Oh yeah! Released in 1979, it’s Parker Brothers’ wacky werewolf game! You just gotta rescue Pugsy from Fangface as you travel with the gang. With spaces marked “THROW FINGERS”, “YOU ARE SAFE FOR NOW”, and “GO BACK TO RESCUE PUGSY”, this exciting, fast-paced game keeps you on the edge of your seat. Be the first player to travel the path of adventure with Biff, Kim, Pugsy and Sherman “Fangs” Fangsworth and reach the very end. But watch out along the way
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Vintage Spinner and Playing Pieces
One day in an antique store, we found a stack of what can only be described as low-budget board-type games. As careful as we thought we were, some of the game “boards” were brittle and almost fell apart by the mere act of handling them. There’s a list of the games below.
Here are the playing pieces that seem common to all the games, at least those games that require a spinner and only two tokens, or “men” to play. The red spinner pictured here is made from thin cardboard with a painted metal rivet in the center. The buttons (tokens, men) you see are made of wood. Suggestions in the games requiring more than two tokens are for the players to use “beans” or “buttons”.
Whirl-It spinning top game box
Parker Brothers issued the Whirl-It game at a time when other games such as BLOCK, PIT, Sherlock Holmes and ROOK cost fifty cents. I know this to be true because on the Rules For Playing Whirl-It, a statement near the bottom of the instruction booklet indicates the cards for these games are obtainable from all leading retail dealers, or they will be mailed by the publishers on receipt of this price, fifty cents each.
Whirl-It comes in a 6” square box that houses everything you need to play:
Selright Go For Broke Board Game
“The Game of Spend a Million: Losers strike back! Players will find that splurging a million dollars is harder than they think.”
Go For Broke is a game that was originally produced in 1965 by Selchow and Righter. The object of the game is to be the first player to go broke. Players are dealt $1 million to start out with and have to spend as much as they can, as quickly as they can. The money is spent on bad bets at the casino, the stock market, and the racetrack. Players can also give money to the poor house.
Transogram’s Dragnet Board Game
“Just the facts, ma’am.” In true vintage form, this game is best described on the side of the box:
Do you have the instincts of a detective? Are you adept at interrogation, clever at deduction? You are! Then you must play this drama-packed game!
Here it is! – A realistic and exciting game of skill, deduction and luck for teenagers and adults, based on “DRAGNET,” famous on Radio, TV and in the movies.
From 2 to 6 “Sergeant Fridays” will thrill to the manhunt as they are thrown right into the middle of an authentic police action! The board is an aerial view of the big city, and you will be part of the chase through its streets.
Fingers Harry Board Game by Topper Toys
Fingers Harry, the vintage cops and robbers board game, was made in the 1960s, and was one of the few board games manufactured by Topper Toys. The Topper Toys brand of the Deluxe Reading Company used mainly print advertising and television commercials. Not surprisingly, this game comes with an “As Seen on TV” stamp.
Transogram’s Perry Mason Board Game
Perry Mason, a master attorney, is the main character in a series of novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner. The “Perry Mason” TV series premiered in 1957 and starred Raymond Burr. Raymond Burr appears on the cover of Transogram’s board game of the same name. An overview of the Perry Mason board game is best described from the included instruction sheet:
“Perry Mason, the famous lawyer-detective, has a full calendar of mystery detective cases to solve: The Case of the Stuttering Stenographer, The Case of the Terrified Kitten, and others.
The year was 1964. The game was Probe. “…the most provocative game of words since the invention of the alphabet.” So states the back of the box of Parker Brothers’ trademarked game of words.
There is room for two, three or four players with a single set, or you could combine two sets for up to eight players. This is a game of Hangman on steroids. This is a game of strategy. Parker Brothers says that played aggressively, this is a true party game for any number of people.