Press Rewind: Games that require a VCR
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Inspired by the thread http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/91518 about DVD games. There was quite some comparison drawn between DVD games and their VCR-based predecessors. The general concensus was that the VCR games were of mediocre quality at best, and left to a fate of obscurity and thrift store fare.

Having played one or two VCR games in the past, I looked for a Geeklist about VCR games, only to find none. This list fills that void. Please feel free to add to it.

And don't forget, Betamax counts, too!

(I've been trying to include images that show the tape itself.)
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Be careful during extreme close-ups, lest you get a pawn stuck in your eye.
 
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Here is another game requiring a VCR.

My copy has the tape but not the mini's

Oh, bother!
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5. Board Game: EPYX Play Action VCR Football [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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From the designer of the "Wings of War" series.
 
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7. Board Game: Clue II VCR Mystery Game [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:11616]
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9. Board Game: Nightmare III [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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11. Board Game: Clue VCR Mystery Game [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:10692]
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gamemark wrote:
derk wrote:
Whether gamers or non-gamers regard them better/worse than standard boardgames. For instance, is the new Clue with an included DVD better than the original?


Actually, it is. I had the privilege of playtesting the American version and find that it actually has less luck involved (though it's stil present) and the mysteries are more interesting. The animation isn't going to win any awards, but it helped put Clue back on my "playlist", so to speak.
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One of the more recent additions to the genre of VCR game. Even includes James Earl Jones as The Voice of Vader.
 
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13. Board Game: VCR 221B Baker Street [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
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14. Board Game: VCR Top Rank Boxing Game [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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I've played this one a few times. This is a cooperative game, with all players racing each other to defeat a common enemy, which hosed players via the videotape.

One of the games I remember best was due to one incident of foul language in front of children. The game was progressing slowly for us, and the interruptions from our VCR-generated Klingon adversary were becoming steadily more annoying. My father responded to one interruption by hollering out "What do you want, you Klingon a**hole?!?!?" in front of myself, my younger brother and his friend, all about 12 or under. My mother then turned to Dad with an exclamation of shock and a look that I now know to be "You will be sleeping on the couch tonight". Ah, my formative years!
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16. Board Game: Doorways to Adventure [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:14166]
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17. Board Game: Candy Land VCR Board Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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This cannot be! Candyland... and television! Together! *gehg*
 
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Don't see this one on the list yet
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We played this a fair amount back in the late '80s. You watch a quick series of pictures, then pick them out from your cards. It was fun, and good for all ages.
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20. Board Game: Atmosfear: The Soul Rangers [Average Rating:5.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.48 Unranked]
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21. Board Game: Doorways to Horror [Average Rating:5.41 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Let's Go To The Races [Average Rating:5.28 Unranked]
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A VCR horse racing game
 
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23. Board Game: VCR California Games [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Isaac Asimov's Robots VCR Mystery Game [Average Rating:5.05 Unranked]
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Published by the Eastman Kodak Company, and endorsed by Asimov himself.

I did read the novel "I, Robot". It felt more like a collection of loosely-themed short stories that eventually became a novel (Bradbury did this all the time, too).
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25. Board Game: VCR Dogfight [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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I wonder how well this idea works out in reality. It looks like a light wargame, and it has Battletech-style damage sheets for your plane. It sounds like the tape was merely there for chrome's sake.
 
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