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

Best TV Game Shows of All Time

lets-make-a-dealThis should be a memorable trip back in time for the TV Game Show buffs out there. The focus here is on United States game shows, although many probably have been aired regularly in Canada and across to Britian andpress-your-luck-game-show the United Kingdom, and maybe even into Europe and the Orient. This list is not necessarily in any particular order other than the fact that this is probably the definitive list of television’s greatest shows of chance, knowledge or just plain luck. Following the name of each show is the most remembered host(s)

  1. The Price Is Right —> hosted by Bob Barker and Bill Cullen
  2. Jeopardy —> hosted by Alex Trebeck and Art Flemeng
  3. Hollywood Squares —> hosted by Peter Marshall and John Davidson
  4. The Match Game —> hosted by Gene Rayburn and Bert Convy
  5. Press Your Luck —> hosted by Peter Tomarken
  6. Let’s Make A Deal —> hosted by Monty Hall
  7. $10,000/$25,000 Pyramid —> hosted by Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Donny Osmond
  8. Wheel of Fortune —> hosted by Chuck Woolery and Pat Sajack
  9. Family Feud —> hosted by Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley
  10. Tic Tac Dough —> hosted by Wink Martindale
  11. Joker’s Wild —> hosted by Jack Barry, Bill Cullen and Jim Peck
  12. To Tell The Truth —> hosted by Bud Collyer and Garry Moore
  13. Truth of Consequences —> hosted by Ralph Edwards, Bob Barker and Bob Hilton
  14. Name That Tune —> hosted by George DeWitt, Dennis James and Tom Kennedy
  15. Concentration —> hosted by Hugh Downs, Bob Clayton, Jack Narz and Alex Trebek
  16. You Bet Your Life —> hosted by Groucho Marx
  17. Sale of the Century —> hosted by Jack Kelly, Joe Garagiola and Jim Perry
  18. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire —> hosted by Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira
  19. The Weakest Link —> hosted by Anne Robinson and George Gray
  20. Lingo —> hosted by Michael Reagan and Chuck Woolery
  21. What’s My Line? —> hosted by John Charles Daly, Wally Bruner and Larry Blyden
  22. I’ve Got A Secret —> hosted by Garry Moore, Bill Cullen and Steve Allen
  23. Password —> hosted by Allen Ludden
  24. Scrabble —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  25. The Newlywed Game —> hosted by Bob Eubanks
  26. Love Connection —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  27. $64,000 Question —> hosted by Hal March
  28. Shenanigans —> hosted by Stubbie Kay
  29. Treasure Hunt —> hosted by Jan Murray and Geoff Edwards
  30. Deal or No Deal —> hosted by Howie Mandel
  31. Don’t Forget The Lyrics —> hosted by Wayne Brady
  32. Whose Line Is It Anyways —> hosted by Clive Anderson and Drew Carey
  33. Tattletales —> hosted by Bert Convy
  34. Card Sharks —> hosted by Jim Perry and Bob Eubanks
  35. You Don’t Say —> hosted by Tom Kennedy and Jim Peck
  36. The Dating Game —> hosted by Jim Lange
  37. Supermarket Sweep —> hosted by Bill Malone and David Ruprecht
  38. Win, Lose or Draw —> hosted by Bert Convy
  39. Blockbusters —> hosted by Bill Cullen
  40. The Liar’s Club —> hosted by Rod Serling, Bill Berry and Bill Armstrong
  41. Greed —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  42. Say When —> hosted by Art James
  43. High Rollers —> hosted by Alex Trebek and Wink Martindale
  44. Chain Reaction —> hosted by Geoff Edwards
  45. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? —> hosted by Jeff Foxworthy
  46. Child’s Play —> hosted by Bill Cullen
  47. MTV’s Double Dare —> hosted by Marc Summers
  48. Beat The Clock —> hosted by Bud Collyer, Jack Narz and Gene Wood
  49. GE College Bowl —> hosted by Allen Ludden
  50. Cash Cab —> hosted by Ben Bailey