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Board Games - Is Monopoly The Most Famous Board Game Ever?

Updated on March 4, 2008

When you think about board games, which game do you think would come to mind the fastest and in most often? Counting one, two, three seconds...yes, you guessed it, Monopoly.

Monopoly Has Been Around Since 1903

Now here is some trivia for you. According to Since its creation in 1935, an estimated 480 million players from around the globe have been mesmerized by the MONOPOLY game. The Monopoly game as been around since as early as 1903. Charles Darrow is credited most often as the inventor of a game. During 1936, Parker Brothers marketed six different versions of the Monopoly game, ranging in price from $2 to $25 ($325 today!) And, one more piece that is interesting is that in those years over two million of people had purchased the game and the interest has never waned.

Christmas sales and playing the game seems to be still a favorite since 1935. Other popular board games that have stood the test of times are: the traditional classics such as Backgammon, Chess, and Checkers, but still the one that comes to mind in millions of Americans would be that of Monopoly. Years of families with cherished memories of playing games after the eating all the mom's home cooked meals.

What About Modern Board Games Like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne?

Now the question would be, "How much has changed since the board games of the 1930s from Monopoly, Chess, and Checkers?" Modern day board games include international classics like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. But, have any of them captured the hearts of so many as the old standard games? And, with the short attention spans that so many seem to have, are they willing to sit at a table and play for a few hours like they used to.

What About Board Games Online?

Or, do they play the board games on the computers with remote viewing and with other "game geeks" in different lands? Who plays the games at the kitchen table versus the games online? Now, of course it seems that even the cell phones are becoming playing fields. The latest stats revealed that there are over twenty seven million game players on the cell phones.

Searching for the history of games and the popularity of the new types of board games, I found that the names of the old games still hold popularity. Isn't it amazing that there are so many products that have lasted for over fifty plus years, like Coke, Pepsi, Tootsie Rolls, and the list goes on. Think about it, not only have the products have lasted many years but the logos and slogans remain popular as well. The same thing can be said about the old long standing board games as Monopoly.

Will the Traditional Board Game Ever Become Obsolete?

The fascination with products that become popular and the best selling items for a Christmas seem to come and go. But with some products the popularity seems to remain constant. With so many new games and choices and with the ever changing technology, do you think that eventually the traditional table board games will to by the way side as the cassette tapes, VCR tapes, and pagers? Let's hope not!

What?! You Don't Own Monopoly? Get Yours Now.


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      David Trounce 5 years ago from Australia

      Monopoly is commercially the most popular "card board" board game on the market. I was surprised, though, by the board game that comes in at a very close second. its the block game, Jenga!

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      Zither 6 years ago

      @warboardgames; Try Victoria: An Empire Under The Sun. It's not a board game, but otherwise it fits the bill nicely.

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      warboardgames 7 years ago

      I started playing Risk and found Settlers of Catan later... However, could anyone recommend me a game which is like a.. "combination of them two"? :) Military strategy combined with economic growth strategy ...

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      Informative 7 years ago

      This was an interesting subject; I've never thought about what is the most famous board game before...

      Monopoly is definitely a classic and an old favorite of mine, as I remember having hours & hours of fun playing this game as a child, but it is great for all ages.

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      Earlofthercs 7 years ago

      there is no well in hell that monopoly outsells or is more well known than chess (or checkers or, internationally majong or go). Chess is in the public domain, so anyone can make and sell versions, keeping tabs on all the little travel versions, cheap plastic versions, fine sculpted sets etc would be next to impossible.

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      geekchick 8 years ago

      I'm a big fan of Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Settlers of Catan is without a doubt the board game that really got me into the hobby.

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      Cluedo Fan 8 years ago

      Cluedo or Clue is pretty old as well, created in 1949. Nice hubpage!

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      Cluedo Fan 8 years ago

      Cluedo or Clue is pretty old as well, created in 1949. Nice hubpage!