Most Popular Board & Action Games of All Time

monopolyBoard games, with their colorful packaging, enticing game boards and iconic playing pieces, are popular with just about everyone. No matter what your taste, there’s a game out there for you. Besides testing your knowledge (Go To The Head Of The Class), or skill (Operation), or luck (Trouble), they are fun to play and a great way to interact socially with others. Milton Bradley has been by far the leading producer of board games, followed by Parker Brothers. Ideal Toys was the main producer of action games during the 1960s and 1970s.

The following is a list of  70+ classic board and action games that have been favorites of ours from early childhood (Candyland) to adult years (Trivial Pursuit). Some are associated strictly with the baby boom generation (Rock’ Em Sock ‘Em Robots), while others are playtime mainstays that have been around for decades (Monopoly).

1960_life_board_gameHopefully this will bring back happy memories of the games you played, in which you chanced it all at the spin of a wheel or a toss of the dice. After each game’s listing are the manufacturer and the year it debuted.  These games run the gamut – ranging from the  from Milton Bradley’s 1916 classic, Uncle Wiggly, all the way  through Cranium, released in 1992. See how many of these you remember 🙂

Most Popular Board & Action Games of All Time

  • Aggravation (CO-5 Company) – 1962AxisAndAlliesBox
  • Ants In The Pants (Schaper) – 1968
  • Axis & Allies (Milton Bradley) – 1984
  • Barrel of Monkees (Lakeside) – 1969
  • Balderdash (Robinson & Toyne)
  • Battleship (Milton Bradley) – 1967
  • Battling Tops (Ideal) – 1968
  • Bonkers! (Parker Brothers)180px-Go_To_The_Head_of_the_ClassJPG
  • Booby Trap (Parker Brothers) – 1965
  • Candy Land (Milton Bradley) – 1955
  • Careers (Parker Brothers) – 1955
  • Chutes & Ladders (Milton Bradley) – 1943
  • Clue (Parker Brothers) – 1949Battleship_game_vintage_box
  • Connect Four (Milton Bradley) – 1979
  • Cootie (Schaper) – 1948
  • Cranium (Alexander & Tait) – 1992
  • Don’t Break The Ice (Schaper) – 1967
  • Don’t Spill The Beans (Schaper) – 1967
  • Easy Money (Milton Bradley) – 1936
  • Finance (Parker Brothers) – 1932operation_game1
  • Game Of Life (Milton Bradley) – 1960
  • Game Of The States (Milton Bradley)
  • Gnip Gnop (Parker Brothers) – 1971
  • Go To The Head Of The Class (Milton Bradley) – 1938
  • Green Ghost (Transogram) – 1965
  • Hands Down (Ideal) – 1964
  • Headache (Kohner) – 1968
  • HeroQuest (Milton Bradley) – 1989
  • Hi-Ho Cherry-O (Whitman) – 1960
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos (Milton Bradley) – 1980Mouse_Trap
  • Jenga (Milton Bradley)
  • Kaboom! (Ideal) – 1966
  • KerPlunk (Ideal) – 1967
  • The Last Straw (Schaper) – 1966
  • Lie Detector (Mattel) – 1960
  • Mad Magazine Game (Parker Brothers) – 1979
  • Mall Madness (Milton Bradley) – 1988
  • Mastermind (Invicta) – 1972
  • Miss Popularity (Transogram) – 1961
  • Monopoly (Parker Brothers) – 1935
  • Mouse Trap (Ideal) – 1963
  • Mystery Date (Milton Bradley) – 1965riskboxshot
  • Operation (Milton Bradley) – 1965
  • Outburst (Hersch & Company) – 1986
  • Park & Shop (Milton Bradley)
  • Password (Milton Bradley) – 1962
  • Pay Day (Parker Brothers) – 1975
  • Perfection (Lakeside) – 1973
  • Pictionary (Western Publishing) – 1985stratego
  • Probe (Parker Brothers) – 1960s
  • Qubic (Parker Brothers) – 1968
  • Rebound (Ideal) – 1971
  • Risk (Parker Brothers) – 1959
  • Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots (Marx) – 1966
  • Scattergories (Hasbro) – 1988twisterbox
  • Scrabble (Selchow & Righter) – 1953
  • Skittle-Bowl (Aurora) – 1969
  • Sorry (Parker Brothers) – 1950
  • Stay Alive (Milton Bradley) – 1971
  • Stratego (Milton Bradley) – 1961
  • Taboo (Hasbro)
  • Time Bomb (Milton Bradley) – 1964
  • Tip-It (Ideal) – 1965yahtzee
  • Toss Across (Ideal) – 1969
  • Trivial Pursuit (Selchow & Righter) – 1981
  • Trouble (Kohner) – 1965
  • Twister (Milton Bradley) – 1966
  • Uncle Wiggly (Milton Bradley) – 1916

    Uncle Wiggly Game - circa 1916

  • Which Witch (Milton Bradley) – 1970
  • Yahtzee (E. S. Lowe) – 1956

Trivial Pursuit

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Not to be left off this list — A nod has to be given to the ancient and ever popular games of backgammon, chess and checkers which have stood the test of time (as well as passed down from generation to generation) and are still very popular to this day.

Also — Games involving traditional playing cards (such as Poker, Black Jack, Gin Rummy, Solitaire, Hearts, Crazy 8’s, etc.) or specialty playing cards (Uno, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, etc.) were left off this particular list even though their popularity — WAS — and — STILL IS — HUGE!

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Here’s another post that may be of interest to toy nostalgia enthusiasts from within this same website

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Original "Candy Land" Game - circa 1949

Chutes & Ladders