Most Popular Games of 1900 to 1949

The 1900s was a time of card, board, and street games. Gaming has always been a form of family entertainment. The type of game that was mostly played throughout the 20th century is board games.

Many board games were created in the 1900s for families and children to play even today in your spare time and have fun with your family. At that time, board games were a great way to connect with your family while having fun.

The 1900s was also a time for different sports and football games like football and basketball that most people like to play today. Football, also known as soccer, gained popularity in the 1900s, and many people started to play football on the streets. It is still trendy today as many football fans like to watch and play football. After football, basketball became very popular, and several basketball courts were created.

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Board Games


Monopoly is one of the most classic board games created in the 1900s. Many updated versions of the game were made after the release of the original game by Parker Brothers in 1935. The most recent rendition of it is the 70th Anniversary Monopoly Here and Now Banking Edition. It is a game based on luck and strategy.

One player has to roll the dice and play the game carefully with the right approach to become an economically powerful player who is superior to others. This action is only achieved when the winning player gains control over the most personal properties, utility companies, and financial opportunities. The game ends when the player goes bankrupt.


Scrabble is one of the most well-known crossword board game. The earlier versions of the game were created in the early 1930s, and after that, James Brunot trademarked Scrabble in 1948. It usually involves about two to four people at a time.

The players have to score points by placing the tiles of letters onto the game board. The tiles placed by players must form words either from left to right in rows or downward in columns, and these words must be included in the dictionary or the lexicon.

The game’s primary goal is to be the last person to form the words with the remaining tiles and collect the most points to win the game.


Sorry! is a board game that was published by Parker Brothers in 1934. It isan ancient Indian cross and circle based on the game called Pachisi. In this game, the players move there three or four pieces around the board, trying to get all the parts home before any other player.

To win the game, you have to get all your pawns to the home space. Getting your pawns to the home space might sound simple, but it is quite hard as the other players can bump you back to the start.

You need to draw the accurate number of spaces required between a pawn and your home space to get there. The number must not be higher than the number of spaces between your pieces and the home space.


Wahoo, developed by the Parker brothers, is a popular cross and circle board game, similar to Pachisi! In this game, you have to move several marbles around the board. It has been a popular game for decades.

This game is playable by 2 to 6 players. To start, you have to place all your marbles in the starting area, and after you have done that, you need to roll the dice, and if you get the highest number, you get to go first and proceed to the left.If two or more players roll the same number, they need to roll the dice again to break the tie. You have to collect all your marbles from starting to the home to win it.

Candy Land

Candy Land is another popular board game of the 1900s, published by Milton Bradley in 1949. The game board represents a road in a Kingdom, and the primary goal of each player in the game is to reach the finish line.

The storyline of the game involves searching for the missing King of Candyland. The players can boost up to the end of the Kingdom road by moving their game pieces towards the nearest color or an image represented by a card drawn from a deck.

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders, also known as Chutes and Ladders, is a popular 1900s board game published by Milton Bradley Company in 1943. In this game, the player gets rewarded for doing good deeds, and he suffers the consequences of evil deeds.

Even though it is a moral theme-based game, it can generally be played for fun, and the player’s winning depends on the dice’s role. The game’s main objective is to get to the end without falling in one of the chutes. If you land on one of the ladders, it will quickly take you up to the last square of the game. This game is somewhat similar to Candy Land.

Street Games

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek is another popular 19th-century game that people still play today. Three or more players can play this game. It is an example of an oral tradition. In this game, one player is chosen as it, and he has to count to 10 with his eyes closed while the other players hide. After the counting is done, it says, “Ready or not, here I come,” and then he goes finding the players hidden in the area.

The game can end in many ways. The typical method of ending is making the first caught player of the game the next seeker or ‘it.’The player found last is the winner of the round. Another way of ending the game is making the seeker count at the base “home base” while the hiders can remain hidden, or they can come out of there hiding spot to race to the home base, and if they touch it, they are safe, and no one can tag them.

Kick the Can

“Kick the Can” is one of the most popular street games of the 1930s. This game is a variation of “Hide & Seek.” It is playable with at least three players. One person or group is selected as “IT,” and the can is placed in the middle.

The other game players try to hide while the “IT” counts to a certain number by closing his eyes. If a person is caught by “IT,” they go into a jail made for captured players. If anyone of the uncaptured player manages to kick the can, then all the captured prisoners are released from jail.

Capture the Flag

“Capture the Flag” is a 1930s street game that is fun to play with a large group of friends. To start the game, you need to divide at least six players into two teams, with a team having its flag and marker at its base.

The goal is to protect your colored flag in your territory, run into the other team’s territory to capture their flag, and make it safely back to your territory. You can tag “enemy” players in the game and send them to your jail. They can be freed by their team members running in your area.


Parachute is made for children of all ages. The participants are decided upon the size of the parachute. In this game, you get a large round parachute with handles that you have to hold. It helps if some in charge is telling you what to do.

In this game, you use a parachute type thing, which can go up and down with air. You run underneath it while people hold on to it. You can also place light objects like Wiffle balls or bean bags on top of it and make it bounce by moving the parachute.

You can also sit in the middle of the parachute, with everyone ruffling it near the ground. If the floor is smooth and a child is lightweight, you can place him on the top of the parachute, and everyone can walk along with the parachute while holding the edge.

Traffic Cop

Traffic Cop is a street game that is playable with little or no traffic or the pavements. To play the game, you’re required to have bikes, wagons, pedestrians, scooters, etc. One person becomes a traffic policeman and directs traffic to ensure that the kids don’t bump into each other.

It’s fun to play a game that helps the kids learn more about traffic and its rules, like waiting to cross the road on the red signal and then running to the finish line on the green signal. Reaching the finish line by following the traffic rules concludes a victory. The winner then becomes the traffic cop.

Sports Games

Table Tennis

Table Tennis is a popular 1900s game known as Ping Pong because of similar principles. It involves two to four people and starts with a hard table divided by a net. All you’ve got to do is hit the white ball known as the tennis ball with the small racket and pass it to the second player.

The second player then gives it back to you. You earn a point when the other player fails to pass the ball back to you or misses the ball. You have to play as fast as you can without letting the ball fall. The whole game goes on like this.


Football is another popular sports game of the 1900s that is still played today. The game involves kicking a ball to score a goal. Two teams of 11 players each try and hit the ball in the opposing team’s goal without using hands.

Only the goalkeeper can take the ball in hand and handle it within the penalty area surrounding the net—the one who scores the most wins at the end.

The 1900s – The Age of Simplicity

In the early days, things were pretty simple. People used to spend a lot of time with each other and enjoy playing different games, such as board games, street games, and sports. Most of those games were physical and hence led to a healthy relationship with other people. Unlike today, everyone was so calm and peaceful back then, as they had a lot of time to spend with their loved ones.