Waddingtons card & board games
Waddingtons was a publisher of board- card and card games, based in the UK. The company was founded by John Waddington of Leeds, England and Wilson Barratt, under the name Waddingtons Limited. The name was changed to Waddington's House of Games, then John Waddington Limited, then Waddington Games, and finally just Waddingtons.
The company was initially established as a printing business, entering into game production in 1922, due to a boom in demand for playing cards during World War I. Waddingtons subsequently sold both original games (especially tie-ins for UK television programmes) and games licensed from other publishers.
Waddingtons became the UK publisher of Parker Brothers' Monopoly, while Parker licensed Waddingtons' Cluedo. In 1941, the British Secret Service had the company create a special edition of Monopoly for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by the International Red Cross.
The company was eventually acquired by Hasbro in 1994.
Games published by Waddingtons
- Blast off!
- Formula 1
- Go (not the Chinese game of Weiqi, but based on world travel)
- Key To The Kingdom
- Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs
- Mine a million
- Purple People Eater
- The Vampire Game
- Queen Cosmetics
- Snakes and Ladders
Margaret Spencer - May 22, 2014
I wonder if you could help me trace a game from the 1950's. Unfortunately I d not know the name, I only know it involved small cardboard boxes with names of Engish towns on the front. These boxes could be put around the house and the object was to start 6 or 7 people running around putting slips of paper in the boxes to match the names on the boxes and the first person to finish all their slips was the winner. can you help? I played the game in or around the 1950's.
Jeff - November 27, 2013
I still have the the game ratrace, I got it for Christmas in 1976, I still have all of the contents except the directions on the rules and how to play it, is there any way I can obtain the original directions? I seem to have misplaced the original.
reply: No idea, check ebay regularly I guess... I have uploaded a copy on this page: Waddingtons Ratrace, feel free to use that one in the meantime.
Kim - December 30, 2012
Please tell me why RATRACE is not able to be found anylonger. This was the best board game ever. I loaned mine out and never received it back.
reply: Waddingtons was bought by Hasbro in 1994 so maybe they preferred other games to be on the market. It is a shame, a lot of games disappear this way. The only way to obtain one is buying a used one.
Kevin - September 13, 2011
i have the game called bombshell i am tring to find out about it please
reply: I think its from Waddingtons
David Minear - February 7, 2011
can you help please? in the late 70s/early 80s my mum bought a game called matching pairs, she said it was by waddingtons. i have tried all over the place looking for it. now im not sure if it was made by yourselfs or not can you just confirm if you did or not thanks
reply: Is this the game you're looking for? Waddingtons Matching Game
Byron Day - December 10, 2010
We have a 1975 version of a Waddington game called Breakout. We have lost the instuctions for the game and would like a copy. Is this possible? Thank you.
Gill Smith - December 5, 2010
I am trying to replace Mrs. White to my set it is a little figure standing on a round white disc. Thank you
Harold Philbin - September 16, 2010
I have a board game "Cue Ball" that I designed in 1970, it is based on snooker, played with the coloured snooker balls and scores. It was accepted by Waddington Directors who offered men ten shillings each to market it and I stupidly refused their quite good offer because they wanted to make it in plastic instead of wood. If anyone wants to make an offer I would be interested.
reply: Harold, can you please send me an email which you can find here: links. I don't have yours.