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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74 16
Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move, Economic simulation, Board game

2
119 47
Chess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

3
102 43
Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move

4
90 42
Risk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

5
80 41
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

6
88 49
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move, Economic simulation

7
74 38
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cross and circle game, Children's game

8
85 46
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

9
78 37
Draughts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

10
66 41
Pictionary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game, Roll and move, Word

11
28 6
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Word

12
64 42
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Children's game

13
55 35
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game

14
56 37
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

15
56 40
Operation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

16
53 39
Guess Who? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game

17
49 37
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game, Roll and move

18
47 33
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

19
40 27
Mahjong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Tile-based game

20
39 29
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added

21
51 42
Twister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game

22
48 37
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game, Roll and move

23
45 39
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
German-style

24
36 30
Parcheesi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cross and circle game, Board game

25
36 31
Taboo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game

26
48 44
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Board game

27
39 36
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game

28
31 27
Perfection is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Children's game

29
5 1
Connect Four is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

30
4 0
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

31
4 1
Blokus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

32
4 1
Stratego is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added Strategy game, Board game

33
3 1
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

34
3 1
Hats Off is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

35
2 2
Battling Tops is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added Children's game

36
2 2
Magic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

37
30 39
Don't Break the Ice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game

38
2 3
Trump the Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

39
13 21
Go is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
xordiw added Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

40
25 38
Rummikub is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Tile-based game

41
20 38
Balderdash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game

42
10 24
Don't Wake Daddy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added

43
7 23
Uncle Wiggily is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
RobLein added Children's game, Roll and move

44
8 29
Elefun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added

45
8 38
I'm the Boss! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Economic simulation