1980s Board Games

The 1980s brought us Boggle, Trivial Pursuit and other cool board games. Check out these board games from the 1980s.

1980s Board Games - Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

Since its arrivial in 1982, Trivial Pursuit has become the world's most popular trivia game, selling more than 90 million copies. The game now has several different versions including, Trivial Pursuit For Kids, Trivial Pursuit DVD Trivia and Trivial Pursuit: Lord of the Rings. Nearly 25 years after its invention, Trivial Pursuit is still one of the best board games around and great way for friends and family to test each other's knowledge of useless information.

1980s Board Games - Boggle


Boggle was actually invented in the 1970s but the fast-paced three-minute word search game became a top seller in the 1980s. The game is played by shaking up the lettered cubes and dropping them into a grid. Players then race to see who can list the most words among the random letter assortment in the grid. Boggle can now be played using the original version or a hand-held electronic edition. No matter how you play it, Boggle is still a fun and quick game for playing with your family, friends or on road trips.

1980s Board Games - Pictionary

Connect Four

Pictionary was invented in 1986 and started a whole new craze as one of the most popular party games of the 1980s. In Pictionary, one player tries to get his teammates to guess what he or she is drawing (e.g. forest, blender, etc). If the player's team correctly guesses what is being drawn, that team is able to move forward on the game board. The first team to reach the finish wins. This is a fun and high-energy game that is great for playing with family or with friends at sleepovers.

1980s Board Games - Fireball Island

Fireball Island

One of the most unique and coolest games of the 1980s was Fireball Island - a 3-D fantasy board game featuring fire-breathing idols and hidden treasure. The object of the game was to escape Fireball Island by guiding your man through a series of mountains and rivers, while avoiding being hit by plastic fireballs being spit out by the jungle idol, Vul-Kar, who sat in the middle of the board. Unfortunately, Fireball is resting in board game heaven and is no longer being made.

1980s Board Games - Axis and Allies

Axis and Allies

Axis and Allies is a strategy game based on World War II that was invented in 1984. It's kind of like Risk but at a much higher level. The rules for Axis and Allies are very complex and the rule book is the size of a small novel, so some players (both kids and adults) often have a hard time grasping this game. Axis and Allies is best played when you've got several hours to kill, as games take a long time to play.

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