Best Baby Boomer Games
Back in the day...
In the days before personal computers and Internet connections, before video game console or personal gaming devices, our gaming fun usually came out of a box.
Baby Boomer games and toys are certainly long-lost treasures for many grandparents today. The holiday season is a terrific time to bridge the generation gap(s) and bring some nostalgic fun to the game table!
I recently enjoyed a wet and chilly weekend with my grandson - playing board games! Usually being stuck indoors would bring complaints of boredom or out came the electronic gaming system, iPod, or another personal computing device. I figured we were on to something good when the electronics were put aside for some good old fashioned fun.
For the upcoming holiday season, start a new tradition of enjoying family time with the following classics from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s!
After more than a decade, Mickey ceased to be "Top Mouse" with the introduction of Mouse Trap!
Ideal introduced this build-it-yourself board game in the spring of 1963. By Christmas the game had sold out.
Much of the success of Mouse Trap was due to the interesting and fresh format of the board game. In the early 1960s games were about owning property or making money. Classic games involved taking away game pieces or sending them down a chute. Mouse Trap was different, it wasn't even about winning!
Mouse Trap had the traditional elements of moving game pieces around the board, however, there was an added element which often made the game hilarious. This was the challenge of constructing a Rube Goldberg type of device from an assortment of molded plastic pieces. Once done, the contraption was set into a chain reaction of motion!
Mouse Trap Commercial
As Seen on TV
Johnny Carson, host of "The Tonight Show" introduced Twister as a prop during the appearance of Hollywood star, Eva Gabor. As a result it is thought that many young men considered purchasing the game as they imagined themselves twisting with the actress!
Twister was a 1966 hit for the Milton Bradley Company. Originally called "Pretzel" by game inventor Reyn Guyer, the name was changed to reflect the "twist-and-shout" generation!
The original board game "Cluedo" takes us back to 1949 England where the murder game was patented by Anthony E. Pratt.
Your classic menu for a "who done it?" mystery in a board game format.
Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick? Popular since the 1950s and 1960s, Parker Brothers drew upon the detective stories on television in the creation of the "Clue" board game.
Everybody loves a good mystery and a combination of paying attention to the clues while employing the science of deduction, this board game has remained so popular through the years that it has inspired a movie and a video game. Still, there is nothing like the original, complete with metal weapons!
Clue at YouTube
Hope for better days!
This game was first created in the Great Depression, with hope for better days ahead!
This classic game of wealth and property has developed into dozens of special interest and themed editions!
Hard times with the hope for better days may have inspired the ultimate game about wealth and winning it all!
During the Great Depression Charles B. Darrow created a homemade board game where acquiring real estate was the path to monetary wealth.
Parker Brothers originally rejected the game. After watching Darrow successfully selling the game through Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, Parker Brothers reconsidered, releasing the board game in 1935.
In the years since, Monopoly has taken to many forms from a Christmas edition to National Parks and on and on!
Monopoly at YouTube
A Family Favorite
No doubt Ker Plunk will still bring fun to the after-dinner holiday dining table!
I can still remember receiving my first Ker Plunk game for Christmas in 1967!
What I remember best is the family sitting around the table together after our holiday meal. We are a family of faming enthusiasts and Ker Plunk presented a fresh, new way to play. Rather than rolling the dice and counting spaces we were pulling sticks and hoping the balls didn't fall!
No doubt this game of hand-eye coordination and strategy will bring laughter to the after-dinner holiday dining table again this year!
Ker Plunk at YouTube
Favorite Classic Games
Do you remember these classic games?
Which classic family game is your favorite?
Your Suggestions at Amazon - Part One
Thank you for voting in the poll and comments. The following are favorite games from those of you who have shared more favorite boomer games!
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More nostalgic games!
Warman's 101 Greatest Baby Boomer Toys
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