Favorite Classic Board Games

If you’ve been on my blog before, you know that I have a deep love and enjoyment of board games of all kinds. I’ve been playing board games for the majority of my life, so I’ve played quite a few of the games that can be considered classics, enough to where I have clear preferences. I’ve found my top 7 classic board games that I’d play again and recommend.


7. Monopoly

It’s been a looooong time since I have played Monopoly, but I have to respect the amount of strategy that goes into the game. And Monopoly is one of those games that everyone knows.

6. Dominoes

So Dominoes is a family favorite game for my father’s side of the family, so out of respect for the family that got me to play games, I have to include on this list.

5. Yahtzee/Scrabble

So I tied these two as equals, even though they are completely different games because they have similar stories as to why they are on this list. Yahtzee was a game that my maternal grandmother loved to play, in fact she got very excited and would scream Yahtzee as loud as possible. Scrabble was a game that I would play with my paternal grandmother when I was younger. Good memories of those games.

4. The Game of Life

Life has become a more popular game with my family in recent years, particularly when we started digging for games in our house to play. It’s a lighter and funnier game to play, especially when you somehow have seven kids in one game.


3. Uno

I’ve easily played Uno a million times, maybe even more. It’s probably the easiest game to play on this list as well. We literally have 5 boxes of this game in a drawer. I’ve played this game with a large portion of extended family, so it certainly transcends generations too.

2. Scattegories

Scattegories, if you’re not familiar with it, is a type of trivia/ word game where you’re given a list of categories  and a single letter, and all answers for the list must start with the single letter. It’s also timed, so little more pressure. This is another game that my family has played for decades. It’s fun to see how much better you get at the game the more your learn about anything really.


1. Clue

The number one game is definitely Clue. It’s one of the more strategic games out of the classics, and has become iconic game in many homes including my own.

What classic games are your favorites? Let me know with a comment.

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26 thoughts on “Favorite Classic Board Games

  1. Clue is a great game! If we’re including cards, there are many card games I can put down here.

    I’m also a fan of chess. And I like the Life board game, but the Twists and Turns edition. Are you familiar with that one?


  2. I *love* that you have Scattegories on here. I recently introduced this to my fiance. ❤
    I absolutely love Yahtzee (and dice in general), Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue… another good one is Trivial Pursuit (Genus edition is what I'm used to), even though it's extremely hard. The 2000s edition is definitely much easier. We also played the Wikipedia Board Game over Christmas holiday and it was a blast as well, definitely suggest checking it out!


  3. I love monopoly! We played Clue (we call is “cluedo” over here!) over the Christmas break – I hadn’t played it in years, and had forgotten how much I love it. We tried a new one I hadn’t heard of as well “Sequence” – that one was a lot of fun too!!


  4. Uno, Clue, Yahtzee, Dominoes…this is really solid list! Played all of this growing up and loved it.
    The ultimate game of choice in my family growing up was Aggravation. If you haven’t played, it’s pretty similar to the board game Trouble – you’re trying to move four pieces full circle around the board, and if someone else stomps on your head you get sent back to your starting zone. Super simple, but tons of fun with four players around the table. My grandparents had a hand-made Aggravation table and marbles. I played with my mother and grandparents as a kid, and when my wife met the family she joined us in a few games!

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  5. I do love scrabble. but, recently, I’ve been intimidated by those who plays for olympics, well, mine was always with my parents and friends. hahhahahaha


  6. Sweet list. Like you, I’ve been playing games my whole life. And, because my siblings are both nine years older than me, my knowledge of games spans an extra decade. I like classic games (although I’m not a huge dominos fan) like the ones listed here and would definitely include both Sorry and Clue in my favs list. Probably tied and in place of Dominos on your list. We never had clue… a sadness from which I’ve never recovered. These days I’m more of a collaborative game fan — I can’t get enough Pandemic — but I will dig out nearly any game and happily play along. There’s something about the way people interact over a board that I just can’t get enough of. Your blog popped up in my “reader” pane and I’m super glad it did!

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  7. Scategories is a great game to play and people of all ages can play together. A couple of other games that are not as popular that we still play is Acquire, a multiplayer merger and aquisition themed game. We also play Rail Baron, a railroad themed game where you have to buy real railroads to get to certain cities to make your delivery. And you can not go wrong with monopoly at least the original one. Great post and long live the board game.


  8. Have you ever tried triominoes? It’s dominoes but with 3 sides and you have to match them exactly, so it gets much more challenging and it’s great fun.


  9. You have a fantastic blog, and I am here because I found this post. (I have a gamer/geek blog so I frequently search board games to see what else is out there) Stop by if you feel the urge http://www.itsmorethanjustgaming.com. Incidentally, of the 7 picked, clue (or cluedo over here) is my favourite, and an awesome film


  10. I really enjoy this newer game called Origin. It’s a word game where players invent the origins of a phrase and everyone chooses between these and the true origin. It’s wild.


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