Board James: Fireball Island

Mike Matei / February 3rd, 2010

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  • Fibox

    April 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    good board game james, keep out the good work.

  • April 9, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Awesome, somebody who hates it, can go fuck it self!

  • April 9, 2010 at 12:15 am

    But, it would be fun to see you and Mike Matei playing Fireball Island…

  • April 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Damn that’s a big game! Looked like a board game version of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom!

  • killteck

    April 14, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I still have all the pieces for my game.

  • LairosTall

    April 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Nice. I wonder just how hard it would be to find a complete game; and how much would it cost?
    Definately a game worth searching out, when I have the time.

    • Sammy Schitz

      May 5, 2014 at 4:36 am

      I found one on eBay for $399, box and all.

  • Jurassick

    April 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Some of these, I like more than AVGN.

  • darthaxon9043

    April 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This game looks exactly like a game I used to have called Tornado Rex, in which you almost had to do the exact same things. The board was similar and you had these jewels you had to get and this tornado guy came down the path and bounced off the walls and tried to hit your pieces. Then you had to get back to the boat at the end. Really weird. . . .

  • Fallen Kell

    May 13, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    This was by far one of my all time favorite board games while growing up. It was everything described and more for me and my friends. As for the comment that it was like Tornado Rex, to some point, yes, but it was infinitely more complex. Unlike in Tornado Rex, there are actually many different paths to take, not just a single primary winding path, there the only choice was “do I stop on the tile near the top of the track, or the one near the bottom here because if the tornado hits the wall and bounces around that turn I will be safer near the top or bottom.”

    Here is a picture of someone who did a hand-made version of the board because they loved the game so much (and had way too much time on their hands):

  • nonemployee

    May 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    okay,seriously. What’s with all the balls? Everygame you’ve reviewed except maybe your own had balls!

    Maybe I should try to find this game. Lot better than the shit I have now

  • ZombiePaul

    May 26, 2010 at 2:32 am

    I used to own this. The box was so huge and the board is just glorious. I thik I spent more time just playing around with it then actually playing it as intended. This video gave me one of the larger waves of nostalgia I’ve had in a while. Thanks James! Epic work once again.

  • Maskeddallas333

    June 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    i this its a good game

  • TheGalaxyMaster

    June 10, 2010 at 1:20 am

    eh, this game was ok, don’t play it too much, usually when I have a friend over and we have nothing to do but play a board game.

  • Five5x

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    My sister use to have this board game. It was by far one of the best I’ve ever played, if not the best. Sadly we got bored of it, and chucked it and now that I have just watch this I wanna play again!

  • July 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I still have this game! The COMPLETE version, with all the pieces and bridges and cards and balls. I agree, it’s one great ride. I oughta dig it out and play it again sometime.

  • henbayward

    July 28, 2010 at 3:16 am

    You did some nice camerawork on this one, James. I dig the focus rack at 00:48, well done. Oh, and the game looks fun, too!

  • ikensee

    August 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I still have this game with all the original pieces! The cards’ illustrations always cracked me up and this was so much fun the play! I love the centerpiece too! Oh, and you had to get on the boat with the exact number on the die which sucked. My friends to this day have never heard of this game, and that made me sad. I hope he does Dynamite, Back Off Buzzard, Tornado Rex, Battle Dome. Some of the games that have gone extinct. =(

  • jannen

    August 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    fucking awesome man do review on , i just figured out the english name, TREASURES AND TRAPDOORS lol its fuking great!

  • Magic Spoon

    September 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    That.. is the most awesome fucking board game I have ever seen in my entire life..
    I mean.. DAMN…

  • skrokorn

    September 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    This game is awsome. My cousin had it and got me totaly addicted to it, but my parents wouln’t let me get it. I guess they figured they haven’t deprived me enough.
    I wanted to buy it a couple of years later but they stopped making it. Years later they re-released it for about a years time. I bought it and still have it to this day with all the parts. now if you will excuse me im going to go play it

  • gamegirl99

    September 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    damn this one looks fun! Only one thing I know for sure: Mr Bucket would love it XD

    you should do 1313 Dead-End Drive. That game was so twisted (at lest, to me >_<) Me and my cousin would just spend hours trying to kill everyone in it

  • phoenix252005

    October 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I wish I had that game as a kid,I missed out dammit! Long Live the Nerd!!

  • The gamer

    November 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Good game, but I think weapons and warriors is much better.

