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

1 Monopoly

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.

Simply the best!

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.

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2 Chess

Why can you not enjoy Chess? It's a mind boggling game that teaches people of strategy and sacrifice. Teaches many lessons to a person. - Punisher12

The ultimate game of thinking, planning, and strategy. Been playing chess since 9 years of my life practically daily, almost a decade I'm still playing it to this day. Over the years chess had cleared and thought my mind to think clearly. Under one year of playing chess I started to see the benefit of playing chess. - Croyl

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

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.

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3 Life

Life? I never knew it was called that. - Misfire

I love Life - 23windomt

What even - Radiumus

It is an amazing game

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4 Clue

yes

I love clue! Played it once at some friends’ house and it instantly became my all time favorite!

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

I have 20+ versions of this game. Can't get enough!

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5 Risk

Axis & Allies has this beat - Radiumus

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!

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'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 - wildog47

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6 Settlers of Catan

Really fun to play with family and friends. I always have a hard time choosing between this and Monopoly. - RogerMcBaloney

It's so creative and it makes yu think outsidde the box (haha get it? )

The best. Then risk, then Chinese checkers, THEN chess

This game is the ONLY reason I know what good games are. - Radiumus

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7 Scrabble

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.

It's tottally rules, man!

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8 Battleship

I find this game very addictive as it is great fun to play

This is a good game

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

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

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9 Checkers

This is the first board game I've ever learned to play. - RNHM15

so simple all you need in a board game.

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

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.

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10 Sorry

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.

I love sorry it's 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 -_-

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

If you don't want to make it #1. At least make it top ten I love this game it's so fun

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The Contenders

11 Ticket To Ride

I'm a god at thnis game

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

Great game to play with the family

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

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12 Trivial Pursuit

Definitely one of the most fun board games I’ve ever played.

Awesome game. Its really fun to play with people who have no idea what their history, science, etc is! - fireinside96

fun game, really entertaining to just answer the questions - danajs24

Been playing this for30 years - the best family game

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13 Connect Four

Love Connect Four - 23windomt

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. - Kaboom

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.

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14 Candyland

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

SWEET

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.

Come on! How fruity is this game.

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15 Apples 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. - the_dude_abides

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.

Great thinking game! Super entertaining and fun! I LOVE IT! You can be so creative with it and use your imagination to come up with so many ideas! Needs to be higher on the list! Too cool to be true! - missyweirdo

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16 Blokus

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

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

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

Amazing fun, easy strategy to learn, difficult to perfect

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17 Carcassonne

Great family game for all ages! easy to play

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. - RedArmyIan

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

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18 Pictionary

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

And why the hell is pictionary 28th! - egillaxelsson

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

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) - playstationfan66

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

19 Snakes and Ladders

A really fun game to play with friends and family.

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.

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20 Stratego

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!
- OffspringBeatsAll

They still sell Stratego! I love that game! I have both the original and the LOTR version! It's the most fun game ever! - Freak_Show1

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 - ronluna

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

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21 Mastermind

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.

22 Rummikub

Great game for families & friends.

Fun game, makes you think, but super enjoyable.

Fun family game and game night game.

Fun fun. I like this game

23 Axis and Allies

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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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24 Munchkin

I like the adventure time version of this game.

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.

Munchkin is the best game!

25 Dominion

I've played it twice and already looove it

Dominion is probably my favorite board game of all time! It's quite easy to teach to everyone, and as you play you can get more complicated each time. Every game is different, ebcause you can choose different card combinations; Buy This. Now.

Dominion is extremely easy to teach and anyone could have fun playing it no matter how much experience they have with board games. It's also filled with decision making, as every card combination will make for a new game, and those who can pick apart strategies and combos will have a great advantage. It works with people who want to play a relaxing game, or people who want to strategise - everyone loves the feeling of building their deck. If you pick this up you will play it many, many times. Without a doubt my favourite game ever.

Never gets boring. Especially with an expansion or 3.

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26 Scattergories

Can't believe this isn't at least Top 10. Causes less arguments than Monopoly at least. - truckturner

Why isn't this game in the top 10 this is the best game in the history of games it's hillarious and just fun can't denie it go with it

Never get bored with this one

It's fun to think of something and compare at the end!

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27 Dungeons and Dragons

I love this game because it does drive your imagination. It brings structure to anything you can think of and immerses you into a fantastic world. It is the largest influence on role-playing games, without Dungeons and Dragons games like World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls wouldn't exist. More people should play this game; with the proper guidance casual players can learn to enjoy this game and critical thinkers will feel right at home with the strategic options and builds they can make within this game. I believe it deserves to be scored higher because it has influenced so many games; but only too few see the true value of what an amazing game this truly is. Pick it up and play with your friends and family; you won't be dissapointed.

