The Most Bizarre Board Games in History

It typically does not take as much money to produce a board game as it does a game with electronics. And don’t forget that board games were a prime source of amusement for bored families for decades and decades before the arrival of video games. With such a prime opportunity to pluck money out of people desperately searching for a way to connect with each other, it is any wonder that some pretty bizarre ideas for board games reached all the way to the market?

Is the Pope Catholic?

I suppose we should just be thankful that no board game was ever developed about what bears are rumored to do in the woods. Is the Pope Catholic was the board game brainchild of two brothers from Boston who learned more than catechism from their days at a Catholic school in Boston. The goal of the game is the goal of any good Catholic boy, I assume. To become Pope. Every good board game needs obstacles placed in the path of winning and in the case of Is the Pope Catholic, those obstacles would be any typical sins one encounter on the road from altar boy to the Holy See. Don’t nip at the church wine or skim the bingo money and you may just reach the Vatican.

Trump: The Game

What makes Trump: The Game such a bizarre entry in the history of board games is that goal of striking it rich in the world of rest estate is clearly set up as a reflection of the real life figure who gives the game its name. A much more realistic name for a game based on Donald Trump would have been How to Run Several Companies into Bankruptcy and Still Fool Millions into Thinking You’re a Clever Businessman. I guess that title would have been too long as well as a little too on the nose to get that coveted Trump seal of approval.

Do the Urkel!

Steve Urkel was pretty hot stuff in 1991. You can tell just how hot because there is actually a board game based on his character from “Family Matters.” The title of the game derives from a specific episode in which Steve Urkel attends a rooftop party and steals the show by inventing a new dance called, yes, The Urkel. Collect cards shaped like bow ties, recite some Urkelisms, exhibit your ability to simulate his trademark snorting laugh and avoid getting into the kind of board game trouble that will force you to…Do the Urkel!

Uranium Rush


The only board game that comes with its own Geiger counter. I don’t know if that is true or not and, to be perfectly honest, I doubt that it is. Uranium Rush is a bizarre board game to us, but probably perfectly reasonable to the families of the 1950s just learning to leave in the shadow of nuclear annihilation. The main selling point of Uranium Rush was not the goal of the game which basically came down to staking claims for a uranium mine, but using that electronic geiger counter to determine if there was any uranium on that property. If the bulb lit up and the buzzer went off when you touched the Geiger counter, then score!