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I got first post! Yay! This is an awesome day.
Chestnuts roasted by Fignutsion @ 01/26/2005 09:52 PM EST
I actually had this game. It was missing half the pieces when I got it from a yard sale, though, and I dunno where it went--probably somewhere in the attic...
Chestnuts roasted by Onslaught Six @ 01/26/2005 10:10 PM EST
Hey Matt... I have some pics I have to send to you. I found a full size replica of He-Man's sword.
Chestnuts roasted by Destro's Love Child @ 01/26/2005 10:11 PM EST
Ok, so I gotta ask... what's that "Fake Jewel" card do? The other's look self-explanatory, but...
Does it let you swipe the jewel back from somebody who's already gotten it, or what?
Chestnuts roasted by Captain Caveman @ 01/26/2005 10:17 PM EST
I know a game very similar, TORNADO REX.Check that out on ebay!!
Chestnuts roasted by james @ 01/26/2005 10:28 PM EST
Players frequently steal the jewel from each other during games -- by issuing a fake jewel card when somebody is in clear position to take it from you, you get to keep it -- by giving them a "fake jewel."
Chestnuts roasted by Matt @ 01/26/2005 10:29 PM EST
I have seach this entire website...every article....every blog...commercial....u name it. I'm serious...I am a huge fan of this site. My life is shitty...this the only high-lite I get everyday. Matt u have created a wonderful website(I have never posted before until recently) never quit...if u do call on me. I a child of the 80's, currently a stuggling screenwriter... my mind is full of useless shit. THIS IS THE BEST WEBSITE IN THE WORLD. Traj...Kindey u can relate...
Chestnuts roasted by neo @ 01/26/2005 10:31 PM EST
I had dizzy devil. I couldnt think of the name until I read the post. It rocked my socks. Picture this game, only with a plastic devil spinner top that you could launch instead of the ball.
Chestnuts roasted by -Brandon- @ 01/26/2005 10:41 PM EST
oh i had this game when i was a wee-lad, but my mom threw it away....tater sauce...
Chestnuts roasted by neo @ 01/26/2005 10:43 PM EST
Never had it, but my babysitter's kid had it. We usually ended up playing Crossfire or Mousetrap.
Anyone ever played the Dukes of Hazzard board game? My cousins had it, but somewhere through the years, they got rid of it in favor of their immense collection of Scruples and Trivial Pursuit. Damn, sez me. Damn, damn. Wait, I'll say it thrice. Damn, damn, d-a-m-n...thrice? Who says thrice?
Chestnuts roasted by kidneyboy @ 01/26/2005 10:48 PM EST
[you get to keep it -- by giving them a "fake jewel."]
Oooooh. I like that even better. More underhanded and such.
Chestnuts roasted by Captain Caveman @ 01/26/2005 10:49 PM EST
Fireball Island? Now that sounds sweet... and I thought Crossfire was the coolest game ever.
Chestnuts roasted by Review the World @ 01/26/2005 10:56 PM EST
Tornado Rex! Yessssss! Loved it!
Chestnuts roasted by Dave @ 01/26/2005 11:15 PM EST
Here are the pics of that sword. Check them out if you have a chance.
Chestnuts roasted by Destro's Love Child @ 01/26/2005 11:16 PM EST
That game looks spifftastic. They should bring it back and update it with flashing marbles and glowing terrain. That would be cool. If they could combine Fireball Island, Hungry, Hungry Hippos, and Crossfire into one game, that would be even better.
I must admit that when I look at the picture of that guy on the Fireball! card, he appears as though he's saying "Talk to the hand cause the fireball don't wanna hear it no mo". Also, "My hat is slightly askew. Ah man my hair is messed u...OHSHITAFIREBALLRUNBITCHRUN!"
Then again, I didn't get much sleep today.
Chestnuts roasted by Dr. Acula @ 01/26/2005 11:36 PM EST
Yes! Thanks for the review - I had this game as a kid and it kicked ass, damn I wish I still had it.
Chestnuts roasted by dee @ 01/26/2005 11:45 PM EST
OMG FIREBALL ISLAND!! My friends and I were talking about this game just the other day, except we couldn't remember the name of it, thank you Matt, I can now forgive you for leaving us without an article for so long
Chestnuts roasted by Julie @ 01/26/2005 11:46 PM EST
I don't know why, but I have the comemrcial jingle for "Crossfire" in my head now..."CROSSFIIIIRE!"- It was so rock n' roll.
Chestnuts roasted by Muppet Baby @ 01/26/2005 11:53 PM EST
I don't know why, but I have the commercial jingle for "Crossfire" in my head now..."CROSSFIIIIRE!"- It was so rock n' roll.
Chestnuts roasted by Muppet Baby @ 01/26/2005 11:53 PM EST
O...M...G. I LOVED this game! Infact, I still have it, preserved wonderfully in the closet, one room over.
I made a modification to the board, though ... I took a piece of clay and made a dam near the end of the "river" so that I could really fill it up with water.
Chestnuts roasted by Ryane @ 01/27/2005 12:16 AM EST
Before you think Mouse Trap was the most elaborate board game ever, I had something called Screwball Scramble where to play it, you had to set up an entire course for a ball bearing to roll around in. And it was a COURSE, folks--I forget how one was supposed to actually play it, but why was that important when you could make the ball go crazy? That one's got the record, unless someone here knows what beat IT.
Chestnuts roasted by Mars @ 01/27/2005 12:53 AM EST
Oh yeah...THE OMEGA VIRUS. I should have mentioned that one instead, though I didn't own it, a friend did. THE OMEGA VIRUS is a board game that tries to win itself, basically, and you have to beat it or the space station it's attacking will be taken over. You could just remove its batteries, but then you wouldn't constantly get grunted verbal barbs like "I...will...destroy you...FOOL!" Boy, we loved saying that....and it DOES win itself; it's way too hard to beat it.
