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Experts Tell Us the Best 90s Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 90s Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

This product was recommended by Robert Banks from MrStocks

This is a game that pretty much any child who grew up in the 90s has played at one time or another. The game’s title says it all. The players assume the role of either Lizzie, Henry, Homer or Henry Hippo and try to eat more white marbles than the other players. It’s not just for the kids to play because even adults enjoy the fun.

Milton Bradley 13 Dead End Drive Board Game

This product was recommended by Scott Hasting from BetWorthy LLC

Oh who wouldn’t love a mystery game. This is the reason why the 90s generation loves crime-solving dramas and documentaries. Basically, you try to move around your 3D board house and bluff your opponents in order to conceal your identity. There are several traps in the house so you can lure your opponents into them. You can win by being the last survivor in the house, moving your character outside the house while the portrait is the same as your character, or having the portrait in the house as your character when the detective comes in. This is really a very competitive and strategic game to challenge your minds.

Classic Operation Board Game

This product was recommended by Craig Miller from Academia Labs LLC

When I was young, everybody wanted to be a medical doctor so almost all of my friends have this operation game. Each of the players takes a turn in operating on Cavity Sam’s. Since it features different ailments with the same idea, all you have to do is to remove what is causing Sam’s ailment using a tweezer while not touching the metals near it. Once the tweezer touches the metal, an alarm will sound, Sam’s nose will light up, and you have failed the operation. This game actually is somewhat connected in real life as surgeons need steady hands, much like what Cavity Sam needs, in order to survive.

CATAN Family Edition Board Game

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

When it comes to board games, Catan is undoubtedly a classic. Catan is known as a “gateway game” in the board games community since it has drawn thousands of players into the world of board games. It is a straightforward game whereby players need to collect resources for building a civilization from scratch by rolling dice or bartering with other players to earn points. Besides, it is famous for being simple to play and highly strategic.

Crocodile Teeth Game Alligator Dentist Game

This product was recommended by Anthony Taylor from BBQSmokeCentral

When my kids were young we played Crocodile Dentist all the time. There are no cards, dice or extra game pieces. It’s so simple that my 2 year old was able to understand the rules. Just press a tooth. If the crocodile bites, you lose. The best part is when someone tries to move their hand away and doesn’t quite make it. It is a lot of fun!

Hasbro Gaming: Battleship Classic Board Game

This product was recommended by Lauren DeVries from Ugandalive And Travel

I always loved playing this strategy game with my friends. As long as no one tried to cheat and moved their ships mid-game we could spend hours trying to sink each others battleships.

Operation Electronic Board Game

This product was recommended by Lauren DeVries from Ugandalive And Travel

The ultimate game of concentration and suspense! I think this game inspired surgeon dreams for many 90s kids, and also annoyed a lot of parents with the screams that ensued from being buzzed after a failed operation.

Cranium Game

This product was recommended by Lauren DeVries from Ugandalive And Travel

Cranium combines elements of trivia, Pictionary, sculpting, word puzzles, and charades into one game. Why choose one game when you can have them all?

Totally 90’s Family Board Game

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

This game is truly nostalgic and lets you travel back to your childhood days, where you played this 90’s family board game with the whole family. Now, you can test your knowledge and reminisce about everything from Furby’s to Authentic Prince of Bel-Air. Being an ultimate challenge for the 90’s kids, this trivia board game has 500 prudent questions to play throughout the day without getting bored. 2-6 players can play this board game, and they must be at least 12 years older.

Catan Board Game

This product was recommended by Ashley Taylor from Top Vouchers Code

It is one of the most influential board games of all time. If you want to build settlements, roads, and cities across Catan and trade resources with other players, make sure you try it out.

Winning Moves Games Husker Du?

This product was recommended by Brianna Leonhard from Third Row Adventures

This is a memory game but not in the traditional matching cards way. It has a rotating board with pictures that are covered by pegs. The rotation prevents memorization of the pictures.

Funko Godzilla Tokyo Clash Board Game

This product was recommended by Joe Flanagan from 90s Fashion World

This game is an amazing piece of nostalgia that reminds me of how big Godzilla was during the 90s. The board game let’s you play as different kaijus (Mothra is my absolute favorite!). You basically have to plan your strategy to gain the most energy and defeat the others in a race against your friends. Uncomplicated fun all around!

Magic: The Gathering 2021 Arena Starter Kit

This product was recommended by Lee Atterton from Authority Guitar

Released in 1993, this card game is probably one of the most popular games in the world. Each player starts with 20 life points and the goal is to reduce the opponent’s life points down to 0. The game uses 6 types of land cards (which produce mana – magical energy) to summon creatures, artifacts, and spells.

