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Most Popular Board Games Quiz

Which game is "Chairman of the Board"? Here's a list of the 20 most popular board games --- how many do you know?
Last updated: December 05, 2014
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Answer
Checkmate
?
Chess
King me
?
Checkers
Real estate game
1935
Monopoly
Make words with tiles
1938
Scrabble
Whodunnit? Where? How?
1949
Clue
Conquer the world!
1957
Risk
Go to school, raise a family...
1860
Life
"Climb" and "slide" with kids
?
Chutes & Ladders
Desdemona's husband
1883
Othello
WWII themed strategy game
1981
Axis & Allies
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Created
Answer
Test your trivia knowledge
1979
Trivial Pursuit
Chinese game using stones
?
Go
East African "sowing" game
?
Mancala
Checkers and dice game
?
Backgammon
You sunk my ....
1967
Battleship
"Capture the flag" game
1910
Stratego
Two-player vertical game
1974
Connect 4
Like charades, but with drawing
1985
Pictionary
Word category party game
1988
Scattergories
Multi-skill team party game
1998
Cranium
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level 59
Apr 12, 2012
Great quiz! I feel like I've played a version of Trivial Pursuit before 1979.
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level 75
Feb 16, 2013
My parents owned the original "Genius Edition" which certainly felt like it was printed before 1979, since all the questions were about TV shows and movies that only the greatest generation has heard of. But I guess they wanted they probably just wanted the game to appeal to adults when they first made it, so, in 1979, that means asking questions about things that happened from 1940-1970 or so, giving it an older feel. In the same way that many of the popular quizzes on this site are about the 1980s.. it makes the 20-35 year olds using the site feel nostalgic, even if some of the kids might be lost.
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level 71
May 14, 2014
"Genus Edition", I think...
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level 75
Jan 18, 2015
Really? Never realized... why the heck would they call it Genus Edition?
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level 65
Jan 18, 2015
The reason its called the Genus edition is because it spans knowledge from a wide range of categories and subjects unlike other editions that were planned for release in the beginning of the game, such as sports and leisure, the Baby Boomer edition, etc. Genus - (Logic) A class of objects divided into several subordinate species; a class more extensive than a species; a precisely defined and exactly divided class; one of the five predicable conceptions, or sorts of terms.
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level 75
Jan 19, 2015
I see. I think I've also played the Baby Boomer edition... and some edition aimed at younger people I forget what it was called... and the Star Wars version... and the Disney version...
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level 46
Aug 27, 2017
Early on, at least half of the baseball answers were "Ty Cobb."
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level ∞
Dec 5, 2014
I looked it up, it was created in 1979 and not released until 1982. But a lot of the questions were about older stuff.
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level 57
Jun 9, 2015
Wow! Are there only adults on JetPunk? I thought more people were kids!
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level 38
Jul 6, 2015
+1 I'm a kid, mate!
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level 19
Jul 2, 2017
+1 Me too, y'all!
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level 46
Aug 27, 2017
I have great-grand kids. By myself, I don't suppose that skews things too awkwardly.
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level 45
May 8, 2018
I’m a teenager, but the only people that don’t call teenagers ‘kids’ are teenagers that don’t want to be lumped in with the really young people and children that think there’s a difference between the two. Long story short: I’m a kid.
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level 15
May 3, 2012
There is a picture of Chess! Geez, wow.
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level 36
Jul 11, 2012
I can't believe I left out mancala! I love that game.
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level 44
Jul 11, 2012
How is it possible Axis & Allies is that popular? I owned it and loved it but I've never met anyone else who even heard of it. I thought it was just for nerds who liked games with 100 page instruction manuals...
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level 50
Sep 10, 2012
Loved that game
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level 75
Feb 16, 2013
yeah I was thinking the same thing. Good game.. but it takes more time to set up the board than the average game of Monopoly runs start to finish, which itself is about 30 minutes longer than the average person wants to spend playing a board game.
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level 63
Dec 4, 2018
Ever play Monopoly by the rules? It takes days.
