Kids of the 1970s - What Games Do You Remember?

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  1. worldlifesite profile image59
    worldlifesiteposted 13 years ago

    I was raised in the 1970s and had plenty of fun with games.  There was hand held electronic games, board games, all sorts of games.

    I thought it would be fun to get members to write about games they remember and think of a modern day equivalent in a few lines or less.

    1. TMMason profile image60
      TMMasonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Pong, on Atari. Not to mention donkey kong, centipede, pac man, all the old old old old old ones. Man I feel sad and old now. i look at what kids get today for games and toys and feel like I grew up on those wooden carved things inthe rudolph shows.

      I'ma go moap,... I want new toys!!!!

  2. prettydarkhorse profile image56
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    top, those swirling ones when chidlren gather and outdo each other

  3. worldlifesite profile image59
    worldlifesiteposted 13 years ago

    There was this water game.  It came in a case like an ant farm would.  It had these half cirlced pegs stuck at different points on the plexi-glass wall.  You had to push a button to get your ball in the water to the highest peg. I don't recall its name.

    1. profile image53
      mveejayposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Waterful - Ring Toss

  4. drummer boy profile image61
    drummer boyposted 13 years ago

    I remember yard darts, and horseshoes, and chess and checkers and sticks in the yard lol

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    lyricsingrayposted 13 years ago

    Operation - loved that game and Mr Potato Head

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Operation was fun!

  6. Lady Guinevere profile image73
    Lady Guinevereposted 13 years ago

    Twister, Chutes and Ladders, Mousetrap (only the game we played at the end it was waking the father), Cherry Tree or something like that.

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    Audreveaposted 13 years ago

    Guess Who?
    Hungry Hippos
    Trivial Pursuit

  8. Lady Guinevere profile image73
    Lady Guinevereposted 13 years ago

    I forgot one, Chinese Checkers

  9. caravalhophoto profile image60
    caravalhophotoposted 13 years ago

    The World wasn't so rough back then and we lived in a court, the parents usually met in the house to play cards and have drinks, the neighborhood kids played kick-the-can and hide-n-seek until about midnight.  No worries...good times.wink

  10. Lady Guinevere profile image73
    Lady Guinevereposted 13 years ago

    We played Hide and seek at night too and w had no worries of kidnapping or anything else.  My sister would play Tag football with the guys of the neighborhood.

    1. caravalhophoto profile image60
      caravalhophotoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think we were ever in the house, we walked, skated or rode our bikes, played outside till late.  I wish my kids could have enjoyed that luxury, one that is forever gone.  sad

      1. Mitch Rapp profile image60
        Mitch Rappposted 13 years agoin reply to this


        1. caravalhophoto profile image60
          caravalhophotoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Well I should have reworded that...we as kids didn't need to be in the company of an adult at all times, we as kids were able to ride our bikes, skate, walk to the mall on our own with just our friends, we had more freedoms.
          Today, you turn your back for a second and your kid is gone, they are taken out of their homes while sleeping.
          That is the luxury I mean, being a kid, getting into kid trouble, having fun...good times.
          My kids did all those things I mentioned as does my grandchildren, just not until midnight with the neighborhood kids without worry.

          1. Mitch Rapp profile image60
            Mitch Rappposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            It happened just as often as it does now. We only hear about it more now because of the advent of immediate and constant news sources.

      2. Lady Guinevere profile image73
        Lady Guinevereposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        No, my mom used to lock us out of the house as she cleaned she also said that we needed to blow the stink off of us and to play outside.

  11. Mitch Rapp profile image60
    Mitch Rappposted 13 years ago

    What was that thing called that attached to the end of a water hose? Water wiggle? That thing was cool, it flew around and beat the shit out of you, good times damn good times!

  12. Lily Rose profile image85
    Lily Roseposted 13 years ago

    Simon.....and Operation....and Chinese Checkers....and Uno

    1. SimeyC profile image89
      SimeyCposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Woohoo! It was great having a game named after me!!! Fun game too! I was a Rubiks Cube fanatic - loved all those 80s puzzle games..wasted lotsa time in school playing them!

  13. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 13 years ago

    Anyone remember the original "Pong"? We got it one Christmas...and had a blast playing that simple game.