The board video game that is better than a video game.

Monopoly is obviously voted first. How come Dungeons & dragons is so low? I'd expect people to vote this in top 40 at least. I probably like this board game more than most video games. - Feirceraven

Convoluted and fantastic, gets your mind working, and imaginations running. It may be your classic version of hardcore nerd gaming, but it WILL surprise you. And you WILL end up getting in touch with your inner RPGer. Everything possible from mid-evil to zombie apocalypses... Never under estimate this game!

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28 Chinese Chess

The Chinese version of chess - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

What many people is that. I bet less than 1% of the population actually know how to play this.

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

29 Bingo
30 Cluedo

Yeah they are the same game but Cluedo is the original name and needs to be higher and clue needs to be lower

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.

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31 Blizzard of 77
32 Quelf

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

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.

33 Nothing Personal
34 Guess Who?

Good even for younger children about 4+. Helps develop observation skills and discerning skills. Plus, it's just fun. Easy to learn.

35 Agricola

The greatest and most innovative board game of all time! Takes a simple theme - running a farm and makes it so much more with baking, cooking animals and planting crops. You can play a wide variety of cards to make your farm even better.

The best strategy game out there. It DOES NOT deserve to be this low on the list. In my opinion this game should swap places with monopoly. SO MUCH FUN!

36 Mouse Trap

Its really an overhated board game. The original one from 1963 didn't have a dice so parents, grandparents, great grandparents would hate it, the design might look stupid to some. It was also a kids game show on itv in 80s.

Classic. - Donut

Dope game!

Agame where u get to make a contraption out of toys! What is cooler than that?!

37 Trouble

There is no skill involved, so might as well flip a coin. I like using my brain. - Kaboom

Should be #3, after chess and monopoly

What is this doing at #27? Should be top 10!

It is very fun

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38 Monopoly Empire

Faster than Monopoly and all the better for it

Loved to play

I am getting this for my Birthday!

So... Monopoly?

39 Chutes & Ladders

It's just the stupid American version of Snakes and Ladders which is a better game. You will learn you lesson one day.

Favorite board games so far - Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders and Girl Talk (the 1995 edition). Least favorite ones - Heartthrob: The Dream Date Game, Girl Talk Date Line, Twister, Electronic True You Personality Profiler Game and Electronic Dream Phone (the 1996 edition). - playstationfan66

Just a ripoff of snakes and ladders. - Kaboom

40 7 Wonders

One of great games I have played!

41 Uno

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.

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

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. - playstationfan66

BEST GAME BUT It's A CARD GAME NOT BOARD

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42 Mancala

Awesome game, once both players have mastered the rules, it never gets boring!

A beautiful game. Good for family. I remember playing this game with my daughters. There is skill to this game...mastered over time.

43 The Resisitance

You need a good poker face for this one

44 NFL Monopoly

I love Football

45 Chinese Checkers

Neither Chinese nor checkers, but a beautiful game. - SuperAJ303

46 Balderdash

A great game, players are required to dream up either plausible / implausible definitions (sometimes being obscure scores well in a round), for words no one has ever heard of, to fool the other players. It's hilarious, first there's all the self-giggling while players quietly dream up their own definition, then keeping a straight face as others scrutinise your existence, followed by the self congratulatory smirk of having lied successfully, to someone at least. (Board is just a running total for each player, scored after each round for older teenagers and adults).

Especially with the newest edition, nothing is as fun as making up definitions, laws, movie plots, and more, resulting in hilarious scenarios and lots of laughs!

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 - Bombers

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47 Jenga

A much more girlier version had cutesy truth or dare questions printed on each block. Marketed to girls. - welliewishersfan78

Good family game night game.

All you do is place blocks.

JENGA! And the tower fell - Mii24

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48 Go

Go is the oldest game known to man. 2500-4000 years old while remaining virtually unchanged in rules. Chess may have thousands of possible combinations of games, it's been scientifically proven that there more possible games of Go than there are atoms in the universe. Screw chess teaching you about sacrifice and life, play this game at a local club if you live in a big city and try and keep an open mind

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.

The most deep and complex game in the world, still so accessible by anyone in short time. - bookworm8at

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49 Operation

I had it on a game pen, remember the pens with a board game. I had two Operation was my fave.

50 El 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. - afpabon

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

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