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 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.)
For wordsmiths and puzzle lovers, Scrabble has been the go-to board game 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. (Here are 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, 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 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!