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The Very Best Board Games Ever

Updated on August 30, 2017

Kids, teenagers and adults there is one to suit us all.

I love playing board games. I think they are a fantastic way to spend time socializing with family and friends. Some of my fondest family memories involve playing during the long summer holidays with my friends or on family vacations with mum and dad.

My list below is divided up into categories to make it easier for you to find one you will love. Do you like words, trivia, mystery or problem solving or do you prefer working on strategy? Well don't worry this list covers all those and more.

Whether you are looking for something for yourself or a great Christmas gift I am sure you will find a game here to suit.

Oh BTW did I mention I own 50? I have been banned from buying any more till I give some away!

Image: One of my collection - Photo by author

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Is Strategy your thing?

Settlers of Catan - For loves of strategy

This award winning game is combines strategy and luck. Players build their own cities and trade their way to success. Each time you play the game it is different making it a firm favorite in our house.

Settlers Of Catan 4th Edition Bundle
Settlers Of Catan 4th Edition Bundle

This award winning game is combines strategy and luck. Players build their own cities and trade their way to success. Each time you play the game it is different making it a firm favorite in our house.

Ages: 10 years and over

Players: 3-4 but expansion packs (included in this bundle) make it a 6 player game

Average game time: 1.5 hours on average

 

Ticket to Ride Europe - A strategy game that's great fun

Another award winning game Ticket to Ride gets you travelling Europe at the turn of the century. Build railways connect cities and improve your European geography knowledge at the same time. This game plays similarly to the original Ticket to Ride game but has a few extras like tunnels to make the game even more strategic.

Ticket To Ride - Europe
Ticket To Ride - Europe

Another award winning game Ticket to Ride gets you travelling Europe at the turn of the century. Build railways connect cities and improve your European geography knowledge at the same time. This game plays similarly to the original Ticket to Ride game but has a few extras like tunnels to make the game even more strategic.

Ages: 8 years and over

Players: 2-5

Average game time: 1 hour

 

Battleship - A strategy classic

Battleships is a good introduction to strategy for younger players. First published in 1967 it was developed from a pen and paper game called Broadsides, the game of navel strategy. Ever since it's beginning it's been one of the most popular 2 person versions.

Now try my quiz

Are you more of a wordsmith?

Bananagrams - Like Scrabble but faster

Bananagrams is a great game to take on holiday, it does not take up much room and it does not have complex rules. Similar to scrabble but there are no points and no board. Players create their own crossword like groups of words.

Double Bananagrams Game Set - 288 tiles
Double Bananagrams Game Set - 288 tiles

Bananagrams is a great game to take on holiday, it does not take up much room and it does not have complex rules. Similar to scrabble but there are no points and no board. Players create their own crossword like groups of words. Over 500 5 star reviews on Amazon shows this game is a hit.

Ages: 7 years and over (you can handicap older/better players to make the game fairer)

Players: 1-6

Average game time: 30 minutes

 

Taboo - A word game that makes you laugh

Taboo is a great for after dinner activity. It's a fast thinking game that requires you to get your teammate to guess the mystery word without saying any of the taboo words printed on the card. For example if the word is "train" the taboo words might be station, ticket, steam, tracks and guard. So you describe the mystery word without saying any of the "taboo" words and you score a point. Get as many right as you can before the timer runs out. I love this because it almost always gets everybody laughing!

Taboo
Taboo

Taboo is a great game for after dinner. It's a fast thinking game that requires you to get your teammate to guess the mystery word without saying any of the taboo words printed on the card. For example if the word is Train the taboo words might be station, ticket, steam, tracks and guard. So you describe the mystery word without saying any of the "taboo" words and you score a point. Get as many right as you can before the timer runs out. I love this game because it almost always gets everybody laughing!

Expansion cards are available.

Ages: 8 years and up

Players: 4 or more 6 is great.

Average game time: 30-60 minutes

 

International Tabletop Day

March 30th

On 30 March 2013 gaming fans around the world participated in the first ever World TableTop Day to celebrate the joy of getting together with your friends and playing a game. The day was put together by Games Of Wonder.

Will there be another? Follow their blog and find out

Some for the number lovers

Rummikub - Large numbers edition

Rummikub (called Rummikin) came on the market in the late 1970s and is still popular today. This edition with larger numbers is particularly good for the elderly or sight impaired and the tiles are better quality than the smaller ones so it's a good choice for everyone.

Rummikub Large Number Edition
Rummikub Large Number Edition

This game came on the market in the late 1970s and is still popular today. This edition with larger numbers is particularly good for the elderly or sight impaired and the tiles are better quality than the smaller ones so it's a good choice for everyone.

Ages: 6 years and over

Players: 2-4

Average game time: 1 - 1.5 hours

 

Monopoly will never go out of style - Update your set to Monopoly Here and Now

I have to admit I am not a big monopoly fan, it always makes me angry and I always lose ;-) but it's a classic and belongs on this list.

Monopoly: Here and Now Edition
Monopoly: Here and Now Edition

This edition brings Monopoly into the 2000's with realistic prices and chance cards.

Ages: 8 years and over

Players: 2-4

Average game time: 1.5 - 3 hours

 

A historical perspective

Tell me what you think? - Are they old hat?

Are board games too old fashioned for 2012?

Do you love playing games? - Which is your favorite?

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      What a great info lens...just awsome! I would appreciate it very much if you could check out mine about King of Tokyo Board Game... Have a nice day

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      Marelisa 4 years ago

      I had never heard of Settlers of Catan, but now I really want one!

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      Paula Morgan 5 years ago from Sydney Australia

      @dannystaple: Thanks Danny - I have lots of good game memories too but these days seems less people enjoyed them as much as I do.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      Blessed - because this lens has some great games, good memories and is also really interactive. Lots of polls and quizzes - I like that!

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      I do love board games. King Of Tokyo (with monsters) is good fun, and I've always liked monopoly and scrabble. I played Liar over Christmas too. Settlers of Catan takes a looong time, but is pretty neat.