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level 66
Jul 11, 2012
Scattergories is the best game EVAR
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level 65
Dec 4, 2018
great game, for some reason I always thought it was scattagories...
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level 20
Jul 11, 2012
Go is from japan, not china
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level 70
May 17, 2013
The game originated in China 2500 yrs or more ago, long before it became popular in Japan.
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level 37
Nov 30, 2017
nah bro, Korea
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level 75
Jul 11, 2012
I have a very nice backgammon set and there are no checkers included, just small discs; the clue is confusing. Also, Othello may well be Desdemona's husband but shouldn't the clue describe the game and not some other random piece of trivia?
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level 47
Jan 20, 2015
It also threw me off - I have always heard them called "stones", not checkers. Checkers are usually lightweight and have ridges to make them easily stackable.
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level 44
Jul 11, 2012
Does Chinese game using stones not also describe Mahjong?
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level 75
Jul 11, 2012
Mahjong would be described as a "Chinese tile-matching game" or something similar. The tiles don't look like stones, although they could be made from stone, I suppose. But the bottom line with this quiz is that Mahjong is not one of the 20 most popular games.....
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level 22
Jul 12, 2012
Any chance for accpeting "the game of life" rather than just life?
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level ∞
Jul 16, 2012
Okay. That will work now.
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level 28
Jul 16, 2012
good quiz!
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level 8
Jul 17, 2012
You need to add draughts instead of 'checkers' - for us Brits!
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level 75
Jul 18, 2012
A fair request. Done and done!
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level 39
Oct 23, 2012
SCATTERGORIES IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 75
Feb 16, 2013
Never heard of Mancala but I've played every other game on this list.
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level 19
Mar 29, 2013
never heard of go in my entire life D:
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level 67
Oct 11, 2013
Wow . . . the first "two player, vertical" game I though of was Jenga.
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level 51
Jan 21, 2014
it can be more than 2
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level 44
Sep 3, 2014
That's not what I thought of ;)
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level 67
Oct 17, 2018
I think that's more commonly a horizontal game... and sometimes involves more than two players. ;-)
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level 19
Jan 18, 2015
So did I... before remembering that Jenga can be played with more than two people.
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level 53
Apr 30, 2014
"Battleship" may not have been manufactured as a board game until 1967, but my dad taught it to me sometime in the 1950s, using graph paper and pencils.
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level 66
Mar 20, 2018
Yeah, according to Wikipedia the pen-and-paper version dates back to at least World War I.
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level 48
Jun 2, 2014
Surprised Yahtzee isn't here. Never heard of axis & allies....
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level 80
Jan 18, 2015
Yahtzee isn't a board game really.
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level 67
Nov 21, 2017
Yahtzee is as much a board game as Pictionary is.
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level 44
Sep 3, 2014
No Mouse Trap?!?!
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level 44
Sep 3, 2014
I spent a good part of last weekend playing Connect Four, even researching the mathematical solutions to Connect Four. And yet that was the only one I missed.
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level 65
Jul 1, 2017
Come to think of it, I wouldn't exactly call that a board game. Maybe that's why you missed it.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2014
I wonder where Cards Against Humanity ranks in relation to some of these in popularity by now...
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level 21
Oct 5, 2016
Nowhere to be seen. It's a card game.
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level 67
Nov 21, 2017
Your point? Pictionary isn't a board game either.
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level 57
Jan 18, 2015
Can you accept "Cluedo" for "Clue"? That's the British name.
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level 68
Feb 1, 2019
Accepted by default, since you can't type Cluedo without typing Clue
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level 75
Jan 18, 2015
Considering the relatively low score for Othello, perhaps a clue pertaining to the game itself, rather than Shakespeare, would be more appropriate. A person could play Othello every day of their life but if they've never read the play then the Desdemona clue would be totally meaningless. It's the only clue given here which is not related the actual game. Also, I have a very nice Backgammon set with not a checker in sight....just generic round discs. Took me a while to figure that one out. Backgammon is way too popular to have such a low score, perhaps due to the misleading checker reference. Not that it couldn't be played with checkers, but they're certainly not a requirement.
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level 19
Jan 18, 2015
Is chutes & ladders like snakes and ladders?
