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Experts Tell Us the Best 80s Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 80s Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Buffalo Games – Escape from Ghost Castle

This product was recommended by Dominic Harper from Debt Bombshell

Some people just can’t get over dropping the skull down the chute guessing what contraption it was going to set off. The tension of whether it’s an axe or skeleton hypes you up during the entire game. What’s even better with this game is that it lets you follow a certain story too and can be played even by kids so you won’t have to shut them off when enjoying the game. Like what we would always say, it’s ghostly fun.

Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition

This product was recommended by Scott Killmer from CarWindShields

Monopoly – The 1980s Edition, players move around the city of Atlantic City buying properties and collecting money while trying to drive competitors into bankruptcy. Operation requires you to remove pieces without touching the sides with the tweezers provided in order to win. Even though this game might seem simple, it can be extremely challenging for kids who are just learning how to play games.

Mall Madness Board Game

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

Are you looking for the best classic board game? This is it. Kids and teens in the 1980s mostly had their best memories from their time spent at the mall. Whether you were 5 or 25, it didn’t matter; the commercial nexus was the 1980’s social scene’s pinnacle. And, in 1988, Milton Bradley brought the mall fun to the tabletop with the Mall Madness board game. The game’s objective was simple – strive to become the first shopper to get everything on your shopping list, and you are awarded the winner.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

This product was recommended by Ted Mosby from CamperAdvise

This game of chance is very simple and doesn’t need any specific skill or strategy as it all depends on your luck. It needs no complex thinking as it all boils down to the fun you get when playing and can be introduced basically to anyone regardless of their age.

Hasbro Gaming Guess Who? Game Original Guessing Game

This product was recommended by Rebecca Danko from Rebi Simple Living

This legendary game has marked my childhood. My friends and I used to spend hours guessing who is who. It is easy to follow and very fun to play. Try it out!

Pegasus Spiele Talisman

This product was recommended by David Bowen from Bordeaux Undiscovered

If you miss the thrill of Dungeons & Dragons, and long to venture through a magical land seeking treasure and fighting monsters while on an epic quest to become the most powerful being in the realm, then this fast and competitive board game will scratch that itch once and for all.

Hasbro Gaming Mouse Trap Board Game

This product was recommended by Tara Orcutt from VeggiesLicious

When it comes to the best board and card games from the past, Mouse Trap is a must-have. It was first released in the 1960s, then revised in the mid-1970s and reintroduced in the 1980s. This board game was well worth the time spent playing because of its compelling nature. It can be played by two or four people at the same time. In Mouse Trap, participants unite their hands to construct a mousetrap. Participants become opponents after building a mousetrap and try to trap each other’s game pieces. When you have some spare time, it’s a great way to pass the time. The game involves finger dexterity and is suited for children above the age of six.

Re-fraze 80’s Pop Edition

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

Fraze, the 80’s Pop Edition is a fun and enticing name game designed for two or more individuals, teams, or groups and is conveniently compact for travel! You’ll love ReFraze, where the Names of Songs are Rephrased, and the player’s race to be the first to figure out the actual names. This item contains 400 cards and a 30-second timer.

Crazy Games Backgammon Set

This product was recommended by Amit Raj from The Links Guy

This classic backgammon game is the perfect set for beginners and advanced players alike. It includes everything you need to play, including 2 boards with checkers pips printed on them; great as a party or holiday gathering activity!

Cover Your Kingdom Party Game

This product was recommended by Saskia Ketz from Mojomox

In Cover Your Kingdom, each player tries to cover as much land with the colour of the ruler. It’s a game that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!

Gift Republic Awesome 80’s Trivia Board Game

This product was recommended by Stewart McGrenary from Freedom Mobiles

If you’re a kid of the 80s and want to know everything about it, then this quiz is for YOU. With 500 questions on topics from pop culture in that decade like video games or music videos, find out how well your knowledge matches up!

Retro Series Clue 1986 Edition Game

This product was recommended by Martin from Light Up My Photos

There’s a reason why mystery novels are the best selling genre of all time. Agatha Christie sold tens of millions in dozens of languages. Nothing beats solving a puzzle. A beginning, a middle and a satisfactory end! But reading is a very solitary occupation. The board game CLUE turns the fun of a mystery into a group activity. It’s remained hugely popular since its invention in 1949 and has even inspired a feature film. It combines the simplicity and luck of throwing a dice with the need for a bit of brain power. Plus the way it evokes the classic English country house setting takes the players just that much out of the ordinary. And what wonderful characters Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs Peacock, Mr. Green and Mr. Boddy, the victim plus Dr. Orchid, a woman scientist. Plus, there’s a time limit to the game, unlike some board games which seem to go on forever.

Hasbro Gaming Scrabble Game

This product was recommended by Atish Ranjan from TechTricksWorld

Scrabble was never about words. It always ended up with someone spelling a rude word or a word that was never a part of the Oxford dictionary. But this game lets your intellectual juices flow in a festive season. And the weird Merriam Webster’s dictionary has included new words like emoji, facepalm and bitcoin etc.

Hasbro Gaming The Game of Life Board Game

This product was recommended by Atish Ranjan from TechTricksWorld

The Game of Life exactly provides you with some best advice for your life. You get to choose your careers. You can decide what steps you can take in the future? Do you want kids, twins, or a husband? When will you take up retirement? The best thing about this game is you cannot take up a life choice again. It’s a great game to have some clarity towards life.

Pictionary Quick Drawing Board & Guessing Game

This product was recommended by Atish Ranjan from TechTricksWorld

Pictionary is hands down the best creative game out there. And it works great when someone from the group throws in a line, “I am not good at drawing”. Then you know, that’s the person who should be drawing regardless. And the person will help you to have some good laughs.

Hasbro Gaming Candy Land

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

A childhood favourite, it’s amazing how popular and enjoyable this game is despite the lack of strategy. Each player proceeds through this roll-and-move board game as dictated by the dice. Best Rule Variations: Based on your dice result, double the amount of places you can move. Yes, that’s about as good as it gets in terms of variants. You may not have known: Or you might not have realised it, but there are no options in Candy Land. You just obey the dice roll and orders without being given an option.

Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur, which included a dinosaur that spun around the game board and knocked over our gaming pieces, was entertaining but also annoying at times. Are you scared that your child may become addicted to devices as a result of his or her Jurassic adventure? Allow them to spend lengthy periods exploring the dinosaur world. This is a full collection of 9 dinosaur action figures, as well as a captivating Dino park mat on which they may practise their exploring abilities.

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Written by Zak Parker

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