Most of us were children prior to the dawn of the computer age. Video games are all good fun, but when we needed to play as kids…and I mean really play, we turned to our good buddy, Milton Bradley.
Board games rule. Simply put. Yes, this is a sports website, and board games aren’t in the Olympics or anything. However, at the tender age of 6, board games are sports.
So I’ve decided to give you the best board games of all time. I came up with 22, which was a feat alone. I’ve put them in my personal order. Yours might be (probably would be) different.
And don’t give me that “Where’s chinese checkers?” bs. I only played that at my Grandma’s house, and it was more of a chore than it was fun. Several of my choices don’t have boards either, but they deserve their spot of recognition.
Special thanks to Ryan for helping me think of some of these kickass games.
20. Mall Madness. Hate all you want, but I grew up with two older sisters. When I wasn’t bending Barbie dolls in half to pretend they were guns, I was stuck playing Mall Madness (usually at my cousins’ house. At mine, we had the Tyco ripoff, Meet Me at the Mall). “Sale at the Electronics Boutique!” Hell yes sale on electronics. I’m trying to buy that kickass pink boombox for 15 dollars!
19. Perfection. Teaching kids to swear, part 1. Why is it so hard to find the crescent moon with mere seconds left? Skill level is high in this one, which caused many an F-bomb to be dropped by tikes around the country.
18. Battleship. Teaching kids to swear, part 2. You thought you were so smart, positioning your ships around the outside edge. Then, your opponent follows up an A1 with a B1, and your destroyer is cashing its one-way ticket to the living room wall.
13. Don’t Break the Ice. This was at my other Grandma’s house. This is another in the line of demanding-titled games. Quit telling me what to do, board game! Why do you gotta be so pushy? Good game, though.
12. Strat O Matic Pro Football. This was Madden…before video games. Hell yes I want Neil O’Donnell throwing to Dwight Stone, followed up by a Barry Foster line buck. Swell kid-to-adolescent transition game.
11. Life. Just missed out on the top 10. Aren’t we all a blue or pink peg driving endlessly to the retirement home to be determined by the roll of the dice? My brother and I would just drive around the board sometimes. We lost many of the pieces to this game.
9. Chutes and Ladders. You kept your fingers crossed all the way up til spot 86. You hit a few minor chutes that only took you back a handful of spots. But of course, you land on spot 87, and gotta slide all the way back to spot 24. Now you just gotta wait for your brother to hurry up and win from spot 72, which is taking forever and only fueling your inner rage.
8. Sorry! Yes, you are sorry. Of course, my brother gets the “Take another player’s spot” card, and decides to mess up my stellar game plan instead of my sister’s, who is one piece away from winning. This should be renamed Sibling Rivalry.
6. Guess Who? Hopefully its hot-ass Maria in her green beret. And if its egg-head Bill, I’m gonna get mad, because I got no orange-haired people left. This picture is way too up to date. The chick in the green beret is named Ashley! Where are you, Maria my love?
5. Monopoly. It needed to make the top 5. It is the ultimate board game. Except my sister would always stockpile hotels on the yellow properties, making it oh so difficult to maneuver around the Go To Jail space in the waning moments of the game. I hated mortgaging my paltry light-blue properties on the opposite corner.
1. Mousetrap. Best. Game. Ever. This helped every visual fixation we had as kids. Marbles, plastic, cranks, wheels…backflipping, crouching dudes. And it always worked flawlessly, except when you are at your cousins’ house and they don’t want to play it because they’re older and are more focused on that brand-new Nintendo. Give me Mousetrap right now, and I’ll play it all night.