Milton Bradley, Parker Bros. and Whitman among other companies made various card games for children. Some of the games have been around since the 30s or longer. Some of my favorites were...Old Maid
was a game where you collected cards and tried to discard pairs until you where out of cards. Whoever was left with the Old Maid that didn't have a match was the loser. Go Fish!
Another pairing game where you ask your opponent for a specific card if you already are holding one like it. If the other kid doesn't have one he yells go fish and you have to draw. Crazy Eights
were two more of the more popular card games. War!
Try to gain all of the cards by trumping your opponent with a tougher character. The spy could kill the general but would get wiped out by anything else. MAD card game
1979 be the first to get rid of all of your Alfred E. Newman cards and sabotage your opponents using which way cards to suddenly switch directions of play, draw one you varmit card, etc.
There were four card suits with each getting progressively more chaotic with each higher card value and a which way card for each color.
Yellow Astronaut Suit drifting towards the sun.
Red Union Suit unraveling underwear until Alfred is in the buff.
Green Leisure Suit with more and more food thrown at Alfred.
Blue Suit of Armor falling to pieces.
Sabotage cards Wild! & Wooly! and Exchange hands.
Draw One and a switch directions Which Way card.
Give two and my favorite card the Self-Defense card What Me Worry? You Worry! that can be played if someone tries to sabotage you with a card you karate chop the effects right back at them.
Wild pick any color suit and Joker that you use to win the game if you have less than three cards.Mille Bornes
1954 a race car game with each player trying to rack up the most mileage first. Mille Bornes means 1000 mile stones in French.
Roll out with a green light to begin or throw down the red light to stop a speedy opponent.
Lay on the speed with these cards up to 200 kilometers an hour! Each time the family got together to play this my aunt would provide the sound effects. Vrooooom! Screeeech ! Wooosh ! Crashhh!
Grind your opponents to a halt with a Hazard card! Get yourself back on the road with a remedy card.
Be invincible to certain hazards with the specialty cards.
Here are the original cards. Pit
from 1903 is a commodities trading game that can get pretty crazy with each seller yelling out how many cards they have to trade with potential buyers. Try to corner the market on one commodity collecting all 9 of that type of cards and ring the bell to win. Wheat, Corn, Barley, Coffee, Sugar, Oats, Soybeans and Oranges make up the commodities. Older versions had Rye, Hay and Flax cards. Avoid the bear market (if you get stuck with this at the end you lose 20 points), use the bull market to your advantage as a wild card but if you don't finish it is also minus 20 points if left in your hand. The 70s and 80s versions had a bell, later versions have a slap corner mat probably because of the potential for injury as multiple enthusiastic players slam the bell at once impaling the bottom player's hand. Here is the version I remember and the original cards. Phase 10
1982 be the first to complete all ten phases collecting colors, runs, pairs, etc. Rook
around since 1906, bid on the yellow, black, red and green suits to take tricks. The rook card trumps all. Here are various versions plus the original. Skip-bo
1967 you have a stock pile of cards that need to be discarded in numerical order on shared build piles. Skip-bo cards are wild. Hand and Foot
1982 is a canasta type game for teams taking tricks with a set of cards in their hand and a second set that is picked up when the hand is gone (the foot). My mother-in-law plays it all the time with five decks of playing cards. Dukes of Hazzard
1981 meld out with three good guys or three lawmen. Use a Road Block to reverse directions and go again. Speed Trap the next player loses a turn. Parking Ticket the next player draws 2 and can't meld or discard. Hazzard County Clout throws the speed trap and parking ticket effects back on the person who played it. Hogg Wild is a draw four plus they cannot meld or discard. Annie
Leapin' Lizards, they even made a Annie card game in 1982. First to spell Annie wins.Mr. Men
1976 play memory with Mr. Messy, Mr. Bump, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Happy, Mr. Daydream, Mr. Topsy-Turvy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Greedy and Mr. Sneeze.Cabbage Patch Kids
1984 rescue kids and place them in good homes. Cabbage Jack will try to stop you.Strawberry Shortcake Kitchen Capers
1983 collect recipe cards and avoid the Purple Pie Man who tries to steal them.Strawberry Shortcake Double Berry Talk
1983 match fruit cards to make recipes.
