I have always been a fan of games, certainly I was bit by the electronic gaming bug early but I’ve never shaken the desire to collect and play board and card games. Not just vintage games mind you but the latest offerings like Sherwood and the Mars Attacks dice game!
I of course however have a very fond spot in my heart for those board games of my youth that for one reason or another I wasn’t able to obtain back in the day. Like 1985’s The Goonies from Milton Bradley…which to be quite honest I don’t recall ever seeing before stumbling on it today over on Board Game Geek.
The object of the game is to be the first player to escape the fiendish traps and tunnels of One Eyed Willy with your treasure crystal and to avoid the Fratelli gang naturally.
Each player takes on the role of their favorite Goonie (I call dibs on Data!) and try to move them across the paths of the game board which have regular spaces and encounter spaces. The instructions on Board Game Geek state that the regular spaces are considered the white stone, gold doubloons and the treasure crystal spots found in the Pirate Ship Cavern. With the encounter spaces on the board being the colored stones in Chester Cobblepot’s Chamber, Under the Wishing Well, Cannonball Chamber, One Eyed Willy’s Skull Room, and the Pipe Organ Chamber.
Depending on which card you pull in the Encounter area you might be faced with a Fratelli gang member and be sent to the last doubloon space you encountered…or basically you have to go back to the start of that encounter space. Thankfully the Goonies might have an ace up their sleeve if they hold the matching colored slide card to avoid the encounter or the all powerful Data card!
So while I’m busy looking for this board game on Ebay why don’t you share your favorite board game memories in our comments?