Playing with the Box: Games that utilize the box as part of the board
Mike Summers
United States
Ammon
Idaho
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Ubongo fanMicrobadge: Dimension fanMicrobadge: Ricochet Robots fanMicrobadge: La Boca fanMicrobadge: Santorini fan
Recommend
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
I recently acquired Wicked Witches Way, Which (by the Way) is Wicked (wicked fun that is). Anyway, I realized with this addition I now have two games that use the game's box as part of the board or playing area.

What other games use the box as part of the board? I'm curious.

If you have a game to add, please describe how the box is used and (if you can) choose an image that illustrates this usage best.
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Wicked Witches Way [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2669]
Board Game: Wicked Witches Way
Mike Summers
United States
Ammon
Idaho
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Ubongo fanMicrobadge: Dimension fanMicrobadge: Ricochet Robots fanMicrobadge: La Boca fanMicrobadge: Santorini fan
The box opens up to reveal both a containing area for the dice, AND a cover to quickly hide the dice (after you feel you've seen them long enough to generate a "spell").

Pretty convenient!
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:960]
Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
Mike Summers
United States
Ammon
Idaho
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Ubongo fanMicrobadge: Dimension fanMicrobadge: Ricochet Robots fanMicrobadge: La Boca fanMicrobadge: Santorini fan
The bottom of the box is placed upside down and used as Cleopatra's palace. Players build various structures around the outside and on top. Neat idea, I think.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1374]
Board Game: Niagara
Larry Rice
United States
North Newton
Kansas
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: London fanMicrobadge: Agricola fanMicrobadge: Race for the Galaxy fanMicrobadge: Roll Player fanMicrobadge: Yedo fan
You put the gameboard on top of the box top in order to let the falls carry over any unsuspecting canoes as the waterfall folds over the edge of the box.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Pizza Box Football [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3521]
Board Game: Pizza Box Football
Matt Buckingham
United States
Berne
IN
flag msg tools
Watch and learn... - Dr. Who
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: Galaxy Trucker fanMicrobadge: Yellow Ribbon (Support Our Troops)Microbadge: New York Mets fanMicrobadge: ChristianMicrobadge: Doctor Who fan
The box is opened up and used as the playing field.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3013]
Board Game: Family Business
Larry Rice
United States
North Newton
Kansas
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: London fanMicrobadge: Agricola fanMicrobadge: Race for the Galaxy fanMicrobadge: Roll Player fanMicrobadge: Yedo fan
Card game where the box serves as the "wall" where the Valentine Day massacre occurred. Cards are played in front of this "blood drenched" wall/box until 6 or more gangsters are lined up at which point a gang war starts and they all die off one by one (or worse).
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1256]
Board Game: Backgammon
Dan Poole
United States
Goldsboro
North Carolina
flag msg tools
Udu Wudu
badge
Udu Wudu
Avatar
Microbadge: Combat Commander: Europe fanMicrobadge: Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division fanMicrobadge: Pipeline fanMicrobadge: Saint Petersburg fanMicrobadge: Underwater Cities fan
This one usually plays as part of the "box"
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: VisualEyes [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:14033]
Board Game: VisualEyes
Tobias DeSoto
United States
Daytona Beach
Florida
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: Graphic DesignerMicrobadge: GMT fanMicrobadge: Fantasy Flight Games fanMicrobadge: Columbia Games fanMicrobadge: Silver Image Uploader
The instructions say to use the box each turn to shake the dice around, the dice are so large and there are so many of them, that rolling them each turn isn't really a possibility.

Derek...
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: Win, Place & Show [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2904]
Board Game: Win, Place & Show
Martin
United States
San Diego area
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: Black Lives MatterMicrobadge: Titan fanMicrobadge: Magic: The Gathering playerMicrobadge: Pax Porfiriana fanMicrobadge: Terraforming Mars fan
The box folds out to make a large and well laid-out racetrack in the old 3M version.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1410]
Board Game: Château Roquefort
Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
Unspecified
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Star Wars fanMicrobadge: Archaeology Games fanMicrobadge: Dice fanMicrobadge: Plays Games with ChildrenMicrobadge: I play with orange!
It uses its plastic insert to build the castle.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: Treasure Falls [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:15827]
Board Game: Treasure Falls
Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
Unspecified
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Star Wars fanMicrobadge: Archaeology Games fanMicrobadge: Dice fanMicrobadge: Plays Games with ChildrenMicrobadge: I play with orange!
The box is used to support the river.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
11. Board Game: Purzelspinne [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
Board Game: Purzelspinne
Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
Unspecified
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Star Wars fanMicrobadge: Archaeology Games fanMicrobadge: Dice fanMicrobadge: Plays Games with ChildrenMicrobadge: I play with orange!
The box is used to support the spider web.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
12. Board Game: Beest [Average Rating:3.79 Overall Rank:19359]
 Missing Image
I've heard that in Beest, the box itself is a player... which reminds of a review by fellow geek pmarjora on Funagain's site:
Quote:
It seems to me that a game should be treated with extreme suspicion if the box in which it came can be the winner. In our game it was observed that the box would also make a useful doorstop, and would be serving humanity to a far great degree in this capacity. In fact, we were all losers, so in that sense the box was the only winner: rather like a parasite, it had now found a home. The theme of the game could in fact be viewed as a metaphor for the spread of the game itself. You get it, it is bad for you, but you don't know that until it's too late. I am here to save you from this fate.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Board Game: Swashbuckler: A Game of Swordplay and Derring-do
THE MAVERICK
United States
Roseville
California
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: I don't use microbadges
In the eighties, Yaquinto produced the Album Games series in which the game box doubled as the game board.