Hasbro Gaming Mouse Trap Board Game

This product was recommended by Lee Atterton from Authority Guitar

Mousetrap is a board game created by Marvin Glass and was released in the 90’s (1995). It took 5 years to create and is made up of over 300 pieces! The goal of the game is to catch eight mice with your trap. Along the way, you can use cheese as bait for your mice, build new contraptions and gather other items that will help you complete your task. There are also other obstacles like cat that will try to catch you and avoid it at all cost!

Hasbro Gaming Trivial Pursuit Decades 2010 to 2020 Board Game

This product was recommended by Lee Atterton from Authority Guitar

This game was created in 1981(!) but has become even more popular (or annoying) during the 90’s because of the game show named Trivial Pursuit: Genus Edition which became a part of every 90’s household! The game has 6 smaller categories and one super category. You can play against other players or computers, but everyone should know that it is better to play against other humans because the program just isn’t good enough to beat you!

Jenga Game Wooden Blocks Stacking Tumbling Tower Kids Game

This product was recommended by Lee Atterton from Authority Guitar

Jenga is a game that was released in the 90’s and became very popular for it’s simplicity, its ability to make people nervous and most of all – it’s name! Everyone knows Jenga and everyone likes it. You take turns in removing blocks from a tower without making it fall over! Simple as that. Oh, and don’t forget to yell JENGA!

Hasbro Gaming Cluedo The Classic Mystery Board Game

This product was recommended by Lee Atterton from Authority Guitar

Cluedo was created in 1949 but became really popular (and annoying) during the 90’s because of it’s very known game show version! The goal is to find out who killed Mr. Boddy, where and with what weapon. You move your piece around the board interrogating other players and trying to find the right clues. Cluedo is a great board game, especially when you add alcohol and turn it into Clue – murder mystery party!

Pokémon Trading Card Game

This product was recommended by Hitesh Patel from RRP Jewellers

Pokémon is known for both its switch combat and the opportunity to acquire every 151 pocket creatures, so a collectible card system was a natural fit. And with iconic creatures like Pikachu, Charizard, and Mewtwo, the decks brought new versions of Pokémon and avatars, as well as condensed the enthralling cycle of the Pokémon adventures into a single game. Participants then develop their fundamental Pokémon further into stronger later-stage forms, using charge tokens to launch deadly attacks and eliminate their enemy’s group sooner.

CMON Modern Art

This product was recommended by Hitesh Patel from RRP Jewellers

Investors in Modern Art are exhibition managers aiming to make money by reselling costly artworks. These masterpieces are cards, with one of them being auctioned off every round. Modern Art’s combination of several types of auction, from the free auction and fixed-price transactions to secret sealed’ offers and phases where each participant has only one right to showcase their winning bid, is part of what defines this one of the best bid systems ever devised.

Spin Master Jumanji Deluxe Game

This product was recommended by David Scott from Top Reviews

Jumanji The Game, The famous movie in 1995, has its own board game, and it’s best played with the whole family. I like it when we could relive some 90s film, and the best part with this is no animals will be charging into your living room!

Twilight Imperium 4th Edition Board Game

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Twilight Imperium is one of the most ambitious, all-encompassing space operas, according to Sparks, but it’s not for the faint of heart, since an average game will take between seven and twelve hours to complete. The game takes place in space following the collapse of the previously powerful empire. Players assume the roles of emerging civilizations, attempting to obtain enough military and political authority to conquer the galaxy. It’s great for expert gamers searching for a new challenge because of the in-depth tactics and lengthy gameplay.

Winning Moves Games 13 Dead End Drive

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

13 Dead End Drive has some fun advertisements ’90s kids may remember, but it’s still widely available because it’s such a brilliant concept, says Greg May, owner of The Uncommons and Hex & Company. Following the death of rich family matriarch Aunt Agatha, individuals compete for the contents of her will. The basic goal of the game is to dodge your opponents and the house’s traps to acquire the estate for yourself. May and Barlett both enjoy the 3-D board, which May compares to Clue but with a more advanced design.

Friends ’90s Nostalgia TV Show, The One with The Ball Party Game

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

It has one ball and 50 challenges cards. It gives the best nostalgia experience of the 90s famous friends series. This multiplayer game is best to enjoy with family. It has 50 hilarious and more complex challenges. The only rule it has is to drop the ball three times, and it is a game over. It is a great 90s board game to enjoy.

Goosebumps Movie Game – Thrilling Family Board Game

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

It is a horror and fun board game. It is based on the 90s popular children’s book series Goosebumps. It has 6 Monster Characters and 65 Cards to play with. This thrilling board game is ideal for players above eight years. And it can be played between 2 to 6 persons. A great board game to enjoy with friends and family.

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