1. Monopoly 1934
Monopoly is a game about money, property and power. A special wartime edition was made to help POWs escape; it included hidden maps, compasses and other tools.
2. Scrabble 1948
Created by an out of work architect, this game uses letters to make words that interconnect. Believe it or not, there are 84 words in the English language which use a Q but not a U.
3. Yahtzee 1954
Yahtzee is a game of dice and poker-like combinations. It was originally called "The Yacht Game" since a Canadian couple used to play it on their yacht. It was purchased by Parker Brothers in 1956.
4. Life 1960
Originally called "The Checkered Game of Life", the first version of the game appeared in 1860. One hundred years later, it appeared as "The Game of Life".
5. Sorry 1934
Originally called "The Game of Sweet Revenge" this game resembles the Indian game "Parcheesi".
6. Riski 1957
Originally called "La Conquete du Monde" it was first invented in France. The American version, appearing in 1959, has 19 varieties including Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
7. Clue 1949
This game was based on a murder mystery played in the underground bunkers during air raids in London, England. The British called it "Cluedo".
Also called International Draughts, this game with red and black tokens dates back as far as 3000 BC in Ur, Iraq.
This game dates back to the 5th Century. The most expensive chess set, the Jewel Royale, includes gold, platinum and diamonds and is valued at $9.8 million.
10. Battleship 1943
This game involves sinking enemy ships and is based on "Broadsides", a pad and pencil game from 1943. The board game first appeared in 1967.
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