Top Ten Classic Board Games

The following top ten classic board games continue to entertain families year after year. Most people remember playing the games when they were younger and are now playing the games with their own children or grandchildren. If they are not currently in your game closet, you may want to consider adding them and plan on having a classic family game night.

Monopoly is one of the most popular classic board games. Although one of the longest games to finish, families still love it. The game doesn’t always have to be completely played out in order to have fun. Moving around the board, with the famous Monopoly game tokens, provides players the opportunities to invest in real estate and build massive land assets. The game is a thrill for anyone. If having a classic family game night, Monopoly Tarts can be served while playing.
(recommended for 2-8 players (best with at least 3),for ages 8 and up, about 180 minutes or more to play)

Life by Milton Bradley brings the various choices of life to the game table. Choosing a career, getting married, buying a house, having children, and events that may happen in real life, is played out on the path on the Life game board. Families enjoy the different predicaments the board presents. What a life!
(recommended for 2-6 players, for ages 6 and up, about 60 minutes or less to play)

Sorry has provided families with an exciting race game with strategic fun. Sorry includes drawing cards and deciding which pawn is best to move in order to be the first player to reach back home. Returning another player back to start, and saying, ‘Sorry’, makes the game of Sorry a classic.
(recommended for 2-4 players, for ages 6 and up, about 30 minutes to play)

Mousetrap is a unique board game where everyone enjoys building an elaborate Mousetrap together, and then loves to watch the chain reaction at the end. The winner of the game is the last mouse who avoids being caught in the Mousetrap. Not knowing whether the contraption will catch a player’s mouse offers a suspenseful and entertaining time.
(recommended for 2-4 players, for ages 6 and up, about 30 minutes to play)

Clue challenges all players to try and deduce who killed Mr. Boddy, where? and with what? While moving around the game board mansion, players are able to ask other players questions to figure the mystery out!
(recommended for 3-6 players, for ages 8 and up, about 45 minutes to play)

Risk is another long, but popular board game to play. Players enjoy battling others for world domination. Although the roll of the dice determines who wins a battle, strategy in when to Risk, where, and how much, determines the winner just as much. This balance of chance and strategy makes Risk an exciting game for a family game night.
(recommended for 2-6 players (best with at least 3 or more), for ages 10 and up, about 120 minutes to play)

The mission for the game, Stratego, is for a player to protect his flag while trying to discover and capture his opponent’s flag. Players begin by secretly placing their ‘armies’ onto the board. With bombs, a spy, and other army men of different ranks, players strategically move into enemy territory in order to capture the enemy’s flag. Careful moving is a must!
(recommended for 2 players, for ages 8 and up, about 30 minutes to play)

Scrabble is one of the most classic word games of all time. Players strive to gain as many points as possible by placing words, formed from their 7 tiles, onto the Scrabble game board. Different points, based on positions of the board and the commonality of letters used, determines a player’s score.
(recommended for 2-4 players, for ages 10 and up, about 90 minutes to play)

Connect Four uses a durable, doublesided, stand to drop ‘checker-like’ pieces into any of the 7 slots. The first player to succeed in getting 4 of his pieces in a row (diagonally, horizontally, or vertically) wins. Quick to play, but a great game for families of all ages to enjoy.
(recommended for 2 players, for ages 6 and up, about 10 minutes to play)

If you have young children, Candyland would be a classic game to add to the game closet. However, if not, Battleship, Twister, Yahtzee, Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers or Backgammon are classic games to own.

It is really difficult to narrow down the classic games. There are so many and they are all wonderful to play! If you were to walk the game aisle of any large discount store (like Walmart), the above listed games are sure to be seen. They are remembered as favorite games by many, and continually provide entertainment and fun for families.

One of my favorite games, Senet, is over 5000 years old. The oldest game, listed above, is Monopoly which was first published in 1933. It would seem the top ten classic games have thousands of years to go before they even begin to lose their sense of appeal.

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