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Paul Eddington’s Party Game

‘The real prime minister’.

The Party Game’s Australian edition was released in 1989 and was adapted from a British game. It features the name and face of English actor Paul Eddington, star of popular sitcoms Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. It’s not clear if Eddington had anything to do with the game or its development, and his endorsement was probably a slick marketing tool from the game’s manufacturers.  

Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, in which Eddington played hapless British politician Jim Hacker, were extremely popular in Australia in the 1980s. So popular, in fact, that when Eddington visited Australia in 1987, he was treated as if he was a visiting head of government. Prime Minister Bob Hawke, a fan of the show, met with Eddington and even had the bemused actor address a rally – Hawke declared people preferred to listen to Eddington, ‘the real prime minister’, and not himself. It’s no wonder the game creators sensed an on opportunity. 

Essentially a trivia game, players answer questions on politics and history, collecting rosettes that represent votes. The rosette, a coloured ribbon worn to denote a political affiliation, has never been a significant tradition in Australia and seems to be a holdover from the UK edition.  

How to play

Play as a political party and move around the board, make speeches on issues or policy and answer political and history trivia questions. Success at these tasks earns a player rosette tokens, with the winner having the most rosettes when the board is full.

A yellow cardboard board game box that's faded with scuffs around the edges. The words Party Game in bold yellow, red and blue letters is next to a photo of a man in a grey jacket with glasses that he touches while he smiles. Caricatures of politicians feature on the box.
A yellow board game board is open with a map of Australia in the middle and the words The Party Games with red, yellow and blue lettering. Caricatures of politicians feature n the board. Squares along the border have words like Question, Ladder of success, Greasy pole and speech on them.