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The island of Catan may be fictional, but the devoted fans this addictive board game generates are very real (and super strategic). Get sucked in, too, in How Settlers of Catan Works.

By Robert Lamb

As fun as they are, most traditional puzzles can fall a little flat. However, 3-D puzzles – made from plastic, wood, fabric and more -- have been boggling minds for centuries. What separates 3-D puzzles from their two-dimensional brethren?

By Dave Roos

Word games can be fun (and frustrating) forms of entertainment, but if you're tired of the same old crosswords, why not try your hand at their puzzle cousins, acrostics?

By Nathan Chandler


If you love the challenge of chess and can't get enough of the game, you can try out special chess puzzles to improve your skills.

By Jane McGrath

First used for confidential messages during times of war, cryptograms have now evolved into leisure-time puzzles. What are some of the keys to breaking the codes?

By Colleen Cancio

Although (or perhaps because) no lives are at stake when you decipher a cryptoquote, these cryptology-based word puzzles are a brain game for the ages.

By Joy H. Montgomery

Puzzle boxes were originally created in Japan as a way to thwart thieves. Today, they're popular around the globe as decorative brain teasers. Here's how they work.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus


Some can see them; some can't. They're 3-D eye puzzles and they were all the rage in the '90s. Get the tricks to solving these crazy images.

By Danielle Fisher

In Japanese, the word Futoshiki means unequal. And if you like sudoku or KenKen, this number puzzle might be your next addiction.

By Jonathan Strickland

What do you get when you combine a crossword puzzle grid, the logic of sudoku and a bit of basic math? Find out how kakuro puzzles add up.

By Jane McGrath

KenKen puzzles, referred to as the new sudoku at the time they were created, are popular brain teasers that vary in degree of difficulty. Here's how the game is played.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus


If you've ever seen the TV game show "Concentration," you've seen a rebus puzzle. How did these unique puzzles get their name?

By Dave Roos

Since the 1880s, sliding puzzles have delighted and infuriated the people who try to solve them. What makes these simple games so compelling?

By John Kelly

Tangrams are puzzles made of cut-out shapes that can be combined to form other shapes or designs. So exactly how do they work?

By Matt Sailor

It's no surprise a certifiable genius created Numbrix. It's challenging and unique -- and trains your brain.

By Chris Warren


Many puzzles can stump even the smartest players. But which head-scratcher is the hardest in the world?

By Terri Briseno

Sitting around in front of the television is an American pastime, but it's not the best vehicle for connecting with your kids. Family events and activities are where the real memories are made, and you don't need much more than a deck of cards.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Some of the best strategy games -- those that require thinking rather than luck or physical ability -- have been around for centuries, while others have been released in the past decade. Which ones stand out from the pack?

By John Kelly

The ancient Chinese game of mahjong has evolved into numerous versions as its popularity spread throughout the world. What are the basic rules you can use to get started playing?

By Jennifer Sellers


The game of chess has been challenging the human mind for centuries and the Netflix show "The Queen's Gambit has made it more popular than ever. How do you play this time-honored board game?

By Meredith Bower

Checkers is a seemingly simple strategy game that has been around for generations, but its billions of complex approaches make this game a classic. What do you need to know to get started playing?

By Thorin Klosowski

Scrabble is a crossword game of both skill and chance -- you have to have a good knowledge of words, but you're also stuck with whatever tiles you pick. After all, what can you spell with an X, a Z and an L?

By Jill Jaracz

The game of dominoes is quite simple -- all you have to do is connect tiles with the same number of pips to each other until you have none left. Playing the game is simple, but winning is another story.

By Josh Clark


In 1954, two Canadians on a yacht created the addicting dice game as way to pass time. And while Yahtzee may be a game of chance, but there's a fair amount of strategy involved, too.

By Julia Layton & Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

UNO is one of the world's most popular card games for several reasons. It's easy to learn, fun to play and allows ample opportunities to shout in the face of imminent victory. No, really: It's right there in the rules.

By Marie Willsey