In my opinion, the 1970's were the golden age of board games. Just prior to home video games taking over, these games were plentiful and provided great escapism for a child. After all my years of going to sales, I still see some I've never heard of, like this Parker Brothers game "All The King's Men" from 1979.
Similar to chess, only 3 piece types are used on each side: 1 King, 4 Knights and 7 Archers. Movements are dictated by the space the piece resides on.
I never played chess when I was a kid, but the graphics and realistic figures of this game would have hooked me. I loved anything medieval-themed.