Wednesday, August 27, 2008

In Which I Play Games

Have you ever had a random memory pop into your head? One that you didn't even think you remembered until you remembered it? For some unknown reason, my mind pulled down from the attic an old childhood memory of playing games with my sisters and my parents. I got to thinking about all of the different games we played as a family, and I thought I'd write about a few of my favorite games.



1) Don't Break The Ice
This is one of the first games I remember playing as a child. The point of the game was to remove a block of "ice" one at a time without making the ice break. Whoever made the ice break lost the game. The game never lasted more than a few minutes, and never got old no matter how many times you played it.

2) Cootie
Another simple game, but another great memory. Basically, you'd have all these different plastic pieces, and you could build your own "Cootie" however you liked, kind of like Mr Potato Head. I don't remember there being a real point to the game, but the website I tracked down said whoever finished building their Cootie first, won.

3) Playdoh Fun Factory
Every child knows about Playdoh. With this, you'd cram Playdoh into this compartment, select what shape you wanted on the "screen", and push the Doh through. You could make "spaghetti", "hair", or whatever else you could imagine. I remember having a blast seeing how quickly I could push the Doh through, and hearing it "burp" when it popped an air bubble.

4) Kerplunk
This game was a blast! The point to this game was to end up with the least amount of marbles at the end. Each player would remove a plastic straw one at a time, and try not to make any of the marbles fall. It's kind of like Jenga, but better.

5) Lego
My childhood would not have been complete without Lego's. I spent countless hours building and rebuilding hundreds of different things. My parents would get frustrated with me whenever I would get a new set. I would put it together so quickly that I would soon get bored with it. I still have all of my Lego's, too. I put something together the other day, for old time's sake. I'm hoping for a new set for my birthday this year.


So there you have it. What games did you enjoy as growing up?


Meg said...

Do you read Mama Kats Losin it? She actually started a writing prompt thing about your favorite toy.

I've always been a monopoly fan. I love it. Its the best game ever.

Moonspun said...

Cootie is a classic was around WAY back when I was a kid and I play it with my daughter, too.
I was a word geek and love Boggle and Scrabble and Parchessi. I also played cards alot with my dad.
AND my favorite board games were Chutes and Ladders and Uncle Wiggly. I wish I still had my original ones, they'd be classic.

Cape Cod Gal said...

I loved Candy Land and Twister! I still do! Also, Trivial Pursuit was fun. I use to sit and memorize all the answers when I was sick in bed. Some call that cheating, I call it being prepared.

scatterbrain said...

Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit. Also liked painting by numbers and card games. My siblings never did work out that I won because I cheated at cards.

Thanks for the pleasant trip down memory lane Badass, I enjoyed that.

Badass Geek said...

Meg: I didn't read that post, no. Guess its just a coincidence.

Moonspun: "Uncle Wiggly"? That sounds wrong.

Cape Cod Gal: I never played Trivial Pursuit until I was much older. I was a dumb kid.

Scatterbrain: Painting by numbers! I loved that as a kid!

Lola said...

I love Don't Break the Ice. I still play it these days with my son. Twister is another one I play these days, but I love checkers, as no one can beat me ever!

Jen W said...

My favorites were Sorry, Boggle, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land and the one with the Cherry Tree (can't remember the name of if)

Heather said...

(Hi-Ho Cherrio is the cherry game)

I liked Mousetrap, but my favorite game was actually UNO, because we didn't have very many board games. I remember though playing Sorry! and Trouble with friends who had them, and Operation was awesome, I was sooo good at it, and I wanted it so bad, but never got it.

Badass Geek said...

Lola: King me!

Jen W: I remember playing Candy Land once or twice, but that memory is very foggy. Thanks for stopping by, come back soon!

Heather: I loved UNO, too! We played that game the most as a family. It was the one game that we all understood the rules for.

enthalpymama said...

We played a lot of cards, all kinds of cards. My brother and I counted cards, which I think drove my sister to not playing games anymore. I loved Trivial Pursuit as I got older, but I think my favorites when I was real little were Candy Land and Cootie.

Employee No. 3699 said...

I played Monopoly (uhm, Monotony) with my brother and his friend. Except their rules were that you could cheat if you didn't get caught...thus bringing out my bank/safe that I could lock.

I used to love playing Yahtzee, but if you're going old school, you can't forget about Ants in the Pants!!!

Our game of choice now is Scrabble. I used to be the reigning queen until my daughter took over and memorized all the 2 and 3 letter words. Did you know 'za' is a word in the Scrabble dictionary? It means pizza. Yeah, I've met my match.

KT said...

Sorry. Simon. Uno.

I play Sorry and Uno with my kids. I can't find Simon. That game ROCKED. Am I old?

Badass Geek said...

Enthalpy Mama: My dad tried teaching me Cribbage a few times. I was too young to grasp the concept, though.

Employee No 3699: The Boss kicks my ass in Scrabble. It really is a sad thing to watch.

KT: Simon was a cool game. I annoyed the HELL out of my parents with that one.

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