Yet another Parker Brothers board game that springs to mind when someone mentions “classic gaming” is the 1979 classic, Full House. This is one of those games that command high prices on eBay and other sites due to the twin facts that it had a relatively low distribution when it was first released, and that it’s a lot of fun.
The theme of the game revolves around running a hotel, but not seriously like in Milton Bradley’s classic Hotels board game. No, these hotels end up with a variety of bizarre guests, such as a the Owl & the Pussycat, Count Dracula, Donkey Kong, the Queen, the Tortoise & the Hare, Frankenstein’s Monster, Santa & Rudolph, and 41 other wacky characters. The players, as hotel owners, draw three Guest Cards, and attempt to put them up for a stay in their hotel. Some guests won’t stay because the room they want is already filled (Single, Double, Suite, or Floor), while some won’t stay because the hotel is beneath their standards (players start with Economy-class hotels, but gain opportunities through the game to improve their hotels to Medium, High-Price, or Luxury).
Players start with $7,500 and the aforementioned Economy-class hotel with two floors available to fill. Each floor is divided into four rooms: one single, one double, and two suites. Some guests desire an entire floor – which brings in the big bucks – so one strategy might be to leave a floor open for business. On the other hand, a guest in the hotel is worth cold hard cash, so filling to capacity is also a valid strategy. As they about the game board, players land on squares that permit them to checkout their guests, landing on other player’s hotel squares, or get a Telegram with a random – good or bad – event to throw a curveball into the game. Such Telegrams can be terrible news, such as Robbery (lose ¼ of your money – ouch!) or FIRE! (downgrade your hotel by one grade), or wonderful news, such as a VETO card (used to prevent the negative effects from other Telegram cards) or WINDFALL (player receives 10x the going Suite rate!). No matter what happens during the game, the first player to reach $500K is the winner.
Full House is a super game to play with just two or up to four players, ages eight and up. If you enjoy a board game with lots of silly fun, Full House is the game for you. Highly recommended!