Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Retro Children's Board Games (Giveaway)

Yes. Again. I'm not here with books but with a final giveaway before Christmas! :) (Hope you'll forgive me.)

I've talked about Winning Moves Games before. I like them because they have (new) vintage editions of well-known board games.

My husband and his family are strategy game players which is great but I can't say that I'm a big strategy game fan. I like playing "simple" games that you can converse over. I'm the one who is happy playing the children's games and my favorite is Clue.

However, I can't stand newer editions of Clue. Mrs. Scarlett isn't anyone that I would like my young boys meeting anytime soon. Must we make everyone look as realistically slinky as possible? I'm not going to play it with my eight-year-old, thanks! And so I was excited to see that Winning Moves released a classic edition of the game which is not modernized in objectionable in any way (unless, of course, you are referring to the concept of committing murder which I guess contains a bit of irony!).

I have thoroughly enjoyed playing Clue with Bookworm1 now that we have an edition that I can rest easy around. (For the record, we did play with a somewhat modern version that I located at Goodwill which was still in possession of a fairly tame Miss Scarlett.) As I generally see no need to introduce sultry women to my young sons I really appreciate the fact that Winning Moves released this edition and I'm very contented with it.

I'm not going to bother with sharing the rules of the game of Clue or Candy Lane because if you live in America I just can't fathom you having existed your entire life without playing either.

I have no objects to modern versions of Candy Land, in case you were wondering - but the new big-eyed, bright colored illustrations on the box does make me sigh a slightly exasperated sigh. What appeals to the modern child clearly does not appeal to me and so I was also very excited to see that Winning Moves also released an edition of Candy Land which is a replica of the original (first appearing on the scene in 1945). The box also contains a bit of the history surrounded this now-popular non-strategic (and sometimes very long) game. It was created by a patient who was recovering from Polio and then picked up by Milton Bradley in 1949. The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm glad to have this beautiful edition to play with my kids (when the mood strikes).

If you are a fan of older editions of board games, first off, you should check in with Winning Moves and check out their many offerings.

Secondly, if you are a fan of the above two games and would like to win them for yourself or for someone you love, please simply leave a comment blow. This contest will be open through Thursday, December 18th and is open to U.S. Residents only. Do not forget to leave a valid e-mail for me to contact you at should your name be drawn as the winner.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER, as selected by, IS #14 - Cassandra! Congrats!

Many thanks to Winning Moves who sent copies of the above games my direction in order to facilitate this review. I received no additional compensation and all opinions - as always - are 100% my very own.


petite said...

The games are just what I remember and are meaningful for my grandchildren. thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

many thanks for this great giveaway which would be perfect. Board games for little ones. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Our (modernish) Candy Land's box is in tatters, and we're Clue-less. Sign me up!

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Sherry said...

Well, as our Candy Land game is quite beat up from years of play by young children, it would be especially fun to win. And we love "Clue" too! And I am the same about preferring older, classic versions of games.


*carrie* said...

I used to love playing Clue, but haven't played in ages. I think my parents still have our very old version at their house, so perhaps we can pull it out when I'm home for Christmas!

I definitely agree that I prefer the older, more tasteful illustrations. It's a shame when classic characters are modernized. One other example that comes to mind is Thomas the Train--he looks so different now!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

A couple Halloweens ago, I had a Clue Themed party. Love it!!

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Alicia said...

I would love these! Those are the versions I played with as a child!


Sarah said...

Generous, timely & relevant giveaway! Thank you!

Tarissa said...

My family would love these games! I've never even played Clue. Thanks!

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Sandra said...

Nice giveaway! Would love to win these!

Bluerose said...

I've never played Clueless, but just looking at it reminds me of Agatha Christie books, making me think I would like it.

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Bluerose said...

^ Clue... See, I even put the wrong name! ;)

Ami said...

Our board games are a mess, we need to start over! amisegna1 (at) msn (dot) com

Cassandra said...

How fun! I haven't played either game in years but would love to revisit these classics.

bekahcubed said...

My family grew up playing a variety of versions of Clue - all of them gleaned from used stores - but I don't think we got all the way back to the "classic" one. We did NOT play Candyland.

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