There is no better way to have quality time with your family than by playing board games. Board games have kept people entertained since the time of Pharaohs. It has been documented that the first known record of a board game was found in an Egyptian tomb from 3500B.C. Many of the board games we know and love today are all American made. The top three leaders in the board game industry include Hasbro, Milton Bradley and Mattel. Hasbro is an American multinational conglomerate with toy, board game, and media assets. Their headquarters are located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Milton Bradley Company was an American board game manufacturer established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1860. Since 1984, it has been a division of Hasbro. Mattel, Inc. is an American multinational toy manufacturing and entertainment company founded in 1945 with headquarters in El Segundo, California.
Here is a list of 10 popular board games to keep you and your family entertained, with a little bit of healthy competition.
Monopoly (Hasbro)- This classic game is a fan favorite! Players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game board, buying and trading properties, and developing them with houses and hotels.
Life (Milton Bradley)- The Game of Life was America’s first popular parlor game.This game simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way.
Candyland (Hasbro)- This game requires no reading and minimal counting skills, making it suitable for young children. Due to the design of the game, there is no strategy involved: players are never required to make choices, just follow directions.
Scrabble (Hasbro)- Two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and be included in a standard dictionary or lexicon. Scrabble is a trademark of Mattel in most of the world, except in the United States and Canada, where it is a trademark of Hasbro.
Operation (Milton Bradley)- Initially produced by Milton Bradley in 1965, Operation is currently made by Hasbro. Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Mousetrap (Hasbro)- Over the course of the game, players at first cooperate to build a working Rube Goldberg–like mouse trap. Once the mouse trap has been built, players turn against each other, attempting to trap opponents’ mouse-shaped game pieces. The game was one of the first mass-produced, three-dimensional board games.
Cranium (Hasbro)- Cranium is billed as “The Game for Your Whole Brain”. Unlike many other party games, Cranium includes a wide variety of activities that requires a variety of skills.
Chutes and Ladders (Milton Bradley)- This game is all about a player’s progression up the board that represents a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (chutes).
Sorry! (Hasbro)- In this game, players move their three or four pieces around the board, attempting to get all of their pieces “home” before any other player.
Trivial Pursuit (Hasbro)- Winning this game is determined by a player’s ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions. Players move their pieces around a board, the squares they land on determining the subject of a question they are asked from a card (from six categories including “history” and “science and nature”). Each correct answer earns a plastic wedge which is slotted into the answerer’s playing piece.