"Innovative Games" - Games That Have Been Patented
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On the Geek, members often discuss the latest \"innovative\" game or mechanism. I've often seen gaming connoisseurs pontificate about the relative merits of a simultaneous action selection mechanism or some other equally banal gaming advancement. With my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, I say that popular Geek opinion is total rubbish!

The perception of what constitutes gaming excellence in BGG culture is all wrong! Rather than subjectively label a game \"innovative\" based upon popular Geek opinion, I decided to research truly innovative games using an objective, fact-based criterion: whether or not they have been patented.

The following geeklist features games that have US patents. Each entry will contain an image of the first page of the patent, the patent title, inventor, assignee, and link to a file containing the full patent (pending approval). My hope is to add to this list over time. If you find a game patent that isn't referenced here, please let me know.

During my search, I\'ve found numerous games that are not in the database! I\'ve saved some of the more interesting patents. Perhaps one day I\'ll clear out the backlog and enter them into the database.

Cheers,

Lanky
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1. Board Game: Aladdin: The Magic Carpet Game [Average Rating:4.42 Unranked]
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Board Game Apparatus and Spinner Assembly

Inventor(s): Mary Danby
Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33044
 
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2. Board Game: Beat the 8 Ball [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
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Timing Game

Inventor(s): Frank D. Ventura
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33042
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3. Board Game: Booby-Trap [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:10495]
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Game

Inventor(s): Frank W. Sinden
Assignee: Parker Brothers, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33040
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4. Board Game: Alligator Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Balance Operated Game

Inventor(s): Julius Cooper
Assignee : Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33043
 
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5. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Set of Three-Dimensional Game Board Building Components

Inventor(s): Craig S. Van Ness
Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33028
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6. Board Game: Bulls-Eye Ball [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6412]
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Target Game

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Breslow, Robert Civetinni, Terry Webb, C. Unsicker, Zarko Stambolic
Assignee: Big Monster Toys

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33039
 
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7. Board Game: Buckaroo! [Average Rating:4.59 Overall Rank:11059]
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Game with Bucking Animal

Inventor(s): Julius Cooper
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33038
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8. Board Game: Bumpershot [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
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Shuffleboard Type Game

Inventor(s): Julius Cooper, Tormod K. Reinertsen
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33037
 
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9. Board Game: Bendomino [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:9249]
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Dominoes Tile Set with Curved Pieces

Inventor(s): Thierry Denoual
Assignee: Thierry Denoual

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/file/33045
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10. Board Game: Crossfire [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10605]
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Ball Firing Device

Inventor(s): Frank D. Ventura
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33036
 
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11. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1811]
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Game Board

Inventor(s): Vincent A. A. J. Erato
Assignee: Milton Bradley International, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33035
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12. Board Game: Dizzy Dolphins Disco Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Ball Game Board

Inventor(s): Donald H. Samuels
Assignee: Milton Bradley International, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33034
 
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13. Board Game: Don't Blow Your Top [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Game Device

Inventor(s): Marvin I. Glass, Kathy A. Dunn
Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33035
 
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14. Board Game: Don't Dump The Daisy [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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Game Including Balancing Platform

Inventor(s): Tormod K. Reinertson
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33032
 
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15. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11152]
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Board Game Apparatus

Inventor(s): Charles B. Darrow
Assignee: Parker Brothers, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33025
 
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16. Board Game: Bingo [Average Rating:2.63 Overall Rank:11160]
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Card or Chart Game

Inventor(s): George S. Parker
Assignee: Parker Brothers, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33041
 
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17. Board Game: Mr. Bucket [Average Rating:3.60 Unranked]
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Game Apparatus and Motorized Bucket Assembly Therefore

Inventor(s): Wayne A. Kuna
Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33023
 
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18. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1049]
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Light Reflecting Board Game

Inventor(s): Luke Jackson Hooper, Del Alan Segura, Michael Charles Larson
Assignee: Innovention Toys, L.L.C.

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33026
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19. Board Game: Tank Command [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
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Battle Board Game Apparatus

Inventor(s): Julius Cooper
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33019
 
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20. Board Game: Toss Across [Average Rating:4.42 Overall Rank:10972]
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Rotary Block Tic-Tac-Toe Board and Projectiles

Inventor(s): Marvin I. Glass, Burton C. Meyer
Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33017
 
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21. Board Game: Racing Tops [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Racing Tops

Inventor(s): Julius Cooper
Assignee: Ideal Toy Corporation

File: (pending approval)
 
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22. Board Game: The Prez [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Presidential Election Game

Inventor(s): William S. Dick
Assignee: William S. Dick

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33018
 
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23. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.10 Overall Rank:11148]
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Game with Action Producing Components

Inventor(s): Marvin I. Glass, Gordon A. Barlow
Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33024
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24. Board Game: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:11009]
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Toy Boxers

Inventor(s): Marvin I. Glass, Harry Disko, Burton C. Meyer
Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33020
 
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25. Board Game: Twister [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:11137]
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Apparatus for Playing a Game Wherein the Players Contitute the Game Pieces

Inventor(s): Charles F. Foley, Neil W. Rabens
Assignee: Milton Bradley Company

File: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/33016
 
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