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Don’t Upset Me from Ideal (1978)

Company: Ideal
Release date: 1978
Ages: 7 and up
# of players: 2 to 4
Where to purchase: eBay

Round and Round the shiny ball goes
Where it stops nobody knows
One man home and you can win
Please don’t upset me, upset him!!!

Released in 1978 by Ideal, Don’t Upset Me is a roll-and-move game with a roulette-style twist.

The object of the game is to be the first player to move their playing piece around the game board and back to home base safely. To facilitate the journey home, two to four players, ages seven and up, are provided with five cone-shaped pawns whose colours correspond to matching locations on the game board.

Rather than using dice to advance game play, Don’t Upset Me has a mini-roulette wheel built into the hard plastic game board. Each player rolls a steel ball inside the roulette ring that eventually drops into one of eight holes. The drop activates a flipper, which reveals the number of spaces the piece can be moved.

If another player’s pawn currently resides on the space indicated by the spin, it is flipped into the “well of misfortune” at the center of the game board. If all five of a player’s pieces are catapulted into the well, the player is knocked out of the game. To add a final bit of mayhem to game play, one of the flippers contains a Joker that allows the player to knock out any other opponent’s piece from the game board.

After disappearing from store shelves, Don’t Upset Me was re-released by Poof-Slinky under the Ideal brand in 2011.

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