Operation! Board Game

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Operation is an electronic board game of patience and skill that tests each players’ steadiness and hand-eye coordination. Watch out though, if you get sloppy and make a mistake the patient’s pain will be expressed for all to see with the light of his nose and sounding of the buzzer.

The game was invented by John Spinello as a college mission while studying at the University of Illinois. When the game got to Milton Bradley, it kept it’s original purpose but was then redesigned into the board game we have come to love so dearly.

Milton Bradley released the game in 1965 featuring our famous Cavity Sam with his light up red nose and many ailments; Butterflies in the Stomach, Bread Basket, Ankle Bone Connected to the Knee Bone, and so on.

In celebration of those games 40th birthday Americans voted on Cavity Sam’s newest trouble.

Over time there have been some special editions of the game such as Spider-Man, The Simpsons, and most recently Toy Story 3. No matter which version it remains a staple of family game night.

In 2008 Cavity Sam got an upgrade with thirteen new awkward and exciting “Funatomy” ailments, each with their unique sound associated with them. Players must listen to the noises for leadership. Gameplay is slightly different than the original game, but still, a blast to play with.

Object of Operation

Collect the most dollars by performing successful “operations.”

What’s in the Box?

  • Game Board: The plastic framed game board features the patient,
  • Cavity Sam. Poor ol’ Cavity Sam has 12 openings or “cavities.”
  • Doctor and Specialist cards
  • Funatomy Pieces
  • Surgical Tweezers
  • Play Money

cavity sam

Setting up the Game

  1. Place all of the Funatomy pieces in their corresponding places. Make sure that they lay flat in the bottom of the cavity.
  2. Choose a player to play the banker. He or she will be responsible for paying the players.
  3. One pile of Doctor cards and another Specialist cards.
  4. Place any extra cards into the side.
  5. Shuffle the Doctor cards and put them face down in reach of all players.

It’s an excellent idea to set a time limit for attempting an operation. One minute appears to be sufficient. If the player doesn’t finish the task in the time limit, it is considered unsuccessful.

How to play the game

The youngest player goes first followed by the player to their left, and so on.

The player draws the top card from the Doctor heap. The card will tell them which “funatomy” part to remove and the fee they’ll be compensated for a successful operation. The player then takes the surgical tweezers and tries to eliminate the “funatomy” part without touching the edges of the cavity. If they’re successful they are paid from the lender the charge designated on the card, they maintain the part, and the Doctor card is put out of play. It’s now the next player’s turn.

If they are making a mistake, then the part is dropped back into the cavity, and their turn is over. The player with the specialist card for the “unsuccessful operation” is currently permitted to give it a go.

If the Pro is successful, they receive the fee on the specialist card. If the physician and Specialist are both ineffective, the Doctor card is then placed at the bottom of the draw pile, and the Specialist holds onto their card for the next time that operation is attempted.

If the participant has both the Doctor card along with the Specialist card for the same operation, they get two attempts to perform the process.

One thing to note is that if you ever lose your operation probes, you can find an extra pair from a multimeter.

Winning Operation!

When all twelve “funatomy” pieces have been removed successfully then the game is over, after that the player with the most cash is declared the as the winner.

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