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.

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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.

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Comments (26)
Jess - August 17, 2021
I have a Waddingtons 'Alphabet Mix' board game without any instructions? Is it possible to get these?
Maria - April 11, 2021
I have a Waddingtons BBC 1000 piece Dr Who Pandorica opens jigsaw puzzle and have one piece missing. Is there any way to try to get a replacement piece please?
Thank you
Mireille - April 10, 2021
I bought the game super quiz by Waddington second hand ,there was no rules ,is there a way i can get them ?
Anna - February 1, 2021
I bought Weddington's Teacher's Quiz board game but it didn't come with any instructions. Is there any way I can get them?
Couldn't find one, sorry... Maybe you can buy another for spare parts: Waddingtons Teacher Quiz or ask sellers if they want to scan their manual for you.
Anthony - November 29, 2020
trying to find paper battleships 1963 1970 but unused. Can you help
Not sure, maybe here: Waddingtons Battleships.
Joan - August 31, 2020
I am looking for two diamond hunt board games. Also known as African Star. Our family played this as a family and my girls loves it. Now they have children of their own and would love to share in the fun that they had. I am searching worldwide for this game with no luck. Please can someone help. I live in Australia. Happy to pay for them and postage.
You're probably looking for the game 'African Tähti'.
Ian - August 1, 2020
Does anyone have the instructions for Waddingtons mad balls?
Lynda - July 16, 2020
I have purchased a 2nd-hand children's game without instructions - it is 'Waddingtons Car Race Game'. It has two big dice and 4 little plastic cars that get pushed along on a bright cardboard track. I wonder if anyone has instructions on how to play this children's game? It would be great if they did and could share. Thank you. Lynda
Also try and ask sellers if they're willing to make a copy for you: Waddingtons Car Race.
Jeremy - April 6, 2020
I am looking for the board game Totopoly. Does anyone know where i might be able to buy it please?
Hi, I seem them a lot in the UK. Let's hope the sellers are willing to ship downunder ;-) Have a look here: Waddingtons Totopoly.
Wanda - February 21, 2020
Does anyone know where I can buy the game Dash-n-Dine?
Not sure where you are located, but I found a few here: Waddingtons Dash-n'-Dine. If you don't see anything, it means the sellers are not shipping to your country unfortunately...
Clive - January 4, 2020
I have the game "Go" and am looking for some spare money, can you help? Regards
Hi, try this link: Waddingtons Go spare.
Darla - August 9, 2019
I'm looking for the game "tens". We had a copy of it at the elementary school I work at and used it daily but it was lost in our move.
Sorry, can't find it either... You could go to this page: Waddingtons Tens and subscribe to the newsletter to see if someday one will pop up on eBay.
Anonymous - December 9, 2017
My kids have a hand-me-down game called Teacher's Quiz. We do not have the instructions. Does anyone know where we can find them?
Difficult to find... Maybe you can buy an old copy, you'll also have some spare parts ;-) or ask a seller if they can send you a copy: waddingtons teacher quiz.
Maia - July 30, 2017
I am looking for instructions for the game Squares. Just got it and want to play it with the children. Thanks
What I found on the web: OBJECT To be the first to make 10 or more squares. It plays exactly as the 4x5 box version of the pencil and paper game of DOTS & BOXES, or FENCES. On your turn you swivel a block which is like drawing a line in pencil on the pencil and paper game. Completing a square gives another turn, and to complete a square can not be ignored.
D - March 3, 2015
I am looking for a Waddingtons board game called BOMBSHELL. Does anyone have one to sell, or know of one.Thank you
It is very rare because it was recalled after only a few weeks. There is different game from Gibsons called 'Pass The Bomb' maybe it's similar but I don't know.
Colin - January 14, 2015
I have a Waddington's game called Bewitched. My children loved it. I would like to play it with my grandchildren. I have all the items except I am missing the 4spell book pages (3frogs and 1prince) essential for the game. Can anybody help?
Sometimes it's faster to buy a new or 2nd hand set I'm afraid: Bewitched board game.
Anne - November 17, 2014
We are trying to get the answer for Perfect Square. Can someone help please. Thanks.
I tried to find it but unfortunately failed... when I do find it I will post it here.
Carol - October 21, 2014
I have aquired the game Waddingtons campaign a strategy game where 2 to 4 players play Napoleon and Wellingtons armies fighting across Europe. Unfortunately I don't have the rules to this game and was wondering how I can get a copy so that we can play it? Thankyou
I've done some searching and found these Waddingtons Campaign rules. It's not the best scan, but I hope it helps!
Margaret - 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.
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.
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
I think its from Waddingtons
David - 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
Is this the game you're looking for? Waddingtons Matching Game
Byron - 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 - 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 - 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.