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Top 5: Classic Board Game Patents

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Top 5: Classic Board Game Patents

As the rain keeps falling outside the AOP Boston office, we’re reminded of rainy days stuck inside the house trying to find ways to stay entertained. If you’re stuck inside on a rainy day too, keep yourself busy with some classic board games. For this week’s Top 5, we take a look at the patents behind some of our childhood favorites.

1) Monopoly

Monopoly was originally based off of the property-purchasing game “, ” created by Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips. She patented the original game board, in 1904. The game was later purchased by the Parker Brothers and widely distributed. According to, it is the best-selling privately patented board game in history.

2) Sorry!

3)Sorry!, a popular board game originally trademarked in 1929, was not patented until four years later in 1933. The game not only engages players in a race to the finish, but lets competitors knock their opponents back to the starting line in an effort to get into first place. It is based off a game
originally played in India known as ““, also recognized as “Parcheesi” in the United States.

Twister

This board game is unlike the rest in that the players have to move themselves around the game board, instead of moving typical game pieces. The original was issued in 1969 for “Apparatus for Playing a Game Wherein the Players Constitute the Game Pieces”. Instead of the usual cardboard game board, this game uses a decorated plastic sheet as a board for players to compete on.

4) Game of Life

The original game, called Checkered Game of Life, was by Milton Bradley in 1866. Reuben Klamer, an early employee of the Milton Bradley Company, had been tasked with developing new game ideas when he found the original game design in old files. He put his own spin on the game before presenting the new updated version, which was later turned into the “Game of Life”.

5) Clue

This classic “whodunnit” mystery game was in 1947 and widely distributed starting in 1949. As the patent explains, “The object of the game is to identify a hidden combination of three cards, one from each suit, as a result of information accumulated during play.” With so many variations on the answer to the mystery, players have hundreds of different possible scenarios each time they play the game.

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FAQ

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Who is the murderer in the board game Clue?

I think it's Professor Plum with the candlestick in the library.

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What is the board game clue?

You have to try and decide who did the crime, where it was done, and with what weapon and it all takes place on a board with dice

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