Sunday, February 28, 2016

Inventions (1984)

Inventions (1984)


4.625 out of 10 with 8 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


Described as "The funny Patents Game"... the game that keeps you guessing.

The game consists of a 224 page book which has patent drawings of close to 100 crazy and unusual items. Your job is to identify the device, figure out what it does, and decide how it is supposed to work. Points are awarded for identifying the item. Bonus points are awarded if the year the patent was granted can be guessed (within 7 years).

The first player to 21 points is the winner.

Most notable for the clever machine for die rolling.

  • Designer: Jack H. Lockhart
  • Publisher: The Avalon Hill Game Co
  • Year Published: 1984
  • Number of Players: 2 - 8
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 10
  • Playing Time: 45
  • Category: Humor, Trivia
  • Mechanic: Partnerships
  • Alternate Names: The Game of Inventions, Inventions


Kublacon 2008, $26.

4 out of 10
Look at a picture of a "wacky" patent drawing, then try to decide what the invention is supposed to do. Most of them are quite easy, but there are some that defy description. A fun game the first few times, but then becomes excedingly boring. Besides, if you have a good memory, once you've gone through all of the inventions in the book, you'll win every time.

Who would like to take this off my hands? It's good for...uh...reading.

5 out of 10
Specialized trivia game, educational as it is based on real patents.
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