Thrift Treasure: Ghosts!

Thrift Treasure: Ghosts!

This will probably go down as a record for purchase-to-post in our Thrift Treasure series. We found this copy of Ghosts! by Milton Bradley on Friday afternoon at our local Goodwill for only $1.88. By dinner time we had already gotten our money’s worth!

This week's Thrift Treasure game is an 80's classic from Milton Bradley - Ghosts! Get your ghost out the door before your opponent catches you! - SahmReviews.com

Rated for ages 6-14, Ghosts! is a simple-to-learn game that has you either trying to capture you opponents ghosts or getting one of yours to safety through a door on the other side of the board.

This week's Thrift Treasure game is an 80's classic from Milton Bradley - Ghosts! Get your ghost out the door before your opponent catches you! - SahmReviews.com

Each player begins the game with eight ghosts. Four have a blue sticker on them (good ghosts) and the other four have orange stickers (bad ghosts). Each player takes turns moving one ghost one space in any direction except diagonally. If another ghost occupies the space that you want, you capture it from your opponent.

This week's Thrift Treasure game is an 80's classic from Milton Bradley - Ghosts! Get your ghost out the door before your opponent catches you! - SahmReviews.com

If you are the first to capture all of your opponent’s good ghosts, you win. Force your opponent to capture all of your bad ghosts and you also win (note that your opponent doesn’t know what type of ghost they are capturing).

This week's Thrift Treasure game is an 80's classic from Milton Bradley - Ghosts! Get your ghost out the door before your opponent catches you! - SahmReviews.com

Additionally, if you are able to get one of your good ghosts to either opposite corner of the board, he can then exit the dungeon and you also win in this manner!

Originally issued in 1980 by Waddington under the name “Jekyll & Hyde”, their version had little statues whose face your opponent could not see until captured. Our Milton Bradley version hit the shelves in 1985 and you can still find this exact same game under the name “Phantoms vs. Phantoms” issued by Asmodee. You’ll have to settle for eBay or your local thrift store if you want to find one of these original Ghosts! versions.

And it would probably be worth the search. This version of Ghosts! included glow-in-the-dark pieces! A great touch you just don’t see in today’s games and perfect for our girls’ next sleepover!

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

18 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Ghosts!»

  1. You always find the neatest board games. This one sounds like loads of fun!

    1. Scott says:

      You should see some of the ones we pass up on!

  2. I always love your thrift treasure finds. I’ve never heard of this game before, but it looks great.

  3. Stephanie says:

    This sounds like alot of fun! I never thought to look for old board games at the thrift shop– great idea!

  4. Andrew says:

    I thought I was a board game fanatic, but you’ve certainly proved me wrong. I haven’t heard of a lot of the games you find. These are great, keep them coming!

  5. I bet there is never a bad work day. Getting to play with toys is awesome. Thanks for sharing this one with us :).

  6. Sounds like a fun game. My boys would love to play with the ghosts.

  7. diane hoffmaster says:

    My kids would love it! And they definitely need something to do over the summer. I will have to check out more board games!

  8. How fun! I have never had any luck finding a thrift store game with all the required pieces! This is a cute game. I would love to know what your game closet looks like. I know you guys enjoy your board games.

  9. sharon phillips says:

    I haven’t seen this game in ages. You are very fortunate. Would love to find this to play with my grandkids.

  10. Susie says:

    I have never heard of this game. Great review. This looks like lots of fun for me and the grandkids to play! Thanks

  11. This looks like fun! I don’t remember this one. Off to ebay….

  12. sacha says:

    Lol I want to play this game now lol

  13. Michael Boone says:

    Wow your thrift store finds are awesome!

  14. Maggie Saavedra says:

    This looks like a cool game. I really wish I found so many awesome games at my local thrift store.

  15. Mikey Haas says:

    One of my favorite board games from childhood. I haven’t thought about this game since about 1990 (probably the last time I played it) thanks for sharing. I might have to make my own hand made version. I’m a sculptor and a modeler and I love making Ghosts 😀

  16. Benjamin K. says:

    This would be a great themed game for Halloween. We have Midnight Party, and Hugo the ghost glows in the dark 🙂

    1. Scott says:

      Funny, we were just talking last night about bringing it to our game night this month for Halloween!

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