High striker rental, also known as a strength tester, or strongman game, is an attraction used in field day events, birthdays office parties and carnivals. It operates by utilizing the lever where one end holds a puck attached to the tower and the other end is struck by the person or contestant using a hammer or mallet. The aim of players is to ring the bell suspended on top of the tower. If the lever is struck with enough force, the puck will rise high enough to hit the bell, indicating a success. Modern versions use a spring-loaded version of the lever, others use an enclosed striking mechanism. Operators entice people to try the high striker with phrases such as: “Step right up!”,”Test your strength!”, or “Who are the men out of the boys?”
High strikers are available for rental at fundraisers. It gives operators an advantage because there are no power requirements to use it. The ease of use allows for a long queue of contestants with a short waiting time. Some models are mobile; they have wheels under the base and can easily be moved from one location to another. Some high strikers may be moved indoors when the weather does not permit outdoor use. High strikers are also frequently rented for school events and town celebrations. People usually go to the high striker in the hopes of hitting the bell hard to get the attention (and possibly admiration) of the crowd. Prizes such as stuffed toys are awarded to individuals who succeed.
It has strong appeal to individuals in their youth because it offers a display of strength.
Young boys use the high striker to determine who among them is the strongest. More often than not, high strikers are used to impress other people.