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Best Baby Boomer Games

Updated on December 28, 2012

Back in the day...

In the days before personal computers and Internet connections, before video game console or personal gaming devices, our gaming fun usually came out of a box.

Baby Boomer games and toys are certainly long-lost treasures for many grandparents today. The holiday season is a terrific time to bridge the generation gap(s) and bring some nostalgic fun to the game table!

I recently enjoyed a wet and chilly weekend with my grandson - playing board games! Usually being stuck indoors would bring complaints of boredom or out came the electronic gaming system, iPod, or another personal computing device. I figured we were on to something good when the electronics were put aside for some good old fashioned fun.

For the upcoming holiday season, start a new tradition of enjoying family time with the following classics from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s!

Top Mouse

After more than a decade, Mickey ceased to be "Top Mouse" with the introduction of Mouse Trap!

Mouse Trap

Ideal introduced this build-it-yourself board game in the spring of 1963. By Christmas the game had sold out.

Mouse Trap Game (Amazon Exclusive)
Mouse Trap Game (Amazon Exclusive)

Much of the success of Mouse Trap was due to the interesting and fresh format of the board game. In the early 1960s games were about owning property or making money. Classic games involved taking away game pieces or sending them down a chute. Mouse Trap was different, it wasn't even about winning!

Mouse Trap had the traditional elements of moving game pieces around the board, however, there was an added element which often made the game hilarious. This was the challenge of constructing a Rube Goldberg type of device from an assortment of molded plastic pieces. Once done, the contraption was set into a chain reaction of motion!

 

Mouse Trap Commercial

As Seen on TV

Johnny Carson, host of "The Tonight Show" introduced Twister as a prop during the appearance of Hollywood star, Eva Gabor. As a result it is thought that many young men considered purchasing the game as they imagined themselves twisting with the actress!

Twister

Twister was a 1966 hit for the Milton Bradley Company. Originally called "Pretzel" by game inventor Reyn Guyer, the name was changed to reflect the "twist-and-shout" generation!

Twister!

Whodunit?

The original board game "Cluedo" takes us back to 1949 England where the murder game was patented by Anthony E. Pratt.

"Clue"

Your classic menu for a "who done it?" mystery in a board game format.

Winning Moves Games Clue The Classic Edition
Winning Moves Games Clue The Classic Edition

Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick? Popular since the 1950s and 1960s, Parker Brothers drew upon the detective stories on television in the creation of the "Clue" board game.

Everybody loves a good mystery and a combination of paying attention to the clues while employing the science of deduction, this board game has remained so popular through the years that it has inspired a movie and a video game. Still, there is nothing like the original, complete with metal weapons!

 

Clue at YouTube

Hope for better days!

This game was first created in the Great Depression, with hope for better days ahead!

Monopoly

This classic game of wealth and property has developed into dozens of special interest and themed editions!

Winning Moves Games Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition
Winning Moves Games Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition

Hard times with the hope for better days may have inspired the ultimate game about wealth and winning it all!

During the Great Depression Charles B. Darrow created a homemade board game where acquiring real estate was the path to monetary wealth.

Parker Brothers originally rejected the game. After watching Darrow successfully selling the game through Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, Parker Brothers reconsidered, releasing the board game in 1935.

In the years since, Monopoly has taken to many forms from a Christmas edition to National Parks and on and on!

 

Monopoly at YouTube

A Family Favorite

No doubt Ker Plunk will still bring fun to the after-dinner holiday dining table!

Ker Plunk

I can still remember receiving my first Ker Plunk game for Christmas in 1967!

Mattel Games Ker Plunk Game
Mattel Games Ker Plunk Game

What I remember best is the family sitting around the table together after our holiday meal. We are a family of faming enthusiasts and Ker Plunk presented a fresh, new way to play. Rather than rolling the dice and counting spaces we were pulling sticks and hoping the balls didn't fall!

No doubt this game of hand-eye coordination and strategy will bring laughter to the after-dinner holiday dining table again this year!

 

Ker Plunk at YouTube

Favorite Classic Games

Do you remember these classic games?

Which classic family game is your favorite?

See results

Your Suggestions at Amazon - Part One

Thank you for voting in the poll and comments. The following are favorite games from those of you who have shared more favorite boomer games!

Your Suggestions at Amazon - Part Two

More nostalgic games!

Resources Consulted

Warman's 101 Greatest Baby Boomer Toys

From Publishes of Toy Shop

KP Books, Iola, WI

2005

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    • dominiquehourani profile image

      dominiquehourani 

      5 years ago

      nice lens, i like it

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      lebanoncatering 

      5 years ago

      nice lens, i liked it

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      kayla_harris 

      5 years ago

      Wow, I love these games!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      omg, I remember so many of these fun games. We spent hours playing them.

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      You know what happened don't you--I want some of these for myself for Christmas. That's not naughty, but it sure would be nice!

      TonyB

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      Country Sunshine 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Ah, this brings me back! I loved all those games... and also Sorry & Life. I'm all for putting away the electronics and getting back to these board games.

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      crstnblue 

      5 years ago

      Goooood work! :) Thanks for sharing!

