The most popular parlor games among Germans, this 2019 survey by market research firm Statista uses Hasbro to promote some of its titles. Frequent players have to be very strong now, because their favorites are not reflected in the poll results. This is not particularly surprising: after all, it is mainly infrequent and family players who make up the bulk of the "scene".

Statista surveyed just over 1.000 people between the ages of 18 and 64 in 2018 to determine the "most popular parlor games in Germany". The results were then published around the SPIEL'19 in Essen. So the survey is no longer very fresh, but it can be assumed that the answers were hardly any different today. It comes as no surprise that Hasbro, of all people, uses the survey for PR purposes, as several titles from the toy giant can be found in the top 10 most popular board games.

"Don't worry" beats them all!

If you look at the actual question asked in the Statista survey, it's quickly over with "particularly popular": "Which of these classic parlor games do you have at home?" was the specific question. The list is badly led by the classic: Ludo, a board game that can be found in 77 percent of the households of the people surveyed. Memory and Monopoly are tied for the next places. “Classic games are still very much in vogue. If you want to spend an entertaining time with family and friends while playing, you often reach for the games from Hasbro Gaming, which have been tried and tested for years, ”writes Hasbro itself. Monopoly, The Game of Life, Taboo, Risk, Trivial Pursuit and Cluedo from Hasbro Gaming counted one According to an independent Statista survey, it is one of the ten favorite board games in Germany.

Somehow that's true. At Hasbro, they also know why some simple titles are as successful as they are: "Although new games always offer more unusual and complex game principles, most people associate classic parlor games with the best memories and experiences, because we know that fun is guaranteed here . The rules are
known to almost everyone and it can be played straight away without much preparation.”

Quick entry, quick fun, short play times, everyone happy. The classics evidently stand for something that is often disregarded with increasing popularity of more complex board games: immediate fun. No regular course of study, no playing times of several hours - even if that is what makes the hobby so attractive for experts and connoisseurs. Playing board games is also a matter of taste - this applies in one direction, but also in the other.

And there must be something to these classics, which are hated by frequent players but are so consistently represented on the market. A Christmas without her? Hardly imaginable. Anyone who gives away board or card games as a gift often grabs titles that are popular in everyday life - especially when it comes to giving gifts to other non-players or occasional gamers. Monopoly, Tabu or Cluedo were and remain "door openers" for the first steps in a hobby that can be increased in terms of complexity almost at will. As a frequent player you may smile at the classics, but for many beginners they are the first points of contact with the scene. And with a bit of luck you will catch fire for the hobby. Today's Monopoly has mutated years later on the table into Brass: Lancashire; those who used to like risk are now playing Star Wars: Rebellion or Twilight Imperium.

Hasbro Gaming takes the Christmas business with it - and keeps releasing or modifying the classics. Hasbro Gaming is currently presenting the funny new version of its classic family game Monopoly. In “Monopoly – Wrong Game” counterfeit Monopoly dollars are in circulation and the players have to uncover them with a decoder. In the red-hot, frenetically-heated gameplay KA-BLAB! Hasbro Gaming takes up the popular game mechanics of the classic Tabu and continues them. The turbulent game comes up with 200 category cards for lots of surprises and challenges and ensures fun and thrills at the next family game night. New versions of The Game of Life and Trivial Pursuit are also available with The Game of Life Super Mario and Trivial Pursuit 2010 Edition.

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