq4V14

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