Top Ten Best Board Games

As the title of the list implies, this list is a collection of the top games played on a game board; which by definition excludes games such as Connect Four and card games. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

I think this game is the best of the best. Suitable for any family to have fun during free time. Suitable for any ages. Once you play it, you will want to play it over and over again!
A game where you need luck, strategy, intelligence and skills in diplomacy. It's all about flattering the opponent, and then take all of his money.
I think monopoly is my favorite game. Laugh out loud. I've been playing it since I was probably 5 years old. I have played a lot of series.
[Newest]Its very good game it with our brain will improve in maths and we will know about how people deal with each other and it is also for time pass
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Why can you not enjoy Chess? Its a mind boggling game that teaches people of strategy and sacrifice. Teaches many lessons to a person.


Chess is a great game where everything is at a level playing field


I think chess is the best board game because it helps you with real things and if you're capable of mixing your real life with chess then you'll win. Everything goes accourding to chess, if you analyze the real life you'll see that your life is full of sacrifices (when you've said bad words, did bad things) and strategy. It's like a war where you protect the king, your children. The one who knows chess can rule the world better than the one who knows risk. The chess player will understand the risks of everything. So I guess it really helps.
[Newest]Chess is a classic game
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I agree with most people on here- many say it's all about luck due to the dice and the cards at the beginning of the game. Those people are actually oblivious to how much strategy you have to integrate into your gameplay. Like a real war, luck is a big factor, yes- you never know who's going to win, adding to the suspense- but if you have a godawful strategy, even good luck's not going to save you.

This game has a well-deserved place on this list. While there are better games, this one happens to be my particular favorite. The only problem I'd have with this is that it ignites temper among the players- the goal is to ruthlessly conquer, after all. All in all, it's not the best family-night game, but it's still a timeless classic that's not really as famous as others, but as well designed. Take a risk and try it out!
I'm a very big fan of board games so I decided to go with this one... If you had the chance to rule the world would you take it


Played it years ago and its the only game I've seen my dad lose his temper, but can you wonder at it when the troops from mums little old Afghanistan annihilated the full might of his Russian army. Brilliant.
[Newest]Luck doesn't exist everything that happens is what God knows should happen or was meant to (maybe) but LUCK doesn't EXIST you need to make sacrifices, get money, get a good strategy, and those stuff and most importantly FAITH IN GOD (Allah) it is wrong to believe in luck

I really love that game I just hope I don't kill anybody. But it is really really fun.


I love this game it's fun and easy to play. It also makes you think a lot. It's perfect for a wet weekend.
I love this game so much, it's endless fun, I've never lost.


[Newest]Really nice game for an evening with friends, although Sherlock claims the rules are wrong.

I was a small fish in a big pond before I played life. But this game taught me to put myself out and hope for the best. You just can not beat life.
This game has opened up a whole new meaning to my life. I set out to be a millionaire with only £10 in my pocket and this game has given me the incentive to apply myself in a whole new adventure. I <3 LIFE THE GAME. THANK YOU


brings back lots of memories


[Newest]Great game. Life can also be educational. It teaches you about the future.

6Settlers of Catan
I am happy with the top 5. But Settlers is the best I'm sorry to say... Settlers of Catan is a game like no other! If you don't know what it is BUY IT it is totally worth it. Completely different from any other board game. This game is unique as you play it you will know what I mean! So Try it it will introduce you to a brand new way to play Board games.
It will open your eyes to a whole new world of board games
Its my favourite board game out there. Its not widely known and its hard to find in stores but if you get your hands on it, you'll have tonnes of fun.
[Newest]Great for strategy, variation and fun!

As games go, Scrabble has everything. Each game is different due to luck of the draw, but your own cleverness and skill can compensate for a bad draw. It's also terrific for teaching children logic, spelling, spatial relations, et al
Play one of the above games then play scrabble in this game you usually aren't wishing your playing game consoles or doing fun stuff however in the above games sometimes you just don't really want to play it
I love scrabble. I always end up with at least 200 points or 175 or a tiny bit less. Of course my dad's high score was around 370 or something. But I still love this game. Really makes you think.
[Newest]I love it! Thanks for the only game that uses your brain that I have!

This is the first board game I've ever learned to play.


Its simplicity yet need for total strategy easily makes it the best board game for anyone to play.
so simple all you need in a board game.
[Newest]I can't even play this game on the computer and (by you I mean anyone) you expect me to play it?!?!?

