By Margaret Duncan, Ed.D.
support the idea of incorporating board-games into your personal life as well
as in the classroom. As such, we are
constantly on the lookout for games that we can play for fun. Recently, I was able to play different “old
school” games, many from my childhood. Indeed, I spent hours playing Clue and Battleship. To this day, Clue is one of my favorite games--it hasn't changed over the years and I enjoy it as much today as I did when I was twelve. Like Clue, some of the games hold up
well and are just as fun to play today as twenty or thirty years ago, some not so much.
Let us take a trip down memory lane.
This dexterity and
shape recognition game pits players to be the quickest to fit all the shapes
into the matching holes in the tray that pops up. Set the timer, and press down the tray. Are
you quick enough to match all 25 shapes before time runs out and the pieces go
POP? A snap to learn, Perfection is tough to play. The board for the game is a 5x5 grid with 25
Battleship, Milton Bradley
Each player deploys
his ships (of lengths varying from 2 to 5 squares) secretly on a square grid.
Then each player shoots at the other's grid by calling a location. The defender
responds by "Hit!" or "Miss!". You try to deduce where the
enemy ships are and sink them. First to do so wins. Players call out from 1 to 5 shots at a time
depending on the amount of ships the player has left Players each start off
with 5 ships, so they start off with 5 shots. As ships are sunk, the players
get fewer shots. This version of the game is closer to the original
pencil-and-paper public domain game.
Snake Eyes, Selchow & Righter
A casino game that
is open to any number of players. The game has levers labeled from one to nine.
Initially all the levers are in the 'up' position. The first player rolls two dice. They then
knock down the levers as dice are rolled.
The player's score is the total value of the numbers left uncovered. All
the levers are then raised again, and play passes to the next player.
Trial of the Century, Companion Games
A spoof of
the legal system, the media, and law & order. Players (as lawyers for the
prosecution or defence) attempt to win their case while hindering the case of
the other players. The humour comes from the illustrations, and the game
mechanics. Based on the O.J. Simpson-trial, complete with a bloody glove card.
Careers, Parker Brothers
Devised by sociologist
James Cooke Brown, players have set victory conditions in order to win. A
secret "Success Formula" consists of a minimum amount of fame,
happiness and money that the player must gain. Players set their own victory
conditions before the game begins. Victory points can be obtained more quickly
on occupation paths and each has more opportunities for certain types of
victory points than others.
Clue, Parker Brothers
For generations, around the world, Mr. Boddy has met his end
at the hand of one of six infamous suspects in this family game. As you search
the mansion's nine rooms and secret passages, be on the lookout for those
murderous suspects. And watch out for those deadly weapons. The mystery changes
every time you play. If you can collect the right clues and make the right
deductions, you'll solve the mystery and win.
descriptions are from the manufacturer.