  • dnice6965

    November 28, 2010 at 2:14 am


  • avgnfan155

    November 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    out of the 9 games that you have reviewed this one is the most expensive. I have to ask how much did it cost when it first came out . And why don’t asshole companies re-release the game. they just say “fuck u go spend 186 dollars on ebay!” idiots

  • December 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Surprisingly enough, this game is straight from my childhood! Of the five members of my family, I seemed to be the only person with the patience to truly play this game by the rules – and while this is a fun glowing review I wish you had mentioned much of the aggravation this game does have. I’d venture to say I’m a huge fan of this particular board game, but it was annoying to play. Setting the marbles into the idol, hands moving around the topographical map…there was constant accidental member destruction. The character pieces were flimsy at best, and in general a game of cribbage could be just as competitive with half the setup time. It’s a great game, but despite the glowing review I wish there had been a little more of that ‘Massacre’ critique. Such a disappointment this game was sold as soon as I left for college three years ago!

  • December 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    do they even make cool board games like this anymore? all we get is shitty remakes of already good games….so why fuck with it??? i demand cool board games!!!

  • avgnfan370

    January 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    y’know wats funny? when i looked up this thing on ebay, under related searches was weapons and warriors, tornado rex, hero quest and crossfire and a couple others but its funny cuz james reviewed all of these games except for a couple i didnt mention but i think i find that funny

  • January 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Just the other day, I actually found one of these fireball marbles in a chair that is extremely old. I had to dig my phone out that somehow teleported inside the chair, and out popped one of these fireballs from my childhood. If someone needs an original marble to complete a set, lemme know!

  • basketcase57

    February 17, 2011 at 5:29 am

    My god! I used to love this game! My family moved into a house and this was shoved into a crawlspace. The only thing missing was the demonic head but my friends and I still had a blast playing this game. It was years ago and I really wonder what happened to it.
    (Guess I’ll look on Amazon)
    Thanks James for reminding me of this gem of a board game!

  • Veronicah

    March 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I Loved this game when I was a kid!!!!

    JAMES….. You have to do a review of Key to the Kingdom !!!! It was my absolute favorite! and I cant explain it to my boyfriend since I dont physically have it any more. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do Key to the Kingdom!!

  • F1shard

    March 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’m a huge fan of this Board James series. It has inspired me to do a video on the 1995 OverPower card game with Marvel, DC and Image super heroes. If anyone is craving more retro gaming you should check it out. Thanks!

  • Jacob W. Macbeth

    April 29, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oh gosh! this brings back memories.

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    i wish i had this! that looks awesome still looking at it now

  • NSlasher

    July 22, 2011 at 12:56 am

    At first i must say, english is not my main language so bear with me ūüėõ , that said here my comment: Im not a fan of board games they are too slow paced for me, but this one looks like a bag of laughs that just wait to be opened :D. again im sry if i made no sense XD

  • tsburesh

    July 22, 2011 at 2:13 am


    You did very well, better in fact than most of us english speaking folk.

  • Snake_

    September 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Awsome that you choose D’compose when you mentioned “teaming up with the Inhumanoids” Chriss Latta man Chriss Latta;)

  • HarryPnass

    September 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I got balls

  • January 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Watch Child’s Play 1 and at the start were the murderer goes in the toy store Fireball island is on a shelf right when he goes in

  • The_Gurr

    January 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    holy shit! I’ve got this game in my basement back home, the pieces were lost well before I was born so I always played with my GI Joes on it (not the large figures, the smaller plastic ones held together by a rubber band).

    That’s for showing me how it was supposed to be played James! Pretty damn cool.

  • PaulHagebock

    February 12, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Holy shit I had this! I forgot all about this game.

    • PaulHagebock

      February 12, 2012 at 2:28 am

      There was another game kind of like this as well called Forbidden Bridge. Needless to say, it was the shit.

      • Bearby

        February 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

         @PaulHagebock Forbidden Bridge was the shit

      • Bearby

        February 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

        Will someone please tell me WHY the one guy thinks it is a good idea to “get the jewels” when there is a possesed temple screaming at you on the other side that it is forbidden?

      • PaulHagebock

        February 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

         @Bearby The guy loves his freaking jewels man.

  • April 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, this was the number one favorite game of my mine when i was younger. I never knew how to play it though… just screwed around with it

  • Thomas Casson

    September 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Just bought this! Follow me on twitter @thomascasson

  • ClassicsNeverDie

    September 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    You should do a game review of The Omega Virus. That game was badass!

  • Joker83

    September 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Hadn’t seen this video in a while, forgot how well done it is! Really makes me want to play this game too

  • candlewax

    December 8, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Man I wish I didn’t get rid of this when I had it. Now you’re going to be spending 50 to 150 dollars for this fucker on Ebay.

  • Heiko Kraut

    January 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    It costs about 170‚ā¨/200$ O.O Holy shit, this has to be the godfather of all boardgames!

  • alex daniels

    August 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    You know that game if its mint and has all the parts its worth $350 to a good collector

  • 27buckeyes

    April 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    My cousin had this game and I made him get it out every time I went to his house. I LOVED this game!!

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