Popular Opinion 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
9,780 6,404
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

2
8,507 5,925
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

3
11,392 3,822
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

4
4,198 4,857
Clue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
MavraRafi added
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

5
4,418 5,240
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

6
3,766 4,945
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

7
4,011 3,189
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

8
7,111 2,351
Ticket to Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

9
4,385 2,285
Dominion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

10
5,090 1,821
Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

11
3,949 3,898
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

12
4,406 1,866
Carcassonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

13
3,523 3,697
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

14
3,560 3,715
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

15
2,819 2,790
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

16
2,891 2,110
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

17
3,243 1,326
Ticket to Ride: Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

18
2,481 1,521
Small World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

19
2,403 1,730
Agricola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

20
2,626 1,803
Axis and Allies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

21
2,338 2,120
Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

22
1,256 505
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
Todd King added

23
1,891 1,403
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

24
1,878 1,468
Power Grid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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

25
1,749 2,336
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Board Games of All Time
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