Board/Card Games

The Best Classic Board Games 

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Updated March 16, 2020 6k votes 707 voters 23.8k views 52 items

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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Risk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame
2
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move, Economic simulation
3
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Trivia, Party game, Roll and move
4
Chess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game
5
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cross and circle game, Children's game
6
Clue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move
7
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
8
Pictionary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game, Roll and move, Word
9
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
10
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game
11
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Board game
12
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
German-style
13
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game, Roll and move
14
Operation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
15
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Word
16
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
17
Guess Who? is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game
18
Mahjong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Tile-based game
19
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Children's game
20
Parcheesi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cross and circle game, Board game
21
Mouse Trap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game, Roll and move
22
Twister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game
23
Cranium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game
24
Connect Four is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added
25
Don't Break the Ice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game