50 years of Twister!

Twister is celebrating its 50th birthday! It was first invented in 1964 and was called King's Footsie (I am glad the name changed ha!). When it first came out, the game could only be played using your feet. After some rejection and redesign, the coloured dots on the mat were changed and players could use their hands to play the game which was renamed to Pretzel and then Twister.


But after an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1966 where celebrities were challenged with a game of Twister, it became an overnight sensation and by 1967 the game had sold over 3 million copies!


To play the game of Twister, the player needs to spin the board which will indicate to either move a hand or a foot on a colour. The trick is to keep your hands and feet on the mat without your knees or elbows touching the mat and without falling over otherwise you're out! The last player standing wins the game!

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Twister created two new moves - Spinner’s Choice and Air. With Spinner’s Choice, the spinner makes up a move for the other player to do. If the spinner lands on Air, the player must put a hand or foot up in the air! To help players with some ideas of moves to use when its Spinner's Choice, the board has some suggestions on what you could do (thank goodness)!


What better way to celebrate then to play Twister! Little Miss and her little cousins were very excited to try out the new version of the game and played several rounds (but they might need to put their glasses on next time ha!). Little Miss was pretty happy to spin Air and put her hand up too! I can see us playing this new game this summer on the balcony and have a parents only game too - so much fun!

Twister is recommended to be played by 2 players or more and from the age of 6 and over. Little Miss is 4 but loved played the game with her older cousins. The game is available at major retailers nationwide at $39.99. To read more about the Twister game, head to their website. If you're playing Twister this weekend to celebrate its 50th birthday, don't forget to use the hashtag #twister50 - have fun!

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