Easily Amused

Observatory

When I was writing ‘Paperboy’, I referenced of some of the games I remembered playing as a child. I was clearing out the notes today and thinking about how ropey most of these amusements were, from the Pelham puppets which all looked like the same puppet in different clothes, to the ink-stained frustration that was the John Bull printing press (fiddly bits of type that defied any kind of printing).
Escalado was a horse race game which comprised a green baize strip, a G-clamp, six poisonous lead horses and a ratchet to make said strip shiver back and forth, stimulating forward movement in the steeds, although what actually happened was that they fell over (and presumably had to be shot). Here, before they go, are the other games. NB: Magic Robot depicted on lid may not be same size in actual game.

Taxi! reproduced the misery of trying to find a cab in London

Taxi! reproduced the misery of trying to find a cab in London


Totopoly, the gambling addiction game involving shady racetrack types

Totopoly, the gambling addiction game involving shady racetrack types


Thrashing Nazis with the roll of the dice

Thrashing Nazis with the roll of the dice

MacBoozle, the Scottish alcoholic puppet

MacBoozle, the Scottish alcoholic puppet


Magic Robot; took it to bits to find out how it worked, couldn't get it to work afterwards

Magic Robot; took it to bits to find out how it worked, couldn't get it to work afterwards


Escalado, left G-clamp marks on dining room table

Escalado, left G-clamp marks on dining room table

3 comments on “Easily Amused”

  1. Evelyn Sawyer says:

    Spent a very happy holiday in about 1989 in a caravan park in Yorkshire with friends, drinking too much and spending wet days indoors playing Escape from Colditz. Everybody wanted to be the English and nobody wanted to be the Germans. In the end we got a video camera and filmed each move so we could watch it back in minutes. I have no idea why! Taxi rings a vague bell, too. Great Game of Britain was the best though, especially if you could cut people off on a Scottish island.

  2. Mike Cane says:

    >>>six poisonous lead horses

    LMAO!!! Yes! I also wonder how much lead were in those Matchbox and Dinky Toys we got from you lot. Still, I feel fine. *twitch* Oh wait. Let me call my solicitor.

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