board/card games The Best Classic Board Games  

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List Rules This list is all about the classics, so don't go adding your new-fangled board games of the future. Only the stuff your parents played, too.

Board games are some of the most classic ways to pass with the time with family or friends. It's an easy and cheap activity to set up for everyone and can keep everyone occupied with fun for hours on end. Some of the most popular board games are classics that everyone has played, like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Chutes and Ladders. Which board games are your favorites?

This list is geared specifically for board games that have stood the test of time and are still some of the greatest board games to have ever existed. Vote up all of your favorites on this list, and if there's a classic board game that's your favorite and isn't listed here, feel free to add it. Let your voice be heard to see which classic board games are most beloved by the Ranker community.
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88 29
Chess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Chess Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

2
65 30
Risk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Risk Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

3
66 33
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
The Game of Life Roll and move, Economic simulation

4
59 27
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

5
70 33
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Clue Roll and move

6
69 35
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Trivial Pursuit Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

7
55 27
Draughts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

8
51 30
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Sorry! Cross and circle game, Children's game

9
44 25
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

10
24 9
Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
julian-matthias added Monopoly Board game, Economic simulation, Roll and move

11
47 31
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Candy Land Children's game

12
40 25
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Trouble Children's game

13
47 34
Pictionary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Pictionary Party game, Roll and move, Word

14
42 28
Guess Who? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Guess Who? Children's game

53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless

15
40 30
Operation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

16
36 29
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Chutes and Ladders Children's game, Roll and move

17
40 34
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Backgammon Board game

18
34 30
Twister is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Twister Party game

19
25 21
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Apples to Apples

20
27 24
Mahjong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Mahjong Tile-based game

21
33 28
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Mouse Trap Children's game, Roll and move

The Best Flying Pokemon of All Time

22
29 28
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

23
28 31
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Settlers of Catan German-style

24
22 19
Perfection is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Perfection Children's game

25
9 7
Scotland Yard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
julian-matthias added Scotland Yard Cooperative board game

26
27 28
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cranium Party game

27
24 25
Parcheesi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Parcheesi Cross and circle game, Board game

28
3 1
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Scrabble Word

The 12 Most WTF Fighting Games of All Time

29
7 11
Go is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
xordiw added Go Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

30
23 29
Taboo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Taboo Party game

31
20 30
Don't Break the Ice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Don't Break the Ice Children's game

32
4 9
Mensch ärgere dich nicht is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
julian-matthias added Mensch ärgere dich nicht

33
19 29
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Balderdash Party game

34
18 31
Rummikub is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Rummikub Tile-based game

35
4 15
Uncle Wiggily is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
RobLein added Uncle Wiggily Children's game, Roll and move

36
1 8
Sagaland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
julian-matthias added Sagaland

37
6 22
Elefun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Elefun

38
4 20
Don't Wake Daddy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Don't Wake Daddy

39
4 30
I'm the Boss! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
I'm the Boss! Economic simulation