Chestnuts roasted by Mars @ 01/27/2005 12:56 AM EST
That guy from C.O.P.S. you mentioned, with the brain in a bowl? His name was Dr. Bad Vibes. He was my favorite villain from that show, and i even wrote a poem about him when I was a schoolboy:
There once was a man named Dr. Bad Vibes
Who always hated amusement rides
He worked for Big Boss
Who liked to eat moss
Dr. Bad Vibes led a thousand enemy tribes
Chestnuts roasted by J Van Meter @ 01/27/2005 01:00 AM EST
Ah, Fireball Island. I will never, ever, in a million years, ever, forget the hours and hours of joy that this piece of plastic provided. On my death bed, I will recall fondly to my grandchildren the happiness that accompanied "killing" my friends with those fiery red marbles.
Chestnuts roasted by jalansk0 @ 01/27/2005 01:13 AM EST
Hey Matt, any chance you'll be doin' a review of Heroscape?
Chestnuts roasted by Regault @ 01/27/2005 01:37 AM EST
Oh. Fuck. Yes.
I have a new favorite X-E article.
Chestnuts roasted by Mike Fireball @ 01/27/2005 01:49 AM EST
Holy shit the article number is my birthday.
Chestnuts roasted by Mike Fireball again. @ 01/27/2005 01:55 AM EST
Matt - review Itt From The Pitt and Dizzy Devil!
Chestnuts roasted by Dan @ 01/27/2005 02:25 AM EST
I loved this game when I was growning up. I used to play it with my step brother, my sister, and my cousin. Fun times. We also liked to replace the marbles with ball-barings (too lazy to spell correctly) so you really feared the fireball coming for you.
Chestnuts roasted by Sean @ 01/27/2005 02:54 AM EST
I remember this game. Quite good. Does anyone remember The Real Ghostbuster's board game? Now that was awesome. It was kind of like Fireball Island (instead of a tiki god, it was a chimney of some sort and you rolled a skull down it) meets 13 Dead End Drive (the skull would trigger traps like a suit of armor with an axe that would chop down on your Busters of Ghosts). I want that game back so bad.
Chestnuts roasted by Brian Thomas @ 01/27/2005 04:30 AM EST
Man, best game ever, I loved the poop out of this when I was a kid, why does it have to be gone, why, WHY GOD WHY?!?
Anyway. There was a board game from the same time period, I can never remember the name, based in a haunted house with a tape casette with spooky Dracula voice action. Man oh man, I've been dying to remember the name of this thing, I wish I could remember more details. Poo.
Chestnuts roasted by big lounging @ 01/27/2005 04:40 AM EST
Thank you so much for writing this.
Chestnuts roasted by D.R. @ 01/27/2005 05:00 AM EST
Oooh, I always wanted those board-games so badly... We could never afford them cos of apartheid-era sanctions. So we just have a beautifully antique Monopoly set, but with pounds and dollars instead of rands, and UK street addresses like Park Lane and Mayfair. And Picadilly, so we always sang "It's a long way to Tipperary" whenever we landed on it. Oh, and we also have my Grandpa's Scrabble set, I think the tiles are ivory, so feel guilty every time I play with it...
As the Official Ruler of the Childlike Empire (ie that makes me the Childlike Empress, da-DAH!!!), I would like to congratulate the official Ruler (who isn't very straight) of the American Empire on his Razzie Award.
If anyone wants to emigrate to the Childlike Empire, I am a very good ruler and do not levy taxes on anything except ice-cream, cake and board-games. You may pay in kind...
Chestnuts roasted by eminentfreak @ 01/27/2005 05:28 AM EST
Just reading the article makes me feel like I'm playing. Reminds me of "Escape from Atlantis".
So: games based on really budget B-movie film themes rock, and games based on super-expensive Hollywood blockbusters make kids cry with disappointment.
There is some balance in the world after all.
Chestnuts roasted by fletch's evil twin @ 01/27/2005 07:20 AM EST
Fireball Island and the Real Ghostbusters game were both awesome!
The Real Ghostbusters game had four rooms and each had some ghost-trap-thing...but I can only remember the axe room at the moment. And at least 53% of the time the skull got stuck coming down the chute. Fun!
I know what I'm going to be hunting for in my parent's basement next time I'm home!
Hey, why were they called the Real Ghostbusters? Were there Fake Ghostbusters?
Chestnuts roasted by Chuckles the Robo-Turkey @ 01/27/2005 08:38 AM EST
This looks like one crazy game. I would have LOVED it as a kid. And I always got to be "red" too with whatever games we played! I see you have looked at the Pac-Man board game in the past. I loved this game, so I'm going to check it out right now!
Chestnuts roasted by jolie @ 01/27/2005 08:44 AM EST
Wow. I wish I'd had this game as a kid. I was one of those kids who would set up Mouse Trap not to play the game, but solely to make the mouse trap work. And thanks ever so for the Dick Tracy reference!
Chestnuts roasted by Pirate7L @ 01/27/2005 08:44 AM EST
Great article Matt! I remember playing this game with my friends and yes, you're right, the game is a lot better when four people are playing the game (just like Clue). Now I have to see if I can find this game and get it!
Chestnuts roasted by J-Dog @ 01/27/2005 09:27 AM EST
Once again, Matt has showed me something I must purchase. I have no choice. Soon I will be broke, but I will be playing Fireball Island while wearing my Hulk Hands.
Chestnuts roasted by jhnnywalkr @ 01/27/2005 09:37 AM EST
Great site, I love the articles and the memories. Keep up the good work, I know many of us loyal follows would be lost without your ramblings and observations.
Chestnuts roasted by TIGERFAN @ 01/27/2005 09:37 AM EST
Great writing! I like how you tossed in "Golden Ticket" and "Star child."
I never got to see this as a kid therefore I will sue my mother and my friends.
Chestnuts roasted by dfggdf @ 01/27/2005 10:23 AM EST
Matt, you should seriously keep one of those mini reporter recorders on you at all times, and every time you think of something obscure, you could just whip out your recorder and whisper into it like a secret agent. Theoretically, you could write an entire article on the way to work, and only have to type it out when you got home.
Hey, where has Squee been?
Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/27/2005 10:27 AM EST
Jesus thats scary! Just the other night I was thinking about Fireball Island and wondered if there was an X-E article on it.
This game was great, but it was even better as a playset for M.U.S.C.L.E. and little plastic army men.
Chestnuts roasted by Lou @ 01/27/2005 10:47 AM EST
I never played this one, but I remember the commercials for it. That idol that launches the fireballs (or red marbles) from its mouth reminds me of the pinball game, Funhouse, where you had to stop an evil ventriloquist dummy by shooting pinballs into his mouth.