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      spids lm 

      5 years ago

      Very cool! Congrats on LOTD!

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      debsgreatfinds 

      5 years ago

      wonderful memories I have these games for sale if your looking for older games :)

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      meltyourmansheart 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for bring back such wonderful memories. I'm a baby boomer and i've played these games often with family and friends. When the older and younger generation get together we still enjoy playing board games.

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      Earnlat 

      5 years ago

      Wow!! Brings back many great memories! Thanx

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      jwcooney 

      5 years ago

      Fun lens! I was always a fan of Monopoly

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Fun games from the past, but are still great family games. Congratulations on LotD.

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      adminghb 

      5 years ago

      Monopoly is also my preferred "old" game. This lens is a really open window to the classic games. Congratulations on LOTS!

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      ikepius 

      5 years ago

      I used to enjoy monopoly.. i think before those violent video games came along...great lens!!

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      EasyHealthyEating 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on being LOTD! My favorite: monopoly

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Monopoly is my best any-day. Congrats on LOTD

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      BestRatedStuff 

      5 years ago

      We enjoy a good game of Monopoly, it's my son's favorite. Congrats on being LOTD!

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      Phoenix2361 

      5 years ago

      Well done on getting LOTD. Monopoly is my all time favourite game. My kids like it too.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on being LOTD!

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      miaponzo 

      5 years ago

      I LOVE mousetrap... but still Monopoly is my FAVE! Blessed!

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      miaponzo 

      5 years ago

      I LOVE mousetrap... but still Monopoly is my FAVE! Blessed!

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      homesweethomebi1 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! Congrats on getting Lens of the Day!

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      dellgirl 

      5 years ago

      You have highlighted a wonderful selection of Baby Boomer Games. I love them all, theyâre so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

      Congratulations on getting the Lens of The Day for this great lens!

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      monopoly is probably my favorite baby boomer board game.

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      aaroncollegeman 

      5 years ago

      When I was little my family owned a Carrom board, but no one ever explained to me what it was or what it was for. Now I know. Thanks!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I remember when games were played out of a box and Monopoly was a family favorite, especially on New Years Eve when it was 34 below and they didn't even count wind chill back then. I hadn't seen a Carrom game for years, we sure got a lot of use out of ours and had it set up in the basement, ready for a challenge. Thanks for a walk down memory lane and congratulations on LotD!

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      Kay 

      5 years ago

      We love our board games in this family!

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      Frischy 

      5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      My sister, our friends and I spent so many fun hours playing these games and more! Children today do not realize the fun they are missing. I hope many families will buy these board games and play them together. They are wonderful for creating memories and are certainly a good thing to have on hand when the power goes out!

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      smaraymond 

      5 years ago

      I love these old games. During the power outage in the last hurricane I dug out many of these old games and we played by oil lamp light. What a great time we had.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      While I was scrolling down through your lens, I realized that I used to play all of the board games you mentioned! My favorite was twister, so was my daughters. Congrats on LOTD, very deserving. Angel Blessings**

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      Sharon Berry 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      We still play all these games and have been enjoying Phase 10 lately. Enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Bestbuyguide 

      5 years ago

      Such a great trip down memory lane there.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      What a fun lens, just in time for our annual Game Night on Thanksgiving evening!

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      pawpaw911 

      5 years ago

      Excellent resource for anyone looking for baby boomer games for teens. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      It's always fun to get several generations together to play popular board games for all.

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      Margot_C 

      5 years ago

      This lens sure brought back memories. I still remember playing Twister at my friend's birthday party. Great fun!

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      Andrew Douse 

      5 years ago

      'Game of life' was one of our favourites growing up, and my 4 and 6 year old love it now - mind you they also like a lot of modern boardgames like 'ticket to ride' and 'zooloretto'

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      JanetG LM 

      5 years ago

      Love, love these games. I too was surprised when my grandsons come over and want to play board games with us instead of keeping their nose in the video games. I voted for monopoly and shared the site on Facebook for others to vote. Lots of fun here.

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      MsOddity 

      5 years ago

      I remember all these games! Mouse Trap was definitely my favorite when i was little; I can only hope my children will have games as fun as these in the future.

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      RGrieco 

      5 years ago

      I love these games, bring back memories, we still play some of them today. Congrats on LOTD

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      Loraine Brummer 

      5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congratulations on LOTD. Many memories here.

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      ismeedee 

      5 years ago

      Definitely the best games! (Save perhaps for Scrabble, but guess that was a bit too late for baby boomers list!)

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      Bill 

      5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I am not a baby boomer, but I grew up with all these games. Now my own children love playing them. They do also love their computer games, but they have Twister, Mouse Trap and 3 versions of Monopoly which come out every now and then too. Congrats on LOTD. :-)

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I still have our original Monopoly game from the 1950's

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      Wes2012 

      5 years ago

      WOW! there is not a one of these games that I didn't play for hours when I was growing up. Thanks for the Trip down memory lane! Congrats on LOTD!

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      peterjunior lm 

      5 years ago

      nice lens and nice information

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD! Board games are great family entertainment. These games are great to play during the holidays!

