Mad Marbles from Lakeside (1970)

Company: Lakeside | Release date: 1970
Ages: 6+ | # of players: 2-4 | Where to buy: eBay

Released in 1970 by Lakeside, the Mad Marbles action game requires “fast reflexes, good judgment, and a keen sense of humor.”

The uniquely shaped, red-orange, molded plastic game board features a translucent rotating launcher at its center and four goals guarded by translucent plastic gates. Eight marbles (seven white, one red) are loaded into the launcher and each player selects a goal.

Once the launcher is given a spin a flurry of marbles released onto the playing surface. Players attempt to trap one or more marbles in their goals. White marbles are worth one point each while the single red marble is worth six points. Once all the marbles are captured, the turn ends, and scores are tallied. The first player to reach 12 points wins.