All Fun and Games: The Best Board Games Quiz

By: Bambi Turner

All Fun and Games: The Best Board Games Quiz
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Choose your game piece, and get ready to roll the dice! Take our quiz to see how much you know about the best board games of the past and present.
According to the official rules, how much money do you get when you land on Free Parking in Monopoly?
$200
all the money in the center of the board
none
Per the official rules of Monopoly, players get no money, property or reward of any kind when landing on Free Parking. Of course, your house rules may vary.

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Which of the following tokens was not one of the ten original game pieces in Monopoly?
iron
thimble
dog
The ten original pieces were based on charms used on bracelets and did not include the Scottie dog.

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How much money does each player start with in Monopoly?
$1,500
Players start with $1,500 according to the official rules of the game.
$2,500
$5,000

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Which of the following is not one of the red properties in Monopoly?
Illinois Avenue
Kentucky Avenue
Atlantic Avenue
Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana Avenue are red in Monopoly, while Atlantic Avenue is yellow.

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True or false: The police officer in Monopoly has a name.
true
The police officer is Edgar Mallory, while Rich Uncle Pennybags goes by the name of Milburn.
false

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Who is the dead heiress in 13 Dead End Drive?
Aunt Ermitrude
Aunt Agatha
13 Dead End Drive players compete to win the fortune of dearly departed Aunt Agatha.
Aunt Ingrid

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How many characters are there to choose from in the original 1993 version of 13 Dead End Drive?
eight
12
Players choose from 12 characters. In the 2002 sequel 1313 Dead End Drive, the number of characters increases to 16.
18

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Who is the unfortunate victim in the game Clue?
Mr. Mustard
Mr. Scarlett
Mr. Boddy
The game of Clue is set at the Tudor Mansion, home to host John Boddy.

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Who is not one of the suspects in the game Clue?
Professor Plum
Mr. Green
Lt. Lemon
The six suspects in Clue include Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. White and Mrs. Peacock.

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Which of the following is not a weapon used in Clue?
a car
The killer can choose from six different weapons in Clue, but a car is not one of them.
a rope
a lead pipe

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How many female characters appear in the original Guess Who?
three
five
Out of 24 characters in Guess Who, just five are female, which caused a minor controversy in 2012 when a young girl wrote to the company to ask about the lack of females.
12

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How much money do you start with in the game Life?
none
$1,000
$10,000
Players set out with just $10,000 but can earn more by working — or just getting lucky.

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Where do the wealthiest players in Life end up?
Yacht Club Row
Countryside Acres
Millionaire Estate
Successful Life players land on Millionaire Row, while those who finish with less money resign to Countryside Acres.

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What do players use as tokens in the game Candy Land?
gumdrops
gingerbread people
Players travel through Candy Land using one of four brightly-colored gingerbread people.
candy canes

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What happens when you land on a licorice space in Candy Land?
You go back to start.
You skip ahead three spaces.
You lose a turn.
The evil Lord Licorice has left trails of the sticky sweet candy across the board. When you step on one, you automatically lose a turn.

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Who is married to King Kandy in Candy Land?
Gramma Nutt
Queen Frostine
The beautiful Queen Frostine — formerly Princess Frostine — is married to King Kandy.
Princess Lolly

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True or false: The pyramid builders may have played checkers in their free time.
true
References to the game of checkers have been found in texts dating back more than 4,000 years.
false

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What is checkers called in England?
drafts
dunnings
draughts
Players in England refer to checkers as draughts.

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How many ships do players get in Battleship?
five
Players get five ships to position however they want at the start of Battleship.
eight
10

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What color peg indicates a hit in Battleship?
white
red
A red peg indicates a hit, while a white peg indicates a miss.
neither

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True or false: The name of the poor patient in the game Operation is Aching Andy.
true
false
The patient suffering from water on the knee and other ailments in Operation is known as Cavity Sam.

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What classic game was historically referred to as "tables"?
backgammon
Backgammon was traditionally known as tables and may date back to 300 C.E.
chess
checkers

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What is the traditional name for the game Othello?
Reversi
Othello is a brand name version of Reversi. While the origins of the game are disputed, it was first played in the late 19th century.
mancala
patolli

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What game was originally called La Conqueste du Monde?
Battleship
Monopoly
Risk
Risk was originally called La Conqueste du Monde, or World Conquest, when it was created in 1957.

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How many territories are players fighting over in Risk?
44
Players battle over 44 territories spread across six continents.
24
six

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True or false: You need to have four checkers in a row either horizontally or vertically to win Connect Four.
true
A Connect Four win requires four checkers in a row — which can be arranged horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
false

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What is the correct name for the castle-like structure in chess?
knight
rook
The castle is called a "rook" and can only move in straight lines, never diagonally.
bishop

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Which chess piece moves in an "L" shape?
queen
pawn
knight
The knight moves three spaces at a time in an "L" shape.

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What color are the Entertainment pieces in the game Trivial Pursuit?
orange
pink
The six pie slices in Trivial Pursuit represent six different categories. Pink represents Entertainment.
brown

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What classic board game is a simplified version of Capture the Flag?
Stratego
In Stratego, players use an army of 40 pieces to beat their opponents.
mancala
backgammon

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