1996 Electronic Dream Phone reviewed

At Rock Paper Shotgun, Cara Ellison reviews Milton Bradley's 1996 Electronic Dream Phone, a pink, plastic, teen-exploiting horror from the preironic era.

The idea is that you get three boys in your hand (eyooo!) and then you take turns to call them individually on the Phone, picking up extra boys as you discard the last ones. The boys on the phone give you a clue as to which boys do not fancy you. ... as I pick up the cards now as a fully grown adult, in the sort of tipsy glee that is necessary to even open the box, I glimpse that if I’d played it when I was younger I would have been made aware that girls are supposed to aim for relationships. What boys think of you feels more important than what you think of yourself.

Mom says hang up! Electronic Dream Phone is available at Amazon in both vintage and modern forms.

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  1. Okay, now we need someone a bit older to review "Mystery Date" - the original! I'd it, if I had a copy.

  2. I think people are overthinking this one. I think the idea is that you are at that age where the concept of dating boys is fun but not a real thing, and you go over to your friend's house for a spend the night and you both have a giggle on your fake phone with your fake boyfriends. I know when I was in middle school there were four cute boys that my clique deemed date material. Unbeknownst to these guys we'd parceled them out amongst ourselves and we would talk all the time about what we'd do with our unknowing boyfriends. It wasn't really training for dating so much as an elaborate story game that built and built and had absolutely nothing to do with the reality of the guys involved or even an actual desire to date. IMHO the real tragedy is that middle school guys can't have their own date phone and get to play at dating sweet girls.

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