Did You Pop Yer Top For This 1968 Boardgame?

It’s my belief. My personal belief mind you – that board games were quite a bit more popular back in the 60s and 70s. In addition I think that they had a more imaginative approach to the designs of the game. Just a couple of weeks ago I shared that incredible 1979 Alien board game as a case in point.

Having said that I think the 80s had some amazing board games too of course. Many of them were movie tie-in’s like The Goonies. But you also had offerings that relied on other media – like 1988’s Shrieks and Creaks that used an audio cassette.

And it’s a fact there are some INCREDIBLE games being made today. Just off the top of my head I can’t recommend Inis, 7 Wonders, or Betrayal at House on the Hill enough.

Those games however are not exactly designed for children – or furthermore quick to finish. Which is why I try to seek out the older board games. Generally for the use of the arcade but some of them are for my personal collection. Of course looking for worthy games is half the fun and thankfully we have YouTube to help make things a little easier.

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Which is of course how I found this 1968 game from Milton Bradley. Pop Yer Top tasked Players on their turn to take control of the Koo-Koo bird.

Following the steps printed on the board – through two safe zones to reach the winner’s spot. Make sure to check out the degrees Koo-Koo goes to in those safe zones to ensure he doesn’t pop his top.

Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

There are no dice used in the Pop Yer Top. Instead a Player pushes their luck with each press of the wacky bird on the game board.
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The Players have no clue of course at which point Koo-Koo will pop his top.

If that happens the Player must go all the way back to the starting area. I’ve been able to find a few copies of Pop Yer Top for purchase on ebay. They range from a mere $12 to $33. Not a bad price for such a fun game if you ask me.

I really want to thank the always impressive BoardGameGeek for the image used at the top of the post as well as the board itself.

Granted if I do pick up a copy of Pop Yer Top I will have to look into Koo-Koo’s eyes for quite some time. His all-knowing eyes!


Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game

I just spent two weeks out of town for work, and got a little bummed out when I realized I would be on the road driving instead of at home celebrating “Star Wars Day” on May 4th (“May the Fourth be with you”). While driving home I saw a sign for an antique mall that was open on Sunday. Looking for a place to stretch my legs, I pulled off the road and spent a few minutes walking around.

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Oh, sweet serendipity! Finding a vintage Star Wars item for sale — on May the Fourth no less — was just what I needed to lift my spirits (and dent my wallet).

According to Wikipedia, the Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game, released in 1979, was “the first official licensed video game bearing the name Star Wars.” The manual claims “Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game is probably the most exciting computer game you will ever play!”, although based on the game’s 5/10 rating over at BoardGameGeek.com, I suspect that claim might be overstated.

starwarsnut77 has a quick demo of the game in action over on YouTube. You can check it out here:

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G.I. Joe Boardgame: Live the Adventure

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One of my frequent haunts had this G.I. Joe board game for sale for only $9.99. Based on what I could find on BoardGameGeek, it appears players take turns moving a single G.I. Joe character around the board, battling Cobra soldiers using a card-based version of rock-paper-scissors.

If it’s all the same to you, I’ll stick with the Commodore 64 version. Yo, Joe!

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Klix by Tiger

I have always been a big fan of the portable board games of the 80s, as you can see in these earlier posts on Triple Flips and Flipsiders. I recently discovered another set of such portable board games that I hadn’t know about: Klix from Tiger.
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Klix looks to be pretty similar to Triple Flips and Flipsiders. In some ways, Klix seems to be lacking in comparison to these other two brands. It doesn’t seem to have the gimmick they had. In another way, though, it seems to be even better because it had some awesome titles. These titles not only include the horror-themed Gravestalker, which certainly would have caught my attention, but also board game versions of Gauntlet and Double Dragon.
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You can see more pictures of Klix at boardgamegeek.com. You can also find a couple on Ebay, but they are pretty pricey.

Home Alone 2: The Board Game

I enjoy looking at the board game section in my local thrift store, but I rarely buy them — mostly because I’m afraid they’ll be missing pieces or the instructions. This one looked like a good one, so I took my chances.

I have not played it yet, but based on the movies, I’ll bet you have to move around the board and find your family while avoiding the Wet Bandits. Just a guess.