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American Mensa's Top 10 List of Board Games

  • Nov 29, 2013

Mensa members rank classic board games in time for the holidays

Arlington, Texas, Nov. 29th, 2013 — Members of American Mensa have ranked the top 10 classic board games just in time for the gift-giving season.

Board games are a special focus for the high IQ community. Mensans named board games as a top ranked activity, plus the organization hosts Mensa Mind Games®, a national board game competition each April for new-to-market games.

Games of mystery, war, and financial domination made the final cut. The ultimate game of strategy, chess made the top of the list. Comments about the winner ranged from “Chess has always been, and will always be, the one board game that demonstrates best the intellectual and creative abilities of the players” to “Rather simple to learn, it provides a myriad number of ways to play it, so each game can be a new experience.”

Here are the top 10 list of board games, as selected by Mensa members:

  1. Chess
  2. Scrabble®
  3. Monopoly
  4. Trivial Pursuit™
  5. Backgammon
  6. Checkers
  7. Apples to Apples®
  8. Clue
  9. Risk
  10. Battleship™

Participating members chose their top 10 from a list of 30 classic board games.  To view the full infographic, visit For more information on Mensa Mind Games® go to

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American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent on an accepted standardized intelligence test. Mensa has more than 50,000 members in the United States and more than 130,000 members globally. For more information about American Mensa, visit or call (817) 607-0060.