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by Flynn Steele (subscribe)
A freelance writer living, working and mostly playing in Brisbane and wherever the action is.
Published January 23rd 2015
Battle for board game bragging rights with these classics
Renew the rivalry with friends and siblings next rainy day and dust off one of these old classics.

1. Hungry Hungry Hippos
Munch your way to victory with a quick eye and quicker hand. Hungry Hippos is a great little action game that's sure to get even the biggest board game cynic involved. Be careful with your little plastic hippo though, he's not designed for rough play.

Hungry Hiippo
Ferocious but easily broken


2. Monopoly
With prices sky high, Monopoly might well be the best chance many of us have to get on that elusive property ladder. You might need to set aside a couple of hours though, this old beauty takes a while. Beware of the dangerous and unpredictable Monopoly Rage Syndrome, particularly if playing with siblings.

Monopoly
Navigate your way to prosperity


3. Operation
This one will test both your steady hand and your temper but it's a great way to live out your dreams of being a surgeon without the risk of lawsuits. Not recommended for those under the influence of alcohol.

Operation
Beware the buzzing nose


4. Cluedo
Fancy yourself as a super sleuth? This is the board game for you. Brilliant fun but beware of playing with those with short attention spans or those prone to telling porky pies. Great way to win bragging rights if you can emerge victorious.

Cluedo
Outwit or maybe out lie


5. Guess Who
Another educated guessing game but this one's a bit more fast paced. Dominate your opponent with shrewd questioning and hope they tell you the whole truth. If not, just flicking over the characters is good fun too.

Guess Who
Flick your way to victory


That's 5 board games sure to take you back in time but I'm sure there's plenty more dying to be pulled out of the back of the wardrobe. Avoid Mouse Trap though. Looked great on TV but about as boring as a classical ballet. Sorry cultural elite.
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When: Rainy days, when bored or anytime
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Cost: Free for board game owners
Your Comment
All brilliant games. I used to have mouse trap, and the cage never fell down at the end. Like you said, in theory wonderful, in practice disappointing.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11900) 1269 days ago
If you like all these, Flynn, you should try Looping Louie!
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4019) 1269 days ago
Really? I loved Mouse Trap! That was probably because I didn't own it though, and could only play it when we went to our friend's house.
by Laura Turner (score: 2|476) 1263 days ago
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