You should really do more articles about video game based board games. Do you know of the Super Mario Bros. board game or the Popeye board game? I'd love to see articles on those.
Chestnuts roasted by Bert Raccoon @ 01/27/2005 10:59 AM EST
Yeah I loved this game when I was a kid! I ended up getting it at flea market for the low price of $1, but soon found out why it was so cheap. Among several missing items was my red explorer. I found that Micro Master Transformers did a pretty good job of subbing though.
Chestnuts roasted by Czar Matthew @ 01/27/2005 11:01 AM EST
Wow, this game is going for $41 on Ebay. I think I'll wait for it to show up at the thrift shop.
In other toy related news, my Art History teacher looks almost exactly like Mattels Big Jim. Not kidding. He looks so much like him I've posted a comparison on my web page.
Chestnuts roasted by Kennef @ 01/27/2005 11:09 AM EST
I love board games that let everybody feel my wrath! I recommend Dungeon! because if one player is getting moe treasure than you are, then you can tem up with the other two and waylay Mr. "I'm-too-rich-to-even-be-in-this-dank-hole-of-a-boardgame." Even though it's sort of a RPG, it has alternate instructions for beginners that make for a quicker game. Like FireBall Island, you can use cards to screw over the other players, which what makes ambushing the other players so much fun.
Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/27/2005 12:02 PM EST
Does anyone remember Crossbows and Catapults? I think that was my Favorite game growing up. There's nothing better than blowing the shit out of your best friends defensive wall with a catapult.
Chestnuts roasted by oldskool25 @ 01/27/2005 12:08 PM EST
To answer the question about the "Real" in Real Ghostbusters-
The was a short lived 'other' ghostbusters cartoon by some no name animation company that tried to cash in on the ghostbusters craze. (It sucked too! It had a living morph car and a gorillia/monkey thing)
So the RGB show added the Real part to tell it was officaly licanced.
Chestnuts roasted by Mr Mango @ 01/27/2005 12:18 PM EST
That game looks pretty fly. Matt, you're Aces. Have you ever played Thirteen Dead End Drive. That was a really fun game. I loved when you could kill the other players.
Chestnuts roasted by Lone Wolf @ 01/27/2005 12:24 PM EST
I loved this game. My brother and I have actually come to blows over whether or not various uses of a fireball was "fair." I remember, "Moooooooom, you're supposed to ROLL the ball, not PUSH it." I remember us playing it for hours on the Christmas day he got it. Unfortunately, as the only girl amongst my cousins, I was forced to be the lavendar piece.
Chestnuts roasted by Sally @ 01/27/2005 12:35 PM EST
Fireball made a hit in Spain some/many years ago and fell miserably into a pit of oblivion and phlegm.
I don't mind the oblivion but the phlegm is something I prefer to avoid unless it's mine...if it's mine I pretend I have a BigRed in my mouth, it's not so cinnamon flavoured but it lasts longer...
great article...oh, yeah!
Chestnuts roasted by melonian @ 01/27/2005 12:43 PM EST
We still play Fireball island, to this day...only we turned it into a drinking game. Basically you drink when you get smacked by a fireball, and i bet you can imagine we get pretty wrecked.
Chestnuts roasted by Christopher Fireball @ 01/27/2005 01:55 PM EST
Never played it, but the fact that it's a ripoff of Indiana Jones reminds me of my favorites from childhood -- THUNDER ROAD. It was a ripoff of the Mad Max movies. I don't remember how game play worked, but I remember the cool playing pieces like cars and trucks and helicoptors.
Chestnuts roasted by Pedro @ 01/27/2005 02:07 PM EST
Thunder Road, there you are!! http://www.boardgame.de/reviews/thuroad.htm
Chestnuts roasted by Pedro @ 01/27/2005 02:10 PM EST
Matt! This has nothing to do with the article, but I found out some shockingly awesome news you need to know.
You know how there's a Fantastic Four movie coming out this summer? I shit you not, but they are soon going to be releasing...
THING FEET! Giant rock feet! That talk! Like the Commish!
Your cat better watch itself now!
Chestnuts roasted by Gavok @ 01/27/2005 02:40 PM EST
I am SO there.
Chestnuts roasted by Matt @ 01/27/2005 02:44 PM EST
I have aqbsolutely no idea if I even had this game. Seriously, the game board seems so familiar and I remember playing a game where explorers held jewels in their hands...
And I think I got you all beat for Obcure Pathetic Board Games! I have one based on Tailspin, the so-called Jungle Book spinoff tv series, and one based on Home Alone 2 (not Home Alone 1...Home Alone TWO)
Chestnuts roasted by Invader Norbert @ 01/27/2005 02:52 PM EST
Ghost Busters- Live action TV show by Filmation. 1975.
Ghostbusters- One of the greatest movies of all time, almost called Ghost Breakers. Had to not offically name the movie till almost the last minute due to copyright/trademark entanglement.
Ghost Busters cartoon- Filmation had title rights for any TV project and tried to head off Columbia for inevitable cartoon franchise which means DIC right smartly calls theirs...
The Real Ghostbusters- A cartoon that could be discussed endlessly on this site, along with the movie. The Destructor itself posts here from time to time.
The above is not to be confused with Goat Busters, but that might just be my delusion.
Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/27/2005 03:51 PM EST
Kingklash beat me to it:
So why did they call the Ghostbuster cartoon, the REAL Ghostbusters?
Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/27/2005 03:55 PM EST
Oldskool25 - I loved Crossbows and Catapults, too! Oh my, I kinda forgot about that game, but I still have it.
Bad thing about that game was, you couldn't play it on carpet and nothing shot far enough. We actually wrapped rubber bands around everything (Especially the catapults) so they'd be tighter and shoot way across the room. Of course, that led to more destruction than just to each other's castles. Ha! Love it.
Chestnuts roasted by Ryane @ 01/27/2005 04:06 PM EST
oh man oh man. i had this game, and i used to play it by myself: like not the actual game, but the burning of my micromachines in lava and the death of all those little explorers...oh matt, than you for remembering what i had forgotton! hey there was also a game like this except with monster truck micromachines...or maybe i just played micromachines on it...here's to the coolest gameboards ever made from hard plastic !
