Some peoples’ favorite past times are family game nights before cellphones were in every household. Everyone would gather around the table and enjoy a board game or two. Some families would have a couple of games going simultaneously, like Chess and checkers, while others could go all night with Monopoly.
Let’s take a walk down nostalgia boulevard and remind ourselves of some of the board games that have long been forgotten. There will also be links to these games, so don’t worry; you’re covered from all angles.
Classic Boardgames From Your Childhood
Just because mobile games are more convenient doesn’t mean you can’t buy a few of the board games that your family had while growing up. You can always carry on your family’s tradition and start stacking up on your old-school game collection.
Monopoly is perhaps the game that has evolved and became even more popular as time passed. This classic game was invented in the early 1900s, and even now (2021), Mr. Monopoly is finding his way into people’s homes. There are a variety of versions available for purchase on their website.
This game was invented to teach others about capitalism. The main goal of Monopoly is to remain financially stable while forcing the other players into bankruptcy. The last person remains wins, or when it’s evident the person in second place when two players left cannot rebound.
Some of you may not know this, but Chess was created in the 7th Century AD and was initially called Chaturanga. Since certain pieces can only move specific ways, each game takes about 60 minutes but can go for up to two hours at times.
The game’s goal is to checkmate your opponent’s King by limiting his moves to the point that any move he makes, he’ll be stepping into his own demise.
The Game of Life, also knowns as “Life,” originates back to 1860! It was the very first parlor game to hit shelves in America. Life is a simulation of one’s Life. As you go through the board in your car and little people pegs, you get a career, a house, have children and retire.
Each game will take about 30 to 120 minutes, depending on how many people are playing, but the time will fly because this game is a blast!
Aggravation is a simple roll and move game where you want to move all of your marbles into the ‘home’ safety net. It’s remarkably similar to Sorry but played with dice instead of cards. You can choose a cardboard gameboard or purchase a vintage Aggravation gameboard. The game is simple and fun.
If you’re looking for one of the oldest two-player games in the world, it’s Mancala. This game has been enjoyed by billions of people throughout Africa and Asia for over 7,000 years after making its way across the globe from Ancient Egypt.
The game consists of a wooden board and marbles. Of course, back then, people played using rocks, seeds, or any other small piece of the natural world that they could find. The object of the game is to capture more marbles, or pieces, than your opponent. It’s a simple yet addicting game that everyone should own.