Looking for some fun games the whole family can play this holiday season? Pop Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik stopped by CTV’s The Social to show off some great nostalgic games. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Brace yourself to be plunged back in time to an era of adrenaline pumping, old school fun with Arcade 1Up as it brings iconic gaming back to you.
  • Whether you are a retro junkie or curious to check out the hype – this is the perfect way to enjoy arcade play within your home, dorm room or office.
  • Arcade 1Up arcades are available in multiple exciting versions, the just under 4-ft tall cabinets include commercial grade construction and coinless operation.
  • Available in: Rampage, Street Fighter II, Asteroids, and Centipede.
  • All the machines feature original artwork of all-time iconic games.
  • With immersive full-color hi-res displays and sounds, and combined with original joystick and control buttons setup, you are looking at endless hours of gaming!
  • Features upgraded 17″ color LCD screen, adjustable volume, on-screen game selection menu, and plugs into an AC outlet.
  • Available at: Walmart Canada and Bed Bath & Beyond Canada.
  • MSRP: $499.96 CND


  • Tic tac toe on a piece of paper? That’s soooo last decade!
  • Addicted to brainy challenges? Then fire up your competitive side with Otrio, the head-to-head strategy game!
  • To win, get three pieces of your color in a row based upon similar size; lined up in ascending or descending order; or within the same space as three concentric pieces.
  • The rules are simple but the game is complex! Depending on the wit of your opponent, you may need to sharpen your strategic skills and exercise critical thinking!
  • Straight out of the Brain Workshop, Otrio is a unique game that is engaging, challenging and beautifully built!
  • The stunning game board is made of solid wood, giving players an elegant playing experience. Show off your smarts in a brainy showdown with Otrio!
  • Available: SpinMaster.com
  • MSRP: $ 39.99 CND


  • The game that ties you up in knots now features blindfolds and textured shapes for a touch of mystery and loads of fun!
  • In the Blindfolded Twister game, players still move to spots on the mat, but now they do it wearing blindfolds and play completely by touch and memory.
  • The player chosen as the Spinner calls out the moves on the game spinner, and then the players wearing blindfolds feel around the textured shapes with their hands and feet to move around the mat.
  • Available: Walmart Canada, Target, Amazon.ca.
  • MSRP: $29.99 CND


  • What can you get away with? In this updated version of the classic Monopoly game, players are permitted to bend the rules and “cheat to win” as they travel across the gameboard in an effort to own it all!
  • For the first time, “borrowing” money from the bank, skipping spaces, and avoiding rent are welcomed in this hilarious version of the iconic Monopoly game.
  • Complete the “cheats” as assigned by the game and get a reward, but get caught and you’ll pay the consequences! Pretend handcuffs will leave offenders “chained” to the board until they are released.
  • Includes: one game board, plastic handcuff, six tokens, 15 Cheat Cards, 16 title deed cards, 16 chance cards, 16 community chest cards, 16 hotels, two dice, moneypak, bank tray, and game guide.
  • Available: Walmart Canada, Target, Amazon.ca.
  • MSRP: $29.99 CND


  • Front Porch Classics brings pub-style shuffleboard home with this realistic, high quality, wooden table top version.
  • Perfect for any game or recreation room.
  • Includes: Two-piece board, eight shuffleboard pucks (four red, four blue), metal scoring pegs, and instructions.
  • Available: Amazon.ca
  • MSRP: $130.00 CND

About the author

Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Director of Operations at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.