Thrift Treasure: BattleDome

When shopping at thrift for games, we typically stick to the board or card game kind. Every once in a while we stray from those categories because something catches our eye. We couldn’t resist picking up Crossfire last summer – it just brought back too many childhood memories!

This wasn't one from our youth, but BattleDome by Parker Brothers is one we certainly would have asked Santa for! See it in action at SahmReviews.com!

This week something similar happened. It wasn’t a game we actually owned as kids since it came out well after we were out of college. But if it had been, it would have certainly been on our Christmas wish lists! BattleDome by Parker Brothers is technically a game, and yet also a toy at the same time. Either way, it is now part of our game collection.

This wasn't one from our youth, but BattleDome by Parker Brothers is one we certainly would have asked Santa for! See it in action at SahmReviews.com!

Unlike Crossfire, BattleDome supports up to four players. Assembling the unit takes some time and finesse, but once complete, it is very stable and doesn’t come apart easily. Each player commands two pinball-like flippers trying to prevent the onslaught of balls from “draining” past them into the score cup. Obviously, you want to be the player with the fewest balls on your side to win.

This wasn't one from our youth, but BattleDome by Parker Brothers is one we certainly would have asked Santa for! See it in action at SahmReviews.com!

BattleDome has a unique mechanical ball dispenser at the top of the playing field. Winding up the top, it slowly rotates and collects queued balls and spits them out underneath onto the domed playing area. This play field has various obstructions (bells and spinners) that alter the path of the falling spheres.

This wasn't one from our youth, but BattleDome by Parker Brothers is one we certainly would have asked Santa for! See it in action at SahmReviews.com!

The dispenser does not pause, creating havoc when multiple balls are being shot back and forth at the same time.  Also included are plastic rails that limit the paths when there are less than four players. A netting hangs from the top of the structure, keeping things from flying out onto the floor. In our experience, this works about 95% of the time.

This wasn't one from our youth, but BattleDome by Parker Brothers is one we certainly would have asked Santa for! See it in action at SahmReviews.com!

But one things for sure, BattleDome is a LOT of fun! While loud, every time we break it out at home or bring it to game night, people gather around waiting for their turn. It seems many of our friends do remember having one as children, and we’re happy to help them relive those memories. Want to see it in action for yourself? Check out the commercial above, or see it in play at our house in the brief video below!

Note that our dispenser seemed to get stuck. Turns out that the red ball wasn’t part of the original game and had been added by the previous owners. It just just a bit too large for the machine! There’s at least one black ball included in the game, meant to be worth more points when collected (a bad thing). Since ours was missing the original instructions, we just assigned a value of 5 to it, with the regular yellow ones being worth a point each.

This wasn't one from our youth, but BattleDome by Parker Brothers is one we certainly would have asked Santa for! See it in action at SahmReviews.com!

You can find complete copies on eBay for under $20, but be prepared for sticker shock when shipping. It is a large box, so expect shipping to run nearly as much as the game itself! This is a great one to watch for at yard sales as it will often be overlooked and stacked with the rest of the kids’ toys.

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.

11 comments on «Thrift Treasure: BattleDome»

  1. Alicia says:

    This looks like a game my boys would love! It’s cool you found it at a thrift store because that’s a great way to save on fun games.

  2. Carmel says:

    This looks like such a fun game! I’m going to keep an eye out for it on Ebay, there are so few table top games that are still somewhat active!

  3. Parker brother games sounds a bit technical to me whenever i buy thanks for the review i will try this out.

  4. Ashley Cook says:

    Thrifting is a great idea to save money. I’ve never heard of that game but it’s always nice to find a treasure while thrust store shopping right?

  5. Wow! that is such an amazing find! I love going through thrift stores for clothes but I never really think about going for entertainment! Good food for thought!

  6. I like that BattleDome is both a game and a toy. I bet my kiddos would love playing this. Plus, you always find so many great games!

  7. Victoria says:

    This is such a creative and fun looking game! I love games that provide a chance to use your mind.

  8. Akshay says:

    Now this is the second article from your blog that I am reading about the game review and I must ask you “How do you find such interesting games?” the video really makes me wanna play right now. This game actually reminds me of that computer game we use to get in windows 98, I use to play that a lot. 🙂

  9. Victoria Heckstall says:

    What a creative and fun game to use with family! I’m pretty sure that my family will love it. I haven’t tried this one.

  10. Julie syl says:

    Wow! It looks so fun. I love it! I want to have this. Lol! It’s really entertaining.

  11. I’ve never played this. It looks like you guys are having a lot of fun. I love finding cool deals at thrift stores

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