Chestnuts roasted by brandon curry @ 01/27/2005 04:22 PM EST
I forgot this link: Spook Busters (1946)
The inspiration for Filmation's Ghostbusters?
Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/27/2005 04:48 PM EST
King? You called ? Mwa ha ha ha. Actually I was going to give the answer you did but you and then ME beat me to it. Subcreatures! Gozer The Gozerian, Gozer The Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, The Traveller has come. CHOOSE AND PERISH.
Chestnuts roasted by Gozer @ 01/27/2005 07:05 PM EST
See, I hear Thunder road and I think it's a game based on a Bruce Springsteen song. Or, the space ship from Explorers. Now, those would be some cool action figures. They could spout out old movie quotes and all be in love w/ River Phoenix.
"Look, I know I must look weird to you but how do you think you look to me? Listen, I watched four episodes of "Lassie" before I figured out why the little hairy kid never spoke. I mean, he rolled over, sure, he did that fine but, I don't think he deserved a series for that."
Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/27/2005 07:16 PM EST
I do remember the commercial for this game, but this is pretty much one of the few late 80s board games we never had...and boy, do I wish we HAD now! It looks like the kind of thing that was right up our alley - fun enough to play the actual game, and big enough to use as a erzatz playset for action figures when the pieces started going missing.
Chestnuts roasted by starwenn @ 01/27/2005 07:45 PM EST
well, if you ever need to quit drinkin' you could play the same, only done exactly the other way round.
That'd be whenever you drink you get caught on fire...that'd help you thinking about quiting pretty fast or either quiting pretty terminaly.
Chestnuts roasted by melonian @ 01/27/2005 08:37 PM EST
Chestnuts roasted by gerv @ 01/27/2005 09:14 PM EST
Awesome article Matt! I must have Fireball Island and launch red marbles at my friends. I'm not sure how I've gone my entire life without having it. You must be a terrific ad-man because you sell me on everything you feature.
Chestnuts roasted by carri @ 01/27/2005 10:35 PM EST
The Real Ghostbusters Game! I've had that since it came out and have never read the rules. The rules I made up were all the fun I needed - set up the 3-D board and have Peter, Ray, and Egan take turns flinging the skull down the stairs to knock out Winston, the official gamepiece stooge/target.
Chestnuts roasted by carri @ 01/27/2005 10:43 PM EST
Name of the C.O.P.S. character? Dr. Badvibes! I'm a NNNEEEEERRRRRDDDDDDD!!!
I remember wanting this game SO bad when I was a kid, and now I am going to search for it at every flea market and thrift store I visit from now until 2043.
Chestnuts roasted by Darth Monkey @ 01/27/2005 10:52 PM EST
Anybody remember the game Bongo Kongo where you had to steal coconuts out of the backpack of a spinning club-wielding gorilla?
Chestnuts roasted by Luap @ 01/28/2005 12:06 AM EST
I had forgotten about Fireball Island until this day, 1/28/05. I would only like to thank you for allowing me to remember, arguably, the greatest board game ever made. And what I would like to call your "tribute" hit on everything that made the game great. Once again Thank You!
Chestnuts roasted by Devan @ 01/28/2005 01:25 AM EST
Sorry to return to the Blog with somber news but the helicopter that went down in Iraq recently was carrying 26 Marines and one Sailor belonging to my old unit.
I used to be with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and my heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to their friends and family during this difficult time.
Chestnuts roasted by EMajorwitz @ 01/28/2005 04:03 AM EST
Hey Eric Majorwitz, sorry to hear about your loss... My daddy fought in the Angolan War when I wasn't born yet - I think the CIA helped the old SA regime fight the Commies or something, but thanks to Jonas Savimbi, the war went on for twenty-two years and ended the day he died - one of dad's best friends was killed by "friendly fire" - he still hasn't gotten over what he saw up there near Katima Mulilo in Caprivi. Tankguns used on people, etc. War sucks.
In other news, whenever my Barbies got stroppy they were ceremoniously drowned in a washbasket sock-volcano by my My Little Ponies, who had a celebratory tea-party and mistreated the teddy bears. They still haven't managed to take over the world, though...
Click on my name for some Evil Pony Chia Fun!
Semper fidelis and Si Non Confectus Non Reficiat.
Chestnuts roasted by eminentfreak @ 01/28/2005 05:00 AM EST
Anyone remember this game...It was a vampire game...I owned it, but I don't think I ever actually played the real game. But it came with this stand-up Dracula that would "bite" you. You would have to put your finger in his mouth and push down on something and he would leave two little red dots on your finger showing that you were "bitten." Like I said, I never really played the game, so I don't even know if it was good. Now that I think about it, the actual biting thing was kinda lame...I just wanted to seem relevant.
Chestnuts roasted by Goody @ 01/28/2005 08:32 AM EST
Jeez, Erik, that sucks. Did you know any of the guys? I know you've been out for a little while, anyway, but I didn't know if there was anyone still there that you knew. What a mess.
Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/28/2005 08:54 AM EST
I heard about that crash over here in Korea- sorry about that, Erik. That's just awful.
Matt- Of all the articles on this site that have made me want to buy the things you write about, this one is the absolute worst...or is it best?
Chestnuts roasted by Muppet Baby @ 01/28/2005 09:09 AM EST
I'm sorry to hear that EMajorwitz. My cousin was killed over in Iraq just a few months ago. He was a Marine also. It's very, very sad. My condolences go to their families as well.
Chestnuts roasted by jhnnywalkr @ 01/28/2005 10:11 AM EST
Thanks for the laugh, I needed it at work today. I'll take your advice next time I play, only instead of setting my friends and myself on fire, will sit a huge 40 in place of the Tiki and just stare at it when we get fireballed...to torture ourselves cause we can't drink it.
