Presenting one of the rarest vintage games of all time: Pie Face
, made by Hassenfeld Bros
(Hasbro) in 1968
. Pie Face came with a spinner, score sheet, cardboard target with cut-out window, and a pie launcher. Basically, you placed a whipped cream "pie" on the launcher, then took turns spinning to find out how many times to crank the launcher's handles. It was randomly set to let the pie fly into the player's face, positioned within the target. Sort of a cream pie version of Russian Roulette.
It was billed as "the most fun-filled action game you've ever played!" If, of course, your idea of fun was getting a pie slammed into your face.
The 15 1/2" tall target was made of cardboard...which helps explain why this game is so rare. I can't imagine they survived many whipped cream pie hits. The target is designed to make the player look like a clown, further adding to the humiliation.
Here's the pie launcher in readiness:
I wonder how many players really bothered to keep score...if I'd had one as a child, I expect my friends and I would have simply used it to torture my little sister.
Click here to see the original Pie Face television commercial
in all its awesomeness. The lyrics are quite catchy:
"Turn the handles,
hear them click,
you'll never know
when you'll be hit!
It's Pie Face!
Ask your mom
for some cream,
Pile it high,
It's a scream!
Now we spin, what's the score?
Never had such fun before!
It's Pie Face!"