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Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:58:27 PM »
So the other day I was in Walmart and did a double take as I saw that Which Witch has been remade yet again! I own several versions of the game so I quickly snatched up this latest version for my son's upcoming October birthday. I'll get to the new version in just a bit but first a little history on the original. They are fun little games with booby traps and haunted houses.

Which Witch? came out in 1970. Make your way through the Broom Room, Witchin Kitchen, Spell Cell, Bat's Ballroom and up the stairs to the chimney roof. Along the way there are safe spots and trap spots. A swinging broom in the broom room sweeps you away, the shaky floor in the Witchin Kitchen knocks you off your feet, the whammy ball can fall to crush you in the spell cell. Watch out as the whammy ball opens a panel in the Bat's Ballroom when you are in front of it. The whammy ball is what activates the traps placed into the chimney it randomly falls out to spring a trap or roll down the stairwell clearing players from its path. If a player is hit by the trap or ball they start again at the beginning of the room they are in. Players select cards with three witches on them. Wanda the Wicked casts a spell to turn children into mice and freezes them in their tracks. Ghoulish Gerty drops the whammy ball down the chimney to get children unlucky enough to be standing on trap spaces. Glenda the Good breaks the spell and changes the mice back into children.






In 1971 the game was rereleased as Haunted House and was essentially the same.







Then it was redesigned and released again as New Haunted House!



This time instead of starting in the broom room you start outside the haunted house. The first trap instead of a sweeping broom is a falling statue/ghost.



Inside the house the next trap is the whammy ball falling from above next to the tiger skin rug onto a shaky floor (missing from picture).



Down in the cellar the whammy ball is again trying to crush you as the ghost creeps up.



Then past the swinging ghost (missing from the picture) and up the stairs.



In 1985 it was redesigned in Europe and released as Ghost Castle The Haunted House of Horrors. Children enter into the Ghost Castle a haunted house of horrors. Start on the blue footprint and roll the die to move. The children then spin the spider spinner to see if they roll the die again, get scared stiff, regain their courage to move, or drop the glow-in-the-dark skull with red eyes (replaced the whammy ball) into the open coffin lid (replaced the chimney chute) to randomly activate traps along the way. Beware to those standing on the trap spots (red footprints). Green footprints show the way to a secret passage.




Children who are scared stiff by a ghost place a white fright face mask (replaced the mice) on their player and are frozen until they spin a footprint. The first player to advance up the stairs and close the coffin lid putting the ghost to rest wins.




Children start in "a forest drenched in moonlight. A path leads to the mysterious Ghost Castle, guarded by a sinister axe-man." The suit of armor at the castle gate swings an axe (replaced the broom) down on the heads of the unwary sending them back to the start.



Players enter the "ghostly Great Hall with its treacherous shaky floor." If the skull lands on the floor and knocks them off their feet they must go back to the blue footprint at the start of the room.



Into the "cellar full of strange, dusty bottles and a hidden passage behind the secret mirror. If you are on the green footprints when the skull falls into the trap basket the mirror opens to reveal a passageway beyond.



You find yourself in "the dungeon with frightening shadows and a skeleton that comes to life." The skull can lift the secret passage sending the skeleton flying towards you knocking you over and back to the last blue footprint which is in the previous room.



"The spooky tower. You're never out of danger on the stairs. Only when you close the coffin will the ghost with the bouncing skull stop haunting the house." The skull can come rolling down the stairs at any minute knocking the children back to the last blue footprint at the foot of the staircase. So race up as fast as you can to the landing and close the coffin to win.




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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 03:18:11 PM »
The Real Ghost Busters In 1986 the Which Witch? game was redesigned around the Real Ghost Busters Cartoon.  Play your favorite ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler or Peter Venkman. Player land on a slimed spot and are stuck for one round or a thunder cloud and spin the spinner where they can catch a ghost card, lose a ghost, or be slimed. At the end of each turn the glow-in-the-dark skull with red eyes is dropped down the open ecto ghost trap (replaced the coffin) o randomly activate booby-traps along the way. The first to climb the stairs and close the trap wins.





Ghostbusters start in the firehouse station and move around until they have caught one ghost trying to avoid the falling axe of the suit of armor in the window of the antique store. Players need one captured ghost to move on.



Players find themselves in the haunted antique store searching for ghosts and avoiding the carpet that can knock them off their feet. Trap spots are designated by bloody pools on the floor. Busters must have two ghosts caught to continue.



Ghostbusters race through the city with Ecto-1 the ectomobile trying to capture three ghosts and maybe get lucky by moving through the secret passage if the skull lands in the basket.



Players search the creepy museum for four ghosts to move up the stairs. Players can be attacked by a ghost on the opposite side of the secret passage if they are in front of it when it is activated by the screaming skull.



Here are some of my favorites of the silly spooky ghost cards that are captured.





In the 1970s and early 1980s there were other international versions including these Italian and German versions.

Castello Incantato (Enchanted Castle)



Spukschloss (Spook Manor) 1972



Here is the Australian version from the 1990s


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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 03:32:08 PM »
For those who have hung in there this far here is the new version I bought yesterday.




Starting again in the haunted forest this time it is the tree itself that is the trap, with crushing arms. There is also a falling portcullis trap before entering into the castle.



