My Grandfather used to have this game – because he worked at Boeing. He made parts for the airplanes and loved everything about the air.
I used to get infected by his own enthusiasm, he loved it and I played it when I went to visit him.
Looking back now it’s extraordinary to think that this game was ever made. Now-a-days when we can make video games, they are all adrenaline fuelled shoot-em-ups or platform games that can be so real and exciting - the idea of creating a game for children based on air freight is baffling. Imagine the new Xbox had a new game based on Shipping, or the plastics trade between India and Africa? Never going to happen!
But I loved it. It was a very simple game. Invented and released in 1970 by Waddingtons, players take on the mantle of different air-freight companies trading cargoes between northern Australia and S.E. Asia.
To move you basically roll a dice, although there are rules for air-lanes, airfield circuits, load sizes and fuel consumption which makes everything a bit more tricky.
The game actually made me interested in becoming an air traffic controller for a while! I know I was totally sucked in.
Great fun, and almost informative too!