Quiz about This Is Not A Game
Quiz about This Is Not A Game

This Is Not A Game! Trivia Quiz


Who says it's not a game? Growing bored with playing the same games over and over again, we combined popular U.S. board games, threw in some yard games and made up our own fun names. Can you guess what they are?

A multiple-choice quiz by arthurdent001. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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6 mins
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379,330
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Dec 03 21
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1. In our first game, the object is to get all my colored pieces around the board and safely home to my little green house before my opponent sends me back to the start. If I roll doubles, I have to go to jail, but once I make it home, I get $200! What did we call this game? Hint

Mouse Boggle
Sorryopoly
Sorry to Apples
Monopocheesi

2. For our next game, we set up the board, all chose our favorite color water animal, throw a handful of lettered tiles in the center, then madly try to get our animal to collect as many tiles as we can. Once we collect all the tiles on the board, we try to make words with the ones we caught. The one with the highest scoring words is declared the winner. What game are we playing now? Hint

Lifecheesi
Hungry Hungry Scrabble
Dungeons and Cribbage
Troublegrams

3. Next, we each set up oceangoing vessels on a star-shaped board, then we took turns flinging colored marbles at the other's boats, in order to sink them. What game have we come up with this time? Hint

Riskjong
Chutes and Checkers
Battle Life
Chinese Battleship

4. We decide to expand our minds as well as enjoy an afternoon's silliness, so we drag out two great games and mix them together. As we make our way around the board, we ask and answer questions about art, entertainment, history, history, science and sports. When I get to a larger square and answer my question correctly, I grab a plastic primate and try to pick up another one from the pile, using just the arm of the first. The first one to get six monkeys connected into a chain wins. What should we call this game? Hint

Trivial Pursuit of Monkeys
Operation Barrel of Monkeys
Monkey Trap
Trivia and Ladders

5. All this sitting around playing has made us want to get up and stretch! In this game, one person spins the spinner and tells us how to maneuver our bodies on the floor mat. Once we have our bodies turned into pretzels, we are then handed a set of tweezers and told to remove something from an electronic man without making him buzz. It's a lot harder than it sounds! What should we call this truly diabolical game? Hint

Operation Jenga
Twistrap
Twistgammon
Twistperation

6. In this game, we drive around the board in our little cars, collecting people and murder weapons (in addition to houses, careers and children). When we reach the end of the board, we must stake our fortune, and our little peg children, on a single guess as to who killed Mr. Boddy. What ridiculous game are we playing now? Hint

The Game of Life and Dragons
Riskgammon
Operation Clue
The Clue of Life

7. The object of this game is to get our King and Queen moved around the board without a net falling on their heads. The pawns take it in turns to build a Rube Goldberg type contraption designed to capture the royals. The last monarch to make it around without being captured wins. What are we playing? Hint

Mouse Checkers
Chesscheesi
Mouse Trouble
Chess Trap

8. Now we'll make a tower consisting of wooden blocks and black tiles with white pips. We'll take turns removing pieces, each of us removing one block and one tile. The block is placed atop the tower, then the tile must be played against another tile on the table. If you knock over the tower, or can't play your tile on the table, you lose. What should we call this game? Hint

Chutes and Dominoes
Don't Break the Jenga
Jengominoes
Dominopoly

9. Heading outside, we first decide who's to be "it", and that person shuts his eyes. We all step into large burlap bags and begin hopping around the yard, trying hard to avoid the person who's "it", while he tries his best to tag one of us so he can open his eyes and now avoid the new "it" person. To help him out, we periodically shout the name of a world explorer. What potentially dangerous game are we playing now? Hint

Tater Bag Tag
Marco Polo Relay
Marco Potato Sack
Blind Man's Sack Bluff

10. As long as we're outside, let's play one last game. Using sidewalk chalk, we'll draw out a numbered grid. The first player tosses a 3-D metal star onto the grid, then hops from one end to the other, skipping over the space where the star landed. On the way back across the grid, he stoops and picks up the star. On alternating turns, we'll add additional stars, until we each have a chance to pick up ten stars. If you lose your balance and fall, or if you fail to retrieve all your stars, you lose. We call this game what? Hint

Hopjacks
Stargazer
JacksTag Hopalong
Hoppin' John


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In our first game, the object is to get all my colored pieces around the board and safely home to my little green house before my opponent sends me back to the start. If I roll doubles, I have to go to jail, but once I make it home, I get $200! What did we call this game?

