Wednesday, February 16, 2011

'SCREECH' - game











A game that is played in the dark, how cool and spooky. 'Screech' is a great simple game that consists of a plastic owl which is battery operated, a number of cards that have glow-in-the-dark pictures on them, a number of rubber feely creatures and a feely sack for the creatures [This is beginning to sound quite rude, I'm just saying what they called from the box]. The object of the game is straight forward enough: The cards are layed face down and the feely creatures put into the sack. One player is chosen to start first, you turn the owl on by the switch at the back which lights up the owl's eyes. On top of the owl is a crest which you spin round and when it stops a pair of spooky creatures is lit up in the owl's eyes, the player then takes one of the cards face down and slides it into the slot just under the owl's head, the card is held there for 3 to 4 seconds and when taken out the image on the card will glow revealing which creature you have, if it is the same has those in the Owl's eyes then you take a feely creature from the sack, then its the next players turn. The first to win 3 feely creatures is the winner. However there are 2 cards that have a different meaning, if you get one with a foot on it then that player has another go and if you get a card with a Goblin on it then you have to return one of your feely creatures to the sack. I think it would add to the atmosphere of playing in the dark by playing some eerie music or playing nighttime sound effects such has owl's hooting and screeching, trees blowing in the wind, etc. Not sure when this game is from, looks to be sometime during the 1970's, although the game is made in America by 'Parker', it says on the box that Parker games is a division of 'Palitoy Ltd', Coalville, Leicester, England, so I would imagine the game was distributed in the UK too. Love the artwork on this box especially the pointing skeleton.

13 comments:

Michael Ruiz said...

Would you be willing to sell this game?

Paul said...

Mmmm not really sure, what would you offer for it?

Paul said...

Hi Michael
Could you send me an email please?

monsterscud@yahoo.co.uk

Thank you

Carrie said...

This is a favorite game of the 70s, really hard to find, I have been looking for this for years, I LOVED to play this as a child, I would happily purchase it as well.

Natasha said...

Make that triple screech! I haven't seen you for a long time! I went on a holiday to France and arrived yesterday night. So, I couldn't contact any of my friends!

Paul said...

Hi Natasha
Good to hear from you again. Hope that you had a great time in France, what part did you go to?

sgelster@yahoo.com said...

How old is this post because I would also be interested in purchasing this game for my sister to relive some childhood memories.

Paul said...

Hi
Sorry but the Screech game has been sold now. Hope you manage to find another one.

Anonymous said...

OMG...I had this game when I was little, though with a way different box and no feely monsters. I'm guessing this is the Brit version? Sure would like to get a copy of this, or at least wish Parker Bros. would re-release it again!

Anonymous said...

This is the European/British version of Screech from Parker Bros made in the early 1970's. I found this game in near mint condition years ago and since then have been searching for the American version with no luck. It was a different open faced purple box showing the actual owl.

Anonymous said...

I had this game (US version) and I don't remember any feely creatures or bag with it. I would put the cards under black light for a more intense glow.

Kate Gruntfuttock said...

Ohhhhh happy memories, thanks for the reminiscence. :D

Yvonne Weir said...

Hi

I have this Screech game if anyone wants to buy it - can send pictures if you want to email me. Will supply address is anyone interested and lets me know what they'd like to pay for it
Eve