Based on the television series The Time Tunnel, this extremely rare game version — two board game products were manufactured as well as this card game — was developed and released in 1966 by Ideal Toy Corporation. The Time Tunnel was a mid-1960s science-fiction TV series, written around the theme of traveling through time, both past and future. The show starred James Darren, Robert Colbert and Lee Meriwether. The Time Tunnel was created and produced by Irwin Allen, and it was his third of four science-fiction television series — the others being Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Land of the Giants. The show was released by 20th Century Fox and was broadcast on ABC. It aired for only one season of 30 episodes, yet it remains one of the most popular science-fiction shows of its decade.
The game is in great vintage condition. The box is made of durable hard plastic, and it has a few marks, one being the remnant of cellophane tape on one side. All 54 nicely illustrated cards are present. The deck of cards includes 13 cards of four diverse time periods — Prehistoric Era, The Middle Ages, 20th Century and The Future — as well as two Time Tunnel cards. The colorful spinner matches the four aforementioned eras. The card game also comes with red, blue and yellow chips as well as a set of game instructions.
For collectors of vintage TV-based or science-fiction games, or for those who are longtime fans of The Time Tunnel, this card game is an ideal find — no pun intended! It also makes for an evening of very enjoyable family entertainment as players imagine themselves traveling through time.