An ultra-simple classic game involving about 50 plastic monkeys and a barrel. The little plastic monkeys had long curved arms so tht they would link together at the elbows to make a chain.
Barrel of Monkeys was originally created by Lakeside Toys in 1965, although it's now available through the Milton Bradley Company. The idea of the game was to continue making a chain by linking the monkeys' together arm by arm. The game was over if a monkey fell of the chain. It was possible to play Barrel of Monkeys on your own or with a friend.
Lakeside Toys originally intended to name the game "Barrel of Fun" and the game only used S-shaped hooks, not friendly primates. However, after finding out that the name "Barrel-O-Fun" was already being used by another toy developer they decided to rethink the brand after somebody on the team quipped "more fun than a barrel of monkeys".