Hoard Mode: Plastic Zaxxon edition

I've accumulated a fair amount of junk in my many game-obsessed years. Problem is, outside of my girlfriend there's not too many people who see it. I figured I'd change that by starting what may be a regular thing on my blog, Hoard Mode. This is where I'll display some bollocks thing or another that there's no way I needed to purchase, but it still ended up in my collection before I had the chance to think about why I so utterly didn't need it.
 
 All of the twitchy thrills of Zaxxon are contained in this cardboard box. Sort of. Not really.
This time around, in keeping with the recent Zaxxon flavour of my blog, I present the Zaxxon board game. I had this when I was a kid, but over the years I lost bits of it and eventually it became an unused prisoner of the games cupboard. I've no idea what became of it – I assume my mother piffed it when I moved out of home – but every now and then the thought of it would pop into my adult brain with a tingle of nostalgia (the same goes for my Donkey Kong and Pac-Man board games which I keep meaning to track down).

A few years back, I bumped into the opportunity to buy the Zaxxon board game again (not the exact one I used to own, obviously). Before the part of my brain that makes good decisions could stop the part of my brain in charge of my mouse-clicking finger, Milton Bradley's Zaxxon was mine. I haven't once played with it since the purchase, and fully expect that I never will, but for me it's a nice convergence of childhood memory and silly-but-cool collectible.


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Posted by buzz_clik
I've accumulated a fair amount of junk in my many game-obsessed years. Problem is, outside of my girlfriend there's not too many people who see it. I figured I'd change that by starting what may be a regular thing on my blog, Hoard Mode. This is where I'll display some bollocks thing or another that there's no way I needed to purchase, but it still ended up in my collection before I had the chance to think about why I so utterly didn't need it.
 
 All of the twitchy thrills of Zaxxon are contained in this cardboard box. Sort of. Not really.
This time around, in keeping with the recent Zaxxon flavour of my blog, I present the Zaxxon board game. I had this when I was a kid, but over the years I lost bits of it and eventually it became an unused prisoner of the games cupboard. I've no idea what became of it – I assume my mother piffed it when I moved out of home – but every now and then the thought of it would pop into my adult brain with a tingle of nostalgia (the same goes for my Donkey Kong and Pac-Man board games which I keep meaning to track down).

A few years back, I bumped into the opportunity to buy the Zaxxon board game again (not the exact one I used to own, obviously). Before the part of my brain that makes good decisions could stop the part of my brain in charge of my mouse-clicking finger, Milton Bradley's Zaxxon was mine. I haven't once played with it since the purchase, and fully expect that I never will, but for me it's a nice convergence of childhood memory and silly-but-cool collectible.


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Posted by erinfizz

There is a Zaxxon board game? Wow. I must find one of these. The childhood game I still need to replace is Fantasy Forest. Such wonderful memories even though the game likely stunk. :)

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@erinfizz: Awww, that's ace! Although I'm in two minds about whether that tiny 80s-ass unicorn is adorably kicky or trying to swallow my soul.
 
It's funny how some board games are like that, isn't it? There was one mad obscure one I used to play with family friends religiously, but then when I caught up with them over two decades later they dragged it out and we all laughed about how crap it seemed.
 
Another one I tracked down from my kid years is Horror House. It's not that great a game, but for me its quality comes from the gimmick of the creepy sounds it makes and the multitude of cool monster card art. That said, I did play the game with my lass when I was reunited with it, and we still found it pretty good fun.
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Posted by ajamafalous

Although I've never played Zaxxon, that board game seems like a really cool thing to have.

Posted by kalmis

Very nice. I bet those go for nice amounts nowadays

Posted by Hamz

It blows my mind a little to find a board game spin-off of an arcade game. That sort of thing just doesn't happen these days, treasure it my good sir. Keep it hidden, keep it safe! 
 
Also thanks for the twitter follow :)

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Awesome. I so wanted this when I was a kid but never really got close to having it (or the Pac Man board game). I really love the bits in this one. 
 
Now I'm curious about the rules...
 

Posted by aurahack

What. Whaaaaat.
 
That's seriously wicked sweet.

Posted by wrecks

I need that. No really.