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
8,854 5,614
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

2
7,746 5,192
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

3
10,195 3,328
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

4
3,726 4,220
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added Cluedo

5
3,971 4,593
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

6
3,443 4,307
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

7
3,647 2,751
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

8
6,368 2,063
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

9
3,981 2,032
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

10
4,501 1,571
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

11
3,637 3,483
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

12
3,185 3,257
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

13
3,918 1,622
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

14
3,170 3,277
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Best Classic Board Games

15
2,532 2,455
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

16
2,693 1,872
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

17
2,843 1,131
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

18
2,195 1,545
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

19
2,217 1,333
Small World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

20
2,403 1,602
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

21
2,156 1,893
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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22
1,720 1,300
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

23
1,670 1,161
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

24
1,611 2,082
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

25
856 271
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added Scrabble

26
1,850 1,220
Dixit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

27
1,835 1,600
Arkham Horror is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

28
1,504 1,371
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mastermind

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29
1,399 2,270
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

30
1,648 988
King of Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

31
1,432 1,950
Operation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

32
1,347 1,902
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

33
1,476 1,468
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

34
1,245 994
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

35
1,540 1,261
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

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36
1,169 1,240
Twilight Struggle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

37
1,030 1,418
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

38
828 582
Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Love Letter

39
1,191 1,551
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

40
1,239 778
Forbidden Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

41
1,212 1,078
Cosmic Encounter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

42
951 659
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

The Most Popular & Fun Card Games

43
1,218 1,205
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

44
926 1,361
Reversi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

45
720 591
Boggle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
doremifasola added Boggle

46
589 324
Checkers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

47
1,008 979
Twilight Imperium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

48
669 449
Forbidden Desert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Forbidden Desert

49
695 298
Betrayal at House on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time

50
783 461
Lords of Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
javajoe96 added Lords of Waterdeep