Chalk up your pool cues and plug in your air hockey tables, because today we are talking about table sports. The definition of a "table sport", at least for the sake of this article, is a game you play against an opponent or opponents that involves some sort of physical activity or mimics a classic sport.
While this game is more popular than others on the list, nothing is more aggravating than playing against someone who rapidly spins there players with no real motivation to properly play the game. Furthermore, when you play foosball you are gambling your torso health as your opponent can grab your control bars and shove them into you. Yes this game is fun, but there are so many ways it can go wrong from the ball getting stuck in the middle of two rows with no one able to hit it, or hurting your wrist by bending it for too long. Overall foosball rating: 3.5/10.
2. Table Shuffleboard
My main issue with this table top take on a classic game is that you can easily go from shuffleboard to you know... shuffle bored. This game takes little skill as the goal is the knock you opponents off of high scoring numbers while you land your pucks on high scoring numbers. The person with the most points at the end (when all the pucks have been launched) wins. This game is really fun at first but is not a game you would want to play every day, let alone for a long period of time when you do play. Overall table shuffleboard rating: 4.2/10
3. Bubble Hockey
Bubble Hockey has similar controls to Foosball, but instead of the game resembling soccer, it resembles what the name suggests, hockey. These games are pretty rare to see around and are expensive to acquire so playing the game is always a treat. Unfortunately, due to the rarity of being able to play the game it is hard to get very good in a short period of time. This game is incredibly fun to play while you have a table to use, but can cause aggravation if you struggle, plus if you play in a public place a line might form due to the rarity of the game. Overall Bubble Hockey rating: 5.5/10
4. Cup Pong
This table game promotes staying hydrated. Well... that is, if you play with water. Cup pong (one of the best iMessage games if I may add) is a party game for everyone. All you have to do is throw a ping pong ball in a cup. While this game may be frequently played with beer, alcohol is certainly not necessary to have a good time playing this game. This game makes for a great time playing with a friend against a rival duo, and is a perfect tournament game for a long party. Overall Cup Pong rating: 6.8/10
The stripes against solids rivalry is one that all ages enjoy. While this game seems to have more popularity for current college students parents, this game is great for anyone who can wield a pool stick. You have to hit the cue ball into your set of balls (stripes or solids) to knock them into pockets on the table to win. This game keeps your mind sharp as you have to use some physics concepts such as trajectory and momentum. The fun and tension also simultaneously rise if the 8 Ball almost gets knocked in too early causing someone to lose. Overall Pool rating: 7.6/10
6. Ping Pong
I am not going to lie. This game takes some serious skill. The table sport in in the Olympic Games! Often referred to as table tennis, Ping Pong is a game that involves a lot of speed, focus, and hand eye coordination. This game is a great game to start fresh playing with a friend as both of you can work your way up to be great players. If you play indoors, it is also comical to hit the ball off of literally anything and keep the game going until the ball starts to roll on the floor. My main complaint, is that if you play against someone of a better skill level, your chances of doing well at all are incredibly slim. Overall Ping Pong rating: 8.4/10
7. Air Hockey
Unlike Bubble Hockey, this game does not strongly resemble its eponymous big name sport. This game requires the table to be plugged in for air, but using some electricity is definitely worth all of the fun this game provides. Some tables have four players, while most only have two, but this wonderful game of hitting a puck into the goal on the opposite side of the table, while blocking your opponent from doing the same task is boatloads of fun. You can play this with anyone for hours on end, and most tables keep score for you. The only downfall is that if it gets too heated, pucks can fly off the table and hit players or innocent bystanders which is obviously not safe. Air Hockey is by far the best table sport regardless. Overall Air Hockey rating: 9.7/10