If you were around for the arcade craze of the 80's, you no doubt have seen a coin pusher at some point. Basically, a traditional coin pusher is a machine loaded with quarters or whatever tokens the arcade used with a mechanical "broom" that pushes back and forth at the back of the machine. The goal of the game is to drop a quarter in to the machine, and when it gets pushed forward it pushes all the other coins in front of it forward, hopefully resulting in said coins falling to the collection tray below.

Here is a video I found on YouTube of a real coin push machine in action:

While I'm sure there are more games with similar gameplay mechanics on the App Store, the big three seem to be Dungeon & Coin, Coin Push Frenzy, and Coin Dozer. Each have their strengths and weaknesses, but they're all free so you might as well just download them all if you're remotely interested. All of the games work in a similar manner in that you start with an allotment of coins, you drop them in to the game, then you can either wait for your coins to recharge or you can buy more via an in-app purchase.

When you take a game like a coin pusher machine and compact it down to the iPhone, quite a bit is lost in translation. Coin pushing machines invoke the same emotion as gambling in that you could just be one coin away from starting a massive coin avalanche, or in the case of the video above, making a $5 bill drop in to the collection tray. This feeling is extremely difficult to duplicate with an iPhone game especially since all the prizes are virtual, and feel entirely meaningless in comparison.

Because of this, I really don't recommend buying more coins in any of the games. Only having five coins left and strategically dropping them to try to get more is a lot more fun than I originally thought it would be, and having to wait to get more coins really makes you think about how you're going to use the existing coins you have more. In comparison, once I bought a bucket full of coins as an in-app purchase for a couple bucks, I just started spamming them everywhere because I had so many. Managing a limited pool of coins is just much more fun.

Dungeons and Coin, Free An odd conglomeration of a coin push machine and light RPG elements. You battle monsters by pushing coins of the edge, and unlike the other two games, you're not limited by the amount of coins you can chuck in at once-- often resulting in hilarious coin explosions as the physics engine tries to figure out what to do.

Coin Push Frenzy, Free Packed with the best graphics and physics of the three, Coin Push Frenzy has a bunch of different power-ups, collectable prizes, and additional unlockable coin pusher machines. Currently there seems to be some bugs that effect coin generation, but Freeverse is aware of the issue and an update is on the way but in the meantime putting your device to sleep and waking it back up again should make coins appear.

Coin Dozer, Free Downloaded over 2.5 million times, Coin Dozer has been somewhat of a sensation in Asian App Store markets. With gameplay very similar to Coin Push Frenzy, I like that you can actually see what prizes are coming up instead of just spawning mysterious chests or boxes like the other two games.

I've been enjoying all three of these games much more than I thought I would when I first caught wind of them. Like all freemium games, they're designed to be played randomly throughout the day, and it's fun loading up the various games, dropping a few coins, and seeing what you get. If you remember staring at real coin push machines in the 80's with wide eyes, dropping pocket full of coins and getting nothing but a few coins back, definitely give these games a try.

  • Noman

    Wow, I just got completely addicted to one of these at our county fair last week, maybe these will give me a free solution to my problem.

  • Noman

    Wow, I just got completely addicted to one of these at our county fair last week, maybe these will give me a free solution to my problem.

  • Alf

    You forgot Cookie Dozer.

  • Alf

    You forgot Cookie Dozer.

  • JCat

    Played all four (includes Cookie Dozer) and they're all fun in different ways, however, Coin Push Frenzy is by far my favorite of the group. It seems to be the most balanced out of the bunch. Dungeons and Coins is a blast, but can get choppy when the table fills. It's got mini battles and things to earn for your character, but it's not as polished as the others. Coin Dozer and Cookie Dozer are both very well done and somewhat fun, but not much incentive other than winning prizes (or cakes, pastries..in Cookie D.). Both of these games have the slowest refill rate on coins, so expect very short visits after you deplete your main stash. Coin Push Frenzy is very fair with coin replenishing, especially when you're not playing. There's lots of mystery crates that reveal prizes, but the real key is trying to complete sets to win more coins and unlock the two other coin-dropping machines.

    They're all free so go for it.. oh and Dungeons and Coins will give you tons of coins and crazy generous refills, so it doesn't feel as rewarding, but your aim is to beat level battles.

  • JCat

    Played all four (includes Cookie Dozer) and they're all fun in different ways, however, Coin Push Frenzy is by far my favorite of the group. It seems to be the most balanced out of the bunch. Dungeons and Coins is a blast, but can get choppy when the table fills. It's got mini battles and things to earn for your character, but it's not as polished as the others. Coin Dozer and Cookie Dozer are both very well done and somewhat fun, but not much incentive other than winning prizes (or cakes, pastries..in Cookie D.). Both of these games have the slowest refill rate on coins, so expect very short visits after you deplete your main stash. Coin Push Frenzy is very fair with coin replenishing, especially when you're not playing. There's lots of mystery crates that reveal prizes, but the real key is trying to complete sets to win more coins and unlock the two other coin-dropping machines.

    They're all free so go for it.. oh and Dungeons and Coins will give you tons of coins and crazy generous refills, so it doesn't feel as rewarding, but your aim is to beat level battles.

  • eheh

    Calling this type of machine a game is a pretty big stretch IMO.

  • eheh

    Calling this type of machine a game is a pretty big stretch IMO.

  • Josh

    I am downloading Dungeons and Coins since I didnt know about that one. Coin Dozer so far is the best over Coin Push Frenzy since the physics in Coin Push Frenzy suck. The coins have no weight and they are made of ice. You cannot get any kind of stacking in that game.

    As for the video at my fair they would tape money on the edges to make it look like it is about to fall. This way you would waste a lot of money trying to get it to fall which it never will.

  • Josh

    I am downloading Dungeons and Coins since I didnt know about that one. Coin Dozer so far is the best over Coin Push Frenzy since the physics in Coin Push Frenzy suck. The coins have no weight and they are made of ice. You cannot get any kind of stacking in that game.

    As for the video at my fair they would tape money on the edges to make it look like it is about to fall. This way you would waste a lot of money trying to get it to fall which it never will.

  • Steverd

    Yeah, I was also going to say, Don't forget Cookie Dozer. My wife loves that game and doesn't like cookie dozer.. Must be the theme!!

  • Steverd

    Yeah, I was also going to say, Don't forget Cookie Dozer. My wife loves that game and doesn't like cookie dozer.. Must be the theme!!

  • Susie Duke

    Does anyone know why the sound has gone off on my Coin frenzy game?

    • just me

      because yo turnedyour phone to silent mode

  • http://www.eaglenationalmint.com/Coins/Silver silver bullion

    These are really mind blowing games forever. But among them "Dungeons and Coin" are really just amazing to play. The features and content of this game are really so cool.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2G4ONUJSO5KGXHUIFTUONNXBO4 Amanda

    can anyone tell me if they have this game for my pc im having problems so far i only see it for cell phones

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2G4ONUJSO5KGXHUIFTUONNXBO4 Amanda

    can someone tell me where do i go to get this game for my pc so far i only see it for cell phones and they sending me everywhere on the web