Perfection (board game)

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Type Board Game
Company Milton Bradley Lakeside
Country United States
Availability 1975–
Slogan Get Rockin' before the pieces start Poppin'!
Official website

Perfection, originally produced by the Minnesota company Lakeside, is a game by the Milton Bradley company. The object is to put all the pieces into matching holes on the board (pushed down) before the time limit runs out. When time runs out, the board springs up, causing many, if not all, of the pieces to fly out. In the most common version, there are 25 pieces to be placed (the holes form a 5x5 grid) within 60 seconds. An advanced version (Superfection) requires the player to put together 16 two-piece puzzle cubes within two minutes.


In the original version of Perfection, players, taking alternate turns, must be the quickest to place all 25 shapes into the holes on the game tray. First, all shapes are placed next to the game unit, in a mixed order, with handles facing up. Next, the timer is set for the full 60 seconds and the pop-up tray is pushed down. As soon as the timer starts, the player will quickly start fitting each shape into its matching hole. If the player completes this before the time is up, he/she pushes stop and records the time. If the player fails to place all the shapes into the tray and hit stop before the time is up, the tray will pop, scattering pieces around the game tray. The next player will then take a turn. The winner is the player to complete the tray full of shapes in the shortest amount of time.[1]


It has been claimed that the British group Genesis were inspired by the game so much that they featured shapes from the game on their 1983 album 'Genesis.'


In 1992, the game was relaunched with a new jingle for television advertisements, "Pop Goes Perfection", to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel".

In 1996, the game gained a new look, and was advertised on Nickelodeon, then on YTV.

International Distribution[edit]

A Japanese version of the game, which is known as Time Crash (タイムクラッシュ?), has a wider board that contains more pieces.


  1. ^ "Perfection" (PDF). Game Instructions. Milton Bradley Company. Retrieved 4 December 2011.