Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tough Luck! (1987)

Tough Luck! (1987)


4.46 out of 10 with 10 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


"A game of skill for 2 to 6 adults or streetwise kids.

"Have you got the nerve or the cunning? One wrong bid, one bad trade and it could be... TOUGH LUCK!

"Each player pays £10,000 into a common pool which will increase as the game proceeds and eventually will be taken by the winner.

"Starting with the youngest player, players take turns to draw a ball from the Ball-a-matic, which is passed in a clockwise direction.

"The first player to complete a straight line of 5 balls in either a vertical, horizontal or diagonal direction on his/her board is the winner."

Alex Randolph and "Mediaplay" are credited with the design of the ball-dispensing device. It is not clear who designed the game around it.

  • Designer: Alex Randolph, Seven Towns
  • Publisher: Peter Pan Playthings
  • Year Published: 1987
  • Number of Players: 2 - 6
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 6
  • Playing Time: 0
  • Category: Number
  • Mechanic: Auction/Bidding, Trading
  • Family: n in a row
  • Alternate Names: Tough Luck!


4 out of 10
Dreadful game but a funky dice thingy

5 out of 10
It's Bingo, but the balls are auctioned off to the highest bidder. I think it needs a theme - if players were buying, say businesses instead of balls, trying to build a financial empire instead of getting five in a row, it would have been much more interesting.
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