First we saw Hasbro combining some of its classic board games with a series of mash-up games, then last summer the game and toy company released a fun line of its games in giant beach towel editions.  This summer Hasbro has stripped down its games to the bare essentials, making sure that anyone who wants to play one of its seven most famous board games can do so anywhere, on the go, in the back of your van on a road trip, or in an apartment.  Combining another classic–Colorforms–with miniature paperboard versions of Battleship, Sorry!, Chutes and Ladders,Candy Land, Trouble, Guess Who?, and even Monopoly, anyone can get their hands on these games, available anywhere from $1.25 to $5.00.

With paperboard Colorforms-slick surface, nine-inch by ten-inch playing boards, these aren’t for outdoor play or windy days.  But you can have them all stored in the space of a seven-inch stack.  If space is a concern for your family and you don’t care about extras–just focusing on game play–these may be for you.  They also would make great gifts or giveaway prizes at a kids’ party.

Note that you’ll find that the simpler the game, the more individual games will be like the originals.  Monopoly has the most extras, with lots of the game’s trademark paper money and real estate mini-cards, but it also doesn’t have the familiar 3-dimensional pieces or all those Community Chest cards.

Check out all the specs for each game below, with links to Amazon to purchase, but keep an eye out at local retail outlets and even dollar stores for even better deals.

Battleship

  • Colorforms Battleship Game – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: Gameboard, 190 Colorforms and Instructions.
  • 2 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Guess Who?

  • Colorforms Guess Who? Game – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: 2 Gameboards, 50 Colorforms and Instructions.
  • 2 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Candy Land

  • Colorforms Candy Land Game – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: Gameboard, 12 Colorforms, 44 Cards, 5 Paper Movers and Instructions.
  • 2-4 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Trouble

  • Colorforms Trouble Game – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: Gameboard, 20 Colorforms, 16 Paper Pawns, 1 Die and Instructions.
  • 2-4 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Chutes and Ladders

  • Colorforms Chutes and Ladders Game – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: Gameboard, 18 Colorforms, 5 Paper Pawns, 1 Die and Instructions.
  • 2-4 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Sorry!

  • Colorforms Sorry Game – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: Gameboard, 24 Colorforms, 45 Cards, 16 Paper Pawns and Instructions.
  • 2-4 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Monopoly

  • Colorforms Monopoly – Classic picture that sticks like magic
  • Set Includes: Gameboard, 80 Colorforms, 32 Cards, 175 bills, 3 Dice, and Instructions.
  • 2-4 Players
  • Material: Paperboard
  • 9 x 10 in

Find out more about these convenient, low-budget–and fun–games at the above links.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg