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.
The Top Ten
Monopoly Monopoly Product Image

I honestly have really good memories playing this game and though its really long, the tension builds until everyone is so concentrated theres a wonderful silence coating everyone and everything, but its not awkward.

you take your turns, gaining and losing money and its all balanced on luck and strategy. it really is such an amazing game and I think it fully deserves to be at the top of the list.

also, free parking, am I right?

Possibly the WORST example of a family board game there is. 1 person takes the lead early on - and then "monopolizes" their lead for the rest of the game (hours and hours and hours), until everyone else is squeezed out. This game was originally designed as a moral example of why capitalism is bad for society. Seriously, if you think this is a "great" board game - you don't know what a modern board game is.

This is a great game. You have to have as much money and properties as possible in order to stay in the game. You also have to get the same color property in order to build houses. The further you go in the game, the more expensive the property gets (with Baltic Avenue the cheapest and Boardwalk the most expensive).

Monopoly is the best boardgame for all ages and it's also really easy to play. The game has so many different versions to play. My favorite version is the electronic bankers one, with the little credit cards. Monopoly teaches kids how to handle money, helps with math, and also brings families together more often.

Chess Chess Product Image

Chess. Is a very strategic Game And you really have to think. If you don't play strategy you will lose 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 according 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.

In this game, you and your opponent have to take your time planning and improvising as they make moves you didn't anticipate. You learn to sacrifice some pieces for the sake of saving others, or to create a gap in the enemies defense. Given how old this game is, and how... "Educational" it is, I regret nothing in voting for it.
Unlike Risk and Monopoly, when you lose some pieces, or even a whole game, you tend to gain respect for your opponent, instead of a burning hatred and passion for revenge. (Once you've matured a bit, that is).
I still play it to this day, great game and teaching tool.

Chess must be the greatest board game of all time. It is the only game on this list that has been played outside the 20th or 21st century and is solely based on logic, strategy, and tactics. It's the only game on this list which requires practice and study (OK, checkers may have some valid argument here). You enter drawing of cards or dice to any game, you have entered 'luck' or probably into the equation. Chess is divorced of this completely. The circumspection alone is why this was the "Game of Kings". Chance does not influence chess in any manner. Remember when IBM programmed its greatest supercomputer, Deep Blue, to challenge Kasparov to Pictionary?

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.

Life Life Product Image

This game is great! I played it with a few of my friends, before deciding to purchase it myself. Great fun. Definitely a must have with my family, played it for 3 hours, then stopped and left my friends and I wanting to play more.

I love this game so much! Espicially the new versions with all the new stuff. My best score at it was when I played a one on one and he ended with 3.5 million dollars but I ended with 5.9 millions dollars! So fun, a must play!

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.

Should be number 2 at least. 1 time I had 4 sets of twins, a boyfriend, and 2 girls, and I had 2 steer them around by mysel, because the car could not hold THAT many kids, laugh out loud

Clue Clue Product Image

Clue is my most favorite of all board games! The point of the game is too try to solve the murder. It's a great family game and isn't to long or too short. The only thing I would look for is that it may not be appropiate for young kids ( under 7 yrs )
Because it's about a murder

It is a fun family game. It is the best detective game there is. I love it! My family and I play it every free time that we get. I love it so much that if it was a person I would want to marry it. It is the BEST!

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

Risk Risk Product Image

I remember playing this wonderful game in History class with Miss Jennings and sometimes I would win the game ! I really like this game very much plus you get to use your head and it helps you learn many things in history like war battles and land battles too.. This game is a must play with family or friends.

Simple enough to teach to anyone, yet complex enough to satisfy more hardcore gamers. There are multiple versions (including a few spin-offs of popular franchises), and although the arrows are much more boring than the detailed infantry units of previous versions, the choice for mission based gameplay with a variety of objectives and power-ups, as well as better balanced cards-troops ratios, gives the most recent version an edge over previous versions. If you want to take it to the next level, you can make up different units with strengths and weaknesses or additional mission objectives with varied power-ups and so on. My only real complaint to this game is that it's "lengthy playtime" of 3-4 hours (despite being nothing compared to most war games) scares off a lot of first timers.

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!

My favourite. A combination of strategy, negotiation and luck, but the best bit is the way luck works. The dice are loaded, but then dice will be dice and occasionally even the strongest attacker can be repelled. That's the most fun! The game starts small and builds to an almighty all-out-war crescendo, which I always thought works well.

Settlers of Catan Settlers of Catan Product Image

Settlers of Catan is like a combination of Monopoly and Minecraft. It's by far the greatest board game ever, and the fact that it's not even in the top 5 is a disgrace! Unlike every other board game, Catan is consistently fun.

Catan is simple fun, the game can recall is similar to Age of Empires for the personal computer. The progression is amazing and there are many ways to win so the game can be utilize again and again. Am glad to have purchase one, do not mind others of the sort. Good job to all settlers and may the upgrades benefit the beliefs. A great idea at last put together in the real world. Beautiful design and game mechanics to engage the imagination each time around. Neat.

I started playing this game when I was 12 just by chance when I went to my friend's cottage and his Great Aunt had billions of board games. I had never even heard of this one but once I started playing it, me and my friend and his family played it every morning until I left the cottage and got it at home. IT'S SO FUN, and has luck and strategy in it. There's lots of rules but once you know all the rules you'll love it!

Settlers of Catan is an amazing mold of luck and strategy put into a box. It's incredibly fun, Awesome, and brings a family the joy of trading wood for sheep... It's a lot more fun than it sounds you also get to build roads!...I'm not doing great job at selling it, anyways, it's fun, Awesome, Easy to find. The only flaw it has is that it's a little complicated but that's it. I absolutely love it.

Scrabble Scrabble Product Image

absolutely a m a z I n g

I have soooooo many great memories and inside jokes gathered from playing this game. its perfect for families, friends, it doesn't matter who you play with but its garaunteed to bring a good time. also amazing time killer, two hours will fly by without notice while playing this game and theres also no sore losers if someones in last place because you laugh the whole time and its not serious at all

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

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.

You normally wouldn't really want to play scrabble, but once you start playing, you suddenly treat it as one of the best games in the world.

Battleship Battleship Product Image

This game is absolutely amazing. It combines luck and strategy, so every time you play it, it will be a different experience.

I think ist fun and enjoyable it really opens doors to games of the future

Battleship is a fun great game to play I probably play it every week for fun.

I would like to vote this game at 14% this is the best from monopoly

Checkers Checkers Product Image

Checkers is probably the most simple board game, but it still requires good strategy if you want to win. I don't play it that much, but I still love it.

This game is simple for young people and is a classic for adults and I
Highly recommend to play or buy this game.

Its simplicity yet need for total strategy easily makes it the best board game for anyone to play.

I can't even play this game on the computer and (by you I mean anyone) you expect me to play it?!?!?

Sorry Sorry Product Image

I really love this board game , in this awesome game I tend to get competitive and sometimes I would win and kick some Sorry rear ends ! This game is awesome and it is must play during sleepovers.

Sorry is very deep, yet easy to get into. It also has a good amount of strategy involved, as each player controls four different pieces. In games like Monopoly, you roll a die, move that many spaces, and that's it. In Sorry, numbers have more variability. Like getting a 2 lets you
draw another card, or getting a 4 forces you to move backward. Needless to say, I always have a good time with this game, and I highly reccomend it.

I have decided I hate Sorry. As a child, I loved it. I played it with my Dad all the time. Now I am a father, and my 4-year-old son loves Sorry. Loves it. Sorry is on the table at least twice a week. How did my dad do it? For this new found feeling for the game, and my son's love for it, it must be a top 10.

Sorry, but sorry is the best game. Teaches you how to get revenge on your opponents and not take peoples crap.

The Contenders
Connect Four

It is fun the first few times, but overly simple. Also, it is only really fun when the players are about the same age group. Of course an adult will outsmart a 3 year old, unless the adult is Donald Trump.

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!

If you don't like connect 4, you should see a doctor. Connect four is one of my favourite board games, and I'm surprised it didn't make it to the top 10.

No WAY! All it is is dropping circles into it!

Ticket To Ride Ticket To Ride Product Image

Best game to get people who don't normally play games to start playing games.

Super easy and Super Fun. (I Recommend Europe)

Ticket to ride is a suitable family game for up to six players. It has different versions. It should be one

Best family game... way better than "Sorry" that's for sure should be much higher on the list.

Great family game that involves some tricky strategy decisions.

Trivial Pursuit Trivial Pursuit Product Image

so fun to play with unexperienced people

has anyone played one trivial pursuit game so much they memorize all the answers and they get every one right?

Just me?

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

Is the best I love answering questions and winning in one run

Been playing this for30 years - the best family game

Candyland Candyland Product Image

When you rate a game on 'best of all time' you have to include influence in your decision. Not everyone has played Risk, Apples to Apples, or Ticket to Ride - or even Chess (ouch), sad but... EVERYONE has played Candyland. It is the gateway board game. It must be a top 5 based on this alone.

