Retro versions of classic board games: 12 hits of yesteryear you can get again

A vintage-but-new gift guide for some family fun

Retro versions of classic board games you can get again
Often branded as “retro” or “classic” games, these versions of old-fashioned board games feature the same kind of characters, tokens and play the way they did years ago. Though modern versions are available, they often look quite different today — for instance, see Clue and Candy Land — as most games have been retooled over decades to appeal to people of this era.

Here, see a dozen classic old-fashioned board games that are freshly-made, but look just like you remember… or, at least, pretty close.

Retro versions of classic board games 12 hits of yesteryear you can get again

1. Candy Land

With no words or numbers to read, Candy Land has long been the perfect way to introduce young children to the world of board games. The game was designed in 1948 by Eleanor Abbott, bought by Milton Bradley soon thereafter, and first offered to the world in 1949. See more about the game here!

2. Trouble
3. Mouse Trap
4. Chutes and Ladders

“A delight to small fry who play this up-you-go, down-you-go game,” said the promos for this game back in 1950.

5. Sorry

In 1961, this was billed as a “Slide Pursuit Game!” The benefits: “Fun for adults, yet easily learned, with a balance of luck and skill that gives even the youngest a chance to win.”

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6. Scrabble

Some might think of Scrabble like the physical version of the “Words with Friends” app.

7. Aggravation
8. Stratego
9. Monopoly

Though first published in 1935 — smack-dab in the middle of the Great Depression — Monopoly has made the top game lists ever since. “Buy, sell, trade, even bluff your way to a real estate empire! Everyone can be a millionaire, or go broke, in the world’s most popular game.”

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10. Parcheesi

Parcheesi was dubbed the “Royal Game of India” — and was, in fact, a version of the very old Indian game Pachisi.

11. The Game of Life

This board game revolves around the Wheel of Fate. “Each player starts with a car and $2000, tries to make a million.”

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12. Risk

Dubbed “The Continental Game,” Risk was described in the ’60s as a “dramatic contest for control of continents and the world, puts power against power as crises mount. Realistic as today’s headlines!”

13. Payday
14. Trivial Pursuit Game: Classic Edition
15. Clue

Don’t have a clue? Get one! (PS: It was probably Col. Mustard in the library with the candlestick.)

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