The best board games of the 80s 2022

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 2022 still buy on Amazon:

This list was last updated on November 28, 2022. We compared 395 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Can't Stop

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Bausack

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. 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

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1985

    More details for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  5. Wizard

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Ave Caesar

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Der wahre Walter

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    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • Immediately playable
  8. What the Heck?

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de
  9. HeroQuest

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for HeroQuest
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!115€ atAmazon.de
  10. Personal Preference

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    • 2 - 16 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • Immediately playable
  11. Taboo

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. A la carte

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Labyrinth

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Labyrinth
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Labyrinth

    • YouTube Review for the game "Labyrinth" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Orchard

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 3+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!24€ atAmazon.de
  15. Take it Easy!

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Balderdash

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Max

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Escape from the Hidden Castle

    All details for the board game Escape from the Hidden Castle and similar games
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Ligretto

    All details for the board game Ligretto and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de
  20. Heimlich & Co.

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1986

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    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!16€ atAmazon.de
  21. You're Bluffing!

    All details for the board game You're Bluffing! and similar games
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  22. Fireball Island

    All details for the board game Fireball Island and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Fireball Island

    • YouTube Review for the game "Fireball Island" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Good & Bad Ghosts

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 2 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!5€ atAmazon.de
  24. SET

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 20 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de
  25. Escape from Atlantis

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Scattergories

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Scattergories
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Dorada

    All details for the board game Dorada and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Dorada

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dorada" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Dorada" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Slapshot

    All details for the board game Slapshot and similar games
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Shadows in the Forest

    All details for the board game Shadows in the Forest and similar games
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  30. Animal Poker

    All details for the board game Animal Poker and similar games
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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