Top 10 Best Selling Board Games Of All Time

Choosing the top 10 best selling board games of all time is almost as hard as choosing favorite actors, favorite foods, or any other category. Someone is inevitably going to ask why a particular game was left out. With that being said, here is yet another take on the topic.

  1. Monopoly: Probably everyone agrees that this game is definitely one of the 10 best selling board games of all time. The original version has been recently updated, but is still available. Monopoly also comes in themes, such as Star Wars and football teams-college and pro, just to name a few. Monopoly was created in 1934 by Charles Darrow. He was originally turned down by Parker Bros., so he published the game himself. It proved so successful that Parker Bros. began to sell it the following year.
  2. Chess: This classic of the best selling board games of all time first appeared in India sometime around the sixth century A. D. By the year 1,000 A. D., it was being played throughout the Middle East and in Europe. The rules and game board design have evolved somewhat over the centuries, but the game is still very much the same as the ancient Indians played it.
  3. Checkers: A form of checkers was being played by the Egyptian Pharaohs as early as 1600 B.C. This game has also evolved over the centuries.  By the 12th century, the game was adapted to the 64-square chessboard. Four hundred years later, the rules involving capture were added, yielding essentially the same game we play today.
  4. Clue: Manufactured 60 years ago by Hasbro, this entry in the best board games of all times recently underwent an update, with changes in weapons (the lead pipe is out, and the revolver is now a pistol) and rooms (a spa, theatre, and guesthouse have been added to original six.)
  5. Scrabble:  Published in the early 1930s by unemployed architect Alfred Mosher Butts this one of the best board games of all times combined anagrams and crossword puzzles. Butts used the New York Times to determine how many times certain letters should be used. Of the 100 letter tiles used to play the game, “E” has the most tiles (10).
  6. Game of Life: First invented in 1860 by Milton Bradley, it was updated in 1960 to the classic game we are all familiar with today.
  7. Trivial Pursuit– This game, although relatively new as board games go, rapidly became one of the best board games of all times. This is pretty exceptional, considering that the game was actually created simply because its founders, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, were trying to play Scrabble, and found that letter tiles were missing. Originally invented in Canada by Horn Abbott Company, Selchow and Righter in the United States agreed to market it in America. This game is still popular today, with many versions covering different subjects, including entertainers, ethnic groups, and even religion.
  8. Sorry: Hasbro published this game, which has to be at least 45-years-old. This is a board game that adults and children will both enjoy, especially those households with younger children (at least six years old).
  9. Chutes and Ladders:  This is the American version, published by Milton Bradley, of the English game “Snakes and Ladders”. The original version was an Indian (Middle Eastern, not First Nations) game which actually taught the precepts of the Hindu religion. The British removed all references to religion, thereby making the snakes and ladders simply refer to the race to get to the finish line first. Chutes later replaced snakes, both in England and America.
  10. Hi-Ho Cherry-O: Hasbro published this game approximately 30 years ago. This simple counting game is usually one of the first ones parents purchase for their younger children (under age 5).

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