So I heard that Monopoly has updated their iconic game pieces. Gone is the boot, wheelbarrow, and thimble. New to the game (literally) is a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a rubber ducky, and a penguin.
Growing up with only brothers – as you could imagine – the race car always went first. The thimble never touched the board because we didn’t know what it was. Me, never getting the race car – I settled for the top hat or the Scottie terrier.
What was your favorite piece?
Of course, I’m sure just about everyone had Monopoly. The banker had to be a trusted person. And buying houses was a given. Buying a hotel – what’s a mortgage? And naturally, everyone wanted to be the first to scoop up Park Place and Boardwalk as those were worth the most when your opponents landed on them. Remember the railroads and utilities? And the Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card. It was like gold. Many memories of playing Monopoly.
Since we’re speaking of board games, what small-kid-time board games did you play?
I remember my mom buying me Hi-Ho Cherry O. Part of the fun was flicking the arrow spinner with my finger. And in order to win the game, you MUST shout out “HI-HO CHERRY O!”.
I remember receiving the game Trouble for Christmas. That dome thing in the middle that you had to press down to tumble the die was the best! And IIRC, there was another game that used that same dome thing. I guess Hasbro figured they might as well capitalize on the gizmo.
How about Battleship? Oooh, that one required some thinking and logic. Made my head sore. But unlike Hi-Ho Cherry O where the winner shouts something out, Battleship required the loser to shout out “YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!”.
Stratego was another one of those games that made my head hurt.
One game that I never had – but wanted – was Operation. We probably never got it because it required batteries. But I remember playing it once at a cousin’s house. It was a fun game. I’d like to see some MLCers playing that game now! Hands aren’t as steady as they used to be. LOL
What small-kid-time board games do you remember playing? Did you have a favorite? Maybe one that you were the all time board game King (or Queen) of? Share your board game memories with us.