Strawberry Shortcake Pick a Basket
1983 collect fruit basket cards for Strawberry Shortcake's house warming party.Paddington Bear
1974 another British bear like his older and more famous cousin Winnie the Pooh except he eats marmalade instead of honey. Make sets to win.Snoopy
1974 pick your favorite character Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, Franklin or Linus and follow the doggy prints. match your cards to win. Get dog food bowls to move. Snoopy Ha Ha cards can't be matched and end your turn. Smurf Spin-a-round
1983 this dizzy smurf dispenses cards to match the board and beat Gargamel to the finish. Shirt Tales
1983 match the animals and the color of their shirts to win.Garfield
1982 find Garfield's favorite things like eating lasagna to win. Ewoks Say Cheese
1984 cards reveal pieces of the puzzle but try to hold onto the final piece. Ewoks Favorite Five
1984 match all 5 of a color from your opponent.Kermit the Frog
1980 play all of your Kermit the Frog acts cards on your opponent's piles to win.Miss Piggy
1980 collect Ms. Piggy faces to play on suits to win. The Great Muppet Caper
1981 play out the parts of the movie with story cards or steal your buddies puzzle cards with a thief. Mr.T
1983 see who is the toughest with Mr. T and his friends from his animated T.V. show. HE-MAN and the Masters of the Universe
1983 play war with your favorite Heroic Warriors and Evil Henchmen.Transformers
1985 play The Transformers Truth Game by bluffing your opponent or telling the truth, Robot Battle war with your favorite Decepticons and Autobots, The Transformers Brainpower memory game and The Transformers Shout finding doubles. Marvel Super Heroes
1978 match heroes but don't get stuck with Dr. Doom!Gremlins
1984 help Billy get to five locations in Kingston Falls and warn people on the way. Check off each place with Gizmo or run away from Stripe.Gremlins
1984 avoid getting gremlins at all costs the player with the fewest gremlins at the end wins.E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
1982 get all of the adventure cards to win, avoid the danger cards. Dark Crystal
1982 match characters and collect points for your color in a race against the suns. Get pieces of the Dark Crystal before the great conjunction. Return of the Jedi Play for Power
1983 I loved these cards with five games to play from.
Alien Adventure: trade then battle your aliens in the first to collect 32 cards.
Creature Concentration: memory match game.
Super Solitaire: Put all the cards in order if you can.
Jedi Apprentice: war for beginners.
Jedi Master: advanced war for up to four player with traps, multi-battles, colors and number values, and the force. Pac-Man
1982 a fun way to add, subtract and multiply your power points with Pac-Man and the ghosts. First to 100 points wins.Q*Bert
1983 build your Q*Bert a pyramid with cards and sabotage your opponent's progress by sending snakes and monsters over to their pyramid. Donkey Kong
1983 capture Donkey Kong by building a tower and moving your Mario up to reach him but watch out for barrels and fireballs. Popeye
1983 get matches to collect love from Olive Oyl watch out for Brutus and the Old Hag. Water Works
1972 this fantastic game is so simple yet fun. Build a pipe line from valve to spout to connect the water supply before your opponents do. Your opponents will try to crack your lead pipes. Fix your leaks with wrenches and protect against future attacks with brass pipes. UNO
1971 match cards in your hand by number or color to the discard pile on your turn to get rid of them as fast as you can. When you get down to one yell UNO! If you forget or someone is faster in calling it out you have to draw two cards. Use the reverse to switch directions of game play, skip to force a player to lose a turn and force player to draw additional cards. I always tried to save the wild cards (pick a color) for last for a quick win. Where's the Beef?
1984 score the most during each of the three rounds by finding the beef. Based on the memorable slogan from Wendy's restaurants where this little old lady shouts at the competitors while eating their hamburgers demanding to know where the beef is. Wendy's claimed by making patties square you got more beef in the corners. My favorite commercial was the first with the two other old ladies complaining about the burger then Clara Peller yelling, "Where's the Beef?" in later commercials she even called these burger joint owners and yelled it over the phone with humorous results. There was also a board game.
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