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Classic Smart Games

Back to basics, game style!  These old favorites, and a few "new" classics, will keep you and your gifted kids busy for many years.

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Abalone
Can you push your opponents marbles off the board?  Loosely based on Sumo wrestling, the rules are simple but the strategies are endless... Also available in Travel Abalone
 
Backgammon
Classic strategy game...
 
Battleship
Classic strategy game, adored by gifted kids as young as 4 or 5...  Also Electronic Battleship and Travel Battleship
 
Big Boggle (2-6 players, ages 8 and up) The original 3-minute word search game!
Shake up the 25 lettered cubes, drop them into the grid and start the timer.  Then race to see who can list the most words with the highest point value among the random letter assortment in the grid!  Or try Boggle Jr. or Boggle Folio (To Go)
 
Chinese Checkers
A one-rule game that's easy to learn and fun to play. Build chains of colors from the 42 patterned cards... Also 5-in-1 Traveling Games
 
Clue
Classic murder mystery board game.  To win, you must successfully deduce the who, where, and how of Mr. Boddy's murder.  Different game each time you play...
 
Connect Four 2 players, ages 7-11 (gifted ages 3 or 4+)
Part skill, part luck of the draw. Two to four players try to get their rack of 10 cards in consecutive order, from lowest to highest, first.  Also Connect Four Fun On the Run and Connect 4 Stackers
 
Continuo
A one-rule game that's easy to learn and fun to play. Build chains of colors from the 42 patterned cards... Or play Hexago Continuo
 
The Game of Life
Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Try marriage, kids, and more. Will you go to college and take out student loans? Or join the working force and collect on payday? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything's possible with a spin of the Life wheel! Newer versions include... The Game of Life Twists & Turns, The Game of Life - Bikini Bottom SpongeBob SquarePants Edition, Game Of Life Indiana Jones, Game of Life - Pirates of the Caribbean  Dead Man's Chest Edition
 
Go
Classic strategy game.  Also Folding Go or Travel Go. Learn more from Wikapedia Go Game
 
Klutz Books Recommended
Klutz Book of Board Games portable board, directions and pieces, all in one!
 
Labyrinth
I loved Labyrinth as a child, and it hasn't changed, and still delights kids today!
 
Mancala
4 player Mancala
Ancient African strategy game - easy to learn, more difficult to master.  And a new twist on an old game!
 
Mastermind 
Classic logical deduction game.  Also Deluxe Travel Mastermind, Attaché Mastermind and Mastermind for Kids
 
Mille Bornes 
First published in 1962, Mille Bornes (pronounced "meel born," French for "milestones") is an auto racing card game whose object is to be the first to complete a series of 1,000-mile trips - another favorite from my childhood!
 
Othello
Classic strategy game, "A minute to learn, a lifetime to master."  Good for young kids, still fun for adults
 
Pagoda Puzzle
The classic recursion algorithm brainteaser...
 
Pit
The "Corner the Market" Card Game. Shout your deal and trade your cards to "corner" the market. Be the first to get all the cards of one commodity, slap the "Corner!" board and you'll win the hand. You'll feel like a trader in the pits of the exchange! Beware of the Bear and take your chances with the Bull...  Also Deluxe Pit Card Game
 
Risk
The game of world conquest--features a tri-fold game board that is a map of six continents divided into 42 territories. It's a game of strategy as you battle to win by launching daring attacks, defending your territory, and moving across continents with your cunning plan! Or try the futuristic Risk 2210 A.D. or Risk Godstorm - a time of myths and legends!  Also available Risk 2003 Edition, Winning Moves Games Risk 1959, Risk Onyx Edition
 
Scrabblen
After 50 years, it's still the best word game in the world!  Also Scrabble, Jr., Scrabble Game Folio (Travel), Scrabble Platinum Edition with Rotating Board, and Scrabble Premier Wood Edition
 
Senat
We are still fascinated with ancient Egyptian civilization. There are many unanswered questions that still perplex the scientists and engineers of today's world. You have a chance to relive the life of Egyptian royalty, and play Senet, the favorite game of the pharaohs. There were ancient Senet games found in King Tutankhamon's tomb...
 
Stratego
The classic game of battlefield strategy. Your mission is to capture your opponent's flag and protect your own.  Move with caution and courage. The next piece you attack could be a bomb... Also Stratego: Onyx Edition, 50th Anniversary Stratego
 
Traverse 20th Anniversary Edition Checkers gone Wild! (ages 7+ (5+ gifted), 2 to 4 players) by Educational Insights
What do you get when you cross checkers and Chinese checkers with a hint of chess and some extra-wild rules for advanced players?  Traverse! 
 
Tri-Ominos
The classic triangular domino game...  Tri-Ominos in Tin and Tri-Ominos Travel Pack
 
Trivial Pursuit
2400 trivia questions in six categories... pick your edition!  Trivial Pursuit 25th Anniversary Edition, Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It, Trivial Pursuit: Totally 80's, Trivial Pursuit 1990's Edition, Trivial Pursuit Greatest Hits, Trivial Pursuit For Kids Nickelodeon Edition
 
Yahtzee
The classic dice game, soon to be 50 years old!  Or try the Yahtzee Super Mario, Yahtzee The Nightmare Befor Christmas Jack, Yahtzee Peanuts 60th Anniversary, Yahtzee The Muppets, Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee: Oogie Boogie, Yahtzee Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides or Yahtzee To Go
 

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Last updated October 20, 2013
 

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