Kids who were born in the 90s truly had so many ways to have fun during their free time with friends and family members. There were Saturday morning cartoons, video games, and of course, the everlasting board games. Because of the advancement in manufacturing in the 90s, some board games that were played during that time have fun new mechanics that were considered innovative and creative. Here are a few popular board games that people played in the 90s.
A game that made children anxious about getting bitten by toy crocodiles, Crocodile Dentist requires each player to pull out one tooth out of the crocodile’s mouth without getting bitten by it. Players would need to be careful in pulling out the tooth of the toy crocodile as it has sensitive teeth and can bite at any time. The most sensitive tooth on the crocodile’s mouth will reset every time you open its mouth again after the round, so there is no telling which tooth is going to be the most sensitive.
Don’t Break the Ice is a creative game where players have to tap one ice block for each of their turns without letting the penguin at the top of the board fall at the bottom. There are 32 small ice blocks that players will need to tap to play the game, and there is also one large ice block where the toy penguin named Philip will stand on. Whoever makes Philip the Penguin fall at the bottom loses the game.
Thin Ice is another ice-related board game that involves players placing marbles on a piece stretched out tissue at the top of an igloo base, and whoever places the marble that will break the tissue will lose the round. Players must place the marble by only using tweezers, and they would have to be careful in placing the marbles at the igloo base, as the tissue can break pretty easily. To make it even more challenging, players can mix the marbles with water to make them damp, which makes it easier for the tissue on the base to break.
Arguably the most iconic board game to come out of the 90s, Don’t Wake Daddy allows two to four players to move their game pieces around the board, but they must move them carefully without waking up the toy daddy at the center. In order for the players to change their game pieces’ placement on the board, they would have to use the spinner and move to the tile that has the same color as the one indicated on the spinner.
If they have landed on a tile that has a drawing and a number at the bottom, they would have to press the toy daddy’s snooze button a specified number of times on the tile. The toy can still be sleeping even if you press the snooze button multiple times, but there is a chance that he might wake up. If he does wake up, the player who pressed the snooze button would have to go back to the start. The winner of the board game will be the one who will reach the finish line without waking up the toy.
The game Perfection is contained without a neat device that has a built-in timer and holes where the game pieces are needed to be inserted to win the game. Perfection can be played alone, and the player must set the timer to 60 seconds and try to fit all game pieces on the hole before the timer runs out, which causes all the game pieces to fly out of the board. To make the game easier, you can play it with friends and try to beat the timer together, or you can compete with them to see who will be the fastest to finish the game.
Gooey Louie is a fun game where you have to pull out a “gooey” out of Louie’s nose. The game includes a large toy head with a hole at the bottom of its nose where you pick out its boogers. Players will have to pick out the green stuff out of its nose as fast as they can, and whoever pulls the wrong gooey will make Louie pop out his eyes and lose his brains. Gooey Louie is a simple board game that can be played for five to ten minutes, but the players can decide how many rounds they would have to play to determine the winner.
Dream Phone is a peculiar board game that cashed on the mobile phone trend from the late 80s, as it comes with its own realistic mobile phone with a working screen that is integral to the gameplay. In Dream Phone, players would have to find out the identity of the secret admirer who is answering on the dream phone. There are a total of 24 dream guys to choose from, so playing the game solo can be quite difficult. But there are also four different types of clues to make it easier for players to guess who the secret admirer is.
A classic board game released in 1989, Taboo is an interesting twist to charades where players would have to guess the keyword printed on a card, but the catch is that the one who has drawn the card must use other words to describe the indicated keyword. Players will only have one minute to guess the keyword, which will be shown in the hourglass included in the package. Taboo became so popular in the 90s that Hasbro, its publisher, sold additional packs of cards so that people can continue playing the game. However, the expansion packs are no longer sold today.
Instead of just sitting on a chair and playing a board game on the table, Mr. Bucket encourages players to stand up and run around the room in order to play the game. The Mr. Bucket game comes with four mini shovels and 12 balls that you need to place inside the toy bucket, which has a pair of wheels that allow it to move around the room to make it harder for you to place the balls inside it.
The four mini shovels have different colors, and players must only collect the balls that have the same color as the shovel that they have chosen. Also, Mr. Bucket will sometimes spit out balls out of its mouth, so you would have to get those balls again and put it back to inside the bucket.
Loopin’ Louie is another board game that has the name “Louie” attached to it, but this time, instead of pulling out boogers, players must steer Louie and his plane away from the chickens in your farm. Louie will keep on flying around the board as he tries to snatch away each player’s chicken, but you can prevent him from flying near your farm by slapping the paddle on your side of the board each time he flies below it. The player who is able to defend all of his chickens wins the game.
These are ten of the most iconic board games that became popular in the 90s. Thankfully, almost all of the games mentioned above are still widely available today, but the publishers have improved these games to include modern rules and mechanics that made them simpler and more convenient to play.