I don't know why this is so popular it's as generic as board games get.

I remember that this was my very first gameborad I ever played when I was little.

It is an amazing game I like how they added the candy

Carcassonne Carcassonne Product Image

Another gateway game which is based on tile-laying and worker placements. Easy to learn, yet can get complex with strategies if you so choose.

Number two on my list. This game get even better when you start adding the expansions.

Infinitely replayable and expandable. We play a myriad of rules changes and its always still fun

What an awesome game!

Blokus Blokus Product Image

Excellent game for ages 5+. Good logic, spacial - relations games. Easy to learn. Mastery with a bit more time.

Amazing fun, easy strategy to learn, difficult to perfect

Great fun, quick game, it doesn't have to take all day,.

Easy to learn, fun to play and not all buy luck.

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is a fun family game and I really love playing this amazing game and sometimes I would get lucky and win the game . I remember playing this game at my Aunt Shelia 's house for my birthday and it was my lucky day because I won the game . Later after the game , Me and my cousin Elaine played tickle me and we had a great time .

This game is a wonderful favorite of mine , I played this game with my family in Ohio for my birthday and it was so much fun . and I win several times . My dad recently got me the game for Christmas and we lay once in a while .

An extremely fun game with four or more players. Plenty of laughs and competitiveness, you don't know what's coming next or who will win.

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.

Pictionary Pictionary Product Image

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

The Pictionary group

Pictionary (1985, Western Publishing Company)
Get the Picture (1987, Worlds of Wonder)
Win, Lose or Draw (1987, Milton Bradley)
Disney Pictionary DVD Game (2007, Disney/Mattel Games)

Quelf

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.

Hilarious it is fun to watch every one playing do stupid things and it it makes it fun to do stupid things the best board game ever

Hilarious To Watch People Make Stupid Mistakes

Snakes and Ladders Snakes and Ladders Product Image

For those of you that are saying it is chutes and ladder not snakes and ladders, a little fact is that in North America the game is called Chutes and Ladders and in the rest of the world, it's called Snakes and Ladders. Same game but if you're wondering, Snakes and Ladders came first. It's really fun for youngsters.

My mom bought me this game (Shoots) in 1978 when I was 3 to show me that counting does not go from 29 to 100. And there is a number called 17. It was a tipping point in my life.

Chutes and Ladders is for white people, but Snakes and Ladders is where it's at.

It's chutes and ladders not snakes and ladders to be honest

Stratego Stratego Product Image

Great game. Unfortunately, all the stores I've went to have took this item out of stock. I don't know 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 have!

I've been playing this game since I was 10 years old. I haven't found any other board game as addictive as this.

Especially with the old wooden pieces, great game of strategy (duh) that is unique every game!

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

Uno Uno Product Image

Half of you probably don't even know how to play Uno, so don't say it's your favorite game if you don't even know the rules. The goal isn't to play all your cards, it's to score the most points.

Probably the best one so far. Mattel (or Fundex) also did different variants of this game including My Scene, Princess, Limited Too, Justice, High School Musical and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Uno is a really fun game. I always play uno with my friends.

good

Mastermind Mastermind Product Image

This game has been around for decades. Simple in concept, but requires deductive reasoning skills. Great little game that is sure to please players of all ages. Best to look for an older used version.

amazing, so simple but complicated

Rummikub

Fun game, makes you think, but super enjoyable.

Fun family game and game night game.

Great game for families & friends.

Fun fun. I like this game

Axis and Allies Axis and Allies Product Image

For all intents and purposes, this is Risk 2.0. The difference is this: more complex troops, set-up, and combat. But also more fun (well, sometimes). This game can be extremely long if everyone involved knows what they are doing, but will typically take 5-6 hours. The massive variety to troops and strategies really help make this game replayable. My only real complaints are that the set-up provides no leniency, forcing players to instead make strategy with what they are given (I prefer the "choose your territory and troop placement" style of war game, and while you can make edits, even small changes can lead to huge imbalances later in the game), and few people are willing to learn this game due to its insane amount of depth. Fortunately, strategies can be almost completely different every time you play, adding higher replay ability than most war games with a forced set-up. An under-rated gem in board gaming history for sure.

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.

Oh my lord I love this board game! I think it's better than Risk. I own Europe 1940, Pacific 1940, and Axis and Allies 1942. It's a great game but I can only play against myself cause my parents don't have time and my friends thinks it's boring

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