I think (and I know this is repeating myself coz i must have said it). these are what you have to do.
1: Quest for Fire. I don't even remember when this stopped but having the whole elaborate set-up to get fire was always like. "Okay GAME ON."
*2: Getting to know you ice-breaker kinda game. (First seen (officially) in Amazon). I really liked this game because i think you get to see the personalities more. you also see this type of goofy hahaha stuff during Trivia Quiz with the blocks. i think removing this from every season was bad - it's a perfect way for us to continue to know people, especially with all of the swaps.
*3: Coconut Chop OR Some Game where you have to rank your tribemate. (and. how you "fix it") you don't make this a reward. (though it should) you make this an immunity challenge. There is no way (even if you were secure in your alliance) would you throw it then.
*4: Memory. (my favourite ones was Fiji (probably because of the Lisi bellyflop) but the Amazon "memorize the village then answer questions" was also awesome). and really THAT would be so cheap to set up....
5: "Gross Food Challenge" i'm glad they started to bring this back to be honest.
*6: Let Me Tell You A Story. (Jeff's storytime quiz) why this stopped, I will never know. this was always so much fun and a "play along at home" type of game.
7: Giant Puzzle Maze Race: (Usually final four but has been seen in other versions). this was ALWAYS my favourite challenge because you knew it was game time. 9 remains my favourite, but Cagayan had the amazing one with the turnstiles too. honestly, if this meant scraping all the puzzles just to have the GIANT PUZZLE at the end - do it show. DO IT NOW
*8: Fallen Comrade Memory Game: I know exactly why this one stopped Tom v. Lex re: Lindsey v Kelly- but honestly, i think by now you can come up with questions that can avoid that yah?
9: Temptation Endurance: Jumping for Peanut Butter? Stripping for Peanut Butter? Negotiate for a Boat Ride in? Again. it lets us know (and care more) about the players, and it shows some stragey if you are playing attention
10: Auction Time!! Like i said if the point is to "unbreak" it. you do it by hiding the advantage in food. it can be in the first item, in the gross food item etc if people don't wanna eat it or whatever, fine their perogative but it gives us something fun to see, and it's fun to do (also. in this i'd let them share money etc. that's the best part, sharing money and bidding for food together. again. it shows more character. (He's a JEW! HE CAN'T HAVE THE HAM!!)
9: FIGHT TO THE DEATH Endurance Challenge: like I said I don't care that Tom and Ian Broke it. That was the point. and I honestly don't think it should have stopped. i think so many storylines have come out of this challenge (Rich stepping off, Tina/Colby fighting for it, Lexheria, Amber pleading with Rob to step down (and then touching the pole, and Jenna's whinging that she didn't move her foot), Lil's "I do squats Jon." retort, the arrow stances in Vanuatu, the Tom/Ian Show down. like. at this point. there is no way you're gonna buckle, unless you know you're safe (and do you even risk it really? - i mean the only one who had to was truly Rich because Rudy would take him (and he'd lose), he'd lose if he Took Rudy and he knew he'd lose Rudy's vote, and kelly made the most sense, and he still almost lost.
and the ones i have starred.. I think those are what make the show amazing. We can "play" along. we can try to figure out where things are, you can remember how much you remember about the contestants, they're not just the same blob of people for the most part.