I love the artwork on the packaging! A
fantastic illustration style, very representative of the time, showing two
young boys engrossed in the enjoyment of the game. The image really
captured the excitement from my own personal memories I have of playing this
clever, original and inventive game with my family in the 1980′s.
On the side of the box are photographic
images, that if my mind serves me correct, were from the 1978
Television commercial. I believe these images were added to the
later print run’s of the packaging.
The game was invented in 1974 by JB
McCarthy and the version I have pictured was produced by the Ideal toy
The game is played on a large battlefield
board manufacturerd from yellow plastic, with a printed card top
sheet. each player would have four tanks. Each player has their own
command bunker, where you would hide land mines and shells, numbered 1 through
to 10, with the higher numbered shells having more firepower. The tanks would
be placed on a plastic frame that could be moved up and down the table. At each
side of the board were plungers that were connected to strings, which you could
pull, sending your opponents tanks to flip up into up into the air.
Believe me, back in the 70′s and 80′s those
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