board/card games The Best Board Games of All Time  

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List Rules 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
8,721 5,496
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

2
7,636 5,078
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

3
10,037 3,263
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

4
3,660 4,146
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo

5
3,911 4,505
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
3,402 4,218
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

7
3,594 2,683
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

8
6,271 2,018
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
3,918 1,989
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

10
4,419 1,534
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

11
3,596 3,418
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

12
3,136 3,189
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

13
3,862 1,585
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

14
3,113 3,211
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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15
2,494 2,407
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

16
2,664 1,838
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

17
2,785 1,107
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

18
2,164 1,519
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

19
2,174 1,307
Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

20
2,372 1,574
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

21
2,122 1,857
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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The Best Trivia Board Games

22
1,689 1,282
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

23
1,633 1,128
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,586 2,046
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

25
1,810 1,197
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

26
1,804 1,576
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

27
795 244
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

28
1,468 1,340
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

The 20 Greatest Game Show FAILs of All Time

29
1,370 2,221
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

30
1,615 962
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
1,407 1,904
Operation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

32
1,328 1,844
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

33
1,453 1,421
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
1,227 964
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,513 1,235
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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36
1,019 1,388
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

37
1,149 1,216
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

38
795 558
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter

39
1,169 1,521
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

40
1,193 1,059
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

41
921 635
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
1,212 762
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Best Classic Arcade Games

43
1,205 1,186
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

44
917 1,339
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
700 565
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
mainpleine added Boggle

46
556 296
Checkers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
991 964
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

48
648 433
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert

49
663 278
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

50
766 444
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep