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Crossfire (board game)

Crossfire is a board game created by the Milton Bradley Company in 1971. The object of the game is to score goals by pushing one of the two pucks into the opposing player's goal. This task is accomplished by shooting small metal ball bearings at the pucks using the attached guns.

The earliest version of the game featured a flat board, where the new board is dome-shaped. This causes the ball bearings to roll into the players' bins more easily, but can cause the pucks to indefinitely rest at the edges of the board.

Gameplay

The two pucks are made of plastic and rest on a central metal ball bearing. The bearing can spin and roll within the plastic mould allowing greater puck movement and responsiveness to hits. One of the pucks is shaped like a triangle and the other is star-shaped.

Marketing

Crossfire has achieved a small cult following mostly centered around a memorable commercial and jingle that ran in the early 90s. The commercial features two young boys "sometime in the future" -- amidst smoke, lightning strikes, and a roaring crowd -- being introduced to and playing the game, ultimately resulting in the loser being spun off a life-sized Crossfire arena into oblivion. The highly stylized early 90s Crossfire jingle features the lyrics "Crossfire... you'll get caught up in the... Crossfire" repeated, eventually ending with a dramatic yelling of the game's namesake (CROSSFIYAAAAAH!) and a deep grunt.

Pop culture

Within the 'Joy's Ex' episode of Tom Goes to the Mayor, is a commercial for the fictional board game Cock-O-Block. Although the game was nothing like crossfire (it was akin to the Nintendo Power Glove meets Rock 'em Sock 'em), the commercial took place in an ambiguous future and starred two young boys wearing tough leather jackets. The game was played with a backdrop of lightning, smoke and explosions. In the end, the defeated child spun as he sunk into the ground and eventually exploded.

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