Operation game 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, who sold his rights to the game to renowned toy designer Marvin Glass for a sum of US$500 and the promise of a job upon graduation (a promise that was not upheld).
Initially produced by Milton Bradley in 1965, Operation is currently made by Hasbro, with an estimated franchise worth of US$40 million.
The game is a variant on the old-fashioned electrified wire loop game popular at funfairs. It consists of an "operating table", lithographed with a comic likeness of a patient (nicknamed "Cavity Sam") with a large red lightbulb for his nose. This could be a reference to classic cartoons, where ill characters' noses turn red. In the surface are a number of openings, which reveal cavities filled with fictional and humorously named ailments made of plastic. The general game play requires players to remove these plastic ailments and pieces with a pair of tweezers without touching the edge of the cavity opening.
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|Still Sealed 2005 Mb Operation Simpsons Edition Board||09/2021||AU $87.53|
|Hasbro Stylus Game Pen Bop It Connect Four Millipede||10/2021||AU $67.34|
|2017 Operation Skill Game Fallout Special Edition||08/2021||AU $80.76|
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|Operation Board Game Hasbro Games||10/2021||AU $39.95|
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