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      sociopath-free 

      5 years ago

      These games bring back great memories.

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      MelissaRodgz 

      5 years ago

      I remember playing Mousetrap. I never understood the actual game but building the silly contraption was great fun.

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      Ravyn LM 

      5 years ago

      I had all those games. I still have most of them. I need to get another copy of Clue though. Congrats on the LotD!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Wow! I remember playing all of those games. Great lens! Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      As a kid we played board games as we had no TV. It was read a book or play a board game, no problem with choosing on this one.

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      onyesvic 

      5 years ago

      Great lens

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      S619MPR 

      5 years ago

      Cool

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      Vikki 

      5 years ago from US

      Favorite for sure is Monopoly. Classic board games are the best.

      Congrats on lotd!

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      TopDigitalMarke 

      5 years ago

      I love this! Monopoly is one of my favorites to play with my brother and cousin, another great one being the Titanic board game. Growing up we would always play boardgames, now we see each other less often but we still play those games!

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      tennineeight1 

      5 years ago

      Congrats! Wonderful lens - nostalgic!

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      soaringsis 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD. If only I had time to play some of these games.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      My grandkids love playing Clue and Monopoly and Bingo!

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      LiliLove 

      5 years ago

      Hi Gayle! Congratulations on LOTD! Very fun lens, love the games.

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      ukprowriter 

      5 years ago

      Wow. Iv'e just had a flash back to my childhood! Great lens

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      ConnieGreen LM 

      5 years ago

      Great reviews here - thanks so much!

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      dodgecommander 

      5 years ago

      nice lens , i used to play with them when i used to be a kid

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      lewisgirl 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I loved Kerplunk!

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      Deadicated LM 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD; I liked "Trouble" too.

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      Lora Riley 

      5 years ago

      Like the games, congrats.

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      djharvey 

      5 years ago

      great lens love it. Congratulations

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      KandH 

      5 years ago

      Good old fashioned fun is right - great picks!

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      BarbaraSellers 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on getting the lens of the day! I am a newbie so I do not know how to do that. As the sixth born of 14 kids, I remember how we made monopoly games last all day. We also played checkers a lot and a hard-wood board game with pockets on each cornere called Carroms.

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      Art Inspired 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens of the day. A very fun lens. I especially liked the trivia facts about the board games. Make it a great day!

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      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      This baby boomer still loves board games but can not seem to find friends who enjoy them as much as I enjoy them.

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      Wish List Gifts 

      5 years ago

      Love the games you chose. Looks like hours of fun.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      5 years ago

      We keep a few of these games in the RV. They're still fun to play. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Mr-Panda LM 

      5 years ago

      Love these games! Thanks for sharing =)

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      katiecolette 

      5 years ago

      Great overview of baby boomer games!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I remember playing most of these games, and my kids played them also. Congratulations on LotD!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      LotD Congrats! Very nice lens!

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      karen-stephens 

      5 years ago

      Does anyone remember Slides and Ladders?

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      gatornic15 

      5 years ago

      I loved playing many of these games. Brings back great memories. Congratulations on LotD! Blessed

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Oh dear it shows my age :) Thanks for the memories

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      Gayle B Olson 

      5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you everyone for all of the lovely comments!

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      webmavern 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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      missmary1960 

      5 years ago

      I think this lens is aging me :) Congrats on LOTD !

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      LenBriscombe 

      5 years ago

      Well done on your LOTD and thnaks for the great memories.

      I had almost forgot about all these.

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      James1978 

      5 years ago

      Great lens, it brings back a lot of happy memories. I owned all of those, apart from Kerplunk.

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is so timely. We lost our games in our house fire and I need one for Thanksgiving for the family. Thank you, and congratulations on your very nostalgic Lens of the Day!

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      seosmm 

      5 years ago

      Great Games. Brings back a lot of memories. Nice Lens!

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      fugeecat lm 

      5 years ago

      These are such great games, and I love the old commercials.

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      JoshK47 

      5 years ago

      Definitely some fun ideas here! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!

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      candy47 

      5 years ago

      The original Monopoly has always been my favorite. Congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

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      ransems 

      5 years ago

      I have probably played over 1000h as a kid. We used to have allnight marathons. make up our own rules,etc.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      There are others that are not mentioned here such as Risk, but they certainly bring back the memories. Today it seems the kids are all into solo computer games and no longer have party fun! Or if they do it is with people across the globe via the web and they never actually meet.

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      helmrose lm 

      5 years ago

      I loved mouse trap and Monopoly, two classic games and still make a great gift

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      EpicFarms 

      5 years ago

      I loved Mouse Trap! I can also remember some Monopoly marathons in elementary school that went on for a day or two ;o) Fun lens, and congratulations on a well-earned LoTD!

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      wattyan 

      5 years ago

      Monopoly is the only one game that i used to play ;) congrats for LOTD!

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      5 years ago

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      thewafflingprem1 

      5 years ago

      i don't think i ever finished a game of monopoly. it was fun anyways, though. Great lens and congrats on LOTD! it really is a humbling and absolutely euphoric feeling :)

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