Can You Guess the Board Game from the Pieces?

By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

A board game is a type of game played on some sort of flat surface and involves moving pieces on pre-marked surfaces on the board. Like many other games, they have rules which must be followed and goals which must be achieved in order to win. 

Board games have existed across all different cultures, although one of the first games ever found, Senet, an Ancient Egyptian game, dates back to 3500 BC. A more popular game, backgammon, has been said to originate in Ancient Persia just over 5000 years ago. 

In many of the games, there is some type of strategy involved while other, it is solely based on luck or chance. Some games also encourage diplomacy where you must make deals with other players in order to progress. Some of the games which require a bit of all three include Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Cluedo, The Game of Life and Battleship. 

How well have you been paying attention to the different board games that you have been playing? If you were given images of some of the game pieces used to play the games, would you be able to identify any of them? To find out just how well you do, you should take this quiz!

Believed to have originated in India, chess is a two-player board game. The game is played on a checkered board of 64 squares and 32 pieces. The queen holds the most power on the board and is able to move an infinite number of squares at a time, in any direction.

Introduced in 1995 in Germany, the Catan Settlers game, or Catan for short, was designed by Klaus Teuber. It features multiple players or settlers who use various resources to build and develop the property. One of those resources is wood, which is represented using a brown token.

A popular household game, the game of Monopoly is based on real estate. Players go around the board, purchasing, selling and developing houses and hotels. A symbol of capitalism and the business world, the top hat piece in Monopoly serves as one the representative tokens of the players.

Based on co-operation rather than rivalry, players of the Pandemic disease board game assume the roles of scientist, researcher, medic, dispatcher and operations expert and work together to fight diseases which are represented by disease cubes on the board.

Played on a board resembling the world map, Risk is a board game of conflict and diplomacy. The goal of the game is to conquer as many territories as possible. The cannon token forms part of the artillery used to attack other players’ armies.

A trivia game from Canada, Trivial Pursuit consists of several general knowledge and popular culture questions. The colorful wheel is used as a playing piece to move around the track.

Designed for a maximum of four players, the board game Sorry! features pawns or pegs of the colors green, yellow, red and blue. Players move these pegs around the board to get to their respectively colored home spaces.

America’s first popular parlor game, The Game of Life was introduced in 1860 and is so-named as a result of its gameplay which imitates the typical life journey of human beings. Players move through the game's track using small plastic car tokens.

First published in 1985, Pictionary is a word-guessing game played using a board, blocks and cards. The colored blocks are used by the various teams to move around the board.

A game based on strategy and tactics, Stratego was designed for a maximum of two players. Using 40 officer rank pieces and a 10X10 board, players try to capture each other’s flags.

Designed by university student John Spinello in 1964, Operation a battery-operated game in which players assume the roles of doctors and specialists and attend to a patient filled with plastic ailments. One of these ailments is a wrench located in the ankle, resulting in a “wrenched ankle”.

Two people play the game of checkers. The round pieces in checkers or draughts, as it is also known, are used to move across the board diagonally and capture the opponent’s pieces by jumping over them.

A popular word game, Scrabble is played by placing lettered tiles onto a board to form words and score points. A blank tile carries no letter and can be used freely by the player to represent any letter in the alphabet.

The game Yahtzee, formerly called Yatzie during its earlier reign, is based on sheer luck and probability. Five dice are rolled in a cup in the hopes of achieving certain combinations to score points.

Popularly known as Clue in North America, Cluedo, a mystery murder game, was first introduced in 1949 in the United Kingdom. The game set consists of several miniature weapon pieces which include a plastic candlestick.

The game of Battleship is a guessing game played between two players. Players use the white and red pegs to mark their opponent’s attacks on their ships.

One of the oldest and most popular board games, chess is based on strategy. The knight, often represented by the head and neck of a horse, moves across the board in L-shaped patterns.

Trivial Pursuit has over 50 special edition games from Star Wars to the Baby Boomer edition. Correctly answer the trivia questions in this game and you can advance your piece, often called a cheese.

Designed for young children, the game of Candyland is quite simple and involves little counting and reading. The pawns are used by players to race across the colored blocks on the board.

A European board game, Agricola is based on economic and resource management. Players assume the roles of farmers and raise various animals including pigs.

Introduced since 1906 as the Landlord’s Game by Elizabeth Maggie, the objective of the Monopoly game is to drive opponents into bankruptcy. The thimble was one of the earlier playing pieces used in the game.

Carcassonne is a game in which you lay tiles down to create roads, cities and monasteries in any configuration. The meeples, or people pieces, claim the city and roads to score points once completed.

Scrabble, a famous word game introduced in 1948 by Alfred Butts, is played by two to four people. The D tile is worth only two points in this game.

Introduced in Germany in 1995, Catan is a multiplayer board game which mimics the life of settlers. The players/settlers use these pieces and gather available resources to survive.

Originating in Minnesota in the 1980s, this game involves strategy and luck. The goal of the game is to create two rows of 5 spaces, or a sequence. The poker chip game pieces are used to mark the cards on the board.

Misleading by name, Chinese checkers is a strategic board game of German origin. The game is played on a six-pointed star. The colorful pegs are moved across the board in single steps by players.

One of the oldest games out there, backgammon is about 5,000 years old. It involves moving the checker-like pieces to your points on the board and then rolling dice to get them off the board. The first to bear off wins.

One of the oldest known games, Mancala was first played using stones, beans and seeds. Today, the game is played using a board and 48 plastic pieces. The pieces are placed in 12 pockets, switching off turns.

The board game Battlestar Galactica is based on the Sci-Fi channel series of the same name. In this three-hour game, players assume the roles of pilots and military leaders engaging in several activities which include moving between the ships.

Blokus, a newer board game, involves four different colored sets of pieces. Each piece is a different arrangement of square tiles. The goal of the game is to strategically connect all your pieces, and not get blocked by another player.

Ticket to Ride, or Zug um Zug in German, is a popular board game. Take your train piece along a route to complete your destination ticket. Hop on this train game!

Designed by Anthony Pratt, Cluedo or Clue, is a mystery murder game published by Hasbro. Available in the game set are the playing pieces/ suspect tokens and the weapon tokens, which include a lasso.

Published in 2006, Quirkle is a strategy board game believed to be similar to the games Scrabble and Rummikub. The game is played using 108 wooden tiles or pieces which are marked with colored shapes instead of letters.

Thought to be the oldest board game in existence, Go was introduced in China thousands of years ago. The game is played using a board and game pieces referred to as stones. The stones are used to strategically cover more territory than one’s opponent.

The English version of the German game, Funkenschlag, Power Grid was introduced in 2001. The players become companies responsible for supplying electricity to cities. To do this, they use raw material such as garbage pieces to power their plants.

One of the first three-dimensional board games, Mouse Trap was first published in 1963. Players spend time building a mouse trap which they then use to trap opponents’ mice. Each player is represented by a mouse-shaped playing piece.

A classic game dates back to explorer Captain Cook. Now plastic coins, instead of wood, of different colors are stacked on top of one another. To win, create four in a row.

Based on the sequence of real-life events, the objective of the Game of Life is to acquire the most assets by game end. As such, money is represented by money tiles and is used for the payments of items such as houses and insurance.

A tactical board game, Reversi, or Othello, is played between two players on an 8X8 uncheckered board. The game pieces are 64 identical disks. The disks are white on one face and dark on the other.

Players test their talents in this fun, active game. From sketching, to acting, to humming, you must complete the challenge before time runs out. You can advance your piece on the board once you get it right!

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