One of those simple yet fun games of my childhood was Crossfire by Milton Bradly.


Crossfire is an exercise in simplicity. You’ve got two players, each with a little ramp gun that fires small ball bearings. There are two pucks, which themselves are just little plastic cowls around larger ball bearings. The object of the game is to shoot the pucks and push them into the goal at your opponents side of the board. If you can push both pucks into the goal, you win.

The only issue is that the game hinges on several dozen little tiny ball bearings, which are extremely easy to lose, especially for kids who aren’t very vigilant at making sure they’re put into a baggy or something after every time you play it.

I’m reasonably sure our old crossfire set has about 4 of the bearings left. Luckily, if one wanted to resurrect the game, a bag of 100 11/32″ ball bearings only runs about $10.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?