There can’t be many households that haven’t owned a copy of MB Games’ Twister board game. It was the kind of game that you usually received as a Christmas or birthday gift from a relative when you reached that awkward age where relatives aren’t quite sure what to buy for you any more.
Twister is a simple enough game to play. A plastic sheet with a four by four grid of dots is laid on the ground. The dots are in lines of red, green, yellow and blue. A spinner is also included which when spun instructs the current player which colour dot they have to place a particular hand or foot on.
At first things are pretty easy, but as the game progresses the players end up in a contorted mess of limbs as they struggle to reach the correct coloured dot. If any player falls during all of this, they are out of the game, and the winner is the last one left standing, if standing is the right word to use that is.
Since it becomes pretty near impossible to use the spinner whilst playing, normally one person not taking part in the actual game does all the spinning. Whenever a game of Twister is suggested there is funnily enough never a shortage of people (especially adults) who are more than willing to take on the task of spinning the spinner.
It’s a game that can be played by both young and old, although adults sometimes have the edge since they are normally more able to reach across the playing mat. Kids also have to be extra careful when playing not to get trapped underneath a heavier adult player!
The game was first released in 1966, and is still available today, along with a whole slew of variations and branded versions. It’s also possible to get a duvet cover, beach towel and even clothes featuring that unforgettable pattern of coloured dots.