21 Party Games You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By
Friends don't let friends throw parties with boring games.
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Spontuneous, a song game that requires no singing talent whatsoever: One player chooses a word, and the others have to think of a song with that word in it.
Think of it as the beginner's version of the
riff-off in . For example, if one player selects the world 'love,' people could yell, "All You Need Is Love" or "Stop in the Name of Love." As you go around the board, there are also spaces with challenge cards that ask you to perform tasks, such as singing five seconds of a country song. The object of the game is to stump the other players with a tough word, but you have to have an answer yourself. It's recommended for ages 8 and up and for four to ten players. Just don't go looking for a record deal when you're done. Pitch Perfect Promising review: "The game brought laughs and tears running down our cheeks as the whole table would break out into a song. This game is fun for any family who wants to have a good time, is willing to laugh at each other, and can think fast on their toes. The rules are pretty simple and the turns around the table go fast. We had to think of about nine trigger words each and play with about nine people as well. The game works in both partners and individuals. I would recommend anyone play the game and take it to every party. Introverts do have a hard time playing when there are a lot of extroverts who will shout and yell the lyrics right over the top of someone quiet. Make sure you have a team spirit in mind, and that the game is supposed to be fun for everyone, and you won't regret purchasing this game." — Canary
LCR: Left Center Right will get your game night rolling. Players roll dice to see where to move their chips, and the last player with chips wins.
The game includes three speciality marked cubes, 24 chips, and instructions. It's recommended for ages 5 and up.
Promising review: "This game is so much fun! The more people the better. I was introduced to it in a hospitality suite at a professional conference. Needless to say, it sure was an icebreaker! We made things a little more interesting and each person played with $3 (rather than the enclosed chips), and the pot was substantial. I also lent it to a friend to take on vacation with her young nieces and nephews. It was a hit for a rainy day at the beach." — KD
HedBanz is the G-rated version of that Diversity Day episode of The Office: You wear a card on your head and ask yes-or-no questions to figure out if you're an animal, food, or man-made object.
The premise is simple, but it's fun for families. You have one minute to guess. It's recommended for ages 5 and up and for two to six players.
Promising review: "This game is so much fun! I played with friends and their kids once before. I opted to buy the adult version for my spouse, and it was nowhere near as fun as this one. The kid game is perfect for all ages. It’s a great ice breaker game and gets people talking. I often bring this to parties and everyone quickly becomes friends. :D" — Jim
What Do Your Meme? lets you challenge your friends and family to create the best memes. And if your family doesn't know what a meme even is, just tell them to pick the best caption for the photo!
Are you even "adulting" if you don't spend half your day looking at memes on the internet? Well, now you can put that knowledge to good use. Challenge your friends to find the funniest caption to pair with the photo card selected. It's not for children and can be played by 3 to 20 players. Plus, when you get tired of using the same cards over and over again, you can get an
expansion pack (or two or three) to keep the games going! Promising review: "I was browsing the internet for a fun group card game that wasn’t Cards Against Humanity when I came across this gem. My family and I dabble heavily into memes, so I knew this would be a great fit. I planned a party specifically set around playing this, and when the day finally came, it was totally worth it. Every round there was so much laughter we couldn’t speak. The nature content cards are separated from the rest of the deck, but we shuffled them in, and it was great." — Tianna
Cards Against Humanity has more than 29,000 five-star reviews, so you know it's worth it to indulge the horrible people you and your friends are.
This game rose to popularity and rose fast. It has a simple concept, but is not for the faint of heart (and might not be the best to play with your parents, take my word for it...). This new version has more than 150 new cards. One person asks a question from a black card and everyone else plays a white card with their funniest answer. The person with the most black cards at the end of the game wins funniest friend. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Plus, don't forget to stock up on
expansion packs to keep the game fresh forever! Promising review: "As long as you are playing with people that you know that won't be offended by anything that may come up in the cards, this game is great. There are several times during a game that you will laugh until you nearly cry. The only negative is that some overly sensitive people may have some issues with statements on cards. This is an adults-only game." — Jody D.
