Board Games

I was excited to say the least when I got the privilege to un-box and play the much anticipated Labyrinth The Board Game which has just hit the site once again! We gathered a few pals, popped a bottle of fizz (befitting the occasion we felt) and set off on our way to take on the Labyrinth!

In order to not affect the wonderment and mystery surrounding this oh-so popular creation, I won’t give too much away about the details of play, however I will share with you that this game is focused around dice play and you all play as a team to achieve the end goal of defeating Jareth The Goblin King and releasing Sarah’s little baby brother Toby!

Here are a few pics to whet your appetite!

So what’s in the box?? This amazing game includes…

  • 5 highly collectable figurine renditions of the main characters: Jareth the goblin king; Sarah; Hoggle; Ludo; Sir Didymus and Ambrosius
  • Rules booklet – 16 pages
  • 2’x2′ game board – lavishly illustrated with inspiring new artwork featuring all the legendary places from the movie, including the Obliette, the Bog of eternal stench, the Goblin City and Jareth’s Castle.
  • 32 Labyrinth cards
  • Over 30 game tokens
  • 6 polyhedral dice (D4,D6,D8,D10,D12,D20)
  • 6 Reference cards
  • 4 character sheets, 4 ability cards & 4 weakness cards.
  • 4 card stand ups: Humongous, Goblin Infantry, Goblin Cavalry & Goblin Artillery.
  • Goblin clock & clock hand.

If you are a fan of the magical, wonderful, superb, movie Labyrinth, you NEED to play this game. You could even paint the collectable figures should you so wish (paints not supplied).

As true fans of Labyrinth ourselves, we have a huge selection of amazing (and often exclusive to TruffleShuffle.com) Labyrinth merchandise for you to peruse. Sure to find something for any fan.

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Remember the days before iPads and Playstations where you had to use your imagination a little or play the game with an actual person in the same room?? No nor me, but apparently they are now retro games and toys!! Whether it was the family favourite board game or your favourite sylvanian family it now seems far more friendly and sociable than shouting at a french 15 year old whose just crushed your kill ratio on Call of Duty. Get ready to hop back to the 1980s, because we’re revisiting some of the best 80s toy commercials. They may have only lasted an average of 30 seconds (Hard to believe, right?) and been packed with loads of imagery, a jingle and the usual fast-talking small print but they live on for years conjuring great memories of enthusiastically writing Christmas lists mid September! So get ready for a trip down memory lane as I show you my favourite toy commercials of the 1980s! So sit back, relax and get ready to remember what playtime was like before technology took over.

Teddy Ruxpin the storytelling bear was one of the most popular 1980s toys. Today, a toy like this would be able to recognize what kids said to him and respond and be completely programmed on some sort of chip. Back in the day, Teddy Ruxpin worked with a cassette tape but we all still thought he was the coolest thing in the world. Can you imagine a toy running on a cassette tape today?

In the 80s, there wasn’t a single girl that didn’t have at least one My Little Pony in her toy collection. You could do all sorts of fun stuff with a My Little Pony like comb and brush her hair, tie a ribbon on her tail and look at her standing on her immobile legs. It’s hard to imagine a toy like this keeping kids’ interest today, but my sister and my cousin used to spend hours with their My Little Ponies.

The 80s also had some cool outdoor toys. The Pogo Bal was definitely one the coolest. I was definitley a Pogo Ball master. It even turned parents in to big kids (Oh, just mine then?). Simplicity like this probably wouldn’t entertain kids these days for too long but I remember having competition with my sister for hours!!

A boy gets to a certain age and all he cares about is winding up and grossing out his parents and siblings. To help please welcome the Madball – the totally sick, gross, freaky, ugly and funny ball. Gross for one! Gross for all! At least until you dog decides to spend the afternoon ‘playing’ with it….

Being car-mad from a very young age this minature marvels were of course my favourite toy!! With micro ads the MicroMachine guy was REALLY good at fitting as much information as possible into a 15-second slot. I can’t understand all of what he’s saying, but he sounds so excited that I wanted to buy all the MicroMachines, NOW!

What was your favorite childhood toy? Let us know in the comments!

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We’ve all got cherished memories of the favourite toys we had when we were growing up and here at TruffleShuffle we are dedicated to bringing these memories flooding back to you with a collection of great Games T-Shirts and Toys T-Shirts.  I am going to take you lucky people on a trip down memory lane with this blog post and then bring you bang up to date as I take a look at some of our favourite toys and games we had when we were younger and what those toys look like now, some of them have evolved in very interesting ways…

My Little Pony first trotted onto the scene in 1983 and was instantly popular with little girls all over the world.  First arrivals included Blossom, Cotton Candy, Minty and Snuzzle and there have been many more additions over the years including fan favourites such as Applejack, Princess Sparkle and Lickety Split.  The cute and girly look of these toys are instantly recognisable and synonymous with the 80s!

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Aaw! Some of the original early favourites.

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A very impressive My Little Pony collection!

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Cute and girly.

My Little Pony has evolved over the years, but the most radical makeover came in the form of My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic which launched in 2010.  These ponies have been given a new Japanese inspired style and have gained a whole new fan base of boys and girls of all ages.  The ‘Brony’ fandom are a passionate lot and their community has made sure that the love for My Little Pony is still going strong after all these years.

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The new gang!

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic figures

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A dedicated Pinkie Pie fan with her collection.

