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Mousie Mousie - catch 'em as they run - Spear's Games

Released by Spear's Games Ltd. in 1963, I remember playing this when I was about six years old. The idea was simple, one person was the mouse catcher whilst the others controlled their respective coloured mouse. Role the dice and if a red or a blue came up, get those mice out of the catcher's cup range. A red counter was handed over to the catcher if you were caught and vice versa if your mouse escaped. Lovely game and in such a small box. They would never dream of making something as simple as this nowadays. Real pity these games are not brought back. A much more upto date version was introduced with the catcher's cup resembling a toilet plunger - this game was called "Pounce." It did little justice to the original.

mousie-mousie

mousie-mousie rules

Valley of the Dinosaurs - Arrow Games Ltd.

Made in 1977 by Arrow Games Ltd. (part of the Milton Bradley Company), this was a board game created from the cartoon adventures "Valley of the Dinosaurs" produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1974. The cartoon series lasted for 16 episodes each lasting around 20 or so minutes. I seem to remember the Butler family were boating on the Colorado river when a freak whirlpool drags their boat into a lost prehistoric valley. The game is concerned with getting each of the Butler family members across the terrifying valley with the help of a friendly family of cave dwellers whom I think were called "Lok, Gara, Gorok and Tana."

Each family had its own daft pet to get into trouble. The winner of the game was the first player to safely guide his/her character to a cave in the center of the board.

Valley of the dinosaurs

Below are images from the opening titles of the cartoon

Click here for the introductory music (473Kb Wav file)

Deep in the heart of the Amazon, the Butler family was exploring an uncharted river canyon.

Suddenly,...caught up in a violent whirlpool, they were propelled through an underground cavern, and flung into a hostile world of giant prehistoric creatures.

A world that time forgot.

Now befriended by a family of cave dwellers, each day is an adventure in survival for the Butlers in.... the "Valley Of The Dinosaurs."

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Valley of the Dinosaurs

Highway Robbery - Arrow Games Ltd.

Not entirely sure when this game was made but I have had it for a few years now. The game concerned the adventures of Dick Turpin and players took on the role of a highwayman or agent of the Crown. The Crown agent took on the responsibility of the operation of the Mail Coach whilst directing the men of the King who were attempting to arrest the highwaymen. The winner of the game was the player who got the most booty which could be either highwayman or crown agent.

Highway Robbery

Pippa Dolls - thank you to Patricia for kindly pointing out that not all games were for boys and for the images.

I should point out that I know nothing about these dolls of course and I am merely transferring Pat's comments about her experiences with the dolls. Patricia got her first Pippa Doll in 1976 and has collected them ever since. The doll was created by Palitoy which was a UK company responsible for other games such as: Action Man (including the Scorpion Tank), Tiny Tears (again I know nothing about these dolls, although I seem to remember my sister having one of these), Star Wars stuff, Super Striker (have one these somewhere) and some classic board games including "Horse of the Year," "The Incredible Hulk," "That's Life" & "The Magnificent Race" to name but a few.

Loads of extras were available for these dolls including; skirts, trousers and tops, coats and outside clothing as wells as horses and cars.

Pippa Doll

Pippa Doll

Pippa Doll

Check back soon to see more classic games from the 70s and 80s.

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