In an age of smart phones, tablets and the internet it’s easy to forget that just 20 years ago boardgames were all the rage.

Waking up on your Birthday or at Christmas and receiving a brand new board game was something most 80s and 90s kids pined for, but nowadays it’s all about games consoles and digital technology.

Here we’re going to take a nostalgic look back on some of the greatest games we owned pre-digital age. Who remembers the game with the video tape?


The dress-the-donkey game that kept you on edge from the moment you began. Each player places an item onto the Donkeys back, with the loser the one who causes Buck to, well, buck.

Crossbows and Catapults

Crossbows and Catapults, also known as Battlegrounds, is a game of physical skill first released in 1983. In the original version, the two armies are called the Impalers of the Clannic Shelf and the Doomlords of Gulch.

The Impalers inhabit the Clannic Shelf, a large floating rock island 500 metres above the surface of Otherworld. The shelf has a gravitational effect on the Doomlords, causing them to have a shorter, squatter frame than the Impalers.

Domino Rally

What could possibly be more fun than setting up a huge line of domino’s and watching them all fall – especially with loop-de-loops and catapults thrown in for good measure?


Downfall consists of a vertical board with five slotted dials on each side. Each player starts with ten numbered tokens or discs at the top of the board.

The object of the game is to move the discs to the bottom of the board by turning the dials. Players alternate turns moving the dials and cannot move a dial that their opponent has just moved. The winner is the first player to move all of their discs into the tray at the bottom.

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