Board Games For Seniors

The tactile sensation and thrill of sitting around a table with friends and family, pitting wits against each other with nothing more than a board game and a vivid imagination, appears to be largely a thing of the past. For some, however, that memory is as strong as ever. Because all forms of entertainment these days, especially for young people, has to be digitally produced somehow, board games for seniors and are still a breath of fresh air for many. My own personal top 6 board games, in reverse order are as follows:-


Absolutely a classic game that is over one hundred years old. It can be played with as little as 2 people. This cerebral challenge will always be popular in some quarters. Scrabble is still just about the most popular word game. It has a grid of 225 squares and 100 letter tiles. The aim is build as many words as possible using the English language. Veteran, experienced players will of course always choose the classic version of the many offshoots now available. If it has been a while since you have enjoyed battling with colleagues around this classic board game, I can highly recommend a re-visit.


Although Risk has been around less than half the time Scrabble has, it is nevertheless an extremely popular bead game still. The game has the honour of being maybe the most popular, mass marketed table-top war game ever. The aim of each player is total world conquest. This is a game of intense strategy and therefore not suitable for young people. It is, however highly suited for senior players. Each player takes a turn and attempts to secure as many territories as they can. Through dice rolling and attaining sets of bonus cards the idea is to move around the board via adjacent territories to attack and do battle with other players.


I must freely admit to having owned a copy o this board game since 1971. Only recently has the game seen the light of day for a very long time. A few contemporary’s and myself spent an enjoyable evening playing detective and using our brain power. I believe nowadays there are some extra features and even a new character. Whichever edition you decide to invest in, it will be time and money well spent. My personal preference is for the Wadington original Cluedo classic.

Escape From Colditz

This is another relatively recent board game form the 70’s. Invented by Pat Reid, an escapee from Colditz himself, the play conjures up the nostalgia World War 2 and all the connotations we have consumed over the years. Employing the simple board game technique of moving around the board amassing information, collecting useful aids, and then eventually attempting to escape from a maximum security environment. You have the choice to adopt an Allies or Germans persona for a team challenge to cerebrally invoke memories.

Trivia Pursuits

Trivial Pursuit (original classic edition) is an even more recent board game emanating from the 80s. This is second on my list because it has had the most use over the years, and is still regularly employed in a social capacity. Every 6 weeks or so my friends and I get together to test our memory and knowledge in a competitive evening of fun. The board game is esstially a test of general and specific knowledge combined with a good memory. Across 6 subject areas, a total of 2,400 questions can be selected to make you feel clever or stupid. An individual or team game depending on your choice, you can play this game on a regular basis for years and never evoke the same emotions. There are a set of rules to follow to successfully navigate gameplay, however, there are several alternative endings been employed over the years.


This board game is the daddy of board games and was the one originally to set the standard for all that has followed since. Dating back to 1935, Monopoly has been regularly cementing friends/family get-togethers for over 80 years. Possibly less frequently over recent decades, but it still holds a firm mental grip and fascination for those dedicated to following an ‘old school’, traditional method of face to face, around the table, entertainment. In our case, board games for seniors is reflected by this classic, original edition. Monopoly is an amalgamation of all the board games reviewed above. There is still nothing that can outshine Monopoly’s lasting attraction. It would be redundant of me to recount the rules and gameplay as everybody is so familiar the board game. If for whatever reason a date for playing a regular session of Monopoly with like-minded friends is not in your diary, I suggest you correct this at the earliest possible moment.