Children's fortune teller games have been around for many decades. Some early arcade gaming machines, such as Oracles and Zoltar machines, are fortune teller games that give the user an answer to their question. There are other fortune teller games that children can play at home, including Ouija boards, magic 8 balls and tarot cards.
Magic 8 Ball
A magic 8 ball is a children's toy that is used as a fortune telling game. The ball, usually made of plastic to look like a pool table ball, is filled with liquid and fortune telling dice. The user holds the ball and asks a question or makes a wish. Next the user shakes the ball and flips it over. The answer appears in a small window in the liquid filled centre of the ball as one side of a die floats to the surface at the window. The phrases written on the sides of the dice vary based on who manufactures the magic 8 ball and whether or not it is a special edition ball, such as one for Halloween that has seasonally appropriate sayings as answers to the user's questions.
An Ouija board is a board game that can be purchased through most toy retailers. To play, two or more players each must place two fingers lightly on the sides of the indicator while the indicator is in a neutral position on the board. The indicator moves across the board to spell out answers to the players' questions or to give the players a "yes" or "no" answer.
The Internet gives children the opportunity to go online and play fortune teller games such as the Bratz Fortune Teller and Girls Go Games' Online Daily Fortune Teller. These games are electronic and give answers based on a predetermined list of answers already put into the game's programming. An online fortune teller game usually asks the player to type in her first name and either type in or concentrate on a question while pressing a button. The automatically generated response is the player's answer to her question.
Tarot cards are an old fortune telling game loosely based on the use of ancient runes for fortune telling. These cards have four suites, much like playing cards, and also feature a major arcana. The player asks the cards a question and then selects cards randomly from the deck which they lay out and turn over to determine the meaning. Each card has several different meanings relative to the type of question asked and its position in the layout. The meaning of cards can also vary slightly with the personal interpretation of the player.