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
Totopoly, the gambling addiction game involving shady racetrack types
Thrashing Nazis with the roll of the dice
MacBoozle, the Scottish alcoholic puppet
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