Smart Ass lets you speak up and shout the answer, even when it's not your turn. Just answer the trivia questions first (or loudest) to become the Ultimate Smart Ass, which comes with bragging rights.
If you know the answer when it's not your turn in a game and always fight the urge to shout it out, this game is definitely for you. You have to be the first one to answer the "Who Am I?," "What Am I?," and "Where Am I?" questions from the eight clues to move around the board game and become the Ultimate Smart Ass. The game includes six playing pieces and stands, 411 question cards, and two jumbo dice.
Promising review: "This a great trivia game for the whole family. Even the grandparents enjoyed playing it. Don't let the name to cause you to think twice about the purchase. It is clean and fun entertainment. It should be everyone's new favorite trivia game." — Amazon Customer
Rummikub will keep you thinking the whole time as you rearrange tiles in runs and groups and also get uncontrollably mad when the person before your turn "steals" your move.
Let me start by saying I LOVE Rummikub. We've been playing it in my family for years. My dad played it with his nanna (who made up her own rules, but that's another story) when he was growing up and kept the tradition going with me. It's a fun game that I love to teach friends who visit (and even other family members who've never played). It's similar to the card game rummy, but instead of cards, you collect tiles to create color runs or groups. You rearrange the tiles to try to get rid of all of the ones in your hand. The first person to do so wins. It gets addicting, so make sure you have time for multiple games. It's recommended for two to four players and ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "This has become my family's favorite game. It's easy enough that people of a variety of ages and mental abilities can have fun playing it, but it can also involve quite a bit of strategy for the more genius types. My 80-year-old in-laws play Rummikub all the time, and my family plays with them a couple times a year. Boy, are they GOOD! It just shows me that this is the kind of game that can really grow with your ability, so it never gets boring." — Cheryl
Joking Hazard turns you and your friends into jokesters as you create terrible comics about friendship, sex, violence, and more.
This game starts with one card from the deck. The judge for the round then adds a card, creating the beginning of a comic. The rest of the players then add their suggestions to finish it and the judge picks the best one. And as the game suggests, maybe don't play this with your grandmother, unless she's the coolest lady around. The game includes 360 cards and is recommended for ages 17 and up.
Promising review: "I bought this for a game night with a larger group (nine people), and we had so much fun playing this!! Whereas with Cards Against Humanity, it seems the object is to be as crude as possible, the fun here lies in building a story with two or three sequential comic strip pieces. Don't get me wrong, it can by highly NSFW, but building a small story takes some brains, too. I cannot recommend this game more!" — J. McGrath
Disturbed Friends, for your close group of friends who you can say just about anything to. You vote on what you think your friends would do in horrible situations.
Warning: This game is not for everyone and
definitely not for kids. It makes Cards Against Humanity look tame, so be careful. But it's all in good fun and you find out some dark and twisted things about your friends. One person reads a multiple-choice question and the other players vote on what answer they think that person will choose. If the player is right, they get a #WINNING card. The first person to get 10 of those wins. Recommended for up to 10 players, ages 17 and up. Promising review: "This is easily the WORST (and I mean that in a good way...) game I’ve ever played. Lots of super-twisted questions, and I played this with close friends. The hubby and I are both Army veterans and most of the people we played with have similar life experience. I cannot remember the last time I played a game that literally made me want to roll on the floor in laughter! I highly, highly, highly recommend, but don’t send me the bills if you need a shrink after this adventure!" — Howza
Watch Ya' Mouth puts your listening skills to the test as players try their best to say funny phrases while wearing a cheek retractor. It's just as outrageous as it sounds.
Try saying the phrase "warm beef meatballs" without being about to move your lips. Not easy, right? This game challenges teams to work together to figure out what the person wearing the cheek retractor is saying. It includes 10 mouthpieces (six medium and four small) that are dishwasher-safe and 143 phrases. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Promising review: "This game includes laughing till your sides hurt, crying, drooling, and barely being able to take your turn at times because you're laughing so hard. Honestly, I didn't quite know what to expect, but this game is hilarious. If you have a good sense of humor and are open to making a fool of yourself, this is perfect for you!" — Lisa - Iowa
Price: $15.99 (available in five varieties)
Never Have I Ever will bring out your friends' deepest, darkest secrets as they reveal the things they've done.
