Sarah noticed the other night that one of the games in John's stack of vintage games (as featured in my Monday Photo Shoot entry) was a "The Beatles Flip Your Wig" game (Milton Bradley, 1964). She wanted to know more about it.
Well, first of all, there are no wigs involved, and the only flipping involved is in turning over cards. Fair enough: the Beatles didn't have wigs, either.
The game is for two to four players. Each player games a game token depicting one of the Beatles, either John, Paul, George or Ringo. Whichever Beatle represents you, that's the one whose cards you are trying to collect to win the game.
There are two stacks of cards: Beatles cards and Flip Your Wig cards. The yellow Beatles cards include a picture of each Beatle, and each Beatle's signature. The Flip Your Wig cards feature each Beatle's instrument, some Hit Record cards, and I forget what else, if anything.
You roll the dice and go around and around the board, getting and losing cards along the way. Whoever is the first to gets his or her own Beatle's face, instrument, and autograph, plus a hit record, wins.
This appears to be a game of pure chance, with nothing much to recommend it other than the Beatles' iconography. But I'm still glad John and I hung on to this - not since 1964, but since our Rockarama days. In better shape than ours, this game sells for around $145 now. We probably paid $25 to $40 for it, back in the early 1980s.
Having relieved some curiosity, and having gotten through an entire posting without mentioning any drama, I now depart to work on my lemur entry.
BoardGameGeek's Beatles Flip Your Wig Game Page