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Blockhead! game, 1954 edition

Blockhead! is a game invented in 1952 by G.W. "Jerry" D'Arcey and developed by G.W. and Alice D'Arcey in San Jose, California. Originally consisting of 20 brightly colored wooden blocks of varying shapes, the object of the game is to add blocks to a tower without having it collapse on your turn.


The first player sets one of the blocks on a flat surface; this is the only block allowed to touch the base. Each player then takes turns adding a single block until the tower collapses. The player that knocks over the tower on their turn loses. A player who loses three times is eliminated. The last player remaining wins.

Blockhead! uses slang terms with a block theme: A player who has lost once is called a "square"; a player who has lost twice is a "character"; a player who loses three times and is eliminated is a "blockhead".


Cover of the 1954 square box edition

The game was first published by G.W. "Jerry" D'Arcey in 1952. In 1954 Saalfield Publishing Company released the first 25-block version of the game. The design of the blocks has remained consistent through each edition, the only change being modifying the yellow “double hump” to be more heart shaped. Currently, the game is produced by Pressman Toy Corporation.

1952: G.W.D'Arcey square box
1954: Saalfield tall box #7563
1954: Saalfield square box #7563
1969: Saalfield Executive Edition #6163
1969: Saalfield Giant Edition #7625
1975-76: Parker Brothers
1982: Pressman
1992: Pressman Super Blockhead! - 30 Pieces
2001: Pressman Cylindrical Box
Current: Pressman

Blockhead! was voted into Games Magazine's Hall of Fame and appears on the GAMES 100 list.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Jenga, another stacking game