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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Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chess Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by ...more

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Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Risk Risk is a strategy board game produced by Parker Brothers. It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du Monde in France. It ...more

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Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Settlers of Catan Catan, or The Settlers of Catan in older editions, is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag as Die Siedler von Catan. ...more

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Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo Cluedo, or Clue in North America, is a murder mystery game for three to six players, devised by Anthony E. Pratt from Birmingham, England and currently published by the United States game and ...more

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Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Battleship Battleship is a guessing game for two players. It is known worldwide as a pencil and paper game which dates from World War I. It was published by various companies as a pad-and-pencil game in ...more

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Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trivial Pursuit Trivial Pursuit is a board game in which winning is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions. The game was created in December 1979 in Montreal, ...more

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Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Stratego Stratego is a strategy board game for two players on a 10×10 square board. Each player controls 40 pieces representing individual officers and soldiers in an army. The objective of the ...more

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6,615 2,161
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed German-style board game designed by Alan R. Moon and published in 2004 by Days of Wonder. The game is also known as Zug um Zug, Les Aventuriers du Rail, ...more

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Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Pandemic Pandemic is a cooperative board game designed by Matt Leacock and published by Z-Man Games in 2008. Pandemic is based on the premise that four diseases have broken out in the world, each ...more

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Dominion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Dominion Dominion is a deck-building game created by Donald X. Vaccarino and published by Rio Grande Games. Each player uses a separate deck of cards to which only they have access; players draw their ...more

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Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Apples to Apples Apples to Apples is a party game originally published by Out of the Box Publishing, and now published by Mattel. The object of the game is to win the most rounds by playing a "red ...more

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Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Sorry! Sorry! is a board game that is based on the ancient Cross and Circle game Pachisi. Players try to travel around the board with their pieces faster than any other player. Originally manufactured ...more

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Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Carcassonne Carcassonne is a tile-based German-style board game for two to five players, designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and published in 2000 by Hans im Glück in German and by Rio Grande Games and ...more

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The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
The Game of Life The Game of Life, also known simply as LIFE, is a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, as The Checkered Game of Life. The Game of Life was America's first popular parlor ...more

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Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Backgammon Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of their pieces from the board before ...more

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Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is a German-style board game designed by Andreas Seyfarth, and published in 2002 by Alea in German, by Rio Grande Games in English and by Κάισσα in Greek. Players assume the roles of ...more

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2,978 1,193
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Ticket to Ride: Europe Ticket to Ride Europe takes you on a new train adventure across Europe. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, you'll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. More ...more

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Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Agricola Agricola is a German-style board game created by Uwe Rosenberg, and published by Lookout Games in Europe and Z-Man Games in the US. The goal of the game is to build the most well-balanced farm ...more

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Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Small World Small World is a board game designed by Philippe Keyaerts and published by Days of Wonder in 2009. The game is a reworking of Keyaerts' 1999 game Vinci. Small World has won several awards, ...more

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Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Axis and Allies Axis & Allies is a series of World War II strategy board games, with nearly two million copies printed. Originally designed by Larry Harris and published by Nova Game Designs in 1981, the ...more

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2,221 1,970
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Go Go is a board game involving two players that originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It was considered one of the four essential arts of a cultured Chinese scholar in antiquity. ...more

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Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

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Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Scattergories Scattergories is a creative-thinking category-based party game produced by Hasbro through the Milton Bradley Company and published in 1988. The objective of the 2-to-6-player game is to score ...more

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Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Power Grid Power Grid is the English-language edition of the multiplayer German-style board game Funkenschlag designed by Friedemann Friese. Power Grid is published by Rio Grande Games. In the game, each ...more

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Cranium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cranium Cranium is a party game created by Whit Alexander and Richard Tait in 1998 after Richard spent a weekend playing games with another family and recognized the need for a game involving a variety ...more

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Dixit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Dixit Dixit is a card game created by Jean-Louis Roubira, and published by Libellud. Using a deck of cards illustrated with dreamlike images, players select cards that match a title suggested by the ...more

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Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Arkham Horror Arkham Horror is an adventure board game designed by Richard Launius, originally published in 1987 by Chaosium and most recently published in 2005 and revised in 2007 by Fantasy Flight Games. In ...more

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Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind Mastermind or Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It ...more

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King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Chutes and Ladders Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of ...more

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Operation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Operation Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players' hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The game's prototype was invented in 1964 by John Spinello, a University ...more

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Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Candy Land Candy Land is a simple racing board game. The game requires no reading and minimal counting skills, making it suitable for young children. Due to the design of the game, there is no strategy ...more

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Mancala is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mancala Mancala is a family of board games played around the world, sometimes called "sowing" games, or "count-and-capture" games, which describes the gameplay. The word mancala ...more

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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Trouble Trouble is a board game in which players compete to be the first to send four pieces all the way around a board. Pieces are moved according to the roll of a die. Trouble was developed by the ...more

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A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
A Game of Thrones A Game of Thrones is a strategy board game created by Christian T. Petersen and released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2003. The game is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series by George ...more

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Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Twilight Struggle Twilight Struggle: The Cold War, 1945 - 1989 is a card-driven strategy game for two players, with its theme taken from the Cold War. One player plays the United States, and the other plays the ...more

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Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Balderdash Balderdash is a board game of bluffing and trivia created by Laura Robinson and Paul Toyne. The game was first released in 1984, under Canada Games. It was later picked up by a U.S company, The ...more

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Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Mouse Trap Mouse Trap is a board game first published by Ideal in 1963 for 2 to 4 players. Over the course of the game, players at first cooperate to build a working Rube Goldberg-like mouse trap. Once the ...more

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Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter

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Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Cosmic Encounter Cosmic Encounter is a science fiction–themed strategy board game, designed by "Future Pastimes" and originally published by Eon Games in 1977. In it, each player takes the role of a ...more

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Blokus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Blokus Blokus is an abstract strategy board game for two to four players, invented by Case Dekoning and first released in 2000 by Sekkoïa, a French company. It has won several awards, including ...more

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

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Boggle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
doremifasola added Boggle Boggle is a word game designed by Allan Turoff and originally distributed by Parker Brothers. The game is played using a plastic grid of lettered dice, in which players attempt to find words in ...more

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Checkers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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Reversi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Reversi Reversi is a strategy board game for two players, played on an 8×8 uncheckered board. There are sixty-four identical game pieces called disks, which are light on one side and dark on the ...more

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Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep

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Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Betrayal at House on the Hill Betrayal at House on the Hill is a board game published by Avalon Hill and designed by Bruce Glassco. Players all begin as allies exploring a haunted house filled with dangers, traps, items and ...more

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Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert

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Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Twilight Imperium Twilight Imperium is a strategy board game produced by Fantasy Flight Games. It was designed by Christian T. Petersen and was first released in 1998. The game is currently in its third edition, ...more