Bushland Friends

Bushland Friends board gameBushland Friends board game
made in Australia 1956

The third in my posts on retro board games- this game purports to be a “cute little folks animal game”. For ages 4 to 8, this game involves spinning a dial featuring Australian animals [and, weirdly, a rabbit] and moving along a forest path made up of the same animals- thus “players simply match pictures of loveable little animals – there is no reading.”

It’s not all fun and games, however- players landing on occupied spaces can bump their opponents off. Even 4 years old need to understand the harsh competitive world that is board games!

As you can see on the image, the game originally sold for 99 cents. While the game is in good order, and ready for some bumping-off action, it doesn’t contain it’s playing pieces. However, since these were only dull plastic discs [and not, as I imagined, Australian marsupials- a la monopoly pieces] – the new owner of this game is obliged to supply their own.

The game is for sale: $AUD15

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Retro games

Pin the Tail on the Donkey [vintage game 1960s]Pin the Tail on the Donkey
John Sands, made in Australia 1960s

Ah nostalgia! I remember playing this game at birthday parties – and I remember the graphics on the box so clearly. ‘Party Fun for 2-12 Players!’

The game is in good vintage condition- the game has been played before and the donkey exhibits several pin holes in various parts of his anatomy. [Oh how we laughed when some child, filled with lollies and cake was spun round and round until vertigo set in, only to pin the tail on the donkeys head. Hilarious!]

Relive your childhood parties – or host a vintage children’s party with this game; it is for sale: $AUD25

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Bushland Friends board game

Bushland Friends board gameBushland Friends board game
made in Australia 1956

The third in my posts on retro board games- this game purports to be a “cute little folks animal game”. For ages 4 to 8, this game involves spinning a dial featuring Australian animals [and, weirdly, a rabbit] and moving along a forest path made up of the same animals- thus “players simply match pictures of loveable little animals – there is no reading.”

It’s not all fun and games, however- players landing on occupied spaces can bump their opponents off. Even 4 years old need to understand the harsh competitive world that is board games!

As you can see on the image, the game originally sold for 99 cents. While the game is in good order, and ready for some bumping-off action, it doesn’t contain it’s playing pieces. However, since these were only dull plastic discs [and not, as I imagined, Australian marsupials- a la monopoly pieces] – the new owner of this game is obliged to supply their own.

The game is for sale: $AUD15

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Go to the Top of the Class

Go to the Top of the Class board gameGo to the Top of the Class board game
made in Australia 1956

The game -Go to the top of the Class -was originally made in 1936. This 1956 version was released to coincide with the TV program of the same name. The program had a simple question and answer format, which the game also uses. In America, the program and game was called ‘Go to the Head of the Class’, in Spain it was ‘El primero de la Clase’.

I love the 50s graphics on the game lid- there’s the laid back father, the consoling mother, the humiliated brother and the triumphant sister. Test your knowledge of 50s maths/music/and trivia with this superb game! For 2 to 9 players; age no barrier.

The game has an average play time of 90 minutes- but could be longer if your sister tends towards extreme triumphantism.

The game is for sale: $AUD25

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