Monday, November 27, 2023

Having a Blast!

 This week's game is amazingly simple, but has a good gimmick to it. I'm talking about Battleboard from 1972! Let's take a look!

This is the box. The "Air Raising Action" quote kind of tips you off to what this game is all about. If you didn't get it, the picture of one kid hitting a plunger and blowing the other kid's piece off the board should.

This is what you see when you open the box.

And here are the instructions; helpfully printed on the inside of the box top. The goal to the game is simple. You have to be the first player to move any two of your pieces to the wall without getting literally blown away!

This is looking down on the field. I actually didn't set this up correctly for these pictures, since the King piece should be one row up from the knights. Still, it's a good view of the holes. Pushing a plunger on one side will send a blast of air through the hole on the other side.

Here's a close up of the pieces. 

And this is your view while playing. 

This is a game I actually had as a kid (although this copy is an eBay find). So, is it fun? Well, actually, yes! There is a surprising amount of strategy involved in finding out where those little dudes are and making it to the wall. It also feels pretty good to send one of them flying! Heck, you can just sit there and see how far you can make them fly!

So, Ideal took a very simple game and made it fun by adding a gizmo, which is a very boomer board game thing to do. Game designers were a different breed back then, I guess!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!


  1. Stu, I have a question:
    If you blast the air into one of your "holes," HOW does it connect to the exact "other side" hole - to blow up your enemy?
    (The inside box instructions are blurry, I can't enlarge it to see if that shows anything about the construction underneath the game "board.")

    Oh, one more question:
    Is it possible to hit your opponent's eye??
    Cuz that would add to the suspense.

    Thank you for sharing, Stu!


  2. There are air channels under the board (molded into the plastic) that connect the sides. It's simple, but it works well!
    Oh, sure, you can peg an eye if you get lucky (or your opponent gets really unlucky) but it would be tricky to time it right. Maybe you could say, "Hey look! I never noticed the design molded into this board! You have to look really close..." Then POW!


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