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Board Games: Remember These? Did You Ever Play These?

Updated on February 18, 2015

Board Games I Played Growing Up

I loved playing games as a kid and still do now. But I wanted to bring back some memories of what I think may be games that people don't always remember. We know those like Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk. And maybe even remember Careers, Battleship, Mastermind, and Stratego.

But I also remember playing Mille Bornes, Masterpiece, Clobber, Bonkers, and Dynamite Shack. Maybe you do too and want to reminisce a little.

Thanks for visiting. and please comment and take a poll or two.

Games where something happened if you made the wrong move or were too slow

These games like Numbers Up, Perfection (and if that wasn't hard enough Superfection), Jaws, and Dynamite Shack all had a time limit to complete the task or else the timer would go off. With Perfection and Superfection the board would spring up and the pieces came flying in the air. Dynamite Shack made a bomb noise that scared every kid that played. Who could beat the timer with those crazy thumbs you had to wear?

Other games like Breaking Point, Don't Break the Ice, and Ker Plunk involved not being the person who collapsed the playing board.

With Breaking Point you had these balls on the tip of a stick that you had to place on these other hanging sticks (which had balls stuck to them).

It's hard to explain, but basically you didn't want to be the one that caused all the balls to fall. With Don't Break the Ice you hammered at the ice cubes but didn't want to be the one that made the guy fall.

There was another game that I can't find the name of. You blew up a balloon put it under the box that had holes in it. Then it had a hammer and spikes and everyone took turns hammering their spike into the holes. You didn't want to be the one that popped the balloon. I remember being scared when the balloon popped. If anyone knows the name, please comment below.

Move your pawn around the board type games - Do you remember these?

These are games I actually owned. Well except one. My friend had Ice Cube. As I remember it was quite a mess. Water getting everywhere and the salt station was nasty. But we were kids, we loved making a mess. Some of these other games I still have & have been playing with my own kids.

In Whosit, no one wants to be the Censor, she always has to say "No" and everyone figures out who you are pretty quickly. Bonkers is a neat game. Like the commercial used to say "Bonkers is once, Bonkers is twice, Bonkers is never the same game twice." That's because you put game pieces on the board to tell players how many spaces to go. My kids like this game.

I just pulled out Game of the States to make sure the kids know where the US states are. And Mille Borne is a fun card game (I know not actually a board game) that is still fun to play. You have to play mileage cards to accumulate points, while others try to stop you by placing accidents and other hazards on you.

The games bring back good memories of family times, camping, and just having fun as a kid. Now I can build new memories with my own kids using some of these same games.

Games I bought for my kids because I had always wanted them

It's funny, I always wants Mouse Trap and Hungry Hungry Hippos as a kid but never got them. So of course I bought them as presents for my own kids. Mouse Trap was fun, but there is no way the kids could set it up correctly at age 6. Now that they are 9 and 10 they could play the game just fine. But they aren't really interested anymore. Hungry Hungry Hippos is kind of cute. However after playing it with my kids I realized that the same problems that existed in the 70's exist today. The balls get jammed in the mouth and the heads fall off.

I never had Connect Four either, but we have it now. Only I think I bought the knock off version of it. It's still a fun game to take camping or just to leave set up on a table to see who starts playing. People can't resist.

I bought the Rockem Sockem Robots for my nephew. Apparently the heads broke easily, so I never got that one for our family, LOL.

Well feel free to browse at some more pictures, take some polls, and sign the guest book. Maybe add some games that you played that you think are obscure.

Did you own or ever play any of these games?

I'm curious how odd these games really are. Maybe more people played these then I realize.

select your favorite, then comment below on the others you played

Did you own or ever play any of these games? If so select favorite

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Poll: Did you ever buy these because you didn't have it as a kid?

Lets see if you bought any games just because you didn't have them as a kid.

Did you ever buy these for your child or someone else, just because you didn't have it?

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Poll Module: Game Shows

Then there were games based on TV game shows.

The ones listed were board games from the 80's or earlier.

select Favorite, and write others in comment section

Did you ever play any of these board games based on game shows? select Favorite

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Games on Amazon

There are so many, but here are some you can still buy

Mille Bornes; Parker Brothers French Auto Race Card Game(1962 Vintage)
Mille Bornes; Parker Brothers French Auto Race Card Game(1962 Vintage)

The game was created in 1954 by Frenchman Edmond Dujardin, and was quite similar to the earlier American automotive card game Touring. A key innovation was the addition of the coup-fourré, whereby bonus points are earned by holding back a safety card (such as the puncture-proof tire) until an opponent plays the corresponding hazard card (in this case, the flat tire).


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      5 years ago

      I guess European games are a bit different, I don't know. Uno is the one we play a lot but most of these are not so famous here and I don't think can be found in stores. But yes, I did buy more than one game to my girls just because I didn't have it as a kid :)

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      6 years ago

      The game with the balloon inside the box and spikes you hammered in was called Bang Box.

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      7 years ago

      Great legins, I love old games

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      7 years ago

      Wow - far too many games that I have not played. I must rectify this - blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      We have played many of these games! Thanks for the memories! Squid Angel blessed!

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      Heather Bradford 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I was getting really upset with my kids for not looking after their games like we used to. Than on a visit to mums we cleaned out the games cupboard and I realised how sturdy the boxes were (like cardboard wood!!) and what great quality they were. The modern ones are cheap imitations and very junky. It's a shame! They won't stand the test of time to pass down the enjoyment although I guess we'll have computer versions ;-( Very enjoyable lens! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Great trip down memory lane!

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      8 years ago

      Too much fun! Thanks for sharing!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice lens

    • glsonn profile image


      8 years ago

      Our kids had a few of these games, but in the past few years we've come to love Euro board games much more.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I bought Hungry Hippos for my son when he was young, but we didn't have that when I was little. Biggest problem was the noise, it's not a good game to play when you have a headache.

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      Sue Mah 

      8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      I love board games and like you I still do. In fact I still have the sets that I used to play when I was younger. You have some board games I haven't tried yet which makes me want to add them to my wish list.

    • kathysart profile image


      8 years ago

      Lot of interaction on your lens.. fun!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      We were a big board game and cards playing family -- and this continued with my own children. Many of your listed games are very familiar to me and such fun to be reminded. Lensrolled to my Board Games, Card Games & Puzzles lens. :)

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      8 years ago

      Very nice!! These are some cool games!

    • cinstress profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @BlakeCzirr: LOL!

      I can't believe some of these were at my mom's still & I brought them home to play with my kids.

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      Blake Czirr 

      8 years ago

      I played perfection and ice cube and some of the others; these are clearly the machinations of a criminal mastermind. cinstress, we are going to need to see your PAPERS!

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      PastorSam LM 

      8 years ago

      memories are fun.

      Nice lens


    • I-sparkle profile image


      8 years ago

      I loved this lens. I had forgotten all about Masterpiece. Our cable went out twice last week, and my husband and I were playing Monopoly! It was pretty cool. Great work. I loved this memory.

    • cinstress profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @ToddleTees LM: I'll add Buckaroo to the poll... I forgot about that one. Thanks!

      there were so many games back then to choose from.

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      ToddleTees LM 

      8 years ago

      I must be from the same era as Othercat... I didn't know any of the first batch of games, but then they all started looking familiar! Great job on a lens that spotlights the less obvious games. But where's Buckaroo?! :)

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      8 years ago

      At first I thought I wouldn't know a single game on this lens, but then you got to the games from my era. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


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