The concept is fairly simple: You have to tell your friends if you have done whatever's listed on the card. You've probably played a similar game in high school or college but spent five minutes trying to think of something. Well, this game takes it a step further with both play cards with actions you may or may not have done and rule cards. The first person to collect 10 rule cards wins.
Promising review: "This is a great party game! I played it with several friends of different lengths of friendship, and I still learned so much I never knew. I probably would not recommend it for families, as many of the subjects are questionable at best, but it's GREAT for groups of friends. Get ready to bare all for your life story in one of the best ways to get to know someone. The Rule Cards add a fun new element to the classic 'I Never' game, allowing you to switch up the rules each turn. Even in the midst of drinking, this game held up its fun appeal. I would absolutely recommend!" — Steven Jones
5 Second Rule is not a game of dropping food on the floor to see who can pick it up the fastest (wouldn't that be interesting, though?) but instead challenges you to name three things that fit a category in only five seconds.
Naming three brands of deodorants might seem easy — until you're put on the spot with only five seconds to do so. As the times zips by, you may be left tongue-tied, but that's part of the fun. The game includes 576 questions and a five-second twisted marble timer. It's recommended for ages 10 and up and at least three players.
Promising review: "This game is fun and quick. If you want a quick game, a few rounds of this doesn't take long at all. It is a challenge to be put on the spot and spit out three guesses quickly in the category. The rest of the players get to think longer about the answers until it is their turn, though they can't duplicate any answer previously given. The timer is interesting with three small marbles that run down a spiral ramp. It's very quick to set up and easy to just jump right in." — Scottypiper
Price: $13.49 (available in original and new edition)
Scattergories keeps you thinking as you try to come up with answers that fit the category on the card. But wait, that's not all! The answers also have to start with the letter on the dice.
This game requires you to think hard and think fast. You only get points for answers that nobody else comes up with. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Promising review: "I was planning a game night with some friends and wanted to try something new. I played this as a kid and remember really liking it. It was a blast. Everyone had such fun and came up with some pretty creative answers. I played it with some family, and my sister-in-law went online as soon as we finished and ordered it for herself." — Tara Freeman
Drunk Stoned or Stupid lets you call out your friend who would most likely do whatever's on the card. Just be sure to play with friends you can be certain will still talk to you the next morning.
The setup is simple: Just read the card and decide which person playing is most likely to do it. Some cards are tame, like "Watching
Planet Earth for 5 hours," while others are not, such as "Lose their pants." Once the group comes to an agreement, that person gets the card and whoever has the most cards at the end wins. If your or your friends' feelings get hurt easily, you may want to skip this one. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Promising review: "This is an amazing game! This game is so much fun to play, and it is absolutely hilarious. You can follow the directions or make it your own; either way the cards are super funny and allow for a lot of storytelling. I think the more people you have playing, the more fun the game is. I would definitely recommend this game." — Amazon Customer
Jenga is a classic game of concentration and flat surfaces. Be careful you're not too sure of yourself though!
If you haven't played Jenga, where have you been? Now it's time to own it yourself. This game is great and as easy (sort of) as it looks: Stack the blocks, and then pull one out without crashing. This set includes 54 hardwood blacks, a stacking sleeve, and instructions.
Promising review: "This is a great game that can be play by all ages and either by yourself, with someone else, or with a group. There are so many possibilities. This is definitely a great game for game night. This game builds on your critical thinking skills, as each move has to be well-thought-out or you can lose in a blink of an eye. So, it is challenging, fun, and competitive all at the same time. Basically, each player builds upon another player's move until the blocks come crashing down. The person who makes that last move loses." — QT
Exploding Kittens turns Russian roulette into something cooler with cat illustrations for those who love their games with a litter edge.
