Bed bugs board game is back, like the pest

by nobugsonme on June 3, 2010 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, fun

Bed Bugs game box

Remember, the game “Bed Bugs”?

Patch Products announces in a press release that it is bringing back three “nostalgic” and “classic” board games:

“We are excited to debut our Treasured Toys line and add a nostalgic touch to playtime again,” said Brian Maxwell, President of Patch Products. “Part of the appeal of our Treasured Toys line is that parents can remember how much they loved these toys, and they want that same happiness for their children.”

Patch’s Bed Bugs, Shark Attack! and Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth move away from today’s overwhelmingly complex toys and go back to the basics with their original simplistic game play, likeability and comfort for all generations.

Bed Bugs, a motorized frantic catch and capture game, will drive you buggy—just like it first did back in 1985! Families will have a blast as they try to catch 48 creepy, crawly bugs that are hopping, leaping and jumping all over a shaking, quaking bed. Can you use your grabbing, snatching tongs to catch and capture them? 6 and up. SRP: $14.99

(Here’s the product listing at Amazon.)

Any sentence containing the words “bed bugs,” “likeability,” and “comfort” catches my attention.

Keep in mind that bed bugs, unlike Woody Harrelson, can’t jump (or leap, or hop).

But then authentic bed bugs, which wait until you’re sleeping to sneak out and insert their proboscis into your skin for a five to ten minute blood meal, just aren’t “fun.”

You can find the game on Amazon here.

However, just like the commercial, real bed bugs can make you crazy.

This board game was originally released by Milton Bradley.

This is the same company that thought that a board game where children “operated” on a worried looking (and awake) patient was “fun.”  Well, they were right — it’s still in production by Hasbro today.

operation game

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1 Winston O. Buggy June 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Love it and will be using the comercial in upcoming presentations. I actually own the game
as well from the original distribution, although *I think I got it at a flea market when it was still safe.

2 nobugsonme June 4, 2010 at 1:15 am

Ahhh, back when flea markets were safe. May those days come again…

3 Tarrabyte June 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

Operation I remember, Bed Bugs the game, thankfully no. Must have been funny at the time when virtually no one was dealing with bed bugs, however not so funny now. The guy in the video freaking out, comical yes, but not that far from what it’s really like to “be the bait.”

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