Inside the great hall there is a haunted bear rug (instead of the tiger version) to sweep you off your feet replacing the shaky floor. The secret passage has changed rooms as well now behind a bookcase/weapons rack leading into the armory.



Inside the armory is a chute to drop the falling skull on you just inside the door and the suit of armor has changed locations and still swings his axe.



Inside the dungeon there is now a giant bear trap then up the stairs to the coffin. The skull still knocks players off the stairs to their doom.




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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 05:33:14 PM »
Wow, Great Pics! This was one of my favorite games as a kid!

It's times like these, when I wish I had a little monster of my own to play board games with...

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 07:10:36 PM »
WOW. LOVE all the variations. 
I think my favorite are the Ghost Castle ones. I'm going to NEED that newer version. I'm a sucker for spooky trees / forests, what can I say?  :P

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 07:54:08 PM »
Man, what a great board! That modern one is a worthy purchase it would appear...

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 11:35:13 PM »
I have an example of the first version of the game.  I had no idea that it was revamped so many times!  What a wonderful read, Ghost.  Long though.  :D  FANTASTIC!!!  You should write a book.  I had a couple of roommates and pals in the '80s and this same old version of Which Witch? that I have and we played it 'round Halloween time. 
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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2012, 11:02:45 AM »
Thank you for the marvelous sleuthing! A great and informative AND fun post.

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2012, 11:09:11 AM »
Hours and hours of FUN! I remember playing that game with all my cousins and having such a fun time  :)
Thanks for posting all the variations- I NEVER knew there was a Ghostbusters edition! Wow! And now I will go look around my Walmart....I have a 7 year old grandson that needs a little NON- video gaming  :)

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2012, 12:53:31 PM »
Now I just have to wait for my son's 7th birthday party so we can open it up, only a couple more weeks.   :-\ Until then we can always play the older versions and I have been sneaking peeks at the box when he is not looking (I haven't wrapped it yet). I really want to check out the new traps though. It should be fun to play with the grandson Charp13! You are welcome Gracebuster and thank you for getting better and being in two of my favorite movies, keep 'em coming. I don't think your kids are too old for a board game night. I grew up in the 80s and played the Ghostbusters version along with Ghost Castle more frequently around Halloween but really all year long too Allhallowsday. Which Which Witch version is your favorite everyone?

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2012, 01:31:41 PM »
I don't have any plans to write any books anytime soon but I did write some long winded articles one of which was about monster/horror related board games chock full of pictures I shamelessly stole from the internet. Maybe I will post a few that this monster crowd might enjoy. I wanted Bats in your Belfry and was watching Allhallowsday's auction but it eventually went too high for my price range. I would be interested to see which other horror themed games you owned. I realized there were more than one version while searching for replacement parts for an older version that was well loved/played. Board Game Geek website is an awesome resource when it comes to finding games from your past or new games to try out. www.boardgamegeek.com. You can even upload pictures of your favorite game if it is not on there. Here is another spooky themed game from my childhood, Ghosts!




Ghosts! originally from 1982 this is the 1985 Milton Bradley version I owned. Move your glow-in-the-dark ghosts through the dungeon. The game play is similar to Stratego and Checkers. Some of your spooks are good blue spirits and some are evil yellow specters. Yellow ghosts attack and kill the blue ones. Bluff and sneak all of your blue spirits across the board to win. You can win by sneaking a good ghost out an opponents exit, capturing all of your opponents good ghosts, or by your opponent capturing all of your evil ghosts.



Here is a comparison of the ghosts from the German version Geister and the ghosts I have.




There was a version in England from Waddingtons that was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde version!





 

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2012, 01:47:08 PM »
I think I will post some more horror themed games I hope no one minds. Starting with the holy grails of monster games the Hasbro Mystery games.

Dracula Mystery Game 1963 Bela Lugosi as Dracula himself chases you across the board. "Will the vampire catch you"?





Frankenstein Mystery Game 1963 from the artwork that is probably Glenn Strange playing Frankenstein's monster. It is definitely not the Boris Karloff version. "Find The Lurking Monster."





The Wolfman Mystery Game 1963 Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman. "When will the werewolf strike"?





The Mummy Mystery Game 1963 that could be Christopher Lee playing Kharis, the Mummy or possibly Lon Chaney Jr. from the Mummy's Ghost. "Explore The Ancient Crypts Of Egypt."






The Creature From the Black Lagoon Mystery Game 1963 Ben Chapman and Ricou Browning as the Gill Man "Enter the depths of the Black Lagoon".





The Phantom of the Opera Mystery Game 1963 James Cagney modeled after Lon Chaney Sr. as the Erik the Phantom. "Can You Escape From The Phantom's Dungeon?"




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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2012, 02:40:46 PM »
Interesting that the Mummy, Creature and Phantom graphics are so clearly based on the Aurora model kits!

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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2012, 02:44:41 PM »
I've recently picked up original Green Ghost and Kabala games, and an Ouija a few years ago, but have been thinking about this game as well recently so thanks for the heads up!!!!!!
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Re: Which Witch classic board game remade again!
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2012, 03:07:31 PM »
Interesting that the Mummy, Creature and Phantom graphics are so clearly based on the Aurora model kits!























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