Fireball Island was a Milton Bradley board game that was originally released in 1986. In the game, players battle each other by rolling marbles through a maze-like, jungle-themed board in order to capture a jewel and escape the island. It was popular, but was eventually discontinued. Last year, Restoration Games re-released the game in an updated form, and YouTuber Andyk has turned their entire apartment into a special effects shrine to the game.
There are a lot of effects that Andyk has come up with, and they’re showcased in a series of 12 videos. Most are designed to be triggered by buttons pressed by the players, and the effects span the entire living room and kitchen of Andyk’s apartment. Each effect is intended to correspond to a specific event within the game play, like when a player secures the jewel and takes the boat to leave the island.
One effect is a small Arduino-controlled smoke machine that gives the board some mysterious ambiance. Many of the other effects are based on sound effects and lighting, and Andyk built those with a total of 700 RGB LEDs controlled by DMX E1.31 through the Arduino. Those lights are scattered throughout the apartment, and respond to events through button presses. Even the Christmas tree was part of the show. If you really love your board games, Andyk’s build should be quite the inspiration.