Unintentionally Hilarious Vintage Game Cover Photography
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There was time, from around 1960 through the 80's when it was very common to put a photo of people playing the game on the box cover. Today many of these box cover photos look pretty ridiculous, whether it's the excessively formal attire, the dismal facial expressions, or just inexplicably atrocious layout.
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2. No movie/TV tie-ins. As hilarious as the Fonzie and Beverly Hillbillies games are, they don't really belong here.
3. Don't let the game speak for itself. If you post a game you must make some kind of smart-alecky comment.
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51. Board Game: Twister [Average Rating:4.53 Overall Rank:20660]
Board Game: Twister
Paul DeMartino
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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Hmm. Looks like the geek doesn't have an image of the swinging 70s edition. Oh well, a quick trip to ebay later and...

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52. Board Game: Billionaire [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:20165]
Board Game: Billionaire
Nathan Bergom
United States
Towson
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The only words to describe this guy wouldn't go over well on a family-friendly site like BGG. So I'll just stick with this:

"Did you see anything?"
"No, sir, I didn't see you playing with your toys again!"
"Good!"
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53. Board Game: The Bride Game [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
Board Game: The Bride Game
The Bride of Chuckie! Kids Edition

Board Game: The Bride Game
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54. Board Game: Pro Draft [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:15270]
Board Game: Pro Draft
Board Game: Pro Draft


"So in this shot we're looking for the classic leprachaun look."
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55. Board Game: Mind Maze [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:16786]
Board Game: Mind Maze
"Feels perky"

Board Game: Mind Maze
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56. Board Game: The Great Estate [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Board Game: The Great Estate
Andrew Kluessendorf
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
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Jerry Lewis must have been REALLY hard up for cash. I think this is the most bizarre picture on any game I own.

Board Game: The Great Estate


Hey pretty lady!

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57. Board Game: Power Broker [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Power Broker
Andrew Kluessendorf
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Waukesha
Wisconsin
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And oddly the same set up for another Jerry Lewis endorsed game - with the same odd people and the exact same board.

Board Game: Power Broker
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58. Board Game: High Stakes [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
Board Game: High Stakes
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Waukesha
Wisconsin
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Notice the theme here? I think Jerry might have invested poorly in those huge plastic gameboards - they are featured in all 3 games. Or maybe he owed that guy in the center money. The woman is even wearing the same dress.

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59. Board Game: High Five! [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:19465]
Board Game: High Five!
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Everything comes back to fashion on one point or another the publicer of this game must have thought. A brand new game with a nice retro look!
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60. Board Game: Grapple [Average Rating:5.39 Unranked]
Board Game: Grapple
Phil Fleischmann
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Fountain Valley
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Compare to item #3: Fluster.

It's an anagram game. The players are gussing a scrambled word. You can't see it very well, but the dialogue is:

Jonathan Winters: "Is it 'rextute'?"

- Yeah. Sure. It's 'rextute'. Exactly. That's a word. It means "dog fart."

Julia Louis-Dreifus: "Texture!"

- You win.

Kid: "eruxtte...wha?"

- Pay attention, kid. Julia already got it.

I remember what they said because I used to have this game as a kid.
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61. Board Game: Four Sight [Average Rating:5.54 Unranked]
Board Game: Four Sight
Phil Fleischmann
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Fountain Valley
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Play this game. Shave your head. Women, too. Join the cult.

It's unusual for 70's game box:
- it doesn't show anyone actually playing the game
- it's a photo, but altered
- it gives no hint at all what the game is like
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62. Board Game: Whosit? [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:18335]
Board Game: Whosit?
Craig Phillips
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Quincy
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This one was my first thought. How many stereotypes can we cram onto on cover?...wait, it's even funnier when the game gives them names inside...
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63. Board Game: Body Boggle [Average Rating:5.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Body Boggle
Daniel Planteater
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Twister for swingers with a degree in English.
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64. Board Game: Waterworks [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:18400]
Board Game: Waterworks
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Maple Valley
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They had been having a friendly family game in the bunker until Mom said, "Looks like you're having another night where you just can't get the pipe laid Honey."

Brother settled in for the fireworks. Sister's stomach tensed. She knew the game was over.

Board Game: Waterworks

(I blame their family difficulties on them using the tub tray incorrectly.)
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65. Board Game: Quadragammon [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Quadragammon
Just stumbled on this gem on my leisure stroll through the Geek.
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66. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:20662]
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Chino
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It was fun enough just watching the boys play.

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67. Board Game: Password [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4771]
Board Game: Password
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"Motorist, damn it! Motorist!!! Aaaagh!!! I kill you now!!!"
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68. Board Game: Happiness [Average Rating:4.92 Unranked]
Board Game: Happiness
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The printing of this game caused a six-month-long shortage of magenta ink.

World-wide.
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