Operation Game

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Prototype of Operation Game
Prototype of Operation “The box that sparked and made noise,” Created by University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Sophomore John Spinello for a class project in 1962.

John Spinello created the game “The Box that Sparked and Made Noise,” also known as “Operation” in 1962 at the University of Illinois as a sophomore in a class project. He later sold the patent of the game to an inventor firm for $500.00 and the promise of a job with the company. The firm later sold the patent rights to Milton Bradley and then to Hasbro. Since 1962, the game has undergone a series of transformations from its early stage as a metal box. As seen above in image 1 to an interactive fun filled game as seen below in image 2.

“Operation” Improved upon by Milton Bradley.


– School of Art and Design. Operation was developed for an art and design class. 


Moye, D. (2014, October 27). John Spinello, Inventor of ‘Operation’ Game, Can’t Afford Real-Life Operation (UPDATED). Huffpost. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/27/john-spinello_n_6055174.html (Image 1 & 2)

Wood, P. (2014, November 12). World is discovering ‘Operation’ creator. News-Gazette. Retrieved November 16, 2014, from http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-11-12/world-discovering-operation-creator.html.

Contributors: Michael L. VanBlaricum