Who could forget Twister. It’s probably one of the few games that’s still produced today. Lots of sock footed children sliding around living room floors laughing & giggling, it was certainly a crowd pleaser. First launched in 1966″Twister”Yeah! It’s a Twister! Yeah, all the girls and boys home Playin’ Twister!
Spin the spinner and call the shot. Twister ties you up in a knot. That’s Twister. Right foot blue! Left hand red!
More than three million copies of Twisters were sold during its first year of release.
The king of the sixties game fads, even though it didn’t have any playing pieces. The players themselves were the pieces, and Twister brought a new meaning to the phrase “contact sports.” The game, not surprisingly, was a huge hit on college campuses. In fact, it still is. In 1987, a record breaking 4,160 contestants tied themselves up in knots playing a Twister marathon at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Twister was the subject of a huge publicity campaign when it was introduced in 1966. After Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor hooked themselves together in front of millions of viewers on the “Tonight” show in May of that year, the rush was on to buy the game. Considering the simplicity of its design (the vinyl sheet was the greatest expense of the package), Twister has been a profit-making dream for Milton Bradley.
The goal of Twister was to outlast opponents by stretching and entwining your body like a human pretzel around a large vinyl sheet emblazoned with multicolored circles, without falling down. With more than two players, the vinyl sheet got so crowded that the results were often hilarious, and sometimes downright lewd.
Watch the original 1966 Twister Commercial