Answer: Monopocheesi

Parcheesi is marketed by Parker Brothers. To play this game, roll dice to move your piece around the board from your nest. The goal is to move all your pieces safely home.

Monopoly is also a Parker Brothers game. The goal of this game is to purchase and improve properties, collecting rents from opponents as you try to bankrupt them. The last person left is the winner. Monopoly was the cause of many a heated argument between myself and my siblings. We're all adults now, and still refuse to play this game with one another.
2. For our next game, we set up the board, all chose our favorite color water animal, throw a handful of lettered tiles in the center, then madly try to get our animal to collect as many tiles as we can. Once we collect all the tiles on the board, we try to make words with the ones we caught. The one with the highest scoring words is declared the winner. What game are we playing now?

Answer: Hungry Hungry Scrabble

Hungry Hungry Hippos is marketed by Milton Bradley. In this game, four colorful plastic hippos are operated by players who try to collect as many marbles from the center of the board as possible. This was my favorite game as a child.

Scrabble is marketed by Hasbro in the U.S. In this game, players use lettered tiles to create words and build them onto and around other words already on the board. This is my favorite game as an adult.
3. Next, we each set up oceangoing vessels on a star-shaped board, then we took turns flinging colored marbles at the other's boats, in order to sink them. What game have we come up with this time?

Answer: Chinese Battleship

Chinese checkers was invented in Germany, not China, and was known as "Stern-Halma". First marketed in the U.S. under the culturally insensitive name "Hop Ching Checkers", the Pressman Company changed the name to the one we're all familiar with now. The object is to move all your marbles from one side of the board to the other.

Battleship was released as a board game in 1967 by Milton Bradley, though the game has existed as a pencil & paper game since World War I or earlier. In this game, each player arranges their ships on a grid, then you try to guess where your opponent's ships are hidden on their grid. Each time you call a lettered & numbered square that coincides with a space your opponent's ship occupies, you score a "hit". The object is to sink all your opponent's ships before they sink yours.
4. We decide to expand our minds as well as enjoy an afternoon's silliness, so we drag out two great games and mix them together. As we make our way around the board, we ask and answer questions about art, entertainment, history, history, science and sports. When I get to a larger square and answer my question correctly, I grab a plastic primate and try to pick up another one from the pile, using just the arm of the first. The first one to get six monkeys connected into a chain wins. What should we call this game?

Answer: Trivial Pursuit of Monkeys

Released in the 1980s and marketed by Parker Brothers, Trivial Pursuit is a game that tests your knowledge on a number of subjects. Players move a circular piece around the board and answer questions corresponding to the space they land on. On certain large squares, if the question is answered correctly, the player earns a wedge-shaped piece that fits into his game piece. Once six different pieces of the pie are collected, you must return to the center of the board and answer one last question to win the game. Many different editions of this game have been released, including Genus I and II, Baby Boomer, 80s and 90s.

Barrel of Monkeys is a simple yet frustrating game. Created in the 1960s by Lakeside Toys and now marketed by Milton Bradley, the object is to create a chain of monkeys by picking up one monkey at a time from a pile by hooking the arm of the monkey on your chain to the arm of a monkey from the pile. If you drop a monkey, your turn ends.
5. All this sitting around playing has made us want to get up and stretch! In this game, one person spins the spinner and tells us how to maneuver our bodies on the floor mat. Once we have our bodies turned into pretzels, we are then handed a set of tweezers and told to remove something from an electronic man without making him buzz. It's a lot harder than it sounds! What should we call this truly diabolical game?

Answer: Twistperation

Twister really makes you stretch out your muscles, which is great after sitting for so long playing those other games. Released in 1966, Twister was a controversial game, as the bodies of participants were often twisted together on the mat. I don't know that it's possible to play this game without laughing hysterically at the positions you often wind up in.

Operation was released in 1965, and really tests how steady your hand is. In this game, players draw cards which direct them to remove certain "ailments" from the patient. These include the funny bone, broken heart, Charley horse and bread basket, among others. The patient is Cavity Sam, and you, the doctor, use a set of tweezers to operate. If you touch the metal edge of the surgical site opening, a buzzer sounds, Sam's nose lights up and you lose the turn.

