The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games
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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 than traditional "turn-based" board games. These games - such as Scattergories or Taboo - may not meet the strict definition of 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 hard core 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.
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  1. 1
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    Down 1339

    the people's #1
    Chess

    Board game, Perfect information, Zero-sum More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2471
    Down 2162

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Monopoly

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 1771
    Down 1501
    Word More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2209
    Down 1517
    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 2522
    Down 1007

    ranked low on reranks
    Settlers of Catan

    German-style More
    91
  6. 6
    Up 1568
    Down 1175
    Roll and move More
    89
    added by: MavraRafi
  7. 7
    Up 1727
    Down 709

    ranked low on reranks
    Ticket to Ride

    Railroad, German-style More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 1133
    Down 1313

    often listed
    Battleship

    81
  9. 9
    Up 1023
    Down 1243

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trivial Pursuit

    Trivia, Party game, Roll and move More
    80
  10. 10
    Up 972
    Down 1000

    often listed
    Chinese checkers

    80
  11. 11
    Up 1235
    Down 526
    80
  12. 12
    Up 1216
    Down 1017

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apples to Apples

    80
  13. 13
    Up 1028
    Down 772

    often listed
    Stratego

    Board game, Strategy game More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 1190
    Down 659
    German-style More
    76
  15. 15
    Up 940
    Down 398

    ranked low on reranks
    Pandemic

    Cooperative board game, Cooperative game More
    75
  16. 16
    Up 851
    Down 924

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sorry!

    Children's game, Cross and Circle game More
    74
  17. 17
    Up 844
    Down 377
    Board game More
    74
  18. 18
    Up 770
    Down 740

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Backgammon

    Board game More
    72
  19. 19
    Up 791
    Down 453
    Strategy game More
    72
  20. 20
    Up 738
    Down 465

    ranked low on reranks
    Axis and Allies

    Grand strategy game More
    71
  21. 21
    Up 845
    Down 725
    Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information More
    70
  22. 22
    Up 504
    Down 264

    7 Wonders

    69
  23. 23
    Up 562
    Down 349
    Economic simulation, German-style More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 811
    Down 613
    Cooperative board game More
    68
  25. 25
    Up 499
    Down 303
    67
  26. 26
    Up 644
    Down 1016

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Game of Life

    Economic simulation, Roll and move More
    67
  27. 27
    Up 515
    Down 312
    65
  28. 28
    Up 427
    Down 275
    65
  29. 29
    Up 552
    Down 386
    65
  30. 30
    Up 494
    Down 326
    Science Fiction More
    65
  31. 31
    Up 488
    Down 358
    65
  32. 32
    Up 475
    Down 760

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cranium

    Party game More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 455
    Down 249
    Railroad, German-style More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 289
    Down 237
    62
    added by: Demon_Boy
  35. 35
    Up 332
    Down 290
    German-style More
    60
  36. 36
    Up 320
    Down 272
    Children's game More
    60
  37. 37
    Up 420
    Down 306
    60
  38. 38
    Up 325
    Down 291
    58
  39. 39
    Up 196
    Down 180
    Grand strategy game, Strategy game More
    56
  40. 40
    Up 276
    Down 681

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chutes and Ladders

    Children's game, Roll and move More
    56
  41. 41
    Up 270
    Down 530

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Operation

    55
  42. 42
    Up 323
    Down 492
    55
  43. 43
    Up 210
    Down 171

    ranked low on reranks
    King of Tokyo

    55
  44. 44
    Up 96
    Down 51

    ranked low on reranks
    Scattergories

    54
  45. 45
    Up 148
    Down 153
    54
  46. 46
    Up 250
    Down 508

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Balderdash

    Party game More
    54
  47. 47
    Up 170
    Down 145

    Le Havre

    54
  48. 48
    Up 141
    Down 133
    54
  49. 49
    Up 150
    Down 165
    Economic simulation More
    53
  50. 50
    Up 182
    Down 149
    Cooperative board game More
    53
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