Classic Operation

Brand: Hasbro Gaming
Type: Action Board Games
Age Range: 4+
Max Number of Players: 2
Power Needed: 4 x AAA Batteries
Difficulty Level: Medium
Game Length: Medium 10 – 30 Minutes


  • Gameboard
  • Tweezers
  • 13 Plastic Ailments
  • Instructions.

DESCRIPTION: Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The game’s prototype was invented in 1964 by John Spinello, a University of Illinois industrial design student at the time. In the U.S and Australian version, players take turns picking Doctor cards, which offer a cash payment for removing each particular ailment, using a pair of tweezers connected with wire to the board. Successfully removing the ailment is rewarded according to the dollar amount shown on the card. However, if the tweezers touch the metal edge of the opening during the attempt (thereby closing a circuit), a buzzer sounds, Sam’s nose lights up red, and the player loses the turn. The player holding the Specialist card for that piece then has a try, getting double the fee if he or she succeeds.