The Best Board Games of All Time

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List Criteria: Any game where players have to interact with a board.

These are the best board games ever made, ranked by game aficionados and casual players alike. We also have a list of all board games ever, if you're looking for a more comprehensive look. What are the greatest board games ever? The classic games that have entertained families of players for decades? Or innovative new table-top role playing games pushing the boundaries between fiction and reality? This list attempts to determine, once and for all, which are the greatest and most fun board games of all time.

A board game here is defined as any game in which pieces are placed on or moved around a flat surface, such as a board. This would include classic centuries-old board games such as Go, Chess, and Checkers, along with more modern games like Settlers of Catan, or even some role-playing games involving game pieces or miniatures. What are the best board games ever? What's the best board game for two people? What's the best board game for groups?

Some games still utilize game pieces but are built more around live interaction or conversation rather than traditional "turn-based" board games. These games – such as Scattergories or Taboo – may not meet the strict definition of a board game, but nonetheless resemble board game-style play and entertainment enough to warrant inclusion.

This list was determined by allowing users to make lists of suggestions for the greatest board games ever, and then holding an open vote on which games were actually the best of all time. Whether you are a hardcore board game geek or just a casual player, your votes count here. If you don't see your favorite board games on the list, add your own list and suggest them. And don't forget to vote on the best board games on the list already to ensure they rise to the top!
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  1. 1
    + 6,339
    - 3,479
    Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

  2. 2
    + 5,350
    - 3,253
    Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

  3. 3
    + 6,612
    - 2,189
    Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    German-style

  4. 4
    + 2,837
    - 2,698
    Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by MavraRafi
    Roll and move

  5. 5
    + 2,845
    - 2,847
    Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


  6. 6
    + 2,445
    - 2,736
    Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

  7. 7
    + 2,394
    - 1,745
    Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Strategy game, Board game

  8. 8
    + 2,677
    - 2,240
    Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

  9. 9
    + 2,755
    - 1,294
    Dominion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


  10. 10
    + 2,244
    - 2,077
    Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cross and circle game, Children's game

  11. 11
    + 2,565
    - 1,063
    Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Board game

  12. 12
    + 2,695
    - 987


    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

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  13. 13
    + 4,186
    - 1,535


    Railroad, German-style

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  14. 14
    + 2,041
    - 2,129
    The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Roll and move, Economic simulation

  15. 15
    + 1,735
    - 1,650
    Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed
    Board game

  16. 16
    + 2,093
    - 1,322


    German-style

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  17. 17
    + 1,661
    - 696

    ranked low on reranks
    Railroad, German-style

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  18. 18
    + 1,428
    - 844


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  19. 19
    + 1,610
    - 1,075


    Strategy game

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  20. 20
    + 1,627
    - 1,096
    Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Grand strategy wargame

  21. 21
    + 1,580
    - 1,365
    Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

  22. 22
    + 1,255
    - 857


    Economic simulation, German-style

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  23. 23
    + 1,171
    - 1,456
    Cranium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

  24. 24
    + 959
    - 641
    Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


  25. 25
    + 1,413
    - 1,165
    Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Cooperative board game

  26. 26
    + 1,208
    - 783


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  27. 27
    + 962
    - 1,472
    Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game, Roll and move

  28. 28
    + 969
    - 853
    Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by Demon_Boy

  29. 29
    + 997
    - 575
    King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks

  30. 30
    + 976
    - 1,213
    Operation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed

  31. 31
    + 1,028
    - 869
    Trouble is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Children's game

  32. 32
    + 1,115
    - 818


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  33. 33
    + 863
    - 1,142
    Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Children's game

  34. 34
    + 900
    - 861


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  35. 35
    + 991
    - 852


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  36. 36
    + 932
    - 757


    Science Fiction

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  37. 37
    + 752
    - 609


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  38. 38
    + 714
    - 1,037
    Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Party game

  39. 39
    + 845
    - 1,105
    Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Children's game, Roll and move

  40. 40
    + 718
    - 470
    Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


    Cooperative board game

  41. 41
    + 384
    - 228
    Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Deduction

  42. 42
    + 702
    - 986
    Reversi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

  43. 43
    + 757
    - 686


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  44. 44
    + 351
    - 255
    Boggle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by mainpleine
    Word

  45. 45
    + 558
    - 675

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    German-style

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  46. 46
    + 482
    - 333
    Blokus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time


  47. 47
    + 495
    - 475


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  48. 48
    + 415
    - 207
    Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by javajoe96
    Strategy - Worker Placement

  49. 49
    + 327
    - 293


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  50. 50
    + 472
    - 578
    Don't Break the Ice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

    added by KristenLeighBizzarro
    Children's game

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