Here’s another game from my youth, as well as something to play when the waiting game sucks: Hungry Hungry Hippos!
It was apparently introduced in 1978, the same year as Garfield, and a year after I was born. We apparently had a somewhat later version, because Wikipedia says the earliest editions had a hippo named Lizzie, the only one who didn’t fit the alliterative naming pattern (the others were Henry, Homer, and Harry). In the one we had, the fourth hippo was Happy instead of Lizzie. Not sure why they didn’t just go with Holly, which would maintain the pachyderm’s femininity while also being more consistent with the others. It looks like there was another name change in the past few years, though, with the hippos now being known as Sweetie, Bottomless, Picky, and Veggie Potamus. As for gameplay, really, what is there to say? You push your lever repeatedly, and hope that the marbles roll toward your hippo. I don’t think marbles are actually a healthy diet for a hippopotamus. Why didn’t they go with watermelons instead?
Here’s the commercial for this game that I remember best:
And here’s an earlier one:
Don’t you just hate the kids who yell out, “I WIN!”? And why is it always a boy who wins? Is that really a good message to send the kids?
Hungry Hungry Hippos is now sold in the same line as Elefun and Gator Golf. The old commercial for the latter one is worth watching if only for how amused the kids are when their dad misses.