3 Of the Best Board Games You Have Never Heard Of

We have all played well known, fun, and popular board games such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, Risk, Scrabble and a bunch of the other best board games of all time. However, a few fantastic games have flown under the radar over the years. Some, like Mancala, have been around for a very very long time. Others such as Barricade and especially Floorboard Football/Golf are newer just waiting for their time entertain family and friends on game nights.

1. Mancala

mancala wood playing board  

According to Wikipedia "is one of the oldest known games to still be widely played today. Mancala is a generic name for a family of two-player turn-based strategy board games played with small stones, beans, or seeds and rows of holes or pits in the earth, a board or other playing surface. The objective is usually to capture all or some set of the opponent's pieces. Versions of the game date back to the 7th century, and evidence suggests[according to whom?] the game existed in ancient Egypt."

Pretty interesting right? You can also play Mancala while traveling to keep your skills honed.

2. Barricade

barricade board game with frog pegs

This board game originated in Germany around the 1960. Barricade provides an extremely entertaining combination of both strategy and a sprinkle of luck. One of the most fun parts about the game is how players can team up on each other. Through use of the white frogs (we also have a version of barricade which is smaller and uses pegs) you can block another players path. If one person at the table you are playing with is getting on your nerves then team up and make sure he finishes last!

3. Floorboard Football & Golffun family board game for ages 4 and up

Now this the board game you have likely never heard of which is a shame. Each side of the wood board contains a different game. As the name suggest one is a Football related game while the other is for the Gold enthusiasts out there.

All you need to play is the game board and some loose change. The rules are laser engraved so you never have to worry about ink wearing off over time.