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Our editors chose their nods for the best board games of all time to make family game night and snow days a whole lot more interesting.

Looking for a Christmas gift for the kids or a fun pastime that friends and family can enjoy together during the holidays? Our guide to the best board games of all time features a wide selection of board game classics as well as some fresh takes on classics.  All of these games encourage friendly competition and lots of belly laughs. You’ll find some of your old childhood favourites and some of the latest gaming editions right here.

Table of Contents:

  1. What are the best board games of all time?
  2. What are the best board games for kids?
  3. What are the best board games for adults?
  4. What are some fun board games to play?
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What are the best board games of all time?


Experience some mind-bending challenges and non-stop giggles! Gather around the table to play some of these all-time favourites.
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Monopoly Classic Game

This beloved Monopoly board game keeps players in suspense as they buy, trade and develop properties with the ultimate goal of amassing the most riches! First licensed for sale in 1936, this classic game has seen many versions and is suitable for kids and grownups to play together. This edition has eight tokens including a rubber ducky, Tyrannosaurus Rex and penguin. With its fast dealing, high-stakes strategy and hilarity, Monopoly is designed for two to eight players. Intended for ages 8 and up.

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Clue by Hasbro Gaming

This edition of Clue from Hasbro Gaming offers a modern twist with a double-sided game board. It features a mansion and boardwalk plus a new suspect! Play the detective and try to solve the murder mystery. A fun classic that’ll keep everyone guessing during family nights or get-togethers with friends, this Clue board game is for three to six players. Intended for ages 8 and up.

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Wooden 3 Game Set: Chess, Checkers, Backgammon by Cardinal Games

This wooden game set by Cardinal Games includes Checkers, Chess and Backgammon. These classic board games rely on skill rather than luck. All game pieces are housed in one handsome storage case, perfect to take with you to a friend’s house or on vacation.

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Scrabble by Hasbro Gaming

A hybrid of luck and logic plus simplicity and complexity, Scrabble is the classic word game where every letter counts! Take turns using your letters to spell out words and score points. Challenge your opponents’ spelling. For two to four players, this fun board game by Hasbro Gaming is a tried and true family favourite. Playing Scrabble games can help kids with spelling, vocabulary, math and strategic thinking. Intended for ages 8 and up.

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Risk Game

Players of this popular board game by Hasbro Gaming aim to conquer their enemies’ territories by building an army, moving their troops in and engaging in battle. Depending on the roll of the dice, a player will either defeat the enemy or be defeated. This version of the classic global conquest game for two to five players has updated figures as well as Mission cards designed to speed up games. Excitement builds on the imaginary battlefield as players take risks while encountering betrayal, defeat, alliances and surprise attacks! Intended for ages 10 and up.

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What are the best board games for kids?

Perfect for lazy days, family nights, birthday parties, and kids’ sleepovers, these best board games for kids offer the ideal distraction and a fun alternative to video gaming.
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Elefun & Friends Hungry Hungry Hippos

Take a bite out of boredom with this beloved feed-the-hippo game for children. The excitement starts when the marbles are released. A funny feeding frenzy breaks out with hungry, hungry hippos chomping away. If your hippo munches the golden marble, you win! For two to four players, this all-time favourite introduces young kids to the fun of board games with its fast-paced play and a heaping helping of hippolarious hijinks. Intended for ages 4 and up.

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The Velveteen Rabbit Game by Winning Moves Games

Share hoppy memories with your children by playing this fun board game by Winning Moves Games for two to four players. Based on the classic storybook by Margery Williams about a stuffed toy bunny, the object of the game is to collect four different picture cards and return to the nursery. The charming Velveteen Rabbit board game requires no reading. Intended for ages 4 and up.

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Candy Land Game by Winning Moves Games

Sweet nostalgia! Show your little ones how much fun playing board games can be with a favourite from your childhood. Created in the 1940s, Candy Land by Winning Moves Games is known as one of the first board games young children learn how to play. This classic edition features delightful game board artwork and components of early versions including Gumdrop Mountains and gingerbread men movers. For two to four players, this game takes 15-20 minutes to play and stirs up the sweetest of memories for parents. Intended for ages 4 and up.

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The Game of Life by Winning Moves Games

Celebrate The Game of Life’s 50th Anniversary with this retro-classic edition. This game comes with everything you remember about the original 1960 board game. Good fortune is always around the corner when you play this two-to-six-player game. That’s life! This game comes with a sturdy bi-fold game board with plastic buildings and mountains, money pad, cards, stock and insurance certificates, eight plastic cars, pink and blue people-pegs, number board, banker trays and rules. Intended for ages 8 and up.

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Monopoly Stranger Things Edition by Hasbro Gaming

Here’s a new version of the classic Monopoly board game that’ll create fun for fans of the hit show Stranger Things. Inspired by the popular Netflix Original Series, the object is to find Will Byers and win by not getting trapped in the “Upside Down.” With 80s-themed tokens, walkie-talkie cards, and blinking lights cards, this edition of the Monopoly board game by Hasbro Gaming is for two to eight players. Intended for ages 14 and up.

 

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What are the best board games for adults?

Armed with some of the best board games for adults, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dull moment at home or the cottage when entertaining guests.
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Trivial Pursuit Biographies Edition by Winning Moves Games

A great party board game, the Biographies edition of Trivial Pursuit is meant to be played by four or more adults. This funny version of the classic board game features general knowledge questions. Players match the red setup cards to the white phrase cards for the most outrageous answers. You and your friends will enjoy an evening of laughter with this edition of the classic all-time favourite.

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Monopoly for Millennials by Hasbro Gaming

During those times when being an adult gets hard, take a break from the rat race by playing this fun Monopoly for Millennials board game! In this edition of Monopoly, two to four players try to rack up the most experiences rather than money. Play this board game during downtime, grownup parties and family get-togethers.

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What are some fun board games to play?

Everyone’s a winner when lazy days, cozy evenings or casual gatherings at home include some of the best board games that are also fun to play.
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Aggravation by Winning Moves Games

Aggravating but so much fun! A board game that’s been around since the early 1960s, Aggravation has become a family favourite for game night. To win, be the first player to have all four pieces reach “home” on the colourful game board. See how aggravated you become when an opponent lands on your space and captures your marble! This classic board game is designed for two to six players. Intended for ages 6 and up.

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Pay Day by Hasbro Gaming

Bank on lots of laughs when you play the classic game of making and spending money with the whole family. The object of Pay Day is to try to make and hang on to the most cash. For two to four players, this ever-popular board game from the makers of Monopoly offers exciting, unexpected twists as players try to manage their money wisely! Intended for ages 8 and up.

These classics and new editions from our picks for the best board games of all time will score high points all around the table as you play and bond with family and friends.

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