Before Arkham Asylum video game there was the 1966 Milton Bradley Batman board game.
I didn't have this as a kid. I didn't even know it existed until the day I bought it a few months ago.
My family and I play it every night now.
I tried to read the directions and after giving up I decided that this why it is in such good shape after existing for 44 years.
It is cool looking though and that is why I bought it.
I mean Robin finds the Jokers head in a safe!
Why is Robin cracking open a safe? Because it looks cool.
Batman fights a white version of the Hulk because it looks cool.
Sherlock Holmes stealing the Batmobile? Looks cool!
I mean look at this.
If I would have seen this back in the day I would thrown a fit for it and gotten a spanking just because I had seen the box lid.
Lets open it up.
The more you look at it the more it is clear that the artist knew very little about Batman and his world.
To the artist Gotham city must have been described as a cross between The Jetsons and Denver Colorado.
Bubble buildings, heliports and rocket ramps and nestled within a mountain range.
That's Gotham city? Not the one we know.
Maybe they compared Batman to Flash Gordon too. So the artist threw some rockets and planets on the lid too. Maybe the astronauts and the Moon race had something to do with?
Who cares it is cool looking and I love it.
We also find a red Riddler on the game board along with a Penguin without a top hat and cigarette. We also see Batman's nemesis The Blockbuster.
Blockbuster is in the Batman universe so I learned something here. I hadn't heard of him before I saw this.
I wasn't done learning new characters.
The Joker looks true to form.
Here is a glimpse into how the 1960's Adam West series impacted Batman.
Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze after the character became popular on the television series.
The T.V. show wanted to use Two Face but the network thought he would be to scary so the used Mr. Freeze instead.
Good call networks. Ceasar Romero's Joker terrified me as a kid. I can't imagine what Two face would have done.
The Calender Man is another little known Batman villain but he has been seen recently in such things as "Batman The Long Halloween" graphic novel. (Which I am currently reading)
Though he doesn't wear a turban in it.
I was hoping for some Batman figures but these guys do look Bruce Wayne kinda 60's cool.
You do get a Batmobile.
Let me rephrase that. You get a Batmobile in three different colors!
There are control boards for each player. (Very computer sounding)
These keep track of the criminals you have caught and Batmobiles that are in use.
You place these pieces on the control board as you capture the criminals.
I had to up the age limit a bit.
Wanna play? I call the blue guy.