Thrift Treasure: Arch Rival

Thrift Treasure: Arch Rival

If there’s one common thread we’ve seen from thrift store game finds from the 90’s is there was a serious attempt at creating a game that had never been done before. I’m not referring to overly-complex games, but ones that have elaborate contraptions that somehow integrate into the gameplay.

90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com

Whether a 3D playing field, a custom game board or moving mechanical parts, publishers were consistently trying to one-up the competition in the ongoing race for market share. This week’s Thrift Treasure is no different and has a feature we’ve never seen in any game to date – a 3-dimensional bridge!

90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com

We picked up Arch Rival by Parker Brothers at our local Goodwill for under $2 and it has already given us and friends many hours of entertainment, even if only to build it up to see it fall! Yes, you read that right. The game ends when the bridge collapses! Just don’t be the one that caused it!

90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com

Setting up the game is an effort in and of itself, requiring a couple extra supports while you randomly build the archway. The order of the colors does not matter, except for the blue keystone that must be placed at the apex. Did I mention the entire structure will be constructed on a rocking base? The rules to Arch Rival are similar to Jenga, in that you do not want to be the person to make it fall.

90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com

Included in the game are 50 plastic neon pieces of varying shapes and colors. On your turn you will roll the two included dice and place the corresponding number of pieces in one basket matching the color on the second die. You can arrange the pieces any way you want in a compartment, hopefully making it more difficult for the next person.

90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com  90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com

If you roll the words “Arch Rival” instead of a color, the player on your left gets to pick exactly which compartment you must put your pieces in (except for the keystone). If your group is so good at the game that you run out of pieces without it falling, on the next roll the player must remove all the pieces from any one compartment of that color (again, without it collapsing).

90's board game publishers always seemed to be trying to out-do each other with wild contraptions never before offered. Arch Rival is one such attempt. - SahmReviews.com

Designed for 2 or more players, Arch Rival has not only made it to our game table, it’s been thoroughly enjoyed by young and old at our weekly game night group. Copies can still be found on eBay for around $20 shipped. Of course, be sure to keep an eye out at your local thrift store for a better bargain!

What was your favorite 90’s game?

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.

12 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Arch Rival»

  1. Ryan D Baker says:

    This game sounds awesome!

  2. Benjamin K. says:

    The things you find at thrift stores! This is certainly a neat find.

  3. Sparks says:

    This looks like a treat to play, nice and colorful parts.

  4. Debra says:

    This looks like so much fun! I haven’t seen a game with a setup bridge like that either – creative!

  5. Jennifer says:

    That’s a game concept I’ve never seen before. Thanks so much for sharing another unique game. I’ve gotten a few of the games that you’ve reviewed on here, and they’ve all been winners.

  6. LaVonne says:

    I like this style of game that requires building skills and careful movement! Fun.

  7. Sam says:

    My husband would like this- personally, I would find it maddening, ha.

  8. Denise C says:

    You always find the most interesting games. It really inspires me to play more with the kids.

  9. James says:

    Very Interesting

  10. Zoltan says:

    Very nice idea for a game!

  11. betty league says:

    Arch Rival game is a little stressful for adults….but the kids find it challenging and fun. thanks

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