5 Best Marble Board Games

What are the 5 best marble board games? Both board games and marbles have historically offered basic, family friendly recreation. Combining the two into marble based board games has yielded some of the most loved family games ever. What are some of the best board games using marbles?

  1. Chinese Checkers. Chinese Checkers is one of the best known board games using marbles as game pieces. Chinese checkers, coming from the Greek game Halma rather than Asia, became popular in the United States in the early twentieth century. The checkers-style game, for two, four or six players, involves moving ten marbles across the game board through “jumping” to positions on the opposite side of the game board.
  2. Mancala. Mancala may be one of the board games in the world. Variations of Mancala have been played for over 7,000 years in some parts of the world. Often called a “sowing” game or “count and capture”, this board game uses marbles as game tokens—although small seeds or wooden pegs may be used as well. The board consists of six pockets per side and two “wells”. Players begin with four marbles in each pocket, and must move or transfer the marbles according to the rules across the game board with the goal of emptying all six of his or her pockets.
  3. Aggravation. Aggravation is one of the most popular marble board games of modern times. Appealing to both adults and children, aged six and up, Aggravation, uses a board with slots for players to place marbles. Players roll die and move around marbles around the game board in a race to move all of his or her marbles from a starting base to a home spot—while avoiding being “bumped” back to base by other racing players. The game is designed for two to six players.
  4. Hungry Hungry Hippos. Hungry Hungry Hippos is one of the most well known children’s marble board games available. On the market for decades, the noisy, fast paced game is fun for those with younger children—or those without the attention span for longer, more detailed board games. Players use one of four colored “Hippos” to gobble up an assortment of marbles tossed onto the center of the game board. The “Hippo” with the most eaten marbles at the end of each round of play wins.  The game is played by up to four players.
  5. Marble Solitaire. Marble Solitaire offers a twist to the well known playing card classic game. Marble Solitaire uses a pitted board to hold marble game pieces. Players must move the marbles, horizontally or vertically, by jumping other marbles placed on the board. The jumped marbles are removed and play continues until only one marble remains.
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