Burn Baby Burn!

In Games, Posts, Team Restoration by Katie Stapko53 Comments

A year ago, almost to the day, Rob and I started this wild ride, finding old games, fixing them up, and bringing them back for the modern gamer. From the beginning, we were committed to getting feedback from you, the fans. We ran a survey, including a place to suggest which game you wanted to see restored. We had a simple form on the website, just for that. Even just meeting people face-to-face, you’ve always been more than eager to let us know your opinion. All in all, we received thousands of votes with hundreds of suggestions–everything from Ace of Aces to Zoff in Buffalo. By far, by a country mile, your number one request was Fireball Island.

We are thrilled to announce that we are giving you what you asked for: Fireball Island is back, baby!

The game’s popularity is no surprise. The original from 1986 was truly unique. The players were explorers, venturing forth on the mysterious island in search of treasure. It featured the imposing idol of Vul-Kar sitting atop a large, vacuum-molded, three-dimensional board of the island, home to all kinds of kinetic chaos. The signature scene is a red marble spitting out of Vul-Kar’s mouth, careening down the chute and knocking the explorer from the rickety wooden bridge to their fiery doom. But let’s be honest: The game itself was a bit rickety too. At it’s core, the original is a simple roll-and-move, with a heaping helping of take-that card play and no real meaningful choices. But we were kids, right? What did we know?

The girl second from the left is a young Christina Applegate! (No, not really.)

Don’t worry. We got this.

The whole team has been hard at work on the new game for awhile now. Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar picks up where the original game left off with a funny, fresh twist on the story. It features all new game play designed by Rob Daviau, J.R. Honeycutt, and myself. We’ve already got some stunning concept art by the talented David Kegg. Noah Adelman of Game Trayz (the man behind those ridiculous inserts for Mechs vs. Minions) is working with us to develop an exciting new layout for the island. We’ll start showing off more of the game in the months to come. So stay tuned.

He’s just happy to see you.

We are publishing the game under license from Longshore Ltd. and have the rights to distribute it in English in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Australia. We are planning on running a kickstarter soon. You can sign up to be notified when we launch and find more information about the game on our game page. We even have a contest going, where you can win a copy of the game!

Remember, folks: Every Game Deserves Another Turn.

But let’s be honest: Some are more deserving than others.




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  3. Sounds great! Wish I could find the original in good shape. Please let me know when kickstarter starts as I will definitely contribute.


  4. Add me to whatever list of fireball doom there is. Are the modular add ons in play for this?!?!?!?!

    1. We’re working on developing the components as we speak. We have some plans for some “surprise” elements, but it’s too early to talk about anything on that front.

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  7. This makes me so very happy! I remember this game from childhood, with all its bad parts, and knew it was perfect for the Restoration treatment.

  8. I still have my copy from when I was a kid, but I’d buy another! Thanks for brining back one of my favorites!

  9. Hello 🙂 I’d love to be informed when there’s an update on planned kickstarter campaign. I have 4,500 twitter followers who’d love to know too. Hope you have a great weekend.

  10. I loved this game to death as a kid and am so excited to see a “sequel” – it s the game that made me love love table top games and i cannot wait for the kickstarter!!!

  11. Hi,

    Do you have the rights to publish the game? What do Hasbro think about?


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  14. Back in 2001 my brother and I were talking about games we used to have as kids. This game by FAR was the one we both remember the most. We never knew what happened to our old game. (Mom?) So we decided to search the web and see if we could find a copy. On a gaming site (that no longer exist, I checked) we found what we were looking for. Fireball Island! It was a whopping $40….. Hmmm, that seems a bit steep we both thought. (Can you imagine?!) We decided to split the cost and go for it. Little did we know what a crazy phenomenon this game would be! We are SO glad we bought it back then! So, you can imagine our elation when we caught wind of this!!! COUNT US IN! Can’t wait!

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  16. For those of you wanting to make sure you are notified when the Kickstarter is coming, the easiest way to do that is to sign up for our email newsletter on the bottom-right of the front page of the site. We only send an email once every month or so and will definitely be announcing that there.

  17. Well, very happy for all of the Fireball Island backers out there. Congrats! Quite exciting to see dreams coming true for the team at Restoration Games and for the overwhelming amount of people who wanted Fireball Island restored to its fireball hurtling glory. My dream was a different game being “restored”…. but I guess it just wasn’t “in the cards” this time, I suppose. So now? No choice but to look ahead. Any idea when the next date is to circle the calendar on…. for future Restoration Games announcements?

    1. Hi, Ryan. Now I need to know: What game were you hoping for? (And did you submit it via the form at the top of the front page of the site?)

      We’ll announce new games when the time is “right”. I’ve got one game that I’ve been working on for six months already, but I’m not ready because the development has been a real challenge. On the other hand, we have a couple more that we might announce very soon. It all depends.

  18. Hi Justin,

    It’s Conspiracy. (And yes, I did.) I didn’t name it on my last note because I had already advocated for it in a brief earlier comment — and about four months ago on BGG. Suffice it to say with everything “release-related” focused to Fireball Island this week, I didn’t want to keep rolling downhill with the same point over and over again — and get scorched over it. It’s Fireball Island’s deserved moment in the sun, after all. And I know many were burning for this game. : p

    Just wanted to recalibrate my “hoping calendar”, is all. Thx!

  19. Can’t wait for Fireball Island!

    Hoping that whatever you announce next is a true, eh… MASTERPIECE.


  20. As far as the Fireball Island project is concerned, maybe the “Island Hopper” expansion sets could be used as Add-Ons or Stretch Goals. I don’t think they were ever made. The are shown on YouTube video. Just a thought.

  21. I’ve been sending love notes to Milton Bradley for years now asking them to bring this game back! I am super excited! Please add me to the list and give me updates.

  22. Awesome…So excited for this. We love the original.
    We have an insane family tournament every Thanksgiving and talk about it all year.

  23. Awesome…So excited for this. We love the original.
    We have an insane family tournament every Thanksgiving and talk about it all year.

  24. I sold mine in a garage sale when I was 10, and I cry about it every day since !!!
    I want it back !!!!!

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