Games

Games

Backgammon

Place of creation: Mesopotamia
Date of creation: ~ 3000 BC
Type of game: Board game
Players: 2
Age: 7+

 

Go

Ancestor game: Yì (弈)
Place of creation: China
Date of creation: ~ 6th century BC
Type of game: Strategy board game
Players: 2
Age: 5+

Chess

Ancestor game: Chaturanga and Shatranj
Place of creation: India/Persia
Date of creation: ~ 6th century AD
Type of game: Strategy board game
Players: 2
Age: 5+

City-Country-River

Place of creation: Unknown
Date of creation: Unknown
Type of game: Pen and paper game
Players: 2 or more
Age: 7+

Tic-Tac-Toe

Place of creation: Ancient Egypt
Date of creation: Unknown
Type of game: Pen and paper game
Players: 2
Age: 7+

Dots and Boxes

Place of creation: France
Date of creation: 19th century AD
Type of game: Pen and paper game
Players: 2 or more
Age: 6+

Ludo

Ancestor game: Pachisi (India)
Place of creation: England
Date of creation: 1896
Type of game: Board game
Players: 2 to 4
Age: 3+

Battleship

Creator: Clifford Von Wickler (uncredited)
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation: 1930’s
Type of game: Board/ pen and paper game
Players: 2
Age: 7+

Lego

Creator: Ole Kirk Christiansen
Place of creation: Denmark
Date of creation: 1932-1934
Type of game: Construction game
Players: 1+
Age: 3+

Scrabble

Creator: Alfred Mosher Butts
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation: 1938
Type of game: Word board game
Players: 2 to 4
Age: Any (under the condition of literacy)

Rummikub

Creator: Ephraim Hertzano
Place of creation: Romania
Date of creation: 1940
Type of game: Tiles board game
Players: 2 to 4 (standard)
Age: 7+

Jenga

Creator: Leslie Scott
Place of creation: Ghana
Date of creation: 1970
Type of game: Blocks (physical skill) game
Players: 2 or more (standard)
Age: 5+

Uno

Creator: Merle Robbins
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation: 1971
Type of game: Card game
Players: 2 to 10
Age: 7+

Sudoku

Creator: Howard Garns
Original title: 数独
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation/publication: 1979
Type of game: Logic game

Guess Who

Creators: Ora and Theo Coster
Full title: Guess Who
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation/publication: 1979
Type of game: Board game
Players: 2
Age: 6+

Catan

Creator: Klaus Teuber
Full title: The Settlers of Catan
Place of creation: Germany
Date of creation/publication: 1995
Type of game: Multiplayer board game
Players: 3 to 4 (standard) / 2, 5, or 6 (with expansions)
Age: 10+

Qwirkle

Creator: Susan McKinley Ross
Full title: Qwirkle
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation/publication: 2006
Type of game: Tiles board game
Players: 2 to 4
Age: 6+

IQ Twist

Creator: Smart Games Company
Full title: IQ Twist
Place of creation: USA
Date of creation/publication: After 2010
Type of game: Puzzle game
Players: 1
Age: 6+

 

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