The game has some amazing table presence.

Enlarge / The game has some amazing table presence.

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Stranger Things, Bandersnatch, GLOW—the 80s are in, and the tabletop world isn’t immune to this cultural wave. Yet another piece of 80s gaming nostalgia has now been unleashed, this one made of hulking plastic topped with a sinister skull.

Fireball Island is certainly an artifact of its time, boasting an over-the-top Indiana Jones-like goal of nabbing an idol while avoiding molten balls of fury. In 1986, this was something special. It did little to inspire as a game, as it was largely a roll-and-move exercise in repetition, but its physicality and toy-like nature created a true experience. It was something to behold, if not to play.

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