When I was young, my friends and I used to come up with half-baked game board concepts over an afternoon spent in front of the SNES. Needless to say, our child brains thought light-years ahead of what we could actually produce; creative genius marred by physical capabilities, most of our ideas never made it past the infantile “okay, so this is what this might look like” doodle-in-a-notebook stage. Another fun fact about my late 80s/early 90s childhood: I adored John Hughes. From Weird Science and The Breakfast Club, to Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and more, Hughes’ films continue to bring the laughs and inspire.
With this in mind, you can understand my excitement at the annoucement of the “The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes” art show, a Crazy4Cult Production at Gallery 1988 (Santa Monica, CA) which, along side 10 other Hughes inspired pieces, will play host to this amazing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Board Game.
Through this retro-inspired board game, players can relive the misadventures of the roguish hero Ferris, neurotic sidekick Cameron, and steamy beauty Sloane.
With a glutinous amount of references to the movie proper littered throughout the game – on the movement tiles and in the delightful cartoon images that decorate the board itself – this is one film-to-board adaptation that really seems to capture the essence of the characters and hijinks being paid tribute to here.
From Cameron killing the car, Rooney paying the Bueller household a visit, and Ferris singing on a parade float – creator Maxim Dalton knocked this one out of the park “Hey batta batta batta, hey batta batta batta, SWING batta!”