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Jaws

The game of Jaws could be put in the same camp as Buckaroo or Operation - all three had the effect of leaving you a nervous wreck by the end. Of course, this was made even worse by the game's association with that most horrific of films, Jaws. OK so the shark in the game wasn't quite as scary as Steven Spielberg's creation was, but the memories of 'da da... da da..... da da da da da' were still so fresh in our young minds when the 1946 game came into our lives.

The game was perhaps so popular because the Jaws movie actually spawned very little merchandise despite its success with viewers. So everyone jumped on the band wagon and made Ideal Toys very happy.

The game itself was made up from a plastic, spring-loaded shark that would snap its jaws shut without any warning. All kinds of items, such as a plastic skull and even a severed human hand, were placed into the shark's mouth, which players then had to take it in turns to delve in with a hook and rescue. Of course, the aim was to try to control your shaking hand enough to take your item out before the shark's jaws snapped shut. This all depended on that moment when the weight of the objects remaining in the shark's mouth became too light to keep the jaws from snapping shut. It really was edge of the seat stuff - just like the movie!

Unfortunately, the type of fear induced by the game Jaws wasn't long-lasting. And despite a few movie sequels hoping to resurrect interest in the brand, the game sunk into the deepest, darkest depths of our memories.


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Do You Remember Jaws?

Do You Remember Jaws?

  • Anonymous user
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    My cousin had this game and I 'inherited' it from her when she grew out of it. (she was 5 years older than me!) Unfortunately we had to use used matchsticks taped together for the hook as the original got snapped in half by Jaws!! Loved the game but was terrified of the box!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember this toy. Unfortunaly all the pieces got lost as the shark was used for eating my Action Force and Star wars figures. The teeth were quite sharp, something they would never allow in this day and age.
  • Anonymous user
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    my brother had this game[boys stuff was always better] we had loads of fun wiv this, u can get similar shark game from woolworths, my little boys got it and theres no need for no batteries, yeah.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember having this game. I actually cut my fingers playing it as Jaws caught my hand. I was afraid to use it after that and eventually it ended up in the bin.