Based on the television series The Outer Limits, this very rare board game was produced and released in 1964 by the Milton Bradley Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. The Outer Limits was broadcast on ABC from 1963 to 1965. The series is often compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science-fiction stories (rather than tales just dealing with fantasy or supernatural matters). The Outer Limits was an anthology of self-contained episodes, often with a plot twist at the end that delivered a profound moral insight. The only recurring “character,” if you will, was the Control Voice whose narration mainly ran over images of an oscilloscope and announced the now-legendary message “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.”
Though canceled after three years of production, the series was revived in 1995, airing on Showtime from 1995 to 2000, then on the Sci-Fi Channel from 2001 until its cancellation in 2002. In 1997, the episode “The Zanti Misfits” was ranked #98 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.
The hard-to-find The Outer Limits board game is in good vintage condition for being more than 50 years of age. The box cover has vivid, fanciful images of alien creatures. The corners have minor scuffs, and one edge has been sealed with cellophane tape. The game board is in wonderful condition, also sporting colorful scary aliens. The cards have great pictures as well, but some cards are slightly bent; none have frayed edges. The card deck includes 41 cards, of which 32 are Monster Parts, seven are “radar” images (note that one of the original eight cards is missing}, and two wild cards. Instructions are printed on the inside of the box top.
Again, for collectors of vintage TV-based or science-fiction games, or for those who are longtime fans of The Outer Limits, this board game would add great value to one’s collection. It also makes for an evening of very enjoyable family entertainment as players imagine themselves interacting with beings from other worlds.