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Rating: 3.3 Bad
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 20 minutes

Created by: William Schaper, J. H. W.

Published by: Basic Fun, Inc., Chad Valley Co Ltd., Direco AB

Alternate Names: Beetle, Beetle Drive, Beetle Game, The Beetle Game, Build a Beetle


Players race to construct a plastic bug, rolling a die to see which piece they get to add. The Hennepin History Museum states that the first Cootie game was designed by William H. Schaper in 1949.

However, Schaper's game was not the first based upon the insect known as the "cootie". The creature was the subject of several tabletop games, mostly pencil and paper games, in the decades of the twentieth century following World War I.

In 1927, the J. H. Warder Company of Chicago released Tu-Tee, and the Charles Bowlby Company released Cootie; though based on a "build a bug" concept similar to Schaper's, both were paper and pencil games.

Schaper's game was the first to employ a fully three dimensional, free-standing plastic cootie. Known in Australia as Creepy Critters and in the UK as Beetle Drive.

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