Produced in 1965 by Lakeside Toys of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and marketed as “The Nuttiest Card Game Ever,” Bug-House is, well, about building a house for bugs. Houses are built by drawing cards matching different parts of the home. These cards are then exchanged at the Lumber Yard for the matching part, and a miniature house is actually built in front of each player. The walls of the houses fit into the green plastic lots, and roofs and chimneys fit on top of them. The first player to place a chimney on his completed house wins the game.
The game is in relatively good vintage condition. The construction pieces and lot platforms are all present as are the walls for the houses, though a few of the cardboard walls and roofs have creases. Some of the game cards have yellowed a bit over the years, and some have creases, but the colors on the back of the cards remain vivid. The game’s box top has discolored with time as well, and it has one frayed edge, one edge with an unmarked price tag, one split corner, and what seems to be some minor cuts in the middle right-hand side. The box bottom is in solid condition, with a bit of staining on its backside. Please refer to the attached photographs to see the condition of the game.
For an evening of exciting fun for younger children, Bug-House would make for a great gift. Or, buy it for a collector of vintage games and toys, who might just be you!