Look at what I’ve just acquired….
I know, right?! Form an orderly queue because it’s a maximum of four players at a time.
The aim of the game is to find your boyfriend (and a handful of items needed for your date) in the various classrooms at Sweet Valley High.
It’s basically a truly excellent version of Memory with a dash of boyfriend-stealing strategy (or vindictiveness if you’re Jessica or Lila). The risk of detention and the occasional wild card, which feature instructions for particular players, keeps the game lively.
The game is, of course, ridiculously inappropriate – the wild cards say things such as “You give the housekeeper a day off” and “Jessica is spreading rumours so dump your friend”, and every few spaces on the board direct you to switch boyfriends. Nonetheless, it’s my kids’ favourite new game. I woke this morning to my ten-year-old son shouting “But I don’t want to change boyfriends!” and my nine-year-old daughter replying “Too bad! Winston is the worst boyfriend…”. And then, twenty minutes later, my son doing a victory dance and chanting, “I’m going to the prom! I’m going to the prom!”.
So, so good.
Note for fellow Australian SVH fans – I don’t reckon this game was ever released in Australia (because I would have wanted it). I got my set on US eBay but have since seen some more reasonably priced sets on Amazon.
Go on… You know you want to.