Fat Chance Board Game

Fat Chance Board Game

The recent post on Stuff Yer Face reminded me of a thematically similar game I played a ton (sorry) as a kid. It was a seemingly obscure, and, by modern standards, somewhat politically incorrect game my aunt had at her house called “Fat Chance.”

From the box:

Fat Chance is a rollicking game for children that nutrition-conscious parents will love. Players move Fat Man pawns around the colorful game board trying to collect as FEW junk food pounds as possible. But the temptations are many and it’s hard to resist “pie a la mound”, “mozzarella mess”, “sunday driver” and the “tube steak special” (sic). What a combination – Ugh! Just imagine what you’ll feel like after stuffing yourself with all that junk! (yuk!) If you are lucky, though, you’ll be able to sweat off some of those pounds in the steam bath. Then if you challenge another Fat Man to a Weigh-In, he’ll be the one to flip down the scale not you. What a relief because the fewer pounds you gain the better your chances are of winning the game of Fat Chance.

According to boardgamegeek.com, the game was only made in 1978,so I don’t imagine it was much of a hit. In fact, I don’t recall anyone else I knew having a copy at their house. Did anybody else have it or remember playing it? Certainly someone else must remember this groovy art style that screams “seventies!”

I honestly don’t remember many of the details about the game, but after reading the above, I distinctly recall that we played the game in precisely the opposite way in our family. The object was to get your “fat man” as full of the little “fat food” tokens (from the “Fat Food Fridge”) as possible. The player who weighed the most at the end always won. This seemed to work out, so I assume the rules functioned OK playing in our unique way. Either that or my family was just humoring the kids.

And FYI, I’m currently resisting the urge to Google up a recipe for “Mozzarella Mess.”

Watch this review of the Fat Chance Board Game


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6 thoughts on “Fat Chance Board Game

  1. Drahken says:

    Heh, does that actually say “tube steak” in the description of a children’s game? That is just soooooooo wrong. ;)

  2. ChristieLea says:

    Never heard of this-but I DO recall our dentist gave us a game with a similar theme. It was a variation on Snakes and Ladders, with candy for the snakes and toothbrushes for the ladders. As I recall, we ALSO played the game backwards (candy was up, toothbrushes were down)…which is probably why nutritional board games never caught on.

  3. Belinda says:

    We had this game, and my sister and I played it often. We also tried to stuff the fat man as full as possible with the little yellow tablet-like disks. Good stuff. We also liked to play Cat’s Eye–did you know that one?

  4. Susan Boswell says:

    Desperately seeking Fat Chance board game for grandchildren. They’ve decided only Santa can bring it. I’m dished if I don’t find it.

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