I think ist fun and enjoyable it really opens doors to games of the future
It is very interesting. Improved my sense of guessing.
Love this game me and my step brother play all the time

I love sorry its the best game in the world love it you should 2 fun game and strategy and skill I beat my friends all the time get the game. I played it b4 but I never owned 1 be4 -_-
This is the best game you can get out there in the world.
This game rules because you can knock people down
If you don't want to make it #1. At least make it top ten I love this game it's so fun
[Newest]This game is ok but it depends on luck and the number that you get

The Contenders

11Apples to Apples
There may not be a "board" in this game, but I have to say, it's extremely fun. Not only can a player give honest answers, but often times the answers can be funny and filled with inappropriate innuendo (i. E. An answer card reading "Easy" and a responding card that reads "Paris Hilton")- and that is why I love Apples to Apples. Fun for the whole family, and for the sick minded buddies laugh out loud.


Apples to Apples is one of the most funniest and fun games I have played in a long time. The young old and everyone in between can play and have a blast. "Very innovated, " my friends say, you can play it without instructions!
This game is great because anyone can play and be good! I personally like to go for the more ironic answer, rather than the one that "best" matches the description.
[Newest]Really fun in my top 3 which is Chess, Monopoly, then Apples to Apples it is a bit inappropriate like spooning but overall funny

My opinion
1. Pictionary
2. clue
3. Life
4. Risk
5. Trivial Pursuit

And why the hell is pictionary 28th!


I want to be an artist when I grow up. (I want to be other things too, of course).

Very nice game, it can contain any namber of player and it contian cairtin genral information and you will pass a sevral funny situation

13Connect Four
My brother loves this game and so do I. I play it all the time. When someone gets four in a row he/she wins!

It uses concentration thinking and strategy. Get it, play it, love it!

14Trivial Pursuit
Awesome game. Its really fun to play with people who have no idea what their history, science, etc is!


fun game, really entertaining to just answer the questions


Been playing this for30 years - the best family game

Come on! How fruity is this game.
It is an amazing game I like how they added the candy
I remember that this was my very first gameborad I ever played when I was little.

Great game. Unfortunately, all the stores I've went to have took this item out of stock. idk how long its been since they stopped buying Stratego, but not many people kno about it now. :(

Buy this game people, and be amazed at the fun you will hav!


They still sell Stratego! I love that game! I have both the original and the LOTR version! It's the most fun game ever!


one of the best board games, like chess but it needs luck because you cannot see the no of enemy or the bomb or the flag


17Axis and Allies
This game is risk except 10 time harder games can take days and outcomes are always different. 1940 Global edition is the best edition in my opinion, start off with 1942 if you are looking to get into this game.
This game is a truly unique experience, rare have I played a game where I felt like I was in complete control of an army, it is a very fun game in my opinion.
I have never played a game that made me feel like I was a part it until I played this even though I have the classic which you cannot buy anymore.


18Ticket To Ride
Ticket to ride is a suitable family game for up to six players. It has different versions. It should be one
Ticket to Ride is a fun way make you really think as you lay down trains:) My favourite game ever!
Great game buy it before its too late
[Newest]One of the best

19Snakes and Ladders
Shut up its good

20Chutes & Ladders

Never get bored with this one
It's fun to think of something and compare at the end!
Love love this game!

Simply the best game ever
Never gets boring. Especially with an expansion or 3.
This started the Deck-Building genre, and is infinitely replayable


This game is awesome! Not like any other, Absolutely LOVE it!
The greatest game, l

24Scene It?
! Love this game so much! I used to think I was a Simpsons whiz until I played it! (And sucked at it, thank you very much! )
THE BEST game in the world!
Everyones top ten amazing thing amazing AMAZING


Great old classic good for various ages. Strategic if you want to be or pot luck, Great fun, I always love asking repeatedly for something I have in my hand as it makes everyone think I don't have it either. So much fun for all.
Great game never gets boring. Can have as many people as possible to play the game!
Fun as, never gets boring.
[Newest]Laugh out loud Clue and Cluedo are the same game.


Great fun, quick game, it doesn't have to take all day,.
Easy to learn, fun to play and not all buy luck.
Really fun and unique game.

29Guess Who?

30The Logo Board Game
You will love this game! Questions on all your favorite brands by it now at your retailer target

smart ppl only, idiots not welcomed
A hilariously funny family game! Worth it!

32Chinese Chess
Many peoples agree that they like xiangqi way more than chess.


34Catch Phrase
Best game in the world!!! If you are looking for a game for laughs this is the one! Just make sure you are in a place where its okay to be loud. Also, its fun if you get together and play it with a group of close friends!!! Good drinking game too! ;)
So much to play with a group of adults. Exciting and easy. No Set up! Just the hand held game and a lot of laughs!


this game is awesome i play it all the time fun for the family

try it. you will never get the red one!

We played with our life group and it was fun, got us thinking outside the box.
Always a favorite at family get togethers!