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level 66
Mar 20, 2018
Yes, "Chutes and Ladders" is a copyrighted, manufactured version made by Milton Bradley. Really, either the year should be 1943 instead of "?," or the answer should be "Snakes and Ladders," with "Chutes and Ladders" accepted as a write-in.
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level 50
Jan 19, 2015
The clue for Othello is horrible. Doesn't have anything to do with the games. Clever enough, but it doesn't test your knowledge of the game but rather of Shakespeare. Please change it.
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level 75
Jan 19, 2015
I'm surprised Cranium is on this list. I've played it but IMHO there are many other better games that I would have thought would have been more popular.
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level 75
Jan 19, 2015
Last Night on Earth is a great one. And if Axis & Allies is on here it's hard to believe Settlers of Cataan is not. That game's way more accessible and I've seen copies of it at people's houses many more times than A&A.
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level 67
Nov 21, 2017
Honestly, I question the veracity of the source used for this quiz. It cites no data and makes no attempt to define what is/isn't a board game. It's literally just a slideshow of the 20 games in this quiz.
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level 22
Feb 8, 2015
Lol, I made a quiz like this with the same answers and I am just now realizing that someone has already taken my idea!
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level 67
May 13, 2015
What about 'Ludo' the granddaddy of them all?
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level 22
Oct 14, 2015
Where's Catan? Yatzee? Would You Rather? Sequence? Quirkle?
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level 21
Oct 5, 2016
Yahtzee isn't a board game. It's a dice game.
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level 67
Nov 21, 2017
Pictionary isn't a board game either.
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level 36
Nov 19, 2015
Can you accept Snakes and Ladder for all the British people
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level 75
Dec 3, 2015
I feel like half of these aren't really "board" games...
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level 43
Dec 9, 2015
I would have thought diplomacy was on there
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level 37
Jun 18, 2016
I didn't know that "Scattergories" was that old! You learn something new everyday!
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level 43
Oct 31, 2016
I've only played the WWI edition of Axis and Allies. I still got it but would have though Diplomacy would have been more popular
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level 67
Nov 21, 2017
But... they weren't called the Axis in WW1. Shouldn't it have been Central & Allies for a WW1 edition?
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level 60
Jan 18, 2017
Wars have started with Scattergories in my house.
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level 74
Feb 25, 2017
The game invented in 1883 is called Reversi. Othello is a trademark of Mattel, invented in 1971. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversi#Modern_version
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level 66
Mar 20, 2018
Similarly, the game invented in "?" was Snakes and Ladders, while Chutes and Ladders is the version published by Milton Bradley in 1943.
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level 6
Mar 15, 2017
What is Axis and Allies?
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level 67
Sep 25, 2018
It's a board game about World War 2.
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level 59
Apr 23, 2017
Does anyone remember playing monopoly as a kid, and it always ending in tears...?
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level 66
Mar 20, 2018
Yes, except as an adult.
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level 76
May 20, 2017
Mancala? I only know Awalé (whose name has a large number of variants throughout Africa, like Oware, Awari, and so on).
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level 66
Mar 20, 2018
I'd only ever heard of Mancala, but apparently that's more properly the name of a type of game that includes many different variations, including awalé. It's sort of like how poker is not one specific game, but is a group of related games that have similar mechanics (straight poker, seven-card stud, five-card draw, etc.)
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level 30
Jul 2, 2017
Please accept Snake and Ladder also.
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level 67
Nov 27, 2017
That was the really easy version with one snake and one ladder.
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level 61
Aug 27, 2017
I don't think that The Game of Life goes back to 1860, though Art Linkletter probably does.
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level 67
Nov 21, 2017
According to Wikipedia, the game of Life really was created in 1860, though the modern version that we all know was released 100 years later.
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level 79
Mar 20, 2018
Nice idea for a quiz, but the source is so spurious as to be irrelevant.
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level 32
Mar 20, 2018
Did fairly well, but couldn't for the life of me remember "connect four" by name. Tried "four in a row", and a couple other stupid variations, but never quite got it. It is the correct name though.