Going The Extra Mile: Guy Creates Immersive Special Effects For Fireball Island Board Game

January 16, 2019

These are twelve videos highlighting a bunch of the immersive light, sound and smoke special effects that Youtuber andyk created to enhance he and his family's Fireball Island playing experience during the holidays (with bonus Christmas tunes playing in the background). He says he plans to add even more effects in the future, as well as potentially modify the gameboard with terrain and possibly even a smoking volcano. That definitely sounds value-add. Also, for those of you unaware, there was a Kickstarter to bring Fireball Island back from the grave a while ago, and you can buy one HERE (although it doesn't play the same as the original). Also, I like how he used the audio from Aladdin when Abu tries to steal the forbidden treasure as the voice of the game's Vul-Kar in the first video. That was a nice touch. "And an erotic one." Exac-- wait, what?! "I said 'and an erotic one.'" Oh, right, yes, agreed.

Keep going for all the videos while I speculate how long we'll have to wait for an incredibly disappointing Fireball Island movie.

Thanks to Valerie D, for reminding me I played so much Fireball Island with my brother growing up that we wore the color off the island in places.

  • sizzlepants

    Loved this game when I was a kid. But I've never reminisced 12 - TWELVE?!?? clips worth of time hahaha.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Man, I had so much trouble getting a couple of hue lights to do a 30 minute sunrise effect before my alarm goes off.... Can't imagine what this required.


  • Munihausen

    Never played this, but looks good. I remember Grape Escape being pretty awesome.

  • Closet Nerd

    Like Mouse Trap, no one played the actual game, they would just play with the ball

  • sizzlepants

    You guys must not have been old enough to read when this came out or lacked other kids to play with. It wasn't super complicated, and the setup wasn't a hassle like Mouse Trap.

    Just like sex, you missed out on the real good time if all you did was play with the ball.

  • Closet Nerd

    I had Fireball Island.... the commercial made it seem cooler than it really was.

  • sizzlepants

    So did I, but I don't remember the commercial. Maybe that's why I have so many positive memories about it. As far as a 'roll the die then move your piece along the board' games go, this was definitely the best one I remember from my youth..

  • Geekologie

    speak for yourself, I FOLLOWED THE RULES

  • Doog


    Well, maybe you did, but the rest of us didn't.

  • Jenness

    Too bad he put so much time, effort and money into this project there were no Christmas gifts, everyone had to go back to work and school and the game was actually never played.

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