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26 Life-Size Versions of Popular Board Games

Andréa Fernandes
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Everyone's favorite board games get a whole lot more fun when they're super-sized. (Also: the pieces are harder to lose.) We've gathered up a collection of jumbo variations on classic board games—if you think we've missed a good one, let us know in the comments!

Candy Land

I was surprised there weren't more life-size versions of the candy-themed game, but the quality of these two jumbo versions makes up for the lack of other variations.

Lombard Street

San Francisco's famously winding Lombard Street was turned into the biggest version of Candy Land ever to celebrate the children's game's 60th anniversary in 2009. Laughing Squid has more videos and photos.

Candy Land Garden

Craftster user KandeeCorner (and YouTube user eieioh1) created a garden based on the various iterations of the Candy Land game board. You can read about her project in the Craftster boards.

Operation

On G4's "Attack of the Show," Kevin Pereira, Candace Bailey, and Gillian Jacobs played a life-sized G4 version of the buzzing medical game. Check out the photos on Attack of the Blog.

Scrabble

America's favorite word game is also one of the most popular games to get the life-size treatment.

Mississippi Children's Museum


The Mississippi Children's Museum boasts a Hasbro-official giant Scrabble. In the photo above, some members of the Navy ham it up at the museum for Mississippi Navy Week. Photo from the Mississippi Children's Museum's Facebook album of Mississippi Navy Week.

Canstruction Vancouver 2011

Amazingly enough, the Scrabble above was created from canned goods for the 2011

Canstruction Vancouver

, a canned food sculpture competition that raises money for the

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

. Photo by Flickr user Karen Neoh (

karen_neoh

).

Valley Fiesta 2010

The "Giant Games in the Valley" portion of the 2010

Valley Fiesta

in Brisbane, Australia, boasted this colorful version of the word game. Photo by Flickr user Michael Zimmer (

zayzayem

).

Kensington Market

Toronto's

Kensington Market

has "Pedestrian Sundays," during which this giant homemade version of Scrabble was available to play. Photo by Ish & Jen of

SunshineInToronto.com

.

World Literacy Day 2010

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington

(LAW), a not-for-profit organization that provides free numeracy and literacy support to residents of Wellington (New Zealand), hosted a giant street game of Scrabble on

World Literacy Day

2010.

Toy Story Mania!

While this version isn't playable, its size earns it a place on this list. Gracing a building at

Toy Story Mania!

in Pixar Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a folded Scrabble board being hoisted by Army men. Photo by Flickr user

Beau B

.

Monopoly

These "life-sized" versions of Monopoly aren't quite the size of the real locations named on the popular game's board, but they're still a lot bigger than the table-top version!

Guadalupe River Park

This

permanent installation

in

Guadalupe River Park

, near the

Children's Discovery Museum

in San Jose, CA, is the largest Monopoly game board in the world. Photo by Flickr user

HarshLight

.

Bally's: Atlantic City

To attract attention for their "

Pass GO! Collect $200

" promotion,

Bally's

and Hasbro created a jumbo Monopoly game on the boardwalk outside the Atlantic City casino. More information about the game and promotion at

Press of Atlantic City

. Photo from ACWeekly.com's

Atlantic City Central blog

.

Minnesota State Fair 2002

The 2002

Minnesota State Fair

included a tented walk-able version of Monopoly. Photo by

Stephen A. Edwards

from his

Crazy Minnesota album

.

Mousetrap

This amazing life-size game of Mousetrap was created by Mark Perez and company for Maker Faire 2007. To see more of the game, check out Nathan Bennett's (mostly) night-time photos.

Word on the Street

Origins Game Fair 2010 hosted the first life-size rendition of Out of the Box Games' Word on the Street.

The Royal Game of Ur

Odessa Design

created a giant (yet portable) version of the

Royal Game of Ur

for the British Museum to celebrate the press launch of

www.mesopotamia.co.uk/

. Photo from

Odessa Design

.

Chess

Giant chess games can be divided into two categories: human chess, in which people are the pieces, and super-sized chess, in which jumbo versions of the traditional pieces are used.

Jeu d'Echecs Indien

Henri-Pierre Picou's 1876 painting,

Jeu d'Echecs Indien

, depicts a human chess game in India. Unfortunately, we can't find much more information about it, although there are an awful lot of sites offering reproductions. Image via

Wikimedia Commons

.

Monselice, Italy

This human-chess game took place in Monselice, Italy, and was photographed by Wikimedia Commons user

Zyance

.

Jai Mahal Palace Hotel

The grounds of

this luxury hotel

in Jaipur, India, include an amazing carved life-size chess set. Photo by Flickr user

squinting

.

Taj Exotica

Taj Exotica

, another luxury hotel owned by the same company as the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, is also home to a cool jumbo chess set. Photo by Flickr user Sean Ellis (

s_w_ellis

).

Brindavan Gardens

They must really love chess in India, because a third life-size chess set resides at the

Brindavan Gardens

in Krishna Raja Sagara, India. Photo by Flickr user

lucy like whoa

.

Yahoo! Burbank

Yahoo!'s Burbank, CA, campus

includes this giant courtyard chess set surrounded by flowers. Photo by Flickr user Konrad Summers (

tkksummers

).

Best Western Resort Country Club

The fourth (or fifth, if you count the Henri-Pierre Picou painting) Indian life-size chess board on our list is an amenity included with

club membership

at

Best Western Resort Country Club, Gurgaon

in New Delhi, India. Photo via the Best Western Resort Country Club

web site

.

The Embarcadero

Pieces for the giant chess board at the Embarcadero in Morro Bay, CA, can be rented from the city's

Recreation Department

. Photo via

TripAdvisor.com

.

Checkers (and Chess)

Bastions Park in Geneva, Switzerland, has at least four grids painted onto the pavement, with corresponding sets of playing pieces for checkers or chess, whichever strikes the players' fancy. Photo by Flickr user

gringaespanola

.

Chinese Checkers

The “Giant Games in the Valley” portion of the 2010

Valley Fiesta

in Brisbane, Australia, also included this large version of Chinese checkers as well as the previously mentioned large Scrabble. Photo by Flickr user Michael Zimmer (

zayzayem

).

Battleship

Julie, who writes the blog

Jules Journal

, and her family created this jumbo version of Battleship for an event at their church. Photo via

Jules Journal

.

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26 jumbo versions of our favorite board games not enough for you? Don’t worry, we’re not stopping the fun. Head over to our

“Popular Games, Super-Sized” board

on Pinterest for more giant games around the world. And if you’ve seen a good one, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the board.

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