The ‘60s are considered the golden age for a wide range of toys, including board games. Some of them have remained popular since then and are played in the family circle or with friends during the long winter evenings. The entertainment industry was booming with board games of various kinds, as it was the best gift for a kid back then. More and more games were invented in those times in order to give people pleasure and closure of cozy gatherings.
But there are also odd games that we would never understand or enjoy playing. Let’s dug some old catalogs to find out what people used to play 60 years ago. We bet that you will be surprised!
Top 14 Board Games
Being an ancestor of the well-known and widely played game Twister, LOVE is a fun game based on the same mechanics. Players have to spell the word L-O-V-E on the mat with the help of their hands and feet. As the name suggests, this game is full of flirtation and suggestions. It’s really surprising that such a game existed in the mid-century, isn’t it? Today’s parents would have never approved LOVE for their little sprogs. Indeed, the game is more commonly used at the parties of college students nowadays.
This game allows children to test their sense of touch, as they have to put their hands inside the box and try to tell what object they hold. Of course, the objects are hidden, and a player can’t see them. The one who guesses the bigger number of items wins. However, after you play the Feeley Meeley game a couple of times, you learn all the 23 objects included in the package, so you lose interest in it.
The main aim of the game is to find Kelly in Ghostville glowing the parts of the board, as everything is in the dark. On your way, you may encounter little snakes and spooky bats, as well as keys, trees, and feathers. Yeap, Green Ghost quickly became the favorite game of many children and remains legendary till now!
Grab a Loop
This is a quite easy game that even the youngest children can play. One player wears a belt with rings attached to it. He/she needs to run around and don’t let other players rip off the rings. The game lasts until all rings are ripped off. Thus, kids can spend hours in a row chasing each other on the playground. The player who collected more rings than anybody else wins the game!
Bucket of Fun
Here is a perfect game that teaches children that cleaning their toys can be fun. There is an explosive bucket that throws out plastic balls and little buckets fo each player. The task is to gather the bigger number of balls in your bucket. Simple and fun!
Bee Bopper has simple rules: all you have to do is to swat a bee. Firstly, players spin a bee on the spinning card and watch closely where it stops. The spinning mechanism has two colors that coincide with the four colors of bee launchers. Each player also has a color, and when the spinner stops, the one whose color it is has to catch the bee before the launcher. In case of success, the player gets two points. The winner is decided upon the biggest number of points.
The Last Straw
No matter in what century they live, children always adore breaking things. Keeping that in mind, The Last Straw game was created. Children have to load the baskets of a plastic camel with wooden straws in turns until the point when the spine of a poor camel falls apart — the one who adds that last straw loses the game. The game can bring loads of joy to any number of players of any age.
Mr. Spin-Head game consists of an actual spinning head made of plastic and eighteen marbles that players need to put into the clown’s mouth. The machine spins really fast, so it’s a challenge to score at least a couple of them. Obviously, the player with a bigger number of scores wins. It is interesting to point out that the score is counted automatically.
The game is based on the principle that you need to find marbles that are hidden in a bunch of plastic walnuts. Probably, it was a funny way of entertainment for kids of 5 to 12 years because the plot is rather primitive.
Talk to Cecil
Cecil is a hand puppet with a built-in sound unit that allows it to speak. The toy gives commands and directs the game using 11 clues. The package also includes a colorful cardboard puzzle-track, die, playing cards, card rack, and four beany markers. Children at the age of 6-12 were absolutely in love with this innovative board game.
This game probably inspired lots of kids to start a medical career. Indeed, Operation was a real blast in the 1960s. Here you have a battery-operated patient who needs surgery. You have to remove parts of his body and collect money in return. Even though the game may seem simple, the pieces of ailments fit neatly into spaces, so you have to try hard in order to carry out a successful operation.
The Game of Life
Ask your grandparents, they definitely played this game in childhood. It was so popular that almost every family in the USA had a set of it in the house. This 3-D action game allows you to live a full circle of life within a couple of hours. Starting from school and up to retirement, you are to live through it all. Choose the jobs you like, get married, and have children or not. It’s up to you!
Headache was created in the late 1960s and features a board in the shape of a circle with a place for dice in the center. Players have to stack as many cones on top of the cones of opponents as they could. The winner is the one with the bigger number.
Another 3-D game that made a revolution on the market at that time. The whole object of the game is in building a mouse trap correctly and then trap the mouse that belongs to your opponent. The player who catches the mouse first wins the game.