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Classic Game Room Games

Written by: Editorial Staff

November 13, 2012
Filed Under Games and Toys 


classic game room gamesContributed by Info Guru Oliver VanDervoort

When looking to put together the best of the best of your man cave or just entertainment room, a safe bet for a place where everyone can have a fun is if you go the route of the classic game room.

Somewhat forgotten thanks to the explosion of the handheld gaming industry, the game room used to be the staple of everyone’s rec centers. The best news is that these days, going retro is the thing to do when decorating. In order to get the best room and to go fully retro you need to go with the best classic games and game tables. In order to help you out, we’ve brought you the top ten classic game room games.

10. Poker

One of the games that is absolutely synonymous with the classic game room games is poker. Get yourself the best poker table you can, a set of personalized poker chips, a few decks of cards and you’ll be able to have some fun tournaments with family and friends.

9. Lego sets

So maybe it doesn’t feel like a “game” in the true sense of the word. But the fact is, Lego bricks are an amazing start to so many fun games. Make up contests where family members have to compete to build the most unique machine, the best animal or the most creative house from their pile of Legos. No rules except the ones you make up! Now that’s a game worth playing!

8. Air Hockey

Another great choice to outfit any man cave or rec room. Air Hockey tables are a must have for anyone who is putting together a great room. You can go with the high tech electric or the lower end tables that actually sit on another table and are battery operated.

But for the best game room exerience, get it all with a rotating game table, that brings air hockey, foosball and more, all in one easy-to-turn space.

7. Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Is there any self respecting game room that didn’t have a ping pong table (or table tennis if you swing that way) in their basement or game room back in the day? Bring back that fun with your own ping pong table — just add a few table tennis paddles and some balls and you’re set for a game guaranteed to get the kids up and away from the computer.

6. Foosball Table


The table stock full of little wooden soccer players that spin around on poles, thanks to the handles on either side has been a staple of gaming for decades. Foosball tables simply need to be in any game room that is actually calling itself a game room.

5. Darts


No room is going to be complete with a dart board. There are all kinds of different dart boards from the extremely basic to the ones that have digital scoring systems and score boards.

4. Classic tabletop games

chess and other classic table top games

Sometimes the best games are the ones you play sitting around a table. Make sure your game room is well stocked with the basics like chess, checkers, backgammon and dominoes. Then add newer strategy games to your collection for a game room that works for active days and quieter nights, too.

3. Arcade games

Adding a full-sized arcade game to your game room can be just the wow-factor you want. Choose from multi-game units, active arcade games like golf or “classic pinball” or your favorite retro or modern arcade game. Not only do you get to play whenever you want, you get to save all those quarters, too!

2. Pool


Bumper pool might be a classic, but the even more classic game has to be the original pool (or Billiards). Every game room simply needs to have a pool table or you are doing something wrong. Add a few pool cues, some chalk and good lighting, and you’re set for good times with good friends.

1. PacMan

Can you even come close to having a rec room without having an arcade game? And if you’re going to go with a retro arcade game you have to go with PacMan right? Seems like a no-brainer to put it at the top of this list. But you don’t have to invest in a genuine arcade sized machine to get the full experience. Full action Pac Man and other classic arcade games are available for your PC or Mac, so make room for the computer in your game room.

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