QUIZ: Are You Enough of a Kid at Heart to Remember These Famous Board Games?

These days it seems like most people spend more time sitting in front of the TV watching shows and playing video games than playing board games. But that wasn’t always the case. Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when electronic entertainment was still in its infancy, families turned to classic board games to keep themselves amused. So, here’s a quiz that will definitely put anyone’s board game knowledge to the test.

These days it seems like most people spend more time sitting in front of the TV watching shows and playing video games than playing board games. But that wasn’t always the case. Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when electronic entertainment was still in its infancy, families turned to classic board games to keep themselves amused. So, here’s a quiz that will definitely put anyone’s board game knowledge to the test.

This game was perfect for anyone who dreamt about dominating the entire world.

  • Domination
  • Operation
  • Risk
  • Strategy

Risk was originally invented by Albert Lamorisse in 1957. In those days, it was called La Conquete du Monde or The Conquest of the World. But in 1959, Parker Brothers bought the rights for their U.S. customers and changed the name to Risk.

Risk was originally invented by Albert Lamorisse in 1957. In those days, it was called La Conquete du Monde or The Conquest of the World. But in 1959, Parker Brothers bought the rights for their U.S. customers and changed the name to Risk.

Where is Chinese checkers originally from?

  • Japan
  • Chile
  • China
  • Germany

Despite the name, this board game was originally called Sternhalma when it was invented in 1892 in Germany. But in 1928, Americans marketed it as Chinese Checkers when it was released in the U.S.

Despite the name, this board game was originally called Sternhalma when it was invented in 1892 in Germany. But in 1928, Americans marketed it as Chinese Checkers when it was released in the U.S.

Which country was Chutes and Ladders originally based on?

  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sweden

Chutes and Ladders was inspired by an ancient game called Snakes and Ladders which taught kids about morality. The ladders represented good deeds and the snakes represented bad ones.

Chutes and Ladders was inspired by an ancient game called Snakes and Ladders which taught kids about morality. The ladders represented good deeds and the snakes represented bad ones.

Players would utter the phrase "Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick” when playing this game.

  • Checkers
  • Alibi
  • Clue
  • The Hustler

In the U.S., the game is known as Clue, but in other parts of the world, it’s called Cluedo, which is a combination of the words Clue and Ludo. And here’s a fun trivia fact: Ludo means “I play” in Latin.

In the U.S., the game is known as Clue, but in other parts of the world, it’s called Cluedo, which is a combination of the words Clue and Ludo. And here’s a fun trivia fact: Ludo means “I play” in Latin.

What is the name of this African game?

  • Mancala
  • Mandara
  • Checkers
  • Makela

Mancala is considered one of the world’s oldest games. In fact, archaeologists discovered ancient mancala games that originated all the way back to the 2nd century AD. And it’s still played today.

Mancala is considered one of the world’s oldest games. In fact, archaeologists discovered ancient mancala games that originated all the way back to the 2nd century AD. And it’s still played today.

In order to leave Start, a player will have to draw a 1 or a 2 card. Which board game is it?

  • Trouble
  • Life
  • Parcheesi
  • Sorry!

There was a great deal of devious satisfaction when competitors in this game drew the card that got them released from Start. And when they did, the player would often laugh in the other players’ faces and say “sorrrrrryyyyyyy!”

There was a great deal of devious satisfaction when competitors in this game drew the card that got them released from Start. And when they did, the player would often laugh in the other players’ faces and say “sorrrrrryyyyyyy!”

What is the name of the 1980s fantasy role-playing game that was once considered uncool?

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Chainmail
  • Role Play
  • Traveller

In the 1980s, parents worried for their kids because the game contained witchcraft, gambling, desecration and other questionable concepts, but the game has made a resurgence in recent years and it’s pretty popular.

In the 1980s, parents worried for their kids because the game contained witchcraft, gambling, desecration and other questionable concepts, but the game has made a resurgence in recent years and it’s pretty popular.

Think of this game as checkers but played upright. What is it called?

  • Connect 4
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Make a Pattern
  • Othello

A few years back, an English music journalist named Stuart Maconie came up with the rumor that David Bowie had invented Connected 4. Of course, it turned out to be a lie, and he eventually confessed to the prank.

A few years back, an English music journalist named Stuart Maconie came up with the rumor that David Bowie had invented Connected 4. Of course, it turned out to be a lie, and he eventually confessed to the prank.

This board game became famous for all the wrong reasons when its makers got into trouble with the FCC.

  • Sequence
  • Guess Who?
  • Hūsker Dū
  • Connect 4!

The FCC had discovered that the toy company had added cut scenes that had the phrase “Get it” in their commercials. Once they discovered these subliminal messages, they pulled the commercials.

