Thrift Treasure: Stay Alive Game
It seems lately I’ve been having a lot of luck finding games and puzzles that were a part of my youth. That’s fine with me as it is the reason I started buying these older games in the first place. Sometimes it is to relive my past. Other times it is finally procuring the item that I always wanted, but Santa never brought.
I’ve lost count of how many we’ve discovered over the past few months. There was Rubik’s Magic a couple of weeks ago, Famous Authors in July, and Battling Tops last spring. This week I finally found a complete copy of Stay Alive by Milton Bradley. And after a soapy wash in the sink, it was as good as new.
I’m positive this game is familiar to many of you. The objective of Stay Alive is just that – to be the last person with marbles after everyone else has lost all of theirs and been eliminated. Each player begins the game with five colored marbles in their storage well and each of the slides in one of three positions (inside, outside, middle).
For the first part of the game, players take turns placing their five marbles onto the grid one at a time. Once they have all been placed, Stay Alive progresses to the actual game play.
On a turn a player will move one of the slides of their choice, of either color, one position, in an attempt to eliminate an opponent’s marble by causing it to fall through the grid and into the base below. The slide must be moved only one space and may not be moved from inside to outside or outside to inside (bypassing the middle). Any marbles that fall through are out of the game.
A person may not move the slide moved by the immediately previous player. When a player has all five of their marbles eliminated, they are out of the game and no longer move slides. When the game is down to just two participants, a player may move the same knob on two consecutive turns only (not three times in a row). The last player with one or more marbles on the grid is the winner of Stay Alive!
I remember playing this game quite a bit in the mid 70’s. It was well-advertised on television and one commercial even featured the famous Vincent Price! Stay Alive is long out of print, but you can find collectible versions on both Amazon and eBay. If you happen across one at thrift, make sure all the original marbles are present. They’re slightly smaller than standard marbles, which won’t fit through the holes!
What vintage board games are you still looking for?
17 thoughts on “Thrift Treasure: Stay Alive Game”
Always a classic.
I had forgotten about this game! I always enjoyed it
Oh wow.. I think I had this game when I was a kid.
A winning find.
Been a long time since I played that
Never played this before, but would like to.
I still have this game. Or rather, I think I picked it up at a rummage sale because I used to have this game as a kid. My brother and I used to play it a lot.
I don’t know of any vintage games I’m looking for. We used to have this one and loved it!
I’ve been on the look out for a copy of crokinole!
This looks like a fun game for everyone.
Some of these classic older version games are fun! They can’t and shouldn’t be duplicated
They are games that should not be downloaded to a phone. Good old fashioned games! Where you move your pieces and think the next move all by yourself. Those were the days!
always fun to play a marble game
Still hunting Star Wars: Epic Duels…
I always look for the game Touble when I go to thrift stores. I’ve found a couple, but the bubble didn’t work.
Not really looking for any vintage games at the moment.
I’m on the lookout for a vintage metal Chinese checker game! My brother and I would play for hours growing up.