Board Games: The Mall Game (Richmar, 1977)






A gorgeous relic and one of the earliest board games based on a shopping mall. The game board actually looks like a then-contemporary mall directory. I worked in a couple of malls during and after high school and remember quite a few of these stores, especially Waldenbooks, where I spent a lot of time as a kid. Kaufmann’s was an east coast chain, and so was Circus World Toys.

Also check out two other mall-themed board games, Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Electronic Mall Madness (1989), the former based on the classic zombie film directed by George A. Romero.

(Images via eBay)

6 Responses to “Board Games: <em>The Mall Game</em> (Richmar, 1977)”

  1. 1 Tom September 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Great game. I love the use of the actual store names. B. Dalton and Waldenbooks were always destinations at the mall for me when I was a kid. Spent hours browsing (and reading. Hey kid, this ain’t a library!) I found an “Electronic Mall Madness” game at a thrift store a couple years ago.

      • 3 Tom September 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

        It worked great. Played it a couple times with my kids then sold it on eBay.

        Another thing I noticed on that game cover that made me laugh was the “Wild Pair” store. I used to work for the company that owned them, Edison Brothers Stores in St. Louis. They owned them along with 5-7-9, J. Riggins, Bakers Shoes, Time Out arcades, and a handful of other mall and retail stores.

  2. 4 Brad September 2, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I also see a Radio Shack. In the late 70’s early 80’s that was my dream store (I actually still have my copy of the 1982 catalogue).

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