Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1973)

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1973)


3.36364 out of 10 with 11 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


This a game based on the TV show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids by Bill Cosby. The object of the game is to get the gang together by collecting each of their cards.

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: Milton Bradley
  • Year Published: 1973
  • Number of Players: 2 - 4
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 7
  • Playing Time: 45
  • Category: Movies / TV / Radio theme
  • Mechanic: Dice Rolling, Line Drawing
  • Alternate Names: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids


I would love to own this childhood favorite of my. Fat Albert Board Game!

Got this when I was very little, when we spent a year in Buffalo, and I had no idea who or what Fat Albert was (never saw the show and didn't really understand English anyway). This never stopped me from playing it, often by myself, and memorizing the characters. I believe this was a very crappy game that I would hate playing today, but for me, it's bathed in rose-tinted nostalgia.

1 out of 10
Seriously, this is just bad. Can't even express it properly.

First game I ever owned. Got it for Christmas because I loved watching Fat Albert. It is a set-collection game, but that's a generous description. You Roll. You Move. If you land on something that says "take a card from the nearby stack", then you... well, you take a card from the nearest card stack. If it's a card you don't have, you keep it. If not, you put it back. Eventually, someone gets all the cards and wins. It's a good lesson on the statistics of a system with random inputs and pre-determined outputs. Well, I guess there is a bit of a memory game. If you don't need the card, you put it on top of the deck. But it's not like that accomplishes anything, because if you land on the space by that deck, you still have to take the card even if you know it's not going to help you. I suppose it's fun for kids because they know what a card is and they can chuckle if their competitor lands on that stack - because they know ahead of time it won't help them. Odd. Now that I think of it, I don't think there was a mechanism for flushing cards no one needed. I wonder if that means that some games could end in a stalemate when all decks get loaded with cards neither kid needs. Hmmm. THIS WAS HOW BAD GAMES USED TO BE. Remember it and shudder and be thankful that people like Uwe & Feld & Knizia & Seyfarth etal. came along. But hey, I was a toddler - I played it because I liked being Mushmouth... sort of the same reason I played Monopoly as an older child -- to be the car.

1 out of 10
Not worth playing

6 out of 10
I had this one as a kid and found it again on ebay. You roll the dice and move around the board, drawing from different stacks of cards if you land on a red or blue space. The cards have one of the eight characters from the show. Collect all of them first and you win. There is a bit of strategy with different movement options. My 6 year-old daughter loves this game and is already creating variants. A future geek to be sure! I'm so proud!
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