The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games
Ultimate List
138,162 votes 1,130,538 views more info

The Best Board Games of All Time

List Criteria: Includes any game where players move pieces around a flat surface. Also includes interactive games where a board is still used.

The best board games ever made, ranked by aficionados and casual players (For a full list check out Ranker's List of All Board Games). 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 games on the list already to ensure they rise to the top! If your mind needs some board game refreshment check out the complete list of board games.
  • 152 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 3599
    Down 1948

    the people's #1 Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum

    open buy @ amazon
  2. 2
    Up 3667
    Down 2975

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move

    open buy @ amazon
  3. 3
    Up 2549
    Down 2123

    most listed & ranked high on reranks Word

    open buy @ amazon
  4. 4
    Up 3143
    Down 1993

    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game

    open buy @ amazon
  5. 5
    Up 3669
    Down 1319

    ranked low on reranks German-style

    open buy @ amazon
  6. 6
    Up 1958
    Down 1552

    added by MavraRafi Roll and move

    open buy @ amazon
  7. 7
    Up 2398
    Down 931

    ranked low on reranks Railroad, German-style

    open buy @ amazon
  8. 8
    Up 1622
    Down 1701

    open buy @ amazon
  9. 9
    Up 1431
    Down 1625

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

    open buy @ amazon
  10. 10
    Up 1441
    Down 1011

    ranked low on reranks Board game, Strategy game

    open buy @ amazon
  11. 11
    Up 1281
    Down 1340

    often listed

    open buy @ amazon
  12. 12
    Up 1625
    Down 1338

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open buy @ amazon
  13. 13
    Up 1673
    Down 726

    open buy @ amazon
  14. 14
    Up 1331
    Down 557

    ranked low on reranks Board game

    open buy @ amazon
  15. 15
    Up 1275
    Down 1221

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

    open buy @ amazon
  16. 16
    Up 1370
    Down 534

    ranked low on reranks Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

    open buy @ amazon
  17. 17
    Up 1471
    Down 843

    German-style

    open buy @ amazon
  18. 18
    Up 1047
    Down 994

    often listed Board game

    open buy @ amazon
  19. 19
    Up 1011
    Down 646

    Grand strategy game

    open buy @ amazon
  20. 20
    Up 1020
    Down 620

    Strategy game

    open buy @ amazon
  21. 21
    Up 988
    Down 1268

    often listed Economic simulation, Roll and move

    open buy @ amazon
  22. 22
    Up 1061
    Down 910

    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information

    open buy @ amazon
  23. 23
    Up 765
    Down 489

    Economic simulation, German-style

    open buy @ amazon
  24. 24
    Up 730
    Down 439

    open buy @ amazon
  25. 25
    Up 950
    Down 757

    Cooperative board game

    open buy @ amazon
  26. 26
    Up 741
    Down 344

    Railroad, German-style

    open buy @ amazon
  27. 27
    Up 638
    Down 411

    open buy @ amazon
  28. 28
    Up 682
    Down 938

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Party game

    open buy @ amazon
  29. 29
    Up 695
    Down 454

    open buy @ amazon
  30. 30
    Up 501
    Down 401

    added by Demon_Boy

    open buy @ amazon
  31. 31
    Up 609
    Down 496

    open buy @ amazon
  32. 32
    Up 339
    Down 184

    open buy @ amazon
  33. 33
    Up 678
    Down 525

    open buy @ amazon
  34. 34
    Up 610
    Down 447

    Science Fiction

    open buy @ amazon
  35. 35
    Up 542
    Down 436

    Children's game

    open buy @ amazon
  36. 36
    Up 460
    Down 873

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

    open buy @ amazon
  37. 37
    Up 465
    Down 692

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open buy @ amazon
  38. 38
    Up 416
    Down 268

    ranked low on reranks King of Tokyo

    open buy @ amazon
  39. 39
    Up 399
    Down 403

    German-style

    open buy @ amazon
  40. 40
    Up 520
    Down 409

    ranked low on reranks

    open buy @ amazon
  41. 41
    Up 388
    Down 640

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Party game

    open buy @ amazon
  42. 42
    Up 303
    Down 281

    open buy @ amazon
  43. 43
    Up 396
    Down 397

    open buy @ amazon
  44. 44
    Up 294
    Down 299

    Grand strategy game, Strategy game

    open buy @ amazon
  45. 45
    Up 427
    Down 632

    open buy @ amazon
  46. 46
    Up 141
    Down 105

    Cooperative board game

    open buy @ amazon
  47. 47
    Up 396
    Down 633

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

    open buy @ amazon
  48. 48
    Up 245
    Down 230

    ranked low on reranks

    open buy @ amazon
  49. 49
    Up 335
    Down 613

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Children's game

    open buy @ amazon
  50. 50
    Up 265
    Down 247

    open buy @ amazon
212 +

Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 50 of 211

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists