The best board games of the 80s 2021

Looking for a board game classic from the 80s? We have compared the best board games from the 1980s and listed them in an overview.

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The best board game classics from the 80s

In this overview, we've listed the best board games from the 1980s that you can 2021 still buy on Amazon:

This list was last updated on February 24, 2021. We compared 374 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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
  2. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  3. Can't Stop

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. Bausack

    All details for the board game Bausack and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Bausack
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  5. Wizard

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Wizard
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. HeroQuest

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for HeroQuest
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. Der wahre Walter

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    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  8. Ave Caesar

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ave Caesar
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. What the Heck?

    All details for the board game What the Heck? and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  10. Take it Easy!

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Take it Easy!
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    😕 Questionable price17€ atAmazon.de
  11. A la carte

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for A la carte
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!62€ atAmazon.de
  12. Personal Preference

    All details for the board game Personal Preference and similar games
    • Players2 - 16 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. Escape from the Hidden Castle

    All details for the board game Escape from the Hidden Castle and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  14. Labyrinth

    All details for the board game Labyrinth and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Labyrinth
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    😕 Questionable price22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Labyrinth

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Labyrinth" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Labyrinth" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  15. Max

    All details for the board game Max and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  16. Balderdash

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Balderdash
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Taboo

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Taboo
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de
  18. Orchard

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Orchard
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age3+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!24€ atAmazon.de
  19. You're Bluffing!

    All details for the board game You're Bluffing! and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  20. Heimlich & Co.

    All details for the board game Heimlich & Co. and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1986

    More details for Heimlich & Co.
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!18€ atAmazon.de
  21. Escape from Atlantis

    All details for the board game Escape from Atlantis and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. SET

    All details for the board game SET and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for SET
    • Players1 - 20 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Fireball Island

    All details for the board game Fireball Island and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Fireball Island

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fireball Island" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fireball Island" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Angola

    All details for the board game Angola and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Angola
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime480 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  25. Good & Bad Ghosts

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Good & Bad Ghosts
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!17€ atAmazon.de
  26. DungeonQuest

    All details for the board game DungeonQuest and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!44€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for DungeonQuest

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "DungeonQuest" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "DungeonQuest" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  27. Career Poker

    All details for the board game Career Poker and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!13€ atAmazon.de
  28. Ligretto

    All details for the board game Ligretto and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de
  29. Nuclear Escalation

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Nuclear Escalation
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  30. 6-Tage Rennen

    All details for the board game 6-Tage Rennen and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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