Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but this game is very much in the holiday spirit.
Today’s Game: The Dating Game, 2nd Edition.
Copyright Date: 1968.
Manufactured by: Hasbro. The box also describes the company by its original name, Hassenfeld Brothers.
Recommended Ages: The box doesn’t give any. Presumably, Hasbro intended it for teens and adults–it requires two male-female couples to play.
Game Board: The TV show logo takes center stage on a board with a groovy lavender, orange, and mustard color scheme.
Game Play: Players roll the dice and move around the track, trying to prepare for a date along the way. “Guys” and “Gals” have separate appointment cards which list the date requirements they must fulfill.
When a player lands on a Question square, he or she takes a question card and reads it aloud. The two opposite-sex players then draw Answer cards and read them aloud. The questioning player decides which answer best matches the question.
A player must match five cards with an opposite-sex player and check off all the date requirements before heading to the Make a Date square. Then, he or she can wait for an opposite-sex player to arrive. The first couple to meet at the Make a Date square wins the game.
My Thoughts: This game seems like it could be fun under the right circumstances. I’m not sure how often those circumstances–two couples sitting around with nothing better to do–would arise, however. My game is almost pristine condition, which tells me its owner didn’t play it much.
Bonus Materials: My game included this flyer for “12 Reading Treats in One Big Volume.”
And, just for fun, here is a Dating Game segment from 1968 that includes both Richard Dawson and Bill Bixby among the bachelors. A bachelorette couldn’t go wrong here–even the unknown third guy is cute!
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