Fireball Island board game
The Fireball Island board game is a collectible game produced during the 1980s by the American toy company Milton Bradley.
The game was created by games designer Bruce Lund, and released by Milton Bradley in 1986. The game’s large, unique three-dimensional board and combination of luck and strategy made is extremely popular, and it has retained a cult status amongst collectors with its own internet fan clubs and tribute sites.
The Milton Bradley Fireball Island board game
The game’s board is a three-dimensional jungle island with a volcano in the centre. At the top of the volcano is a rotating Tiki Idol head, which contains a ruby. Players move around the board and compete to be the first to the top of the volcano, with the aim being to steal the ruby, return down the volcano and escape in a boat.
However, the board contains several holes (volcanic vents) and marbles (fireballs)are released from them at random intervals, along with those released from the rotating idol. These marbles roll through the channels of the island and can crush players or destroy bridges. Players must avoid these fireballs by hiding in caves or other areas, whilst other players attempt to steal the ruby from them.
The winner is the first player to reach the boat with the ruby and escape the island.
How much is a Fireball Island Board game worth?
The board game has a cult following and is highly popular amongst vintage game collectors. Good or mint-condition examples with all their components can sell on auction sites such as eBay for between $150 and $250 in some circumstances.