Chestnuts roasted by Christopher Fireball @ 01/28/2005 10:27 AM EST
DAN!! thanks for the reminder man, holy cow, dizzy devil had the best board to play on with GI joes. I would have cobras hang out on dizzy's mountain top and the joes would have to fight their way up. It from the Pitt is also a classic, no other game offer a crescent fresh huge hand that pulls down your game piece. By the way, thats incredible how the whole fireball island boasrd is in pixels, and this if for Matt. I hope you get more visitors with your link on Retrocrush.com which was featured on the netscape home page a week ago. Con-grats man. Oh yeah, and please, pleeeease have an X-E fan contest to see who has the most crescent fresh television that they play video games on. I think it would be cool to see what people would send in as pics of their den of iniquity that they enjoy nintendo in. Please keep up the awesome articles. If anyone wants to send me a message to blab about arcane garbage, my email is SKYNET1984@gmail.com
Chestnuts roasted by SKYNET1984 @ 01/28/2005 11:20 AM EST
Gozer's here? Yeep! My mind's a total blank!
Chestnuts roasted by kingklash is scared beyond the capacity for rational thought @ 01/28/2005 11:28 AM EST
Kidneyboy...I remember the Duke's of Hazzard board game. That used to be my favorite as a kid. It had the General Lee, Daisy's Jeep, Cooter's truck and Uncle Jesse's truck. I forget how to play it, but I remember each player had a road block they could put up to block Roscoe. I loved it, I probably still have it somewhere.
Chestnuts roasted by Y2JB78 @ 01/28/2005 11:55 AM EST
on the topic of board games, there is one that has haunted me since forever. i remembered the commercials and how bad i wanted it, basically because i had a burning need for anything remotely "spooky". to the best of my memory, the commercial had kids in some sort of haunted house playing the game, and all i remember about the game is that it had some sort of apparatus, in which you would place these cards you held, and it would make scary noises or say things (?). Does this ring a bell with anyone, because sadly everytime i go to a toy store, i always look on the board game shelves half expecting to see it. please help if possible, this has consumed me for upwards of probably 15 years.
Chestnuts roasted by jim. @ 01/28/2005 01:51 PM EST
They need to rerelease the game with a slight redesign so you can use Atomic Fireballs candy with it. Winner gets to eat the candy.
Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/28/2005 02:37 PM EST
Well Matt, I have to say, I'm now officially jealous - and a little depressed.
I remember being obsessed with this game and begging my parents to buy it - I mean, it just looked so cool! An island, a jewel, and a fire breathing devil thing - it couldn't get cooler than that!
Well, for some reason it never came. I don't know why I never got it for Christmas or a birthday - perhaps my parents thought the idol thingy would lead to idolatry or devil worship (in the end, it would be Motley Crue that led me to worship Satan). I have to put it right next to the USS Flag as one of the toys I begged for but never got.
Now I find out well over a decade and a half later that this game was awesome.
Now I feel like my life has only been half-lived - I can't believe I missed out on this. I guess I'll have to blame my parents. Or Satan.
Chestnuts roasted by Jason @ 01/28/2005 03:07 PM EST
Oh - and speaking of long lost board games - anyone remember 'Splish Splash' - I didn't have it but a friend did - it was comples and took forever to put together like 'Mouse Trap', but it involved water. Cool stuff.
Also, anyone remember the 'Bigfoot' board game? I had it right when there was a 'Bigfoot' (meaning the monster truck) fad (anyone remember the 'Bigfoot' fad?). Man, it was great to be a redneck in the 80s.
Chestnuts roasted by Jason @ 01/28/2005 03:11 PM EST
I meant 'complex' in the above post. I can spell most of the time.
Chestnuts roasted by Jason @ 01/28/2005 03:12 PM EST
I totally remember 'Crossbows and Catapults' - my neighbor had it and it was oh so sweet.
The real question is - do you remember the 'Trojan Horse' accessory you could by for it? It shot the little thingies just like the crossbows and catapults, but it was the Trojan Horse. Cool!
Chestnuts roasted by Jason @ 01/28/2005 03:18 PM EST
Jason - I remember the Trojan Horse! We had it, but we didn't really like it. It was too easy to hit the target with a crossbow, and way too hard to shoot the ammo properly. But it was way cool looking!
Chestnuts roasted by Ryane @ 01/28/2005 03:46 PM EST
Wow, a drastically cool-looking childhood board game that I've never heard of. Good show.
I remember the long-ago Christmas when I got "Dark Tower" -- the thrill of Fireball Island must have been similar.
Chestnuts roasted by Plainsman @ 01/28/2005 05:20 PM EST
I remember getting Fireball Island for Christmas when I was young. One to go down in my Christmas history.
I loved it, my friends thought it was dumb.
So I ended up playing with myself a lot, much like I do now..... wait, can I take that back?
Chestnuts roasted by Nick @ 01/28/2005 05:59 PM EST
That's right - I totally forgot how easy it was to destroy the trojan horse with the crosbow! But you're right - about the only thing it had going for it was how cool it looked. Man, the memories brought back by this site.
Chestnuts roasted by Jason @ 01/28/2005 07:41 PM EST
I remember I played this once when I was majorly smaller, I got fireballed 5 times in a row, I cried. My friends just kept playing though. Good times
Chestnuts roasted by Erik @ 01/28/2005 08:10 PM EST
This article reminded me of another board game I loved as a child. It was set in a futuristic setting having to do with computers. There were three backpack attachments (I distinctly remember a satellite as one of those attachments), something about code numbers (may have just been the room names...they were 3- or 4-digit numbers), and a center object that directed the game through a recording. The objective was to destroy some enemy after getting all the pieces. Does anyone remember what the name of that game was?
Chestnuts roasted by Zoghade @ 01/28/2005 11:48 PM EST
Sorry I am so late, but been pretty busy. Too bad because I could have helped out.
I recently acquired a THUNDER ROAD on ebay. I had it when I was a kid and then....
Good job to everyone who answered the Ghostbusters vs. the REAL Ghostbusters question.
Never had FIREBALL ISLAND, always wanted it though. YEah, it is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE on ebay. I have tried to get it but I have my pride, somewhere. I guess it is because of the little parts and general sensationalism of the game.
I think the game you seek is SHRIEKS AND CREAKS. It was produced by Golden in 1988. Would make for an excellent Halloween article (hint, cough, cough). I lost that one to the ages too but just got it back on ebay. It is lesser known and thus, harder to find. Hope that helps.
Yes, CATAPULTS AND CROSSBOWS was great.
I think that is everything....
