Person-Alysis from Lowell Toy Mfg. (1957)

In 1957, Lowell Toy Mfg. gamified psycho-scientific testing techniques with the release of Person-Alysis.

The “hilarious, exciting, intimate, psychological game for adults” relied on a series of ink blots to reveal a person’s “true personality.” Person-Alysis could be played by four or more adults, making it a suitable party game for large gatherings.

The genesis of the game’s pop-psychology focus was drawn from the Rorschach ink-blot test, a method of psychological testing introduced in 1921 by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach that grew in popularity in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Person-Alysis came with 80 different, reusable ink blots, a plastic ink-blot holder, a scoring pad, printed instructions, and a companion book that provided interpretations and meanings.