Ideal Mystic Skull board game
The game was published by Ideal in 1964, and was amongst a large range of popular horror-themed board games of the period. The subject was popular as the classic Universal horror films of the 1930s and 40s were enjoying a second life on television during the 1960s, allowing children to view them for the first time.
As a result, the market was flooded with games based on characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and a range of haunted houses.
Mystic Skull The Game of Voodoo
In Mystic Skull, each player takes on the role of a witch doctor whose aim is to fill your opponent’s voodoo doll full of pins. The board features a central spinner in the form of a plastic tree branch with a skull hanging from it, which moves when a black plastic cauldron is stirred with a bone in the middle of the board.
Players can stick pins in their opponent’s doll, or remove them from their own using a limited number of tokens, and when a doll is full that player is deemed ‘under a spell’ and removed from the game. The winner is the last player with empty holes in their doll.
How much is an Ideal Mystic Skull board game worth?
Due to its unique and gruesome design the game is popular with collectors today, with prices depending heavily on a game’s condition.
Boxed examples with all their components complete can sell on auction sites like eBay for anything from $20 - $80, although the average price is around $30.