Aggravation is one addicting board game. That’s right. They should put a warning label on the box…oh wait a minute…they do! When they call the game aggravating, you can be pretty sure it will be…and I love games that are aggravating. OK, I’ll stop being aggravating now.
The game of Aggravation was inspired by the centuries old board game of Parcheesi, was invented in 1971 by a (now defunct) company called Lakefield. That company was at some point bought up by Parker Brothers.
Aggravation is a classic marble race game. You roll the dice and get moving while trying to aggravate (bump) every other player back to their starting base and get all your four marbles into your home before anyone else. Unlike other abstract strategy dice games (Sorry, Trouble, etc), up to six players, rather than the usual four, can play at once. So much more fun when there are that many marbles out in play at the same time when you’re trying to avoid or bump them all home!
If you want to try a really, really, addicting version of this game, check out the Split Level version. Split-Level Aggravation is a 3-dimensional game and its design changes continually while you play. The object of the game is for a player to move all 4 playing pieces around the game board from your base position to home. In order to reach home (if no shortcuts or changing of level are used), you must try to get your playing piece all the way around the outer edge of the playing surface that your base is located on. Really aggravating let me tell you!