Television Programs As Arcade Games: Gilligan's Island

Television Programs As Arcade Games: Gilligan's Island

Here on Gilligan's Island...

One television show that was popular in the 1960s is "Gilligan's Island". It aired between 1964 and 1967. The show told the story of a group of people who go for a day trip and end up being stranded on a deserted island. The episodes show how they cope with life on the island and various attempts for them to leave. Quite a number of people are stranded on the end, but it always ends with the person not helping everyone leave the island.

The show had Bob Denver playing the role of Gilligan, Alan Hale, Jr, played the role of “The Skipper” and Jim Backus was  cast to play Thurston Howell, III. He is the rich millionaire that is stranded with his wife.
There was an acade game produced from this television series. This arcade game is quite basic. It only features simple scenery from the island. In the arcade game, Gilligan must protect himself from a group of monkeys. For example, during the first level, the monkeys steal a telescope and Gilligan has to remove it from them by knocking it out of their monkey’s hand.

The only weapon Gilligan has is his sling shot. The monkeys throw bananas at him and the aim is to destroy the bananas before they hit Gilligan. The whole premise behind the arcade game is to stop Gilligan from being hit by the monkey by knocking the item from the monkey’s hand. This is not the only “Gilligan’s Island” arcade game. Other arcade games include a pinball machine made by the Bally Company in 1991.