Chestnuts roasted by The Manimal @ 01/29/2005 11:24 AM EST
Hey! Those bastards lied to me! They told me that the cool guys take the Lavender guy! Ha Ha
Actually, I never played Fireball Island. I remember the commercials and thought it looked like a fun game...just for whatever reason never played it. Having seen the article, I now wanna try and track down a copy of the game...damn you Matt! (ha ha, just kidding) On a serious note I would also like to send my condolences to Erik
Chestnuts roasted by Jabo @ 01/29/2005 12:18 PM EST
Just checked around, it's not Shrieks and Creaks, thanks for the attempt though . I'll try to explain it better though. As I said, it was a more futuristic setting. It had various rooms with numbers to them that you had to reach (I think the rooms were also color-coded as well). As I said before, there's the backpack attachments...just a clip-on type of attachment, nothing more. The only reason I remember the speaker part in the middle is that I accidentally spilled orange soda inside it as a kid, and my dad had to open it up and clean it and such in order to get it working again.
Chestnuts roasted by Zoghade @ 01/29/2005 01:20 PM EST
Anyway. There was a board game from the same time period, I can never remember the name, based in a haunted house with a tape casette with spooky Dracula voice action. Man oh man, I've been dying to remember the name of this thing, I wish I could remember more details. Poo.
Posted by big lounging @ 01/27/2005 04:40 AM EST
This was the post I was referring to in regards to SHRIEKS AND CREAKS. I have no clue what game you are trying to find. Sorry.
Chestnuts roasted by The Manimal @ 01/29/2005 01:49 PM EST
Maybe if you look up games similar to MALL MADNESS, you might find it.
Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/29/2005 02:42 PM EST
Has anyone see this? Bible stories told by Mare and Mark Winningham's aplenty: http://www.thebricktestament.com/
Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/29/2005 02:44 PM EST
I believe the dracula game you're talking about that left the little dots on your finger was called 'I van't to bite your finger' by Hasbro
I hated that game. My brother would make me play it with him. I think you would wind clock hands around and if you were unlucky the dracula's arm would fly open (would reveal his face) and scare the poo out of you! Then I think you got 'bit'.
Chestnuts roasted by Sorcha @ 01/29/2005 05:19 PM EST
This was the post I was referring to in regards to SHRIEKS AND CREAKS. I have no clue what game you are trying to find. Sorry.
Posted by The Manimal @ 01/29/2005 01:49 PM EST"
Ah, ok. Your post sounded a lot like it was referring to mine after I looked it up, with the voice thing in the center and all. Thanks for letting me know.
Chestnuts roasted by Zoghade @ 01/29/2005 07:05 PM EST
My brother sent me this review and I absorbed the whole thing, it was great! I not only dragged my dad and brother and sometimes my unexpected mom into playing this game with me while I was a youngster but I recently brought it to my house at school and tried to get my roomates to play.
Well dad came by and played, kicked his butt! And my girlfriend played with me when I'd guilt her into it... but my roomates just would never play!
What kind of people are they?! I just don't get it, they clearly do not know all of the fun they're missing out on. They'd rather watch tv or play xbox or computer games..
Alas I know there are others out there still holding on to their age old board games in hopes of playing again and one day passing them on to their kids..
Chestnuts roasted by Blizzard @ 01/29/2005 07:42 PM EST
Matt, you got me excited for this treasure from the past. I started looking around the net for a copy, and people are asking for over $100 for copies. I should never have let mine go.
Chestnuts roasted by Shelby @ 01/29/2005 11:44 PM EST
Five minutes ...untill I take over..HAHAHA
Quote "Oh yeah...THE OMEGA VIRUS. I should have mentioned that one instead, though I didn't own it, a friend did. THE OMEGA VIRUS is a board game that tries to win itself, basically, and you have to beat it or the space station it's attacking will be taken over. You could just remove its batteries, but then you wouldn't constantly get grunted verbal barbs like "I...will...destroy you...FOOL!" Boy, we loved saying that....and it DOES win itself; it's way too hard to beat it.
Posted by Mars @ 01/27/2005 12:56 AM EST"
Chestnuts roasted by -Brandon- @ 01/30/2005 12:31 AM EST
Hey Traj, I'm around; I didn't even realize how long I'd gone without commenting. I work in taxes and this is a crazy time b/c of all the deadlines so I've been busy. Manimal: she's adorable, just gorgeous. Neo: hang in there buddy, patience is a virtue. Meditate on the Chia plot for awhile; it's like a koan or some shit.
Sis and I went to a book signing for Alton Brown today. Can't really make a connection between that and flame spitting Tiki Gods, I just wanted to share. I did hear a commercial on the radio for Mare Winningham's new TV movie on the way there, though.
13 Dead End Drive was that game where you had to set up a little mansion that was booby trapped to kill off all the other characters, and it looked so cool in the commercials, but I remember that the chandelier was such a bitch to set up that it was played exactly twice before being sentenced to permanent banishment to the back of the closet.
Chestnuts roasted by squee4224 @ 01/30/2005 01:03 AM EST
LOL, as you can see, I've been off so long I can't even remember my own name.
Chestnuts roasted by squee4242 @ 01/30/2005 01:11 AM EST
...I'm an idiot for not looking at prior comments. Thanks to Brandon, I now know that the game I was thinking of is The Omega Virus. Thanks for posting that Brandon, I would've never known! Boy did I love that game as a kid. I'm surprised that it costs so little on Ebay right now. I might have to see about buying one for old time's sake.
Chestnuts roasted by Zoghade @ 01/30/2005 04:27 AM EST
Heh. Good to see all these fun gaming bits. But I am a gamer in the tabletop sense so I love these kinds of things. (Gotta second the nomination for Heroscape. Its like crack in a box!) My favorite kiddie era game was the GI Joe missile base game, with Crossbows & Catapults in second, followed up by the Pac Man and Zaxxon games. As an adult Heroscape and Warhammer 40,000.
Chestnuts roasted by Bloodcat @ 01/30/2005 06:00 AM EST
Hey, squee. Tax prep, huh? Ugh. All that adding and... subtracting. I finally got my story uploaded at Gay Paree under Crystla Lil. Takes long enough.
Has anyone else seen the Bad Hair Day calendar? http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2616586&cat=124531&type=3&dept=3920&path=0%3A3920%3A58437%3A124531 They actually had it at the Dollar Tree. Whee!
Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/30/2005 09:07 AM EST
That game looks awesome. It looks kind of like Monopoly except better because there are fireballs.
Chestnuts roasted by Pigleg @ 01/30/2005 11:59 AM EST
There should be a board game called Whip A Fire Ball at A Friend. Those jawbreakers called Fire Balls are good, but they're hard as rock (so they would be good to throw at a friend if thet loose to you in the board game.
Chestnuts roasted by Pigleg @ 01/30/2005 03:31 PM EST
It has taken my an hour, but i finally figured out (with the help of google) what this game reminded me of.
Forbidden Bridge. great game! almost the same little adventurers (with the addition of packbacks) and pretty much the same idea, except it was smaller, and, it was motorized.
Chestnuts roasted by Xero @ 01/30/2005 04:10 PM EST
and speaking of games this reminds me of, does anyone remember a game where you are these little adventurer guys and there is a giant bird (a buzzard perhaps) that would circle around from time to time and pick up the pieces on little towers? i cant for the life of me remember the name of it.
Chestnuts roasted by Xero @ 01/30/2005 04:18 PM EST
That bad hair calendar reminds me of the 1974 Weight Watchers recipe cards.
Gay Paree does take awhile to get approval, but I see the story now. I'm trying to add more reviews over there and I'm trying to get other people to do the same thing
Anybody watching the new I Love the 90's? I can watch "the 70's" over and over again, but it's just not doing it for me this time around.
Chestnuts roasted by squee4242 @ 01/30/2005 04:51 PM EST
I loved this game, but it hurt me most of the time because when I would beat my brothers they would kick the s**t out of me.
Chestnuts roasted by K @ 01/30/2005 06:19 PM EST
Never played this game but I was wondering if you could substitute Red Hots for the fireballs. And when you knocked someone over, you would only not send them into the pit but also enjoy sweet, sweet victory.
Chestnuts roasted by Another Matt @ 01/31/2005 02:33 PM EST
To Matt and Everyone,
I need to fill you guys in on what you can REALLY accomplish with Fireball Island (with the help of a little game called CRASH CANYON: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/44749), which is quite possibly the greatest superhuman board gaming feat EVER. It's simply amazing. As kids, my brother and I owned Fireball Island, but we also owned the similar game Crash Canyon. Same ENORMOUS plastic game board, except this one required that water be put into the hollowed out "lake areas" of the game board that your car could jackknife into! So Crash Canyon is a board game that actually uses Micro Machines as game tokens, with the game essentially being a race to the finish through the most dangerous of canyons, you guessed it, effing CRASH CANYON. The game comes with some knockoff cars, but it's compatible with most any damn officially licsensed Micro Machine in your collection...ensuring that the game will be fun, customizable, AND you won't get stuck with 1 of their 4 shitty pre-packaged cars. Imagine the possibilities. Also, with the 3-D game board, if you roll and land on a downhill slope, your ass is rolling down the plastic slope, like, 8 more spaces (and no one can bitch about this totally legal move)! This can also mean that if you are trying to get UP a hill, it can be a real bitch.
SO, on a long boring afternoon, my brother and I got the idea to LINK the games. An entire game would consist of this: Racing to the finish line in Canyon, which afforded you a free boat trip to Fireball Island. Then you had to race to get the jewel, make it back down, and race BACKWARDS in Crash Canyon. You can imagine that this is the greatest, most epic board gaming experience known to man. It literally takes HOURS to complete, but not in the way Life or Monopoly takes hours, and leaves you feeling empty and hating life. Also, if your poor brother is stuck in Crash Canyon, you might already be making your way up the hill in Fireball Island. You're playing two mega-games at mega-once! What does everyone think, ever tried this? Hey Matt, have you played Crash Canyon? Have you tried this epic experience? It's about time to try and write about it...
Chestnuts roasted by Chris W. @ 01/31/2005 04:47 PM EST
I actually remember owning this game and using it to recreate out of scale adventures with my G.I. Joes.
Of course I did the same thing with the impenitrable cobra fortress "mousetrap". A pretty silly thing to do in hind sight, but given the assinine nature of most of Cobra Commanders plots I think I was justified.
Chestnuts roasted by dantewyrmfoe @ 02/01/2005 12:23 AM EST
This was was the best board game ever made. If I remember correctly the secret of winning was to wait for somebody else to get the jewel, then take them out with a fireball. That is why I love this website it always brings back wonderful memories from childhood.
Chestnuts roasted by AgentPothead @ 02/01/2005 05:38 AM EST
I wouldn't mind a board game based on Conan O'Brien's Woman Island.
Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 02/01/2005 05:21 PM EST
Hi guys. Long time no post.
Anyway, the one time I ever got to play Fireball Island was with 90% of the pieces missing, including the Tiki God, and so my stupid friend used other objects like ugly little pebbles for the guys and one superball for all of the fireballs. I bitched to him that I didn't wanna play because all of the pieces were missing. He didn't seem to care.
I still have Omega Virus. That game is the coolest gimmick boardgame ever.
Another one that I like is Weapons & Warriors. My brother still has his castle set and his pirates set. The basic objective of this game was to nail your enemy with orangish-red marbles using various weapons such as catapults, a cannon, and a giant crossbow. It also had kick-ass set pieces (castles & forts (both of which had triggers that caused cool things to happen when hit), ships, forest trees, etc.) and tons of these little dudes for your army. I have fond memories of my brother, my friends, and I having it all laid out on the floor and blasting each other's armies.
Chestnuts roasted by Nate @ 02/01/2005 09:10 PM EST
Thanks for the review. I saw the game at Toys-R-Us back in the day and after looking at the back of the box it became my "must-have" game for that B-Day/Christmas (I can't remember the occasion). The board was just unbelievable, though I think it was a while until I bothered playing it the right way... it was too fun just messing around with the fireballs.
I remember it as the same era as Torpedo Run. You ought to consider reviewing that game, if you had it (or can find it).
Chestnuts roasted by Bobak @ 02/01/2005 11:36 PM EST
I still have this game and all its pieces. The paint at the peak of the mountain is wearing in exactly the same way.
They really should have glossed that part up or something.
Makes for a fun drinking game
Chestnuts roasted by spazzamatic @ 02/02/2005 01:30 PM EST
thanks for bringing back these memories matt, I had this game but for some reason it was totally stripped from my memory until i read this article...thanks!
