6 Classic Board Games for Family Game Night

November 6, 2017

Want to make family game night a tradition in your home? Start with a winning game.

At Game Goblins we have many board games recommended for family game nights. Sometimes it’s best to stick with the classics.

Age difference is the most challenging aspect to finding the perfect game—or games—for family game night. Your teen might not be down for a round of Pretty Pretty Princess again. How do you find a game that is challenging enough for the oldest players and playable for the youngest players.

Our team can help you out.

Here are a few options.

  1. Monopoly (1933)

Seems like every family has a game of monopoly, decades old, tucked away in their home somewhere. It is a classic. Perfect for players ages eight and up. It takes about one to two hours to play.

Monopoly can be a very competitive game if you let it. The winner is the last player standing, with all the money. We recommend reading the rules carefully—and establishing conflict resolution tactics—before starting the game.

  1. Trouble (1965)

A dice-rolling and racing game perfect for families with small children. The Pop-O-Matic dice roller makes the game interesting with colorful dexterity and an easier way for younger children to roll dice. Trouble is a tabletop game similar to Pachisi. The first player to get all of their pawns to the finish line is the winner.

This game is recommended for players ages four and up. Two to four players can play at a time. It takes only 45 minutes to complete a round of Trouble.

  1. Scrabble (1948)

Just how smart is your middle schooler? You might be surprised, sitting at the end of the game, dead last, as your suddenly-a-spelling-whiz kid adds tile after tile to the board.

Scrabble is recommended for players ages 10 and up. A traditional round is played with two to four players and takes about one hour.

  1. Clue (1949)

Gather around the board as players use deduction, bluffing, and their best detective skills to figure out what cards are in the envelope. Today, this classic detective game has several versions and even new technology to add to the experience.

The original version of Clue, designed in 1949 by Anthony E. Pratt, is recommended for players ages eight and up. It can be played with three to six players and a round can take at least 45 minutes to play.

  1. Sorry! (1929)

Dating all the way back to 1929, Sorry! is considered a classic for many reasons. It is another colorful board game modeled after Pachisi. The main goal is to race four game pieces around the board from start to home.


A round of Sorry! takes about 30 minutes to play. A turn consists of turning a card over and following the instructions.

  1. Candyland (1949)

Looking for a game for young children? Check out Candyland.

This game is considered a classic for the colorful artwork and creative storytelling behind the race. Candyland is a racing game that is appropriate for children as young as three years of age. A round of Candyland only takes 30 minutes to play.

The game helps children recognize colors as they race around the board. It also offers a story line “The Legend of the Lost Candy Castle” to keep kids interested.