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Family Game Night: 6 Classic Hasbro Games

Updated on March 1, 2008

Family Game Night Ideas

Although, family game night was never really implemented in my family, it was always something interesting to see on television shows. Most of the great families had a family night.

The object of famiy game night is to spend time with the family, hence the word 'family' in the title. Duh...

But, it can be hard picking out games for the family. With all the new games, you just don't know which ones are good for kids, so you can always revert back a few years and pick some of the old classics out of the closet, dust them off, and play a quick round.

Hasbro has been a favorite among family board games for years, since 1923 to be exact, when Henry and Helal Hassenfeld founded Hassenfeld Brothers. In 1968, the company shortened its name to Hasbro, Inc.

The company has been the creator of many childhood favorites such as Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, and G.I. Joe. But, what the company is most famous for is its board games.

They're produced some of the classic games such as Twister, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Yahtzee.

Below you will find 6 of the most popular classic Hasbro games, and at the very bottom of the page, you'll find more popular Hasbro board games and a few junior Hasbro games.

Monopoly

Probably one of the most famous Hasbro board games, Monopoly is by far the original classic board game. The game, as we all know it, is one of luck, chance, and savvy. Buy property and buildings and charge fees to those who land on your houses and apartments.

Monopoly now comes in a variety of themes ranging from Barbie, dogs, sports teams, and the Monopoly Here & Now theme. So if you don't want to play the original game, you may consider finding one of the fun themed Monopoly board games with the new creative characters properties.

Clue

This Hasbro game is over 50 years old, can you believe it? Next to Monopoly and Scrabble, it's probably one of the most played board games.

In order to win, you have to guess the clues, how the character was murdered, with what instrument, and where. The game is never the same with over hundreds of different possibilities, you family is bound to love this game.

I believe that there is Clue Jr, for the younger aged family members, so maybe invest in the Junior version to play with your elementary school aged children. Or play the older, original version of the game with the older kids.

Scrabble

Scrabble is the famous word board game. You can turn this into a fun learning competition for you and your family.

See how many words you can get, but remember that the object of the game is to place your letters carefully on the tiles of the game board. Some of the tiles will earn your double letter points, triple letter, some tiles may even double the points of the entire word.

So, you don't necessarily have to get the biggest words, you need to figure out the best placement with what letters you have in front of you.

Keep an ongoing tally, so that when you play again you can check the improvement. You may even consider a Scrabble family tournament.

The Game of Life

Who could forget The Game of Life? It's where even your youngest family member can have triplets, drive a car, and own her own home.

You will land on valuable Life tiles and try to retire with a fortune. Try not to bankrupt while juggling a home, student loan, and car payments, though.

Take a spin with the Hasbro Life spinner and see where luck takes you, each space will lead you into a different adventure through life.

Trouble Board Game

Uh Oh, everyone's in trouble now!

The Hasbro Trouble Board Game is meant to be played with 2 to 4 players, so if you have more people in the family, you may want to team up. Otherwise, you want to be the first player to get all of your pieces around the board.

This board game has a simple design with a fun popomatic die roller in the middle of the board, which tends to get the most enjoyment from the youngest players.

Unlike more complicated classic Hasbro games, Trouble can be played by just about anyone of any age and still be found enjoyable and fun.

Sorry! Family Game Night

Sorry! is like the compliment to Trouble, but instead of being in trouble, this time you're sorry for something. But, no matter how sorry you are, you're still having fun.

This game has been popular among family since 1934, so although it's an oldie, it's still a goodie.

Be the first to strategically get all of your back home.

Sorry can be played by anyone from say 5 and older. You may want to pair up with younger kids or just play in pairs if you have more than 4 people in the family.

Fun for all, Sorry uses shear determination and strategy to beat your fellow family members.

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      random girl 

      7 years ago

      how many people can enter

    • Michael Willis profile image

      Michael Willis 

      8 years ago from Arkansas

      You brought back so many good memories with this article Whitney. I remember playing these board games growing up. I at times think back to when all of us cousins (big family) would get together and play board games throughout the night even. One of my favorites was PayDay. Can't remember if it was from Hasbro.

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      Eric Soberian 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      My favorite was Scrabble, but I sucked at it though.

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