Mario burst onto the scene in 1981 as part of the game Donkey Kong, he clearly wasn’t interested in playing second fiddle to the great ape though as in 1985 he got his very own game in the shape of the classic Super Mario Bros on the NES.  This was a hugely popular game all over the world and was the introduction of side scrolling platform games to many 80s kids, including myself!

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The original Super Mario Bros from 1985.

Sequels and new games have followed over the years on a variety of different consoles including NES, SNES, Gameboy, N64, Gamecube, DS and Wii.  A big shake up occurred on the N64 when Mario was thrown into a massive 3D world in the smash hit Mario 64 game.  This was another classic and is often described as one of the best games ever made!

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Mario enters the third dimension with Mario 64.

Mario is still as popular as ever, even now.  Nintendo are great at keeping the franchise fresh while still harking back to it’s roots, check out the picture below for one of Mario’s recent adventures, it’s still reminiscent of his first Mushroom Kingdom venture!

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Mario has been brought up to date but with a wink to his beginnings.

Monopoly is a staple board game for many families to while away an hour, or two, or three!  It was bought over to UK in the 1930s and is one of those iconic games that has never gone out of fashion since.  The fight for money and property is just as relevant now as it’s always been!

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Love those retro graphics!

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The classic Monopoly board, I'll take Park Lane please!

To keep Monopoly fresh in the modern world there have been a load of special editions introduced over the last few years based on licenses that everyone knows and loves.  Some of these new editions include Disney, The Simpsons, My Little Pony, Nintendo, Marvel Superheroes, Pokemon, Doctor Who, Hello Kitty and many more!  Some of which will be heading our way soon! There really is a Monopoly for everyone.

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We would love to get our hands on this Disney version of the game!

Mouse Trap was another board game that a lot of 80s kids will remember fondly, although it was originally introduced in 1963!  The classic game of cat and mouse involved moving around the board whilst building a crazy contraption that acted as the mouse trap in the final part of the game.

Mouse Trap

A game of cat and mouse!

Mouse Trap

The classic contraption we all know and love.

Mouse Trap has now been dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world with a complete overhaul, this version features a brand new board featuring a similar amount of crazy gadgets and courses for marbles to roll down.  It all looks very exciting but does it have the charm of the original game!?

Mouse Trap

This brand new board is all new and even stranger than before!

Street Fighter was an arcade game released in 1987 that enjoyed moderate success at the time but it wasn’t till the sequel came out that the series really took off.  Street Fighter II which featured characters such as Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile and Blanka enjoyed massive success in the early 90s, everyone who played it had their own favourite character and could spend hours every day learning moves and perfecting their combos.  It was massive in the arcades and became huge at home too when it was released on the SNES and Megadrive.

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The original Street Fighter selection screen, only eight characters...

There have been countless sequels over the years and with Ultra Street Fighter IV due for release in early 2014 the character roster has been expanded hugely!  The early characters are still around though and just as popular as ever, you can never beat the classics!  Chun Li FTW!

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...and look at all the characters now, a ton of new faces!

Last but not least we have the board game Battleship, the game went from humble beginnings to much grander things, almost inexplicably so!  Launched in 1967 by Milton Bradley, this tactical guessing game was a huge HIT, where two players would take it in turns to try and sink each others Battleships.

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Classic Battleship from the 80s.

In a bizarre twist this game would later be considered perfect movie script fodder as it reappeared in 2012 featuring a host of famous names such as Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch and….. Rihanna.  It would do well at the box office but received a load of negative reviews from critics sadly.

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Battleship goes Big Budget and Blockbuster!

This unexpected reboot obviously worked as Battleship is still a popular franchise today with the tactical board game updated to home consoles with pretty amazing realistic graphics.  Who knew such a simple game could evolve so far!?

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Evolving onto home consoles, Battleship is more involving than ever.

We would love to know what your favourite toys and games were and are they still around today?  And are there any toys that should be revamped for todays kids?  Let us know what you think!

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Are you looking to make your Christmas a little more retro? Of course you are! Below I have put together some ideas on how you can have an awesome retro Christmas.

Movies

Everyone loves a movie at Christmas, why not sit back and enjoy some classic retro movie films with your family and friends. Our recommendations are:

  • National Lampoons Xmas Vacation - It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. [IMDB]
  • Home AloneHome AloneIt is Christmas time and the McAllister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents’ bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. [IMDB]
  • A Charlie Brown ChristmasWhen Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas paegent. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. [IMDB]
  • Miracle On 34th Street - At the Macy’s Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy’s outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle’s doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways… [IMDB]

Toys & Games

At Christmas many families like to get together and enjoy a few hours playing games. Below are some of our favorite retro games that we think you should get out of the cupboard this Xmas.

  • Monopoly – Over 1 billion people around the world have played monopoly at some point in their life. The aim of the game being to earn as much money as possible and bankrupt your opponents. Although games can drag on for hours it can be great fun for family members of all ages.
  • Buckaroo – A game for people with a steady hand! The aim of Buckaroo is to place a number of items onto a mules back without him jolting into the air throwing all the items off his back. The winner of the game is the last player standing.
  • Guess Who – A great game for kids and adults – Each player starts the game with a board that includes cartoon images of 24 people and their first names. Each player selecting a card of their choice from a separate pile of cards containing the same 24 images. The object of the game is to be the first to determine which card your opponent has selected. Players alternate asking various yes or no questions to eliminate candidates, such as “Does this person wear glasses?” Well-crafted questions allow players to eliminate one or more possible cards.
  • Scrabble – This one is for the more grown-up among you. Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary

What movies do you like to watch at Christmas? Do you like to play games at Xmas? If so, what is your game of choice?

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