Although we’re known for our epic outdoor toys here at Epic Play, we do love retro toys too, so here’s a look back at some of the best toys and games from the 1970s.

5: Buckaroo!

BuckerooBefore the days of Angry Birds and Minecraft, FIFA and even Lemmings, came Buckaroo! Originally released in 1970 with a white mule, which was later replaced by a brown one. The aim of the game is simple: The mule starts off standing on all four feet, as players put items onto his back, but be careful as the wrong move results in… Buckaroo! as it bucks up and launches the items off its back. The winner is the last person to place an item successfully on the mule’s back.

4: Atari 2600

Atari 2600The Atari 2600 was released in 1977 and popularised ROM cartridges. This was a hugely popular gaming console and generally came with two joystick controllers, two paddle controllers and a game. This was the platform for the legendary Pac-Man.

Who needs 3D graphics?

Photo Credit: By Evan-Amos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

3. Fisher Price Record Player

fisher price record playerWho needs an iPod? Back in the 1970s kids had the Fisher Price Record Player, which would play a selection of plastic records, which had well known classic songs on them.

Interestingly, as technology has developed, 3D printing allows you to create your own custom records.

2. G.I Joe Adventure Team

G.I. Joe wasn’t launched in the 1970s, but by the late 1960s, in the wake of the Vietnam War, Hasbro decided to downplay the war theme by introducing the Adventure Team in 1970.

1. Simon

SimonEasily one of the most iconic games of the 1970s and 1980s, Simon debuted in 1978. The gameplay was simple: with a circular shape and four big buttons, one red, one green, one blue and one yellow, Simon would play a sequence of colours, which at the same time played a sound. Players would need to memorise the sequence, which increased by one colour and note each time. It could potentially go on and on, for hours of fun.

Simon’s a computer, Simon has a brain, you either do what Simon says or else go down the drain.

Image credit: By Hempdiddy at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

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