Tie ‘n Tangle from Hasbro (1967)

Company: Hasbro | Release date: 1967 | # of players: 2-4 | Where to purchase: eBay

“The most hilarious… knottiest… fun game for the whole family.”

Released in 1967 by Hasbro, Tie ‘n Tangle mimicked the party play atmosphere of Twister with a few additional props mixed in. The dexterity game challenged two to four players to literally tie their opponents into knots.


Each player selected a disk and ball of the same colour, along with a 12-foot length of ribbon. The disk and ball were each tied to different ends of the cord using as little of the twine as possible to complete the knots. The disks were placed on the floor so that they touched each other and formed the shape of a four-leaf clover.

Players unraveled their ribbons, held them in their hands and stood facing each other with arms at their sides. A non-participant in the game was designated as the umpire and controlled the spinner that directed gameplay. Tie ‘n Tangle’s spinner was divided into four sections; each section contained a colour that matched one of the four disks. Each section had five headings: Left Arm, Right Arm, Waist, Left Leg, and Right Leg.

With each spin, the umpired called out the colour and body parts the arrow stopped on. The player whose turn it was proceeded to loop their ribbon around the body part of the person standing on the coloured disk indicated by the spinner.

The play continued until all players were unable to complete an indicated move. The player with the longest ribbon left was declared the winner.


A complete game included four different coloured disks, four plastic balls matching the coloured disks, a cardboard spinner, and four 12-foot lengths of cord. Printed instructions were included in the box.


Tie n’ Tangle didn’t experience the same fad status as other group party games, like Twister, so copies of the game are a bit harder but certainly not impossible to come by. Finding a copy in unused condition with all game pieces intact is more challenging.

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