Despite occasionally having risqué names like Taboo or Hungry Hungry Hippos, board games are generally wholesome fun for the whole family to enjoy. And what could be more family-oriented than a game where the main objective is to find out who your family is?

Yes, in Konoko Darenoko (“Who’s child is this?” also translated as “Who is the father?”) a woman who has had multiple partners in a relatively small timeframe must now determine who the biological father of her baby is. But watch out! Those alleged fathers are tricky and will do whatever it takes to avoid responsibility.

The details of Konoko Darenoko are hard to come by since the game was originally released back in the late 80s, with some reissues in the early 90s. However, the main premise seems to be that one player takes the role of a sexually promiscuous woman who must find out the identity of her baby’s father.

The other players (three to 12 in total) are former lovers who must find air-tight alibis to avoid having to claim the child as their own.

The actual gameplay is a little hard to discern but there appear to be different cards that players can draw and use for their respective claims. The mother gets “false accusation” cards while the men get “lame excuse” cards. Many of them seem to have dates which you need to line up in order to prove or disprove fatherhood. How well each side plays their cards will determine the winner.

There are also a bunch of plastic babies which probably act as point markers for different rounds of baby-father searching, or possibly to keep track of multiple babies in a single session. And finally, the game includes a blood-type chart to allow players to strengthen their claims with genetic evidence.

With the game’s rediscovery on Twitter, many are expressing their desire to play. If you happen to be sitting on a copy of Konoko Darenoko you may want to consider putting it up for online auction, as there are plenty of people willing to take it off your hands.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m heading off to lunch with my own biological father. In case you were wondering, he was Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick.

Source: Twitter, Togech, Board Game Cube, YGGDRASILL Soft (Japanese)