    1. Mitch Rapp profile image60
      Mitch Rappposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yup, kinda slow but kept me enthralled for hours

    2. Lady Guinevere profile image73
      Lady Guinevereposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, but that wasn't until the 80's

  14. TamCor profile image82
    TamCorposted 13 years ago

    Anyone remember Parcheesi...or Racko?  Those were two of my favorites...

    Outside from almost the minute we got up, until bedtime-playing kickball in the churchyard, swimming at the pool, riding bikes, or playing softball with all of the kids in my very small town...we just knew we had to be home when the streetlights started coming on, lol...


  15. Ms Chievous profile image67
    Ms Chievousposted 13 years ago

    I played a lot of Sorry and Uno and Mousetrap. 
    Anyone remember a Titanic board game?  it was in two sections.  You had to navigate through the boat before it sank and get to the lifeboat.  Then you had to navigate in your lifeboat to some islands.  Probably not a very sensitve topic for  a board game, but I remeber having fun playing it.

  16. ddsurfsca profile image73
    ddsurfscaposted 13 years ago

    my grandma and my brothers and I played parchisi, trouble, scrabble, monopoly, clue, and chutes and ladders all the time.  At least 3 or 4 times a week and it was this time that we got to really talk and tell our problems, and got nearer to each other.  It was the best family time I ever had.

  17. caravalhophoto profile image60
    caravalhophotoposted 13 years ago

    Dominos was and is a favorite

  18. worldlifesite profile image59
    worldlifesiteposted 13 years ago

    There was this things you put on your ankle and jump around it for hours.  The magnetic football game, the boxing game where there head went up when you did a knock out, Donkey Kong, Pong, Super Ball, some strange worm like thing that made a whooo whoosh sound when you flung it around in the air.  the metal not plastic slinky.  Street ball, bikes, skates, lots of playing outside.  The magnifying glass and slugs. BB guns.

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image73
      Lady Guinevereposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I ember the things you put on your ankle and kind of like jumproped with it.  We used to play Angel Debil too where one of the kids would swing the rope around a circle and the others would jump it.  We also played jumprope Double Dutch and did some rhymes as we did it.  I think I havea hub to that one, don't recall the name of it right now.  I will have to look that up and post it here.
      Dodgeball was a big one too. We got bikes one year and we rode them everywhere, besides we alsways walke to the store everyday in the summer. 
      Something else I remember playing with--silly putty and Jacks.

  19. Michael Willis profile image67
    Michael Willisposted 13 years ago

    I miss the old board games of the 70's. Like Wahoo, Life, Monopoly (still around), PayDay, Twister, Dating Game (well, that one was my sister's favorite), and there was that one game box that had several games inside. Can't remember the name of that one. My cousins had it and we would bring it out when all the cousins got together.
    Love to play with the old "Slip and Slide!"

  20. Kidgas profile image65
    Kidgasposted 13 years ago

    One of my favorite board games was PayDay, game of Life, Stratego.  I do remember Racko and Mouse Trap was great.

    Times were simpler back then.  My cousins and I would hide and seek in the alleys of Detroit at my grandmother's house.  I would be afraid to do that now.

    We would also play lots of football and wiffleball.

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    Justine76posted 13 years ago

    twister, mousetrap, scattergories(maybe 80's?) sticks, rocks, marbles, smurfs, garfield, rubix cube, backgammon, that gum that would make you go to hell cuz it looked like chewing tobacco, chewing tobacco...oh yeah big league chew....nip em lix, bottle caps.....some of that was candy and not games, but i had alot of alone time...

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    sneakorocksolidposted 13 years ago

    Spin the bottle and baseball.

  23. docrehab profile image60
    docrehabposted 13 years ago


  24. lorlie6 profile image76
    lorlie6posted 13 years ago

    Not exactly a game, but my friends and I adored the neighborhood Slip N Slide!

  25. Lady Guinevere profile image73
    Lady Guinevereposted 13 years ago

    Ha!  I haven't published it yet!  That is something I will work on today!

  26. Ron Montgomery profile image62
    Ron Montgomeryposted 13 years ago

    Rock'em Sock'em Robots



  27. mikelong profile image60
    mikelongposted 13 years ago

    Something you and I can agree on Mason.....

    I used to play my atari all the time....I still have the consoles and games....."combat", "air-sea battle", so many....

    and then there are games today, like "Mass Effect", it's amazing to see what is available today...

  28. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    One of our favorites was "The MAD Magazine Game," the object was (of course) to be the first player to lose all your money. big_smile


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