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10 Best 80s Board Games to Play on Your Next Family Game Night

I love looking at this list of the best board games from the 80s! Any 1980s game is certain to be a great board game because the oldest games are always fun! Gather the 90s kids and the millennials and see what they think of these for family game night.

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Do you love the 80s? We do too! There is nothing better than relaxing on a family board game night, and what better way to relax than playing 10 awesome games from the 1980s. 

The 80s were the best decade for board games! I’m not sure why, but all of my childhood memories involve days spent playing cards or tiles in front of a TV while watching classic 80s flicks on DVD (not at once!).

So it only makes sense that one day our children would enjoy having their own families-only get together where they can share fun times from long ago and catch up on what everyone’s been doing since then – including us parents who might need some help remembering how little kids think these days.

This blog post will show 10 of our favorite board games we played when we were kids and still love playing as adults.

Whether you are on a fun vacation or at home with family, these 10 games will keep everyone laughing for hours.


This is a classic game that has been played for 10 decades, and it is not going anywhere anytime soon. The best part about Monopoly is that you can play with up to ten people at a time, which means no one will get bored waiting their turn.

This game aims to collect as much money as possible through buying properties, building houses and hotels on your property to make other players pay rent when they land on your property.

If someone lands on another player’s hotel, they have to pay triple the amount of coins instead of double what happens if somebody landed on an ordinary house or without any hotels.

This is due to the probability theory: “the more difficult something becomes, the greater chance there will be a lower probability of it happening.”

The level of creativity required here ignites your family’s board game nights to the next level!


What’s your strategy?

Are you the type of person who wants to take control of the ocean and make it their territory, or do you prefer to be more defensive with a fleet in mind as an alternative option? 

Either way, BattleShip is for everyone. The game involves taking turns firing shots at each other’s ships using “shots” equivalent to 64 squares on a grid. Whoever sinks all but one of the opponent’s battleships wins! 

Simple enough, right? Many variations can mix things up (such as giving players twice as many shots per turn) if needed, so this will keep even seasoned veterans entertained during your family board game night.

There is also an electric version of the game that makes it fun to play as well. There are no new rules, and the same eager players are wanting to win this simple game!


Operation is a fun surgery game where players have to carefully remove the body parts of their opponents without touching any metal, which causes an alarm. The player with the most points at the end of three rounds wins.

It’s considered relatively difficult because, despite only 12 pieces needing to be removed, they are placed just millimeters away from each other, so it can take some time to complete this 80s board game. Some people even say playing it makes them feel like surgeons themselves due to how detailed you must go when removing some components.

The operation would be the best game to thrill away your family board game night and will surely be a game on everyone’s mind.

Hungry Hungry Hippo

This fun preschool game’s objective is for each player to move their hippos from one end of the playing field and race back to eat as many marbles along their way while preventing other players’ pieces from reaching theirs before they get there.

This might be an 80s Board Game, but it’s still fun to play! It takes about 20 minutes, and it’s challenging yet not overwhelming. We all know this will make you hungry so feel free to have snacks or some fruit nearby during gameplay!

It doesn’t matter if you’re too old for games like these because sometimes nostalgia can reign supreme, making this game perfect for the person looking for a quick and easy game to play.


LIFE is a highly interactive game that challenges you to live like everyone else, but with only the money they have. You must worry about buying food and gas while still being able to pay rent on your house.

To make things more difficult, LIFE includes inflation, so every year prices go up, which means it will take more time to work just for necessities.

The goal of this board game is to keep working until you finally retire at age 65 (with Social Security benefits). This can be done by either making lots of friends or getting lucky in the stock market.

The challenge with LIFE is learning how each player’s life differs from one another based on their income level and location because some players won’t ever get married, whereas others might not be able to afford rent.

The game is best played with two or more players and scaled up for larger groups (make sure everyone in your family board game night team has a copy!)

The game of Life is one of those classic board games that act like real life. Role-playing games like this one are fun to play because there isn’t just one correct answer. 2-4 players choose their path in life, making this one of the best tabletop games.


Topple is a game that can be played one-on-one or in teams. It’s all about toppling the most towers by jumping from platform to platform on the board, and it makes for an enjoyable contrast of luck and skill. 

The player who manages to topple more towers wins! Topple may not look like much, but it taxes your reflexes, coordination, and strategizing ability.

The game comes with two interlocking boards and 12 flat playing pieces (six reds and six yellows). Players take turns placing their piece on any unoccupied space at either end of the setup board, so they form a row before attempting to knock down opponents’ rows by rolling dice. If you have the most rows at the end of a round, you win!

The Topple board game is perfect for any family board game night because it’s easy enough that younger kids can play while still being enjoyable for adults. It also requires no reading, so if your group doesn’t include children or many people with dyslexia, this could be a good choice.

Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit is a great game to have on hand for your family board game night. This classic board game has been around since the 80s, and it’s still going strong!

The object of Trivial Pursuit is to answer trivia questions correctly to collect wedges with matching colors before your opponents do. Get all six pieces of one color (or two sets) first for an instant win!

If you’re not sure about playing this oldie but goodie solo, grab some friends or family members- up to four can play at once!-and set up teams against each other instead.

This is one of the best games in the board game industry! It’s a popular series that has launched many other types of this board game classic. Take a look at the store shelves the next time that you go!


This game is played on a map of the world with different countries. The objective of this game is to take over as much territory as possible by attacking other players who have armies in those territories. 

Once conquered, you could trade off the land for resources and new troop movements, making it easier for you to attack more opponents.

To win, one must be able to successfully defend their territories while taking down your opponents’ strongholds around the globe. This can get intense when playing against multiple people because there are so many things that need managing throughout the whole board! 

That being said, RISK makes an excellent travel partner – whether you’re spending time with friends or family members during your family board game night.” The thrill and strategic thinking required for this board game can make it a great way to relax and enjoy your time at night.

Candy Land

Candy Land is a sweet board game for kids. Players race to be the first player to reach the Candy Castle at the end of a colorfully illustrated path composed of squares where players either move up, down, left, or right on their turn.

The winner can claim victory by being the first to have four tokens in one row (vertically, horizontally, diagonally) and win!

This sweet board game is perfect for younger children who want an easy-to-play but fun activity that doesn’t require hours of strategy like many other games. This classic game takes just 20 minutes with two players and no more than an hour if three-four people are playing. 

Candy Land is a good choice of board games that families can enjoy together during their family board game nighttime. The game teaches players about taking turns while still being competitive, the balance between strategy and luck when playing, following instructions as they go through the course – which will be helpful in school too!


Scrabble always creates a fun atmosphere for everyone. The best part of Scrabble is that it has different levels so that you can choose the level based on your skill, and all ages would be able to play. This game also helps people learn new words, which is an excellent way to challenge themselves and explore!

The classic board game that’s guaranteed never to get old: Scrabble will keep you coming back time after time with its easy-to-learn gameplay and open system where anyone can join in at any point. It’s just as much about luck as strategy, but this makes playing ideal for children (as long as they are over eight) or adults who want a break from intense games like Monopoly.

It gives the perfect family board game night feeling to have a game that you can play with the family, and Scrabble is an excellent choice.

You can use this list to plan your next family board game night. These 80s games are fun, relaxing, and a great way to spend time with family or friends during a nolstagic family board game night.

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