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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Squatter [sold]

Day35_48 copySquatter
made by John Sands, Australia 1962

Squatter – the ‘sheep farming game’ was created by Robert C. Lloyd and launched at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1962. It was described at the time as an Australian version of Monopoly- but Monopoly was never as complex and ‘realistic’ as this game.

This is an original game from 1962- it’s never been used. It’s in excellent condition and ready for 2-6 players to while away 1-2 hours trading sheep and reliving Christmases past. Who doesn’t remember scouring the ‘Ready Reckoner’ to decide when and how many sheep to sell or buy? Oh the memories come flooding back.

Squatter is for sale- buy now for Christmas! $AUD45

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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The Wacky Races [sold]

wacky races board gameThe Wacky Races board game
made in Australia 1969

“Object: outwit DICK DASTARDLY and bring YOUR CARDS home first.” Who doesn’t want to outwit Dick Dastardly? I know I do. And remember his dog Muttley? Wow that dog had an evil sense of humour! This classic board game is for 2 to 4 players, and for ages 7 to 15.

This is a Milton Bradley game, made in Australia by John Sands. All the playing pieces have the same ‘wacky’ graphics as the box lid- and all the pieces & instructions are intact. Relive your childhood – remember the Wacky Races on Saturday arvo TV? – or introduce the next generation to the fun that comes from playing a game with a villan called Dick. [Full name:  Richard “Dick” Milhous Dastardly.]

With an “average playing time 30 minutes” this game will brighten a rainy Saturday afternoon, whilst leaving you enough time to catch cartoon time on TV.

The game is for sale: $AUD25 -Wacky!