New Blockbuster Board Game Will Make 90s Kids Excited!
If hearing the name doesn’t instantly excite the smell of all the plasticky VHS and DVD tapes and white particleboard shelves, you’re not a 90s kid then.
While your local video-rental store might’ve closed for good, you can now relive at least part of the magic with a new Blockbuster board game. The goal is simple: Be the first team to collect one movie from all eight genres-action, classics, comedy, horror, sci-fi, drama, animation, and family. It comes complete with a sound-effect timer, and the board you use to play is expected to replicate the parking lot of an old Blockbuster.
British board-game company Big Potato Games actually approached Blockbuster with the idea first, explains head of marketing Massimo Zeppetelli. “We realized if we felt such heartfelt nostalgia for picking up rentals, then others would feel the same,” he says. After a year of developing the game, they bought the license for Blockbuster off Dish (another TBT), and voila.
Zeppetelli estimates that of the films included, “90 percent of them would feel right at home on an old-school Blockbuster shelf, including classics like Home Alone and Die Hard.” You’ll find newer surprises in there as well, so the whole family can play-even your younger cousin who was born the year you graduated high school or something humiliating and will never understand.
The VHS packaging was one of the first things they decided on once they came up with the concept for the game, says Zeppetelli. “We knew we had to put it in a VHS, to remind customers of the true Blockbuster experience.”
You can only from Target, and the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon.