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The Real Ghostbusters Board Game by Milton Bradley which is not related to the board games made by Triotoys and Casper, which share the same name. It was one of the first items released based on the The Real Ghostbusters Animated Series and most of the ghosts are from the Pilot of the show.

Also the front picture of the kids playing with the kit shows the ghostbusters all in tan jumpsuits like the movie and pilot. However the playable character pieces are colored like the later shows.

The object of the game was to obtain for ghost cards and make it up the stairs while avoiding the traps. The game was based on a previous Milton Bradley game called, Which Witch?


Contents of GameEdit

Information from Troll and Toad .com [dead link]

German VersionEdit

In 1990, Milton Bradley GmbH released a updated version of the game that included redrawn designs on the walls and board. Among noticeable changes, Peter on top of the Ecto-1 is now correctly colored, also the proton packs and ghost trap(s) are now designed like the cartoon instead of the pilot for the show. Ghost designs also were updated to look more like pilot ghosts. The game however plays just like it's American counterpart.

The Series "Which Witch?"/"Ghost Castle"Edit

The Real Ghostbusters Board game is part of a series of games that started being made in 1970. The first game "Which Witch?" was released in 1970. A smaller (horizontal) version was released a year later in 1971. The UK in 1971 also released through Denys Fisher "Which Witch?" with the new title "Haunted House". [1] There was a revamped version of "Which Witch?" (aka: "Haunted House") as "New Haunted House by "Denys Fisher".[2][3] During the 70's there were other international versions sharing a different updates to "Which Witch?" design.[4]

"Ghost Castle" which was released in 1985 was a different themed game from "Which Witch?" and gets rid of the witches turning the kids to mice to instead placing scare masks on the playing pieces. The Real Ghostbusters game a year later in 1986 follows slightly closer to "Ghost Castle" and uses a spinner and cardboard play pieces instead of plastic.

In the 90's, Milton Bradley appears to have sold the license. A company named "Flair games" in 2006 released its version of "Ghost Castle" which still reuses the staircase/tower plastic piece still in black. A third version of "Ghost Castle" was later released by "Goliath" in 2012.

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Cobwebbed Room Blog "DENYS FISHER HAUNTED HOUSE board game 1970's"
  2. The Cobwebbed Room Blog "DENYS FISHER 'HAUNTED HOUSE' - Another version 1970's"
  3. User Ghost's Comment on Forum "Universal Monster Army" thread "Which Witch classic board game remade again!"
  4. User Ghost's Comment on Forum "Universal Monster Army" thread "Which Witch classic board game remade again!"

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Game Design and PiecesEdit

CardsEdit

German VersionEdit

Secondary CanonEdit

The Series "Which Witch?"/"Ghost Castle"Edit

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