In an era of advanced phones, tablets and the web it’s anything but difficult to overlook that only 20 years back table games were extremely popular.

Awakening on your Birthday or at Christmas and accepting a fresh out of the box new table game was something most 90s children pined for.

Here we’re going to take a nostalgic look back on some of the greatest games we owned pre-digital age. Who remembers the game with the video tape?


The dress-the-donkey game that kept you on edge from the moment you began. Some instructions are as follows each player places an item onto the Donkeys back, with the loser the one who causes Buck to, well, buck.

Crossbows and Catapults

Crossbows and Catapults, also known as Battlegrounds, is a game of physical skill first released in 1983. You will notice that in the original version, the two armies are called the Impalers of the Clannic Shelf and the Doomlords of Gulch.

Domino Rally

What could possibly be more fun than setting up a huge line of domino’s and watching them all fall – especially with loop-de-loops and catapults thrown in for good measure?


This very interesting and unique game, Downfall consists of a vertical board with five slotted dials on each side. Each player starts with ten numbered tokens or discs at the top of the board.

Game of Life

The Game of Life consists of a track on which players travel by spinning a small wheel with spaces numbered 1 through 10. Inside the box you will see playing pieces are small, coloured, plastic vehicles which come with holes in the top, where players place pegs to show off marriage, mortgage, kids etc.

Ghost Castle


If you remember the Ghost Castle board game, then you’ll remember the glow in the dark skull, the knight in armour and the skeleton in the dungeon. Absolute classic game from the 80’s.

Go for Broke!

One of the funnest games ever for those of us who LOVED to spend money.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Carnage! The most adrenaline fuelled two minutes of any child’s life. Frantically smashing the lever in the hope of collecting the most plastic balls before your friends.



Mastermind or Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game was invented in 1970 and resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows.



The object is to put all the pieces into matching holes on the board before the time limit runs out.