Don't worry! No cats were harmed in the making of this game. Players draw cards, and if you draw an Exploding Kitten card, you are out — but you can play a defuse card to save yourself. There are also other cards that help you strategize to stay in the game. The last kitten standing wins. Recommended for ages 7 and up and two to five players.
Promising review: "I was skeptical at first of this game, but then some friends invited me to play, and I was amazed at how fun it is. Normally when I find games that my 7-year-old can enjoy, they are not nearly as fun for us parents, but this is completely different. The rules were simple enough that my son picked it up after one game, it kept everyone's attention (each round is fairly short), and the game was full of laughter from everyone! I have played it with three to five players, and with every group size it has been a blast. This really is a must-have for any family that likes playing games." — Seth D Kravetz
Yeti in My Spaghetti will keep the littlest participants in game night occupied as they try to get the noodles out from under the Yeti before he falls.
The game includes 30 noodles, the yeti, and a bowl. It's recommended for ages 4 and up and two or more players.
Promising review: "This game is very entertaining for a 4-year-old and 9-year-old. The pieces are well-made and durable. It's easy to clean up, and also easy to set up for a toddler/preschooler. Sometimes it's hard to find games that are appropriate for that age group, but this definitely fits the bill. The price is great, too!" — Bring me a latte
One Night Ultimate Werewolf turns your group of friends into characters who are either good guys or bad guys, as you all work to find out who is Werewolf.
Each player draws a card with a character on it with a special power. You must use the powers to uncover who the werewolf is. If you do, you win. But if you don't, the werewolf wins. Recommended for ages 8 and up and three to ten players.
Promising review: "My family and I play a lot of board games, and this game is our second most favorite game. Reading, understanding, and explaining the rules might take a little bit of time. Also, remembering the characters might take a bit of practice and time to get used to them, but once you get a handle on the game it is very fun and addicting. I highly suggest getting the app for the game because it makes it much easier to play. The app removes the requirement for someone to read the passage that is required before the game starts. The app also has a timer that tells you when to stop the game and guess who the werewolves are. Anyone can play this game and the more people play it at once the better it gets." — Farhad
Five Crowns Card Game is not your average deck of cards: You use the five suits in the deck to create sets and runs, and a wild card keeps things even more interesting!
This game takes rummy to a new level. The goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards by making sets and runs. But each round a different card is wild, and so each round is different. It's a classic game for one to seven players and anyone over the age of 8.
Promising review: "We love playing this game. It is so easy and fairly quick. And truly the game isn't over till the Kings Go Wild — though my mom (age 95) seems to win more often than any of us! I got this for her for Christmas because we play it often, and she wants to play with her friends (they play cards once a week for hours at a time). So it's definitely for ages 8-99!" — Sue H.
Catan may take over your life as you trade, strategize, and use tactical skills to guide your settlers to victory.
Each player places two small houses on the terrain to start their settlements. When the dice match a terrain number, that person gets a resource. They then use the resources to expand across the board and build roads, new settlements. The first player to get 10 victory points wins. It's recommended for three to four players and has a 60-minute playing time.
Promising review: "Beware! Don't try this unless you plan on getting addicted. Your life will forever be altered. You'll find yourself begging strangers to come over to play. Watching YouTube videos to improve your game, bribing your children. Your spouse will become a tricky, sneaky person you hardly recognize. While you will plot ways to take over. Side effects include: less TV watching, more under-the-table kicking, spontaneous maniacal laughter, snacking while plotting the demise of your friends and family. Best fun you've had in hours!" — Katie & Tyler's Mommy
Cover Your Assets will have you wishing all the money in your pile is real as you compete to be the first to earn $1 million with a variety of assets.
Each player stacks assets (e.g., piggy bank, baseball cards, stocks, family jewels) until they add up to $1 million. But be careful, because the asset on the top of the pile can be stolen by another player with a matching or wild card. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Promising review: "This card game is great for all ages. It doesn't take too long to play, and there is no need for deep thoughts and arguing like you have in Monopoly. This game also helps kids (and adults, LOL) practice their math skills. There is strategy involved, and the game can change with each player's turn, so things stay interesting. We highly recommend Cover Your Assets!" — Evan Koch
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