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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1
115 38
Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move, Economic simulation, Board game

2
154 66
Chess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game

3
132 54
Clue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move

4
116 52
Risk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame

5
102 49
Battleship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

6
104 54
Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Trivia, Party game, Roll and move

7
87 46
Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cross and circle game, Children's game

8
95 50
Draughts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

9
49 16
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Word

10
101 63
The Game of Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Roll and move, Economic simulation

11
76 50
Candy Land is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added Children's game

12
73 50
Pictionary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game, Roll and move, Word

13
64 42
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game

14
65 44
Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

15
63 48
Guess Who? is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game

16
51 35
Mahjong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Tile-based game

17
57 44
Chutes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Children's game, Roll and move

18
56 41
Mancala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

19
63 52
Operation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Board Games

20
58 46
Settlers of Catan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
German-style

21
17 7
Connect Four is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
dan the critic added

22
46 40
Apples to Apples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
ChloeFletcher added

23
56 48
Backgammon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Board game

24
42 34
Parcheesi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Cross and circle game, Board game

25
44 36
Taboo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Board Games
Party game