The FCC had discovered that the toy company had added cut scenes that had the phrase “Get it” in their commercials. Once they discovered these subliminal messages, they pulled the commercials.

Players could become one of several interesting career choices in which game?

  • Pandemic
  • Risk
  • Operation
  • Pandemonium

In Pandemic, players could be medics, scientists, operations experts, researchers or dispatchers. But this game also required everyone to cooperate in order to stop four dangerous diseases from spreading.

In Pandemic, players could be medics, scientists, operations experts, researchers or dispatchers. But this game also required everyone to cooperate in order to stop four dangerous diseases from spreading.

This board game was considered a preview of things to come. What was it called?

  • Payday
  • Life
  • Candyland
  • Wrecking Ball

Anyone who played this board game had a shot at getting a big career, getting married and having kids. But the original version from 1860 had a suicide section when it was called Checkered Game of Life.

Anyone who played this board game had a shot at getting a big career, getting married and having kids. But the original version from 1860 had a suicide section when it was called Checkered Game of Life.

This board game became even more famous when it was played in the film “When Harry Met Sally.”

  • Monopoly
  • Pictionary
  • Scattergories
  • Connect Four

In the film, the characters get together to play Pictionary and Sally draws or attempts to draw a mouth that’s all puckered up for the clue “baby talk.” This scene immortalized the game.

In the film, the characters get together to play Pictionary and Sally draws or attempts to draw a mouth that’s all puckered up for the clue “baby talk.” This scene immortalized the game.

Othello was a game of strategy, but it used to go by another name.

  • Connect the Dots
  • Connect Four
  • Verso
  • Reversi

Reversi was changed to Othello in 1973 when a Japanese toy salesperson released a new version of the game. It’s said that he was inspired by this name because one of his parents was a scholar in all things Shakespeare.

Reversi was changed to Othello in 1973 when a Japanese toy salesperson released a new version of the game. It’s said that he was inspired by this name because one of his parents was a scholar in all things Shakespeare.

This board game allowed players to go on a quest to settle on an uncharted island.

  • Hawaii
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Conquest
  • Colonist

Originally a German board game, Settlers of Catan quickly gained popularity around the world. The purpose of the game is simple. Players set out on a mission to become the first settlers of Catan before anyone else.

Originally a German board game, Settlers of Catan quickly gained popularity around the world. The purpose of the game is simple. Players set out on a mission to become the first settlers of Catan before anyone else.

AHOY! Is a paper version of a game that knows how to sink boredom for hours.

  • Monopoly
  • Battleship
  • Scrabble
  • Checkers

Long before people played Battleship on a plastic peg board or even the electronic version, players had to play with pencil and paper. In 1967, the first plastic peg board was released, which was a major upgrade.

Long before people played Battleship on a plastic peg board or even the electronic version, players had to play with pencil and paper. In 1967, the first plastic peg board was released, which was a major upgrade.

This game sent families in circles as they struggled to make it to the finish line.

  • Pastime
  • Trouble
  • Problems
  • Nightmare

To play this board game, one player has to send all four of their pieces around the board in order to win. It might sound simple but it’s frustrating. No wonder the game was known as Frustration in the U.K.

To play this board game, one player has to send all four of their pieces around the board in order to win. It might sound simple but it’s frustrating. No wonder the game was known as Frustration in the U.K.

What is the name of the game that will have players in all sorts of potentially compromising positions?

  • Twister
  • Scrabbles
  • Slip and Slide
  • Jenga

Twister was once considered so naughty that some stores refused to stock the game on their shelves. But eventually, people got over their stigma when Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played the game on “The Tonight Show.”

Twister was once considered so naughty that some stores refused to stock the game on their shelves. But eventually, people got over their stigma when Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played the game on “The Tonight Show.”

With this board game, everyone had the chance to be a detective or a suspect.

  • Culprit
  • Guilty Party
  • Clue
  • Detective

This popular mystery game allowed players to move through Boddy Mansion on the board and search for clues that could determine which of the other players murdered Mr. Boddy.

This popular mystery game allowed players to move through Boddy Mansion on the board and search for clues that could determine which of the other players murdered Mr. Boddy.

What are the game pieces in Trivial Pursuit intended to look like?

  • Cart wheels
  • Bicycle wheels
  • A pie
  • Ship’s wheels

Throughout the game, players are expected to move the pieces around a track that resembles a wheel with six spokes. Ironically, the game pieces themselves were designed the same way.

Throughout the game, players are expected to move the pieces around a track that resembles a wheel with six spokes. Ironically, the game pieces themselves were designed the same way.

What is the name of this board game that was inspired by another game called Charades?

