Before we had video games, there were board games to entertain us. Check out this list of both rare and popular vintage board games from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Do you remember any of them?
Vintage Board Games
Swift Meats Major League Baseball
Year Made: 1957
Swift Meats™ made a baseball board game in 1957 that consisted of 18 cards of real baseball players. The cards were printed in color that you would punch out and use to assemble 3D figures of the players. There was also a paper board used to play a game with the assembled figures.
Be a Manager
Year Made: 1967
Another baseball board game, “Be a Manager” contained a deck of batter and pitcher cards, a playing field made out of cardboard, dice, and a chart to keep track of the hits and runs. The goal was to manage a team and win the baseball game.
Year made: 1995
Created in the mid 1990’s, Keywood was designed for two to five players who have to settle and control six villages. Each player started as a farmer and then bought trade licenses in order to become traders. Each village selected leaders to make decisions about taxes, licenses, and markets, and each time a village was open to a new market, the income doubled. You may not recognize this game, as only 200 were made.
Year made: 1962
In this game, players searched for a secret door within a three-dimensional haunted house. Inside the secret door was a jewel, and whoever found the jewel and successfully escaped won the game. The house was also filled with traps that could send you back a certain number of spaces.
Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur
Year made: 1987
This game consisted of a wind-up dinosaur. Two to four players each had five cavemen in the same color, and they rolled a dice to determine the number of moves on a board. However, if they landed on a dinosaur space, they had to wind-up the green dinosaur, which spun and knocked the cavemen back to the beginning space.
Year made: 1976
“Dragster” had a simple premise: Two players each got four cars in their own lanes and the cars must make it to the finish line when they were flicked with a marble. As the box boasts, it was “the great race game of speed and skill.”
Don’t Wake Daddy
Year made: 1992
Although a newer version came out in the mid-2000’s, the original game dates back to the early 1990’s. Included in “Don’t Wake Daddy” was a board with colored landing spots, a spinner, an alarm clock, and a man in bed. The premise was for the players (the kids) to make it to the kitchen for a late-night snack before waking up the dad. If they landed on a space with a picture, they had to press the alarm clock a certain amount of times and hope that the dad didn’t pop up out of bed.
The Elvis Presley Game
Year made: 1956
This game is a tribute to Elvis Presley and his music. The board was divided into two sections – a blue one for the boys and a pink one for the girls and included 110 question cards about the singer’s life and songs. Players used a spinner to select a card and could only move spaces on the board if they answered the questions correctly, and they had to move backwards if they got the answer wrong. You probably haven’t seen this game recently, as there are very few ones in decent condition that have survived.
The Original Mall Madness
Year made: 1988
This shopping game included a miniature mall board and a voice box which gave directions to players. Although this was the most well-known version, Milton Bradley (now Hasbro) created a similar game that was a portable audio cassette. There was also a new version featuring Hannah Montana, released in 2008.
BONUS: Fox and Geese
Year made: 1830
This hunting game was originally popular in the Middle Ages, but there was an English version that dates back to the mid-1800’s. You likely didn’t have a copy of this game because of how old it is (if you did, hopefully you are still hanging on to it, as there are very few copies and thus it is valuable). As for the premise of the game, there was a cross-shaped board using pegs or marbles, and the fox tries to “kill” the geese by removing them from the board. At the same time, the geese can attempt to capture the fox.
What were some of your favorite games? Do you still have them?
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