So many of the board games we played growing up were around long before our favorite decade began… so as much as we ♥ Monopoly, Candy Land, and Stratego, we aren’t able to sing their praises here.
But we CAN profess our love for Guess Who?
The strategy game that had you battling head-to-head in a showdown to guess the identity of the person on your game piece first hit U.S. toy stores in 1982. So (whew!) we’re clear.
Milton Bradley introduced the game in Great Britain in 1979, and it was such a hit that an American release was an obvious move for the toy company. And it was big. Really big.
The game itself was so easy that it was listed as being for ages 6 and up (with 6-8 being the ideal ages, in our humble opinion). All you had to do was sit in front of your game board, which included flip tiles for 24 different people, and ask yes or no questions in a race to beat your little brother and figure out who his person was.
Is you person male? Yes. (Flip down all the ladies.) Is he blonde? No. (Flip down all the fair-haired gents.) Is he wearing a hat? No. (Flip down all the chapeau-sporting blokes.) Does he look like a sketchy guy you’d find in a park offering children free candy? Yes. (It’s Tom!)
See? Super fun!
The original version wasn’t thought out very well–– there were only 9 women among the tiles, so if your opponent answered yes to ‘Is your person female?’, you knocked out 62.5% (How’s that for 5th grade math?!) of their tiles with just one question.
Subsequent versions fixed this problem.
Guess Who? is actually still around and doing quite well for itself. And it’s expanded to include versions including characters from Star Wars, Disney, and even superheroes.
We don’t have much in the way of board games from our favorite decade, but the ones we DO have are pretty darn good… so even though Operation and Uncle Wiggily don’t make the cut here at BoTE, we’ll always look back fondly on awesome games like Guess Who?
We ♥ Guess Who?