  • Yahtzee
  • Cranium
  • Mind Games
  • Pictionary

During a Seattle party in the 1980s, a waiter picked out random words from a dictionary and started drawing a random word. Then they asked the guests to guess the word. This eventually turned into Pictionary.

During a Seattle party in the 1980s, a waiter picked out random words from a dictionary and started drawing a random word. Then they asked the guests to guess the word. This eventually turned into Pictionary.

What is the name of the board game that forced manufacturers to sue an adult website for using its name?

  • Taboo!
  • Yahoo!
  • Life
  • Candyland

Hasbro sued an adult site for attempting to use the word Candyland in a URL out of concerns that this would tarnish the family value of the game. Fortunately, they won on the grounds of internet trademark infringement.

Hasbro sued an adult site for attempting to use the word Candyland in a URL out of concerns that this would tarnish the family value of the game. Fortunately, they won on the grounds of internet trademark infringement.

What is the name of the game in this photo? Spoiler alert! Being cunning was a major requirement.

  • Mastermind
  • Connect 4
  • Chinese Chess
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos

Being cunning was one thing, but in order to win this game, one had to hide some of the pegs so that the other player couldn’t count the pegs and win. But this tactic wasn’t considered cheating. In fact, it was highly recommended in the original instruction sheet.

Being cunning was one thing, but in order to win this game, one had to hide some of the pegs so that the other player couldn’t count the pegs and win. But this tactic wasn’t considered cheating. In fact, it was highly recommended in the original instruction sheet.

This game could potentially spell out trouble, so the designers made sure it wouldn’t spell any profane words. What was the name of the game?

  • Boggle
  • Monopoly
  • Life
  • Scrabble

Boggle contains cubes with letters on them. To prevent any indecent words from being accidentally or intentionally spelled out, the Boggle cubes contain one K and two Fs. This makes it impossible to spell most bad word outs.

Boggle contains cubes with letters on them. To prevent any indecent words from being accidentally or intentionally spelled out, the Boggle cubes contain one K and two Fs. This makes it impossible to spell most bad word outs.

It’s a pewter-colored piece in the shape of a man riding his horse, but what board game does it belong to?

  • Monopoly
  • Sorry!
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Bingo

The idea of having randomly shaped Monopoly pieces came after Charles Darrow, the board game’s creator, suggested people use regular items at home as pieces. That’s because the original Monopoly game didn’t come with any pieces.

The idea of having randomly shaped Monopoly pieces came after Charles Darrow, the board game’s creator, suggested people use regular items at home as pieces. That’s because the original Monopoly game didn’t come with any pieces.

In the standard English language edition of Scrabble, how many tiles are available to choose from at the start of the game?

  • 80
  • 90
  • 100
  • 120

Of the 100 Scrabble tiles, E is the most popular letter, with 12 being available. There is only one Q, one X, and one Z piece in the game and there are two blank tiles, which can be used to represent any letter.

Of the 100 Scrabble tiles, E is the most popular letter, with 12 being available. There is only one Q, one X, and one Z piece in the game and there are two blank tiles, which can be used to represent any letter.

In Clue, there are four secret passages on the board, each leading to another room. Where does the secret passage in the study lead to?

  • The lounge
  • The kitchen
  • The conservatory
  • The dining room

Each of the four rooms at the corners of the board game have a secret passage. The lounge and the conservatory are connected, but the dining room does not have a secret passageway.

Each of the four rooms at the corners of the board game have a secret passage. The lounge and the conservatory are connected, but the dining room does not have a secret passageway.

In Chess, which piece is also called “the Castle?”

  • Bishop
  • Rook
  • Queen
  • Pawn

The game of chess dates back to 15th century Europe, but earlier versions of the game may have been based on a game from India which is much older. The game of strategy is still popular among all walks of life.

The game of chess dates back to 15th century Europe, but earlier versions of the game may have been based on a game from India which is much older. The game of strategy is still popular among all walks of life.

In Battleship, 5 “hits” from your opponent are needed to sink which class of ship?

  • Battleship
  • Cruiser
  • Aircraft Carrier
  • Submarine

The aircraft carrier takes the most hits to sink in the game of Battleship. The battleship itself takes four hits to sink and the Cruise, which was later renamed the Destroyer, takes three hits to sink.

The aircraft carrier takes the most hits to sink in the game of Battleship. The battleship itself takes four hits to sink and the Cruise, which was later renamed the Destroyer, takes three hits to sink.

Which board game for two players requires you to capture your enemy’s flag to win the game?

  • Tactics
  • Stratego
  • Colour Quest
  • War

Strategy is played on a board of 100 squares and neither player can see their opponent’s pieces.. There are 8 unplayable squares in the center of the board, which are depicted as lakes, to make gameplay more difficult.

