There are few households in the United States without at least a dust-covered version of this game in some nook or cranny. Monopoly is the classic game that teaches kids to love money, as they circle the board buying or selling properties, paying taxes, and going to jail. The character pieces in this game are simple, everyday objects, made of metal. This game has even inspired sweepstakes for the restaurant McDonald’s; its impacts are that far-reaching.
Scrabble is certainly not a board game for the faint of heart, as it requires brute intelligence and a way with words and letters. In this game, players draw seven tiles at a time, each with one letter of the alphabet on them (there are also two elusive blank tiles, which can be used to represent a letter of choice by the player who lays it down). Players then connect their letters to those of other words that have been played by the other opponents, and scores are determined by how common each letter is in the English language, as well as where the tile is laid down triple word scores are the most sought-after spaces in Scrabble.
Although Parcheesi has been marketed as “the classic game of India”, every American household that owns this game has been captivated by the utter simplicity of this game. Today, the game’s playing pieces are colorful animal figurines that might be found in India water buffaloes, tigers, camels, and elephants. The object of the game is to circle the board and get all four of your players “home” by rolling the dice. Safety spaces and blockades make this objective more difficult than it seems.
Life is the classic game in which players live out imaginary lives by circling a board, drawing life tiles and
earning money depending on their professions and levels of education. Disaster can strike, children are born, and insurance must be paid in this semi-realistic (but luckily stress-free because it is only a board game) representation of real life. Players move about the board in cars by spinning
a dial of the numbers one through ten.
9. Mouse Trap
These are the top ten board games of all time, although there are many noteworthy board games that couldn’t make this exclusive list. Because board games have become such an integral part of American society, there are thousands of different games that have been invented, and a great many others that are sure to come in the future. Because of this, there are games out there for everyone, depending on one’s interests, and even if only for purposes of nostalgia, everyone should indulge in playing at least every once in a while.