The best board game classics🏛 of all time 2021

It doesn't always have to be something new. There are enough board games that were already good in old times like the 1990s, 1980s or before. We have listed these board game classics for you here. Of course, card games like Poker, dice games like Perudo and board games like Backgammon, Scrabble or Rummikub are in our list - but who would have thought that Wizard for example dates back to 1984?

Classic does not necessarily mean good

Other classics like Monopoly, Game of Life, Malefiz or Pachisi didn't make it into our list of classics - the games from earlier times listed here simply offer much more fun.

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Only the best boardgame classics

Attached now is the list of what we think are the best board game classics you can buy 2021 - board games like the old days:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 15574 board games for this list and selected the top 34. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Crokinole

    All details for the board game Crokinole and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Crokinole

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Crokinole" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Crokinole" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. Perudo

    All details for the board game Perudo and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1993

    More details for Perudo
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. Carrom

    All details for the board game Carrom and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. Cribbage

    All details for the board game Cribbage and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  5. Backgammon

    All details for the board game Backgammon and similar games
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    More details for Backgammon
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!14€ atAmazon.de
  6. Senet

    All details for the board game Senet and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  7. Go

    All details for the board game Go and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 180 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  8. Pit

    All details for the board game Pit and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 - 90 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. Kalah

    All details for the board game Kalah and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Euchre

    All details for the board game Euchre and similar games
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. Scopa

    All details for the board game Scopa and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. PitchCar

    All details for the board game PitchCar and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 1996

    More details for PitchCar
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. Hnefatafl

    All details for the board game Hnefatafl and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  14. Dominoes

    All details for the board game Dominoes and similar games
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Dominoes

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dominoes" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dominoes" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  15. Poker

    All details for the board game Poker and similar games
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Mahjong

    All details for the board game Mahjong and similar games
    • Players3 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  17. Can't Stop

    All details for the board game Can't Stop and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  18. Chess

    All details for the board game Chess and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  19. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

    All details for the board game Survive: Escape from Atlantis! and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!12€ atAmazon.de
  20. Lost Cities

    All details for the board game Lost Cities and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Lost Cities
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  21. 6 nimmt!

    All details for the board game 6 nimmt! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    More details for 6 nimmt!
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!5€ atAmazon.de
  22. Nine Men's Morris

    All details for the board game Nine Men's Morris and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Loopin' Louie

    All details for the board game Loopin' Louie and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1994

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Loopin' Louie
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  24. Acquire

    All details for the board game Acquire and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Acquire
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  25. Hanafuda

    All details for the board game Hanafuda and similar games
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Xiangqi

    All details for the board game Xiangqi and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  27. High Society

    All details for the board game High Society and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  28. Pinochle

    All details for the board game Pinochle and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Carcassonne

    All details for the board game Carcassonne and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    Spiel des Jahres 2001

    More details for Carcassonne
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Carcassonne

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Carcassonne" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Carcassonne" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  30. Schotten Totten

    All details for the board game Schotten Totten and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  31. Jenga

    All details for the board game Jenga and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Jenga
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!13€ atAmazon.de
  32. Scrabble

    All details for the board game Scrabble and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  33. Skat

    All details for the board game Skat and similar games
    • Players3 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  34. Twister

    All details for the board game Twister and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Twister

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twister" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twister" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twister" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twister" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache

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