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Blast Off - Waddingtons, 1969

Blast Off is described as "The modern game of space exploration and technology". It provides a game where players are constantly making decisions as they try to keep their spacecraft in a satisfactory orbit and travel around the solar system. Blast Off was first published by Waddingtons in 1969.

Blast Off
Blast Off, Waddingtons, 1969

The fantastic artwork on the box lid is a real feature of this game, which was published at around the same time as the Apollo 11 moon landing. A huge number of games published in the late 1960's had a space related theme for the same reason, which is hardly surprising.

Game Details

Game: Blast Off
Company: Waddingtons
Players: 1-4
Year: 1969

Game Play

The game divides into 3 stages. In stage 1, players must achieve an orbit of the Earth with their satellites. In stage 2 they blast off their capsules to rendezvous and dock with their orbiting satellites. In stage 3, the combined capsules and satellites (now "spaceships") must frequently land on the moon and blast off again, in order to reach the other planets.

Players control their spacecraft by throwing the die to determine the orbit they have reached and their orbital velocity, plus instructions from the thruster rocket cards. The object of the game is to become the first player to reach the farthest planet, Pluto, but you have to do this by first visiting all the other planets in order of increasing distance from the Earth, with each new journey starting from the moon.

Game Contents

A fully complete game will have the following contents.

1 game board
4 control panels
1 master control panel
4 capsules
4 satellites
1 moon
10 thruster rocket cards
1 die
1 set of rules