Board Game Publisher: Yaquinto


Board Game Publisher: Yaquinto
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Board Game: Regatta
THE MAVERICK
United States
Roseville
California
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: I don't use microbadges
In the sixties, the 3M sports games used colorful plastic covered game boards that were wrapped around the box to also serve as cover art.

Board Game: Thinking Man's Football
Board Game: Regatta
Board Game: Speed Circuit


Board Game: Big League Baseball
Board Game: Blue Line Hockey
Board Game: Win, Place & Show


Board Game: Thinking Man's Golf


 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
15. Board Game: Ciao, Ciao... [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:6465]
Board Game: Ciao, Ciao...
Here's one!

The box is a valley full of carnivorous plants - a wonderful image - and players try to move their pawns across a wooden bridge and not fall into the maws of vegetable death...

A simple roll/move/bluff affair (by Alex Randolph), but the theme is just irresistible.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
16. Board Game: Legend of the Five Rings [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1393] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Legend of the Five Rings
Jonathan
United States
Maitland
Florida
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: I'm a Concordia Mason!Microbadge: Through the Ages - HappinessMicrobadge: 15 Year Geek VeteranMicrobadge: Blood Bowl fanMicrobadge: Take Stock Giveaway winner
Legend of the Five Rings was the first game that jumped into my mind when I read the title for this list. In L5R, the back of each box is a stronghold for a specific clan. You use the stronghold just like a resource card, and it also gives information about starting honor, provence strength, and special abilities. It's a rather neat idea, almost like starting a game of Magic with land, life totals, and a game-changing enchantment in play for both sides.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
17. Board Game: Ab in den Pool! [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:6426]
Board Game: Ab in den Pool!
Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
Microbadge: Puerto Rico fanMicrobadge: Horatio Hornblower fanMicrobadge: I love to danceMicrobadge: Carl Barks fanMicrobadge: The Beatles fan
One of my personal silly favorites. Markers move around the edge of the pool, pushing each other in. You try to protect your secret color so as to be the last one standing.

There's an earlier geeklist on this subject that has about 60 entries:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16295
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
18. Board Game: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Battle at Sarlacc's Pit [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:19200]
Board Game: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Battle at Sarlacc's Pit
John Maddening
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: MinnesotaMicrobadge: I speak Canadian, eh...Microbadge: ScooteristMicrobadge: Fortress Ameritrash fanMicrobadge: Tintin fan
You put together the Sarlacc Pit and Jabba's Sail Barge, both of which rested in the box, which held figures after they were "eaten" by the Sarlacc.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
19. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1410]
Board Game: Château Roquefort
Mike Summers
United States
Ammon
Idaho
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Ubongo fanMicrobadge: Dimension fanMicrobadge: Ricochet Robots fanMicrobadge: La Boca fanMicrobadge: Santorini fan
Ok, I know this list is a bit old... but wow - what a perfect addition to this list. Just played this this weekend. The lid comes off, and the rest of the box turns into this interactive game with moving floors, hidden parts, and trap-doors. Really neat little memory game for kids (that adults probably won't mind playing.)
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
20. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1154]
Board Game: Guillotine
Pete Grey
United States
Portland
Oregon
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: Dungeon Degenerates: Hand of Doom fanMicrobadge: Economic Games fanMicrobadge: Talisman fanMicrobadge: Enjoying "Damn good Coffee" - and Twin PeaksMicrobadge: Skull King fan
Does this count?
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
21. Board Game: DeRail [Average Rating:4.43 Unranked]
Board Game: DeRail
Michael Evans
Canada
Nobleton
Ontario
flag msg tools
Avatar
Microbadge: Golden Board Game CollectorMicrobadge: Owner of Too Many GamesMicrobadge: Merchant of Venus fanMicrobadge: I play with blue!Microbadge: Little Noah Charity Auction #2 participant
Though not shown in any of the 3 pics for this game, the game board upon which the rail tiles are played is printed on the bottom of the box.

googoogoo
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
22. Board Game: Bauwerk [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Board Game: Bauwerk
Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
Microbadge: Everybody Loves Raymond fan
The board of this game is printed on the base of the box.

Very unusual cross between an abstract strategy and dexterity game.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}