The Top 20 Board Games that Teach You about Business

Whether you realized it or not many of the board games you played growing up taught you a lot about the world of business.  These games helped us develop many of the necessary skills that we to conduct business today. While earning a business degree can help you expand and refine those skills, these games helped you understand the basics from a very young age. 

Below is a list of the top 20 board games that teach you about business and help you develop valuable skills beyond rolling the dice.

Business Board Games

1. Alibi

While playing this murder mystery game players use their skills of deduction and reasoning to make strategic decisions and solve the crime.

2. Anti Monopoly

Unlike the traditional game in this version you learn about the implications of monopolies, the free market system, and how to stick it to “the man”.

3. Apples to Apples

By playing this game you will learn how to consider opponents points of view on different topics; great for developing you critical thinking skills.

4. Balderdash

Develop your creative thinking skills by writing down your own definitions to words that fool your opponents.

5. Battleship

In this game you try to not get your battleship sunk while learning about strategic planning, the laws of probability, and logic to sink your opponent's naval fleet.

6. Clue

To find out who committed the murder in the library with the lead pipe, you will gathering information to develop insights and make key management decisions to solve the crime.

7. Empire Builder

As you work to grow your railroad empire across the country, you’ll learn about business strategy, competitive advantages and entrepreneurship.

8. Guesstures

Here you will develop your business presentation skills by thinking on your feet, expanding your vocabulary, and articulating delicate information to your teammate.

9. Hedbanz

Teaches you logical problem-solving and reasoning skills by trying to identify who or what you are in a fast-paced, time sensitive game for the whole family.

10. Jeopardy

This game teaches us that sometimes others know more about a subject than we do, a good thing to learn early in life.

11. Lords of Vegas

Strengthen your capital management skills of growing a casino in the high action, high risk, and high reward business world of Las Vegas.

12. Million Dollar Challenge

Buy low, sell high. This game teaches the principles of investing and trading as you develop your money management and decision-making skills.

13. Monopoly

Teaches you the importance of fiscal management, while developing negotiating skills, learning about getting a return on investment, and how to take calculated risks.  As well as that nobody likes going to jail.

14. Pay Day

When playing this game you’ll learn about budgeting, cash flow analysis, how bank loans work, as well as the excitement we all get on pay day!

15. Risk

Key elements of learning here include international affairs, geography, and resource management as you attempt to conquer the world.

16. Sorry

Here you learn about statistical probabilities, develop a determination mindset, and learn how to say you’re sorry; even if you don’t really mean it.

17. Taboo

Learning how to work with people and think outside the box is a major part of this game. Don’t say anything taboo while you’re developing your communication skills.

18. The Farming Game

Farming isn’t as easy as most people think. Here you’ll learn a life lesson about the risks versus rewards decisions that farmers make when trying to grow their business.

19. The Game of Life

Play this game to learn about the value of a college degree, and how to make strategic decisions and see how each choice you make affects you and your family.

20. 30 Second Mysteries

Solve the mystery from different cases in history while refining your communication and negotiating skills to help your team come out on top.

Which ones are your favorites? If you know of any other great games that help you learn about the world of business please share them in the comments below!

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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