The Marco Polo game is a classic water-based game that has been enjoyed by children and adults alike for generations, including on pool-bearing playgrounds of the 1970s. The basic premise of the game is simple: one player, designated as “Marco,” closes their eyes and counts to a certain number while the other players, designated as “Polos,” try to swim away and hide. When Marco reaches the end of the count, they open their eyes and try to find the Polos by calling out “Marco!” to which the Polos must respond with “Polo!”
There are several variations of the Marco Polo game that can add an extra level of challenge and fun. One variation is to have multiple Marcos, with each Marco responsible for finding a different group of Polos. Another variation is to have a designated “safe zone” where the Polos can go to avoid being found. The game can also be played in teams, with each team trying to find and tag as many members of the opposing team as possible.
One popular variation of the game is called “Shark Attack,” in which one player is designated as the shark and the other players are fish. The shark must try to tag the fish, who are trying to swim to safety. If a fish is tagged, they become a shark as well, and the game continues until only one fish remains.
Another variation is called “Treasure Hunt,” in which the Marcos are given a list of items to find and the Polos must try to hide them. The first Marco to find all the items on their list is the winner.
There are countless other variations of the Marco Polo game, limited only by the imagination of the players. Whether played in a pool, lake, or even a backyard sprinkler, the Marco Polo game is a fun and enjoyable activity for people of all ages. So, it can be a great way to beat the summer heat and have some fun with friends and family.
Next 1970s playground game: Four Square: Triple Elimination Death Match