Both games are marketed by Milton Bradley.
6. In this game, we drive around the board in our little cars, collecting people and murder weapons (in addition to houses, careers and children). When we reach the end of the board, we must stake our fortune, and our little peg children, on a single guess as to who killed Mr. Boddy. What ridiculous game are we playing now?

Answer: The Clue of Life

Ok, this one sounds like one my little brother and I would have happily played.

Patented in 1944 with the name "Murder!", Clue was released in 1949. It is marketed by Parker Brothers in the U.S. Each player in this game takes on the role of one of the suspects and collects clues about the details of Mr. Boddy's murder as they move throughout the rooms of the game board mansion. To win, you must successfully deduce the murderer, the weapon and the room in the mansion where the murder occurred.

The Game of Life was created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, with the version we know now released in 1960. There have been some updates since the 1960 version, but the game is basically the same. This game is designed to be a simulation of life, including careers, homes, children and all the little incidentals we run into as adults (flooded basement, car accident or Nobel prize anyone?). When players make it to the end of the board and retirement, all assets are added up and the richest player wins.
7. The object of this game is to get our King and Queen moved around the board without a net falling on their heads. The pawns take it in turns to build a Rube Goldberg type contraption designed to capture the royals. The last monarch to make it around without being captured wins. What are we playing?

Answer: Chess Trap

The game of Chess has been around awhile, since before the 7th century. The object of this game is to 'checkmate' your opponent's king, by maneuvering your pieces in such a way as to make the king's capture unpreventable. Chess is definitely a strategic game which makes you think several moves ahead all the time.

Brainchild of the Ideal Toy Company, Mouse Trap was released in 1963. In this game, players move their mouse around the board, collecting pieces of cheese and building a wacky trap designed to catch mice. Once the trap is complete, you try to capture your opponent's mouse in the trap. Last one with a mouse left on the board is the winner.
8. Now we'll make a tower consisting of wooden blocks and black tiles with white pips. We'll take turns removing pieces, each of us removing one block and one tile. The block is placed atop the tower, then the tile must be played against another tile on the table. If you knock over the tower, or can't play your tile on the table, you lose. What should we call this game?

Answer: Jengominoes

Created by Leslie Scott, Jenga was introduced to the world in 1983. In this game, wooden blocks are stacked into a tower. Players take turns removing one block from the lower portion of the tower, then placing it on top of the tower. Don't knock over the tower, though, or you'll lose!

The game of Dominoes has been around in China since at least the 1200s, possibly earlier. The most popular way to play is for players to take turns placing their dominoes on the table, laying like sides adjacent to one another. If you are able to play all the tiles in your hand, or if your opponent cannot play, you win. We usually just lined the dominoes up on the table and tipped the first one into the second, then watched the line of tiles fall like... well, like dominoes.
9. Heading outside, we first decide who's to be "it", and that person shuts his eyes. We all step into large burlap bags and begin hopping around the yard, trying hard to avoid the person who's "it", while he tries his best to tag one of us so he can open his eyes and now avoid the new "it" person. To help him out, we periodically shout the name of a world explorer. What potentially dangerous game are we playing now?

Answer: Marco Potato Sack

Kids, don't try this one at home! This sounds like one of the stupidly dangerous games my friends and I would play as kids.

Nobody really knows for sure when either Marco Polo or potato sack races first began. It is said that the game Marco Polo was so named because the explorer didn't really know where he was going when he set out, thus the blindly running around trying to capture someone.

Believe it or not, potato sack races were once an Olympic sport!
10. As long as we're outside, let's play one last game. Using sidewalk chalk, we'll draw out a numbered grid. The first player tosses a 3-D metal star onto the grid, then hops from one end to the other, skipping over the space where the star landed. On the way back across the grid, he stoops and picks up the star. On alternating turns, we'll add additional stars, until we each have a chance to pick up ten stars. If you lose your balance and fall, or if you fail to retrieve all your stars, you lose. We call this game what?

Answer: Hopjacks

Jacks, or knucklebones, has been around since ancient times. 3-D metal or plastic star-shaped jacks are dropped on the table. Players bounce a ball, and pick up the prescribed number of jacks before the ball hits the table again.

Hopscotch has been around since at least the late 17th century, though there are some who attest that it was played by ancient Roman children. In this game, a stone is tossed onto a numbered grid on the ground. The player hops from one end of the grid to the other, then attempts to pick up the stone on the way back without losing his balance.
Source: Author arthurdent001

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