This one should be used as training for bomb disposal teams! Oh the pressure was just too much for our young selves! Perfection, originally produced by the Pennsylvania company Reed Toys, is a game by the Milton Bradley company. The object is to put all the pieces into matching holes on the board (pushed down) before the time limit runs out. When time runs out, the board springs up, causing many, if not all, of the pieces to fly out. In the most common version, there are 25 pieces to be placed (the holes form a 5×5 grid) within 60 seconds.
The original Perfection game consists of a red and yellow board with 26 shapes. Its “pop-up” mechanism was an ejector plate situated under the shaped holes and lowered by a PUSH button. The board also included a scoreboard with four stackable pegs of different colors. One point was scored for each shape properly placed in their correct holes; if all 26 shapes were inserted before the allotted 60 seconds, one point was also scored for each remaining second left on the clock. For tie scores, pegs were stacked on top of one another.
The original version also included red “block-out” squares that were used one of two ways. For beginners and younger players, a chosen number of holes were covered and their corresponding shapes were removed. For advanced players, a chosen number of holes were covered, but all shapes were kept in play.
8. Go For Broke
MB strikes again! All my shares are down, I’ve won! This one was like the anti-monopoly the idea here was to lose all of your money to win the game. A bit like Brewster’s Millions!
9. Screwball Scramble
Still going strong today – we spent hours as kids trying to manouvre that little ball around the infuriating obstacle course! You cheated too though right?
Screwball Scramble (also known as “Snafu: The Maze Game That Runs You Ragged”, “Run Yourself Ragged” and “Tricky Golf”) is a toy made by TOMY that involves guiding a 13 milimeter diameter crome steel ball bearing around an obstacle course. A player guides the ball by using various buttons, dials and levers that affect parts of the course. If a mistake is made a player must start again. The aim of the game is to complete the course as fast as possible. It takes no batteries and is recommended for children five and above. The toy was popular during the 1980s, and is still available today.
The television advertisement for the game shown in the UK and Ireland is possibly one of the oldest adverts to still be broadcast in the two countries – for around a decade it has appeared annually during Christmas time.
10. Downfall – Board Games
OK so we should have called this 10 awesome MB games! We loved Downfall it felt like a grown ups game and although it was just twisting dials you felt like you were really intelligent when you were playing it!
Downfall is a two-player game for players aged 7 and older, first marketed by the Milton Bradley Company in 1970.
The game consists of a vertical board with five slotted dials on each side. Each player starts with ten numbered tokens or discs at the top of the board. The object of the game is to move the discs to the bottom of the board by turning the dials. Players alternate turns moving the dials and cannot move a dial that their opponent has just moved. The winner is the first player to move all of their discs into the tray at the bottom. An advanced version of the rules dictates that the discs arrive in the tray in numerical order.
Since neither player can see the other’s board, it is common to inadvertently advance – or hinder – the opponent’s gameplay. The game rewards forward thinking and planning; players may try to “trap” their opponent into turning a dial that will advance their own disc, while trying to ensure that their own discs are not caught and dropped out of order.
The game is currently available in the UK under the name New Downfall, manufactured and marketed by Hasbro. The new version follows the same rules but has a more futuristic design in red and yellow.