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Going Retro - Vintage Board Games Your Kids Will Love

by: Sheila Robinson ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

There are many vintage board games that are worth playing. Go old school and revisit some of these past classics.

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    The following are some classic board game favorites you may want to include with your family fun time.

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    Aggravation game   The Aggravation game was released in the early 1980’s. It was originally called “Wahoo" but changed to better suit the game’s popular strategy, which is to “aggravate" opponents by causing them to move their game pieces to their starting position. To win the game, a player needs to move four marble pieces around the board using dice rolls to reach a home base location.

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    Battleship game Battleship is a vintage board game for two players. The object is to sink five of your opponent’s Navy ships. Each player sets up their side of the board by placing their ships in random locations. During play, each person tries to figure out their opponent’s ships positions by guessing coordinates (B7, F8 etc.). This game is suitable for players aged 7 and up.

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    Candy Land

    Candy Land game   This is a family favorite for young kids that are 3 and older. Up to four people can play. The object of the game is to be the first player to reach the Candy Castle (or Home Sweet Home, depending on the version purchased). During each person’s turn, a card is drawn from a pile. The player moves their game piece to the nearest space that matches the color or image on the card drawn. Game play continues until someone reaches the end.

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    Parcheesi board game   Parcheesi is the national board game of India. The game is easy to learn. To win, players need to move all four of their game pieces around the board to the center. The dice rolls determine the number spaces moved during play. Game strategy includes using blockades to prevent other players from getting too far ahead or “bopping" a player’s piece back to their starting position. Parcheesi is suitable for kids aged 6 and up.

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    Risk board game   Risk is a vintage board game about world domination. Players try to occupy every territory on the board, while eliminating all other players. Up to six people can play. The board is a map of six continents that are subdivided into a total of 42 territories. Game play is strategic and can take several hours to play. Risk can be played by kids age 8 and up.

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    Scrabble board game   Scrabble is the classic word board game. During each person’s turn, a player needs to form a word with the letter tile pieces they have in their possession (up to seven). Working like a crossword puzzle, each word must fit on the board in a horizontal or vertical direction to coincide with the existing words already in play. Each letter of the alphabet has different numeric values. Tiles placed on bonus spots on the board can earn a double or triple word score. Game play continues until all of the letter tiles are played, or if no one can create any more words. The player with the highest number of points wins.

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    The images used for this vintage board games article were from the following sources:

    Aggravation board game image by Andrew Tullsen

    Battleship board game image by Richard Morris

    Candy Land board game image by M. Conrad

    Risk board game image

    Scrabble board game image by Matt Robertson

    Parcheesi board game image by John Nyberg

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