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Musingo from Mattel (1962)


What would you get if you combined bingo with music? Musingo, the “surprise musical” game from Mattel!

Two to four players roll a die to move red monkey markers around the outside of  bingo cards. Landing on a coin space yields a gold coin that can be cashed in later, when landing on a Musingo space, to “pay and play” the Musingo Man.

Musingo Man plays a tune when a coin is placed in the slot of the music box and the crank is turned. Once the melody is done, a slot-machine-like roller in his organ grinder spins and displays one, two, or three notes of different colours. The first player to cover their card and get five in a row is declared the winner.

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