Friday, September 09, 2005

Mall Madness! Shopping Mall boardgames

"Mall Madness", the shopping boardgame to end all shopping boardgames! Below are a few shots of the classic teen shopping game, along with a few others you may or may not have ever heard of. After many requests, I figured I'd finally post this. For I've found (like the siren call of the shopping mall) resitance is futile.

Back in the '80s my younger sister, a rabid teen shopaholic (the exact demographic Milton Bradley was targeting), forced my two brothers and I to play this game with her more times than I care to admit, so I got to know it quite well--for better or worse. Mall Madness was a "talking" game that played very annoying (to me and my brothers anyway) audio clips throughout a game.

I so clearly remember that monotonous "choong-choong!" sound the cash register made over and over and over, and the soothing female robotic mall "speaker" announcements: "there's a sale at the FASHION BOUTIQUE". To this day, on occasion, my brothers and I still maniacally blurt out lines from the game that drove us nuts: "Wooowee! Lines' too long! Try again later!". Trust me, once it gets inside your head, it's all over for you.

(original 1989 box I knew so well)

(updated '90s box)

(current Bratz-look version)

Various other shopping boardgames







Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just think, if it hadn't been for your sister, maybe this blog wouldn't have existed...

Fri Sep 09, 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Keith!! Can you post some sound clips of the electronic mall game thing? sounds great.

Fri Sep 09, 09:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now I'm kicking myself for getting rid of my West Edmonton Mallopoly game.

Sat Sep 10, 02:33:00 AM  
Blogger Livemalls said...

Bargain Hunter rules

Sat Sep 10, 04:41:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I had Bargain Hunter, up until a few months ago when my Mom moved and cleared out her basement. Oh well.

Sun Sep 11, 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Anita Rose said...

I guess in a few years Mall Madness will be called, "Lifestyle Center Madness"

Mon Sep 12, 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend bought the 90s versian of Mall Madness at a Thirft Store a few yrs back. There we were in our early 20s playing the game as two ten yrs old.

Mon Jan 23, 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! me and my sister used to play mall madness a lot when we were younger. i can do a mean impression of pretty much any voice on the talking box. and the quote is actually, if i remember correctly, "ooooh long line...try again later!"

Sun Feb 10, 06:43:00 AM  
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