Everyone likes to be the best and everyone likes to party, right? That’s why we’re bringing you list of best party games which we have researched a TON because this is one of our favorite ways for groups to have a fun and memorable evening. Wine & Cheese? Thanksgiving leftovers? Playing party games, which are not too serious, and can bring out personalities like no other, is a great way to unwind on a Friday or Saturday night, and celebrate the end of work week by having a blast with friends.
Ever since this game launched 7 years ago in 2011, nothing has come close to toppling its hold as being the #1 Party Game of all time. For such a simple game, this is a must play if you’ve never played. However, this game comes with a seriously WARNING: Brace yourself for some truly offensive cards and concepts, as literally nothing is off-limits. Yet, everyone that I know has a copy in their home. The designers were as upfront as they could be with the title because this party game really is CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY.
A fabulous and instantaneously fun game that was introduced to me over Thanksgiving. This is probably my favorite party game. The concept is similar to Card Against Humanity except instead of reading a prompt card, the active player displays a MEME and players choose a card from their deck that they believe best fits the MEME and that player’s sense of humor. Ever want to see how and what other people are thinking and what they think is funny? This is the best way to get into all of your friend’s minds, in a good way.
A big hit for USAopoly, Telestrations after Dark is slightly more inappropriate, than the classic version of Telestrations. A modern take and naught twist on the game we all know and love, Telephone, Telestrations After Dark makes for a fun evening of using both your left and right brain.
4 – Apples 2 Apples
Apples 2 Apples preceded Cards Against Humanity, and is still one of the most popular Classic Party Games out there, and one the whole family can enjoy. How well do you know your friend/sibling/significant other? The Moderator for the round selects a card and players must select a card from their hand that they think best matches the card played, e.g. the card could say ‘Popular’ with the adjectives well-liked, accepted, and preferred underneath. Incredibly good for those emotionally tuned in 🙂
5 – Pictionary
This game is a classic that may never go out of style, possibly why it was played in the movie partially about board games – GAME NIGHT! – and also why so many other games (e.g. Telestrations and Celebrity) are partially based on the mechanics in this party game. Also, why is it so hard to draw? Part of what makes this game so fun is the creative ways and devices that players come up with to try to get their team to guess the hidden word. An absolutely winner of a party game – let’s bring this Classic back!
6 – Wits & Wagers
Though this game was initially released in 2005 and won the Mensa Select Award as well as Board Game Geek’s Party Game of the Year in 2007, it’s still remained under the radar. Of all the games on our Best Party Games list, Wits & Wagers is the most intellectually stimulating game. While the other games require more pop culture and social awareness, Wits & Wagers is a betting, numbers, and guessing game, unless you happen to know many obscure yet relevant facts, most of which are numbers. Players guess, and then bet on their or other player’s guesses with tokens. Also, this a team based game, so while not quite a cooperative board game, this is not just individuals playing against each other.
7 – Head’s Up
This is basically Taboo inverted, and also comes in a version for your phone. Except that you place either a card or your phone on your forehead while playing, thus why it’s called Head’s Up!! Once you purchase the game or download the app, you can choose certain categories and the player’s around you give you clues as to what the word or movie or phrase on your head is without saying the word. Some of them are really hard – the player or team with the most guesses right wins! Even though this game is not on our list of best family board games, it is a fabulous and fun game for groups and the family. And easy to bring on vacation!
8 – Celebrity
There’s nothing needed for purchase outside of pen and paper to play this infamous game that someone created. Players take 5-10 pieces of paper and write down famous people, e.g. celebrities, on each piece. The pieces are then folded up and placed in a bowl. Players form 2 teams and try to get their team to guess as many celebrities as they can in 1 minute. In the 1st round, players can say a phrase describing the celebrity. Once all the pieces of paper are completed, they go back in the bowl for the 2nd round, where players can now only use 1 word to describe the celebrity. For the 3rd and final round, no sounds or words are used, and only gestures are allowed. It’s great fun.
9 – Quiplash
An uber fun game, today I save the best for last. This is one you play on screens and is yet another take on saying, choosing, and creating fun phrases given a prompt for other people to laugh, giggle, and vote on BUT using a TV screen and your phones to play! A super engaging, fun, and easy to play, all you have to do is go to Jackbox.TV on your phone, assuming someone has purchased the application, and begin a new game! A huge hit, for $9.99 you will get hours of entertainment and fun!
CONCLUSION: A quick note to say that the way I am defining a “party game” is as one that is played in big groups, yes, but many board and card games also fit that definition. What makes a board game a party game specifically is that you could bring the game to a group gathering, to a party or to a ski weekend, and it’s easy to learn and get started and play, e.g. you wouldn’t bring any of the games from our list of best strategy board games to a casual Saturday night in with friends, as usually there’s a social feel and less thinking required than many of the other other games we review. A strategy game could take 40 minutes to learn, while most party games can be taught in 5 to 10 minutes.