Who remembers the good old days of playing Twister at parties? Me!!!! I’m having flashbacks to crazy antics at slumber parties where we’d smash out a few games of Twister, before the sun went down and we’d scare ourselves stupid watching shlock horror films like Nightmare on Elm Street.
So as it turns out, Twister turned 50 this year, and when we were asked to join the celebrations, it was an absolute no brainer. And there’s a new 50-year anniversary edition with two fun new moves. ‘Spinner’s Choice’ is when the spinner makes up a move for the other player. And if you spin and land on ‘Air’, you have to put a hand or foot up in the air!
We invited one of Ava’s school buds and her Mum to try out the new game. The kids went first and had a ball, trying so hard not to fall all over the place. Then it was our turn and they laughed like crazy when we struggled to keep it together.
Spinner’s Choice was a big hit, and the kids asked us to sing songs while we tried to balance legs up in the air. They cracked up and so did we! It was great.
And I learned a few things too. Did you know that Twister was originally called ‘King’s Footsie’? It was 1964, and the original game concept only allowed players to use their feet. The original pitch fell flat and the inventor hired game developers to rework it. They changed the rules and renamed it ‘Pretzel’ (ha ha!). It was eventually accepted, renamed ‘Twister’ and released in 1966.
It wasn’t an overnight success, until it was plugged on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The celebrity guests played the game and the audience loved it. And thanks to that appearance, more than three million games were sold the very next day.
Wishing you a super happy birthday Twister, I’ve loved hanging with you and watching my girl connect with you, just like I did when I was a kid. Here’s to another 50 years of fun!