1956 Vintage Board Game of Treasure Island
The 1956 vintage board game of Treasure Island by Milton Bradley captures the excitement found in Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel of the same title. This classic story includes the account of a young boy’s search for lost pirate treasure. The game Treasure Island brings this tale right to the game table by saying in the instructions that each player’s pawn is to represent this courageous and adventurous boy named Jim Hawkins!
The board consists of various pictures of plundering fun. There are images of a shipwreck, pirate sword fight, treasure map, and the digging and guarding of buried gold. The central image of the board is that of Treasure Island. On this final space of the game is a large pirate treasure chest filled with gold and jewels; and at the onset of the game, players place additional ‘pieces of eight’ tokens onto this space.
The object of the game is to be the player to collect the most ‘pieces of eight’ from this treasured supply during the game. The winning player may or may not be the player who reaches Treasure Island first.
Beginning on the space showing a pirate ship, players take turns spinning the spinner and moving accordingly from space to space around the board. Depending on which spaces a player lands on determines the amount of treasure he collects.
If he lands on a Square shaped space, he takes one of the pieces of eight from the Treasure Chest in the center of the board and adds it to his own hoard. If he lands on a Triangle shaped space, he needs to put back one of his pieces of eight; or he could choose to remain there on the triangle space until he spins a 5 or 6 on his turn (keeping his treasure).
The different images of the game correspond to numbers. Each player must stop on this number and do the following. He may choose to pay one piece of eight and move on, or he must spin the same or higher of a number than what he rests upon to move on. For example, when a player stops on the number 4 of the image showing the pirates digging up treasure, he must spin a 4, 5, or 6 to move on, or else he chooses to just pay out.
The first player to reach Treasure Island receives 10 bonus pieces of eight. The second player collects 6 and the third to finish collects 3.
Once all players have reached Treasure Island, players count their pieces of eight they have acquired during game play. The player with the most wins!
Treasure Island is a wonderful collector’s game. It reminds a player of the classic stories still being read and enjoyed today. The game involves this amusement and makes for a great display with story book by its side.
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