Board games represent one of the most fun leisure activities you can take alongside friends and family members. Board games have been present at every family reunion and friend gatherings for centuries and are appreciated by both adults and kids.
Most of these board games imply at least 3-4 players, as well as strategies and plenty of thinking ahead. They usually last between 40 minutes and 2-3 hours, depending on their complexity, and can seriously damage your friendships and family relationships. Trust me, there are few friendships strong enough to resist a Monopoly game.
Although there are countless good board games available on the market right now, here is a list of my top favorites of all times.
It is probably the most famous board game in history and also one of the oldest. Its history goes back to 1903 when it was first used as an educational tool in order to show the negative aspects of private monopolies. However, it wasn’t until 1933 that a variation of the previous game, called “The Landlord’s Game” became popular under the name “Monopoly”.
Throughout its existence and especially in the past two decades, Monopoly had many iterations, including limited-edition releases by Hasbro, the manufacturing company, as well as plenty alternatives with different property names, according to the country for which it was intended.
Nowadays you can find thousands of variations of the original Monopoly, as well as hundreds of spin-offs and similar board games. The original one required 2-8 players and followed each player trying to advance on the board by purchasing properties and building houses and hotels on the premises.
Another classic game, Scrabble, appeared on the market over 80 years ago and has been sold in millions of copies worldwide ever since. The game is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. in the United States and Canada (the same company holding the rights to Monopoly) and a property of Mattel in the rest of the world.
This popular words game requires 2-4 players who must build as many words as possible with the letters provided on the board. Each letter is attributed a number of points and the winner is the one who has the most points in the end.
The Game of Life
The Game of Life which is simply known as Life was America’s first parlor game. It appeared back in 1860 but the modern version appeared only 100 years later, in 1960.
I remember this is one of the first board games I ever played and, in my opinion, this one represents the quintessence of family gatherings – a game that gets you through life, from college to getting your first job, marriage, kids, and retirement.