Chestnuts roasted by Jimbuktu @ 02/02/2005 10:37 PM EST
This was my favourite board game until I discovered HeroQuest. That I owned.
My Favourite game that I never owned was called Mystery Mansion to my recolection. It had a modular board with three (or maybe four) levels of height that was built differentally each time it was played. Like Zombies! is nowdays (if you've ever enjoyed that one, Highly recomended). The game played somewhat like clue and looked sorta like it. Each game board tile was a room and you had to explore, find keys and treasure, blah... I always loved how lovingly detailed the boards were. Much like Fireball Island (as I recall there was a skeleton laying dead somewhere forlorn on the beach. Matt,tell me he is still there on yours?)
The second favourite I never owned was Dark Tower. Electronic bad assed talking tower tower-ing over all you and your buddies kingdoms. Fighting orcs and buying supplies n shite.
Of course after reading this blog I have a new catagory. Favourite games I never knew existed until just now. It From the Pit. OH my god is that cool. Like Fireball Island, huge in it's own way, MOTORIZED SLIME PIT MONSTER! Crap, I think I strained something.
Chestnuts roasted by spooky @ 02/04/2005 07:58 AM EST
Not even a week ago my friend and I were trying to remember "that wacky game with the red marbles", I don't think I've ever been that excited to see a post. Good work Mattaholic!
All your cheeseburger sandwiches are belong to me
Chestnuts roasted by JoJo Harley and the Sugar Boys @ 02/04/2005 12:15 PM EST
for all of you guys who still play fireball island. i find that if you run out of peices, use star wars action fleet figures, in place of your explorers. nothing beats Greedo and Bossk in a rush to the top of witches peak, then on to vul-kar. i suppose you could get an action fleet figure of Indy, and race the Nazi treasure collectors to the boat.
Chestnuts roasted by casinoskunk @ 02/05/2005 11:17 PM EST
oh yeah, and since i lost the jewel, i use a tiny plastic beer, from my bob and doug mackenzie diarama!!!
Chestnuts roasted by casinoskunk @ 02/05/2005 11:20 PM EST
thank you for paying tribute to this game.
some of the cards are so creased after playing hundreds of games. When we have to pick a card from an opponent..we have to hide our entire hand except for the corners of the cards..it's a skill in itself
Chestnuts roasted by Paul @ 02/06/2005 02:34 AM EST
I loved this game as a kind, and luckily my parents have kept pretty much everything I have ever owned. Now that I have moved back in with them after college, I am currently sitting 3 rooms from its storage place in the eaves of our house. Although I haven't played it in years, I may have to now.
Chestnuts roasted by Jay @ 02/07/2005 12:58 AM EST
I got this game for my 8th birthday. It beat the crap out of Crossfire, and that's saying something. I vaguely remember finding the cracked and rat-feces-covered board in the loft of my folks' barn some years ago, but even sadder was that Vul-Kar and the explorers had vanished without a trace. My parents weren't very good at preserving my childhood...
Chestnuts roasted by Yode @ 02/07/2005 01:14 AM EST
And you know, this reminds me of my vote for Awesomest Board Game Ever: Shadowlord. It was in space, it had cool characters and it was by goddamn Parker Brothers. If I ever find my old copy I'll send it to you post-haste.
Chestnuts roasted by Yode @ 02/07/2005 01:25 AM EST
This brought back some serious memories. I never got to play the game more than once because I had few friends, but I loved it just for looks alone. The tiki, the board and the stupid little crystal with its cool (but totally pointless) black bases all impressed me greatly.
I mostly used it as a home for my "monster in my pocket" figures. It was monster island, and the tiki was the vampire's evil castle. He was married to medusa and the Kraken lives in the lake between those perilous bridges.
Chestnuts roasted by Scythemantis @ 02/07/2005 01:37 AM EST
Oh man! This game was THE BEST! I had it, and unlike most of my other toys, I made absolutely sure that no pieces were ever lost. I had no idea it existed before I got it for christmas back in elementary school. I wonder if it is still at my parents' house? DAMN! I HOPE THEY STILL HAVE IT! I WANT IT BACK!
Chestnuts roasted by Homero_G @ 02/07/2005 01:41 AM EST
Freaking wicked game! I remember how the fireball would sometimes get lodged against a corpse, sparing the explorers below from a firey death. And the cover of the box was so cool and detailed!
Chestnuts roasted by ElGuapo @ 02/07/2005 01:58 AM EST
About time you listened to one of my emails and blessed us with that review. Best board game Ive ever played.
Chestnuts roasted by Mr.T @ 02/07/2005 03:14 AM EST
I had Fireball Island when I was little. Box is still at my parents house. My problem is, it's been so long since I played I don't remember the rules and I lost the book. Could someone give a nutshell version of them.
Chestnuts roasted by Fireball Chris @ 02/07/2005 09:33 AM EST
This had a sister game: "Crash Canyon."
It came out the next year with a similar 3-D board, but this time you actually put water in the middle of the board and raced Micro Machines around it! That game was sweet too!
Chestnuts roasted by Dudey @ 02/07/2005 02:23 PM EST
That game was totally lost in my limited memory. Thank you for reignighting that lost fire in my soul. I think I bought that game from a thrift shop sometime in 91. God, what a game. Does anyone remember that other game that consisted of a bridge that shook and would send you and your jewels to the chasm of doom? I cant remember the name...damn.
Chestnuts roasted by Alex @ 02/08/2005 11:34 AM EST
Fuckin A, man. Yeah!
Chestnuts roasted by Megan @ 02/08/2005 07:27 PM EST
Man! That just may be the most entertaining thing I have ever read on the web! If the creator of this website is not a professional writer he should be. I beg you to begin a career in Hollywood immediately and save us from steaming turds like "Joey" smeared at the top of the ratings. With the proper publicity this could be bigger than the JibJab website. Hey, I'm doing my part, I plan on sending a link to all of my friends (all 3 of them....sad, but true). Long live the red guy!!
Chestnuts roasted by Jonzilla @ 02/09/2005 10:49 AM EST
Man---I LOVED this game. totally forgot about it...great article.
Chestnuts roasted by Brad @ 02/16/2005 03:08 PM EST