Strategy is played on a board of 100 squares and neither player can see their opponent’s pieces.. There are 8 unplayable squares in the center of the board, which are depicted as lakes, to make gameplay more difficult.

How many squares are on a Chess board?

  • 24
  • 46
  • 62
  • 64

On a chessboard, each horizontal row of squares is called a rank and each vertical column of squares is called a file. Also, each diagonal line of squares of the same color is called a diagonal.

On a chessboard, each horizontal row of squares is called a rank and each vertical column of squares is called a file. Also, each diagonal line of squares of the same color is called a diagonal.

In which game would you draw cards that looked like this to advance your game piece?

  • Chess
  • Candyland
  • Steeplechase
  • Snakes and Ladders

Because minimal reading is required to understand the game, including on these colorful cards, Candyland is a favorite among very young children and families.

Because minimal reading is required to understand the game, including on these colorful cards, Candyland is a favorite among very young children and families.

In Backgammon, how many pieces does each player start with?

  • 7
  • 10
  • 12
  • 15

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world. Recent archaeological discoveries in Mesopotamia trace the game back about 5,000 years. The game is played with a combination of strategy and luck.

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world. Recent archaeological discoveries in Mesopotamia trace the game back about 5,000 years. The game is played with a combination of strategy and luck.

What game puts you in the perspective of a doctor who is performing surgery?

  • Operation
  • Risk
  • Sorry!
  • Backgammon

In 2020, Hasbro introduced a new version of the game called Operation Pet Scan, which swaps out the original human patient of the game for a dog, who has foreign objects in their digestive tract.

In 2020, Hasbro introduced a new version of the game called Operation Pet Scan, which swaps out the original human patient of the game for a dog, who has foreign objects in their digestive tract.

This board game, which was marketed to young girls in the ‘80s, featured a popular shopping location.

  • Dream Date
  • Unstable Unicorns
  • Party Mania
  • Mall Madness

Mall Madness was a shopping themed board game released by Milton Bradley in 1988. An electronic version of the game was also sold in 1989 and the newest version of the game was released in 2020.

Mall Madness was a shopping themed board game released by Milton Bradley in 1988. An electronic version of the game was also sold in 1989 and the newest version of the game was released in 2020.

Which strategy game utilizes this peg board?

  • Spontuneous
  • Scrabble
  • Mastermind
  • Ticket to Ride

Mastermind is a code breaking game for two players that was invented in 1970 by a telecommunications expert. It was based on the game Bulls and Cows, which has been played for over a century.

Mastermind is a code breaking game for two players that was invented in 1970 by a telecommunications expert. It was based on the game Bulls and Cows, which has been played for over a century.

This board game taught its players pop culture facts. What was it called?

  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Monopoly
  • Jenga
  • Spot it!

Trivial Pursuit was invented in Canada by a team of editors in 1979. The game was invented by the two after they found out that pieces of their Scrabble game had gone missing, so they decided to create their own game.

Trivial Pursuit was invented in Canada by a team of editors in 1979. The game was invented by the two after they found out that pieces of their Scrabble game had gone missing, so they decided to create their own game.

In this European board game, players build a medieval landscape.

  • Dominion
  • Catan
  • Carcassonne
  • Dungeons and Dragons

Carcassonne was named after a medieval French city which was famous for its high walls and the game itself was created in Germany. The game has since been adapted for mobile and desktop play.

Carcassonne was named after a medieval French city which was famous for its high walls and the game itself was created in Germany. The game has since been adapted for mobile and desktop play.

Which classic board game is known by the name “draughts” in England?

  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Chinese checkers
  • Yahtzee

In draughts, or checkers, each player has twelve pieces that can only move diagonally across a traditional chess board. The game was based on an old Middle Eastern game called alquerque.

In draughts, or checkers, each player has twelve pieces that can only move diagonally across a traditional chess board. The game was based on an old Middle Eastern game called alquerque.

This game utilizes pads of lined paper, an hourglass timer and a 20-sided die with letters on it.

  • Cranium
  • Pictionary
  • Scattergories
  • Scrabble

Scattergories became a television show in 1993 and the game show aired on NBC. The series was hosted by Dick Clark and it aired after a Scrabble themed game show.

Scattergories became a television show in 1993 and the game show aired on NBC. The series was hosted by Dick Clark and it aired after a Scrabble themed game show.

This ancient game originated in China and utilizes black and white stones on a grid board.

  • Mahjong
  • Go
  • Ping Pong
  • Mancala

Go was first played over 3,000 years ago and it is thought to be the oldest board game that is still played today. The rules to this game are simple, but some people believe the strategy to be more complex than chess.

Go was first played over 3,000 years ago and it is thought to be the oldest board game that is still played today. The rules to this game are simple, but some people believe the strategy to be more complex than chess.

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