37Nothing Personal

Should be #3, after chess and monopoly
What is this doing at #27? Should be top 10!

39Mouse Trap


41NFL Monopoly


437 Wonders

Fun fantasy strategy game with different teams to chose from. Good replayability as resources can definitely alter your plans.


Little known fantasy strategy game that can be played by casual and serious gamers alike. I'll meet you at the center tower!

45The Resisitance

46Risk 2210 A.D.
Oh Yeah! Love it, It mixes the strategic nature of risk with a sci-fi type gameplay. The bonus cards etc are amazing.
This is the best game ever! You just can't beat it!


Love it, easy to play with children


Even the fastest, strongest computers in the world still lose to amateurs.
Number one game in the rest of the world. Has several 24 hour television stations devoted to it.
This is the most amazing game ever made. It's a shame to see chess in second position and go in twenty-fifth position, this game is so much deeper.
[Newest]Lots of thinking good game

50Puerto Rico
Not only on boardgamegeek, all charts of real boardgamers i know list PR as number one. Absolutely deserved!
The number one game for over 100,000 registered users of Board Game Geek and over a million viewers a month, for a damn good reason.


With a quick whit of people late at night... Nothing else is better than playing this game!
With a large group of people nothing is funnier than a game of balderdash


So fun. Why isn't it more popular!


53El Grande
Not very well known outside hobby boardgamers, but hands down, the best board game ever designed. It's a medium-length boardgame (90 to 120 minutes is typical), with a fair share of both tactics and strategy, and just a little dose of luck.

Plus, it's very high on player interaction.


Best board game I've ever played - luck factor 0 ^^ great gameplay

The core rules of Diplomacy are so simple but the intrigue and backstabbing that goes on behind the scenes is what makes this such a good game. Insanely addictive and guaranteed to consume many a rainy day.
Simply put- chess on a map


55Sorry! Spin

56Loaded Questions
It can be tons and tons of fun, especially if you try to give more creative answers and you'll learn many new things about your friends!

57Game of the Generals
Chess is great but it needs strategy and brains but this game doesn't need it anymoreall you need is a great memory
its so exciting especially that u dont know what piece is your opponent using.

58Scotland Yard
It is real fun. You have to think very cleverly and deeply about each move you play in order to win. It is the best detective game.
Oh my god it should be in the top ten, it is really interesting...



Heroscape is a really fun game. I like the original version more then all of the secondary ones. Unfortunately these days it's very expensive. I don't have any expansions but I don't need them.
Heroscape is amazing. You can still get some of the expansions and boosters for relatively cheap. Do so, and you will enjoy the game so much more. Even if you don't have the game at all, you can still play free online at

62Risk Legacy



65Tactico Football
It's such a simple game but has just the right elemts to keep it exciting right to the end. Plus a great football shaped dice.


Truely the best Sport Surviavl; board game around!



67Campaign Trail
I love this game. I have been looking for a copy but they are never available.


Awesome game, once both players have mastered the rules, it never gets boring! :)
This game is so underrated.


This game is excellent for all age levels and can be played with great strategy or as a social experience. I love itQQ

The best game out there. Everyone should own this.
Great game in which you have to co operate with each other instead playing against each other. Nice and suitable

72Sorry! Disney Edition


74Cranium Hoopla

Another favorite of eurogame fans, constantly popping up on ton ten lists everywhere.


76Weapons and Warriors

If you want to have a fun while back stabbing your best friend and than offering to save him for a reward naturaly. You should get a copy of munchkin. More players you have, better it gets.

Great game superb style as well

Crazy fun. The more players, the merrier. Good for older children through adults. Love it.
Too much fun! Its hilarious 90% of the time. The other 10% is if you dislike/can't preform a card.

80Xymyx The Evolution Of Chess
New chess variant, pieces move simultaneously


82Earth Reborn

83Pay Day

play on



87Cosmic Encounter

Why is parcheesi listed twice!?

89Cranium Cadoo
its a great game for all the familly when its a wet day out!

90The Beatles Monopoly

91Space War

Hello? A game where you can control the flow of containerised cargo around a map of the world? How is this so low in the charts! My favourite feature is the little white reefers. They are beast.

93The Hive

94Uno Attack


The Art Auction Game

97Dark Tower
I am aware this game may need lots of batteries but it should be in the game closet.

98Tsuro: The Game of the Path
A very strategic, and unpredictable game, you can lose in an instant if your not careful. You have to have your wits about you, and be able to adapt, ans look at every possibility, because the possibilities are endless. It is probably the greatest strategy game ever made, and yet you can't even attack each other.

Our family plays this all the time. Great answers sometimes.

100Ghost Stories

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