Classic ’80s Game FIREBALL ISLAND Is Back

Assembling a molded 3D game board is a kind of satisfying you can’t get from any other activity. I feel accomplished when the plastic peaks of Fireball Island are in place and ready for action. I didn’t get to play the game as a youth, but as an adult, I’ve enjoyed playing on a board a friend tracked down online and launching bright red marbles from volcanic vents and from the tiki idol Vul-Kar.

Getting Fireballed is the worst/best, and I can’t wait for more players to experience the feeling with Restoration Games’ Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar. Yes, they’re bringing the game you know and love back, with some updated art and game play.

Restoration Games has had the official resurrection of the 1986 game planned since at least summer 2017, and the Kickstarter just launched. As I write this, the campaign has already exceeded the $250,000 goal within the first three hours.

The above video shows off some of the differences from the original game, and sample cards on Kickstarter go into more detail. Success on Fireball Island is a product of skill and luck, and while that will still be the case, the new cards will give players more control over their actions.

Ready to take on the risk of being chased by fire falling from the sky? You can support Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar on Kickstarter. You’re essentially pre-ordering the game, either a base game or one that comes with all the expansions. Restoration estimates delivery will happen in November 2018.

And in case you’re not familiar with the game, please watch this very retro commercial:

Have you played Fireball Island? Have you gone to extreme lengths to find a perfectly pristine copy from the ’80s? Let us know in the comments!

Images: Restoration Games

Amy Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Nerdist. Follow her on Twitter.

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