12 Classic Board Games Everyone Should Own
From family game night to trivia with friends, everyone loves a good time. And what better way than to break out a fun board game.
According to the Hasbro website, Monopoly is the world’s favorite family gaming brand. Brand, because while the original Monopoly game is still going strong, there are now more versions that anyone can count including ones based on Finding Dory, Empire, Disney princesses, and Minions. According to Buzzfeed, there are even versions of these classic board games for the horse lover, cat lover, and One Direction and The Walking Dead fans. Plus, you can find electronic and on-the-go versions, and of course, an app for every device. Don’t miss these 15 little-known board game trivia facts… Monopoly made the list!
For wordsmiths and puzzle lovers, Scrabble has been one of the go-to classic board games since the 1950s. From 1984-1990, a Scrabble-based game show ran on television. And although the classic Scrabble board hasn’t changed much throughout the years, Merriam-Webster’s Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, which contains over 100,000 usable words, is now in its fifth edition and has recently added 5,000 new words, including fracking, selfie, and hashtag. Before you play, read these 22 high-scoring Scrabble words you should memorize.
Not much had changed with the look and rules of Sorry! That is until 2013, when some rules were updated and some changes made. Players now only get three pawns (before they started with four), and two new cards, Fire and Ice, were added. Special editions of this family board game include ones featuring Disney characters, The Simpsons, Pokemon, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Get ready to hit that famous Pop-o-Matic and watch the dice roll. The classic Trouble game has remained pretty much the same since it launched in the 1960s, but recent special editions include from the movie Trolls, Star Wars, Marvel Avengers, Olaf from Frozen, and a Despicable Me edition. A smaller Grab & Go version means Trouble can follow you where ever you go.
The classic version of this iconic game involves having knowledge of six different categories, including Geography, Entertainment, History, Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. But as of 2014, there were more than 50 special editions of these classic board games, including everything from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, 2000s edition, Baby Boomers, and a junior’s edition. The new 2000S Edition includes the categories of Places, Entertainment, Events, The Arts, Science & Tech, and Sports & Hobbies.
Clue is so popular it’s spawned multiple versions, books, and even a cult classic film. To distinguish between all the different versions, the original is always marked “The Classic Mystery Game.” Currently, there is a Star Wars version of Clue that takes place inside of the Empire’s Death Star and players can choose to be Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, or C-3PO. Add these family movies that everyone will enjoy to your queue.
Didn’t everyone own this one growing up? Candy Land requires zero strategy, unlike some others on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun. Created in the 1940s during the polio epidemic, Eleanor Abbott, a victim of the disease, wanted to create a game for bed-bound children recovering from the disease. Candy Land was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. Current special editions for Candy Land include Disney Princesses and Minnie Mouse.
World domination is the goal of this military-themed game. According to About.com, Risk was created by a French film director and first published by Parker Brothers in the United States in 1959. Risk may be the most complicated and strategic of the classic board games listed here, but that hasn’t taken away from its popularity. So popular in fact, that the classic game has inspired special editions such as several Star Wars versions, Europe, Captain America, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Transformers. There’s even an edition where players can conquer the moon!
Settlers of Catan
This classic settlement board game-turned-video game is filled with action and adventure, as each player is on a mission to be the first to settle the uncharted island of Catan. This game originated in Germany, and was one of the first German-style board game to be successful outside of Europe. This simulation-esque game intrigues people from all walks of life––it’s fun for the whole family.
This infamous strategy-heavy board game is perfect for a sibling rivalry. Its roots go back as far as World War I, where it was said to be played by Russian officers with a pen and paper. Milton Bradley ran with the concept, and the familiar Battleship game with plastic boards and pegs made its debut. This game of competition and strategy is perfect for the game night where you still want to use some brain cells.
The Game of Life
It’s not possible (yet) to choose our life’s path, but the Game of Life gives us the ability to at least pretend. Spin the wheel and your future awaits you. Will you get married? Have twins? Go to college? Receive a pension? Who knows, but that’s the fun of it. And it’s hard to have the same path twice, so this one of the classic board games that’s good for the long haul.
Like charades, but better (especially for the lazy game-nighters). This classic drawing game will always bring a laugh. When someone gives you the excuse, “I’m not good at drawing,” remind them that the worse the drawing is, the bigger the laughs. This game can be for kids and adults, as there are plenty of “junior” cards that the kiddos will be able to comprehend. Pictionary is most fun when it’s played with a big group, so be sure to pull it out at your next dinner party. And when it’s nice outside, check out these yard games that are sure to be a hit at your BBQ.
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