(Milton Bradley - 1970)
The Which Witch boardgame came out in 1970 and was hands down, my favorite game as a young kid. There was something magical as a kid, dropping the whammy ball down the chimney and hoping your trap isn't sprung, or that you draw a Wanda the Wicked card and get turned into a mouse! I have such vivid, fond memories of this game and wanted to share it with my kids. I looked for it for years, then finally thought to look on the internet and located a complete Which Witch game.
This was not your average board game, not only was it three dimensional (setting up the game was half the fun), but there was a mechanical component... four traps that were set off randomly by dropping the steel whammy ball down the chimney. The suspenseful aspect of chance and luck made the game that much more exciting to play with my brother and sisters.
The object of the game was to make your way through the "Witch Works", avoiding traps an ascend the stairs to the "Charmed Circle". You got to choose one of four colored pawns (red, blue, yellow and green)... two were boys and two were girls. Red is my second favorite color but I always chose green because our red pawn was an "icky girl", so I just had to make do with green since I hate blue.
You had to proceed with caution, because there were four traps just waiting to be sprung that send you back to the start of the room. The sweep of the broom, the creaky floorboards, the swinging wall panel and the stairway. Not to mention the fact that on each turn you drew a card with three possible outcomes... Wanda the Wicked cards would cast a spell on you and turn your pawn into a mouse... Glenda the Good cards would break the spell and turn your pawn back into a kid... and Ghoulish Gerty cards would instruct you to drop the whammy ball down the chimney!
There was nothing that would make a kid squeal more than being only two steps from the top of the stairs and the win, just to be knocked back by the whammy ball as it rolled down the stairs... or being transformed into a mouse just when they were ahead of the rest of the players just to have them all pass you until you finally pull a Glenda the Good card and continue your pursuit.
For a vintage boardgame Which Witch doesn't lack for fun and re-playability... the gameplay still holds its own against more modern games today, especially around Halloween. If you are lucky enough to find a complete Witch Which game, I can guarantee that you will have hours of fun. This game will always hold significance to ma as a happy memory from my childhood. With it's simple rules and quick pace I give this game a 10-10 for gameplay and a full 10-10 for design and execution... the perfect game for young children! (And the young at heart)
Specifications for the Which Witch Game
Basic specifications for the Which Witch board game are listed below.
Suggested Age Range:
6 - Adult
18"L(457mm) x 13"W(330mm)
18"L(457mm) x 13"W(330mm) x 2-1/2"D(64mm)
My Which Witch Collection
These are the Milton Bradley Which Witch board game items that I currently have in my personal vintage gaming collection. I am always open to sell or trade any of my duplicates. I am also looking for other Which Witch items for my collection... see my wish list below.
Boxed Milton Bradley Which Witch Game (x2)
Green Boy Pawn (x1)
Red Girl Pawn (x1)
Which Witch Items Wanted
I will buy your Which Witch items. I will pay cash or trade you for the items listed below or anything you do not see in my personal collection listed above. CONTACT ME
Boxed Milton Bradley Which Witch Game
Chimney/Banister Wall Piece with Intact Banister
Which Witch Box
Board Edge Clips
Boy or Girl Pawns
Which Witch Items For Sale or Trade
These are the Which Witch board game items that I currently have for sale/trade from my personal vintage gaming collection. CONTACT ME
Green Boy Pawn (x1)
Red Girl Pawn (x1)
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SPICYWITCHY | Sep 26, 2014 9:09am
Nobody else remembers this game, to the point of saying I was "hallucinating" about it. In the end stages of liver failure... I kinda understand. However, VENGEANCE IS MINE...ONCE AGAIN I AM CORRECT!!!!!!!! Thx so much for your site and Blessed Be! Hint hint.
gamereader | Jun 07, 2014 8:10am
Could not agree with you more. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this game. Regretting throwing out all my old toys years ago but who would have thought lame digital games would replace board games. Feeling bad I can't share this game with my daughter.
KnyteOwl | Aug 03, 2013 1:29pm
There is a fan/tribute site for this game which offers some replacement parts for sale. www.whichwitchgame.com/
Shelley | Oct 20, 2011 10:11am
There was nothing I loved more than dropping that heavy metal whammy ball down the chimney ... I can't believe someone else remembers this. I ended up being some kind of which-witch dictator, if I recall: made up voices and names and personalities for all the people and mice pieces, had some kind of dark, ongoing witch saga that had to do with the haunted house where they lived -- I can't remember, but I know I LOVED this thing, to the point that the folds on the game board began to unhinge. Thank you for this great reminder of my toy.
Which witch pieces
Jayne afrazier | Sep 18, 2011 3:07pm
I have the Which Witch board game. However, I do not have the green boy. I believe I have everything else including the box it came in.