The Best Board Games of All Time Board/Card Games
Ultimate List
215  items 118,778 votes 10,757 voters 825,932 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.
  • 149 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 3009
    Down 1582

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

    open
  2. 2
    Up 2962
    Down 2482

    Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move

    open
  3. 3
    Up 2079
    Down 1769

    most listed & ranked high on reranks Word

    open
  4. 4
    Up 2580
    Down 1728

    Board game, Grand strategy game, Strategy game

    open
  5. 5
    Up 2952
    Down 1136

    ranked low on reranks German-style

    open
  6. 6
    Up 1728
    Down 1334

    added by MavraRafi Roll and move

    open
  7. 7
    Up 1979
    Down 808

    ranked low on reranks Railroad, German-style

    open
  8. 8
    Up 1330
    Down 1487

    often listed

    open
  9. 9
    Up 1187
    Down 1409

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

    open
  10. 10
    Up 1103
    Down 1150

    often listed

    open
  11. 11
    Up 1374
    Down 1153

    open
  12. 12
    Up 1424
    Down 615

    open
  13. 13
    Up 1200
    Down 878

    often listed Board game, Strategy game

    open
  14. 14
    Up 1326
    Down 738

    German-style

    open
  15. 15
    Up 1043
    Down 1058

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

    open
  16. 16
    Up 1063
    Down 464

    Board game

    open
  17. 17
    Up 1120
    Down 459

    ranked low on reranks Cooperative board game, Cooperative game

    open
  18. 18
    Up 902
    Down 862

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Board game

    open
  19. 19
    Up 904
    Down 529

    Strategy game

    open
  20. 20
    Up 860
    Down 551

    Grand strategy game

    open
  21. 21
    Up 947
    Down 808

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Board game, Strategy game, Perfect information

    open
  22. 22
    Up 631
    Down 315

    7 Wonders

    open
  23. 23
    Up 662
    Down 404

    Economic simulation, German-style

    open
  24. 24
    Up 771
    Down 1123

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

    open
  25. 25
    Up 590
    Down 363

    open
  26. 26
    Up 872
    Down 681

    Cooperative board game

    open
  27. 27
    Up 516
    Down 334

    open
  28. 28
    Up 544
    Down 420

    open
  29. 29
    Up 617
    Down 452

    open
  30. 30
    Up 590
    Down 374

    open
  31. 31
    Up 551
    Down 375

    Science Fiction

    open
  32. 32
    Up 562
    Down 835

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Party game

    open
  33. 33
    Up 560
    Down 290

    ranked low on reranks Railroad, German-style

    open
  34. 34
    Up 384
    Down 308

    added by Demon_Boy

    open
  35. 35
    Up 178
    Down 110

    open
  36. 36
    Up 408
    Down 351

    Children's game

    open
  37. 37
    Up 369
    Down 344

    German-style

    open
  38. 38
    Up 459
    Down 355

    open
  39. 39
    Up 349
    Down 767

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

    open
  40. 40
    Up 366
    Down 338

    open
  41. 41
    Up 304
    Down 216

    King of Tokyo

    open
  42. 42
    Up 239
    Down 192

    open
  43. 43
    Up 347
    Down 605

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  44. 44
    Up 199
    Down 177

    open
  45. 45
    Up 245
    Down 239

    Grand strategy game, Strategy game

    open
  46. 46
    Up 368
    Down 565

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  47. 47
    Up 220
    Down 217

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  48. 48
    Up 291
    Down 582

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Party game

    open
  49. 49
    Up 77
    Down 54

    Cooperative board game

    open
  50. 50
    Up 174
    Down 176

    ranked low on reranks

    open
216 +

Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 50 of 215

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