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    27 Card And Board Games You Might Want To Buy Now That You're Spending More Time At Home

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    1. Monopoly: Ultimate Banking, because everyone knows this game will take f o r e v e r to complete so you might as well add it to your to-play list this week.

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    The worst part about Monopoly (aside from the time you have to devote to completing a game) is cleaning up all that darn money. This version of the game does away with that by using bank cards for cashless gameplay!

    Promising review: "Not only does it include an electronic banking system (which is faster and efficient) but the game's rules are modified. For example, there are no hotels, and each purchased property gets one house. The rent increases any time any player lands on the property. Instead of Chance & Community Chance Cards, there are Monopoly Cards (basically the same as the former) and Location spots that allow you to pay to move to any space on the board — you can go to a property you want to buy, a property you own to increase the rent, or move to a space near Go so you will collect on the next turn. Whereas the original version took me and another player 2–3 hours to complete, this version took about 50 minutes on our very first time! I love this game and this version, and definitely recommend it. The rules are straightforward and the electronic banking system calculates everything for you." —PJNY

    Get it from Amazon for $23.70.

    2. Codenames to make you and your family or friends feel like you've landed inside a James Bond film. You'll divide into two teams of rival spies, and each team's spymaster will give them one-word clues related to words on the board. But be careful — spymasters want to make sure only their team identifies the right word associations.

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    Promising review: "Codenames really is genius in its simplicity. It's a fantastic party game because it can be taught in under five minutes and provides a ton of fun. It has definitely been a hit in my gaming group and with my family over the holidays. Two players are chosen as the ones giving the rest of their team clues while the rest desperately try to make sense of what they are talking about. A 5x5 grid of word cards is laid out and then using a key card that shows what words are for each team and which ones are bystanders or an assassin, the clue givers take turns saying a clue word and a number which indicates how many of their team words are related to the clue. The team guesses and the clue giver places a token on their guesses corresponding to the red team, blue team, bystander, or assassin. The first team to cover all their words wins, though guessing the assassin automatically makes you lose. The game is surprising simple, but provides hours of entertainment, especially as everyone laughs over the connections that everyone makes. I cannot recommend it enough!" —kccayson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.39.

    3. Unstable Unicorns – it's the perfect game to play with your closest friends...mainly because they likely won't judge you for asking them to partake in an activity that revolves around building a gang of unicorns to destroy your friendships.

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    Promising review: "Amazon recommended this game for me; I wasn't sure what to think at first. We played with five people and it took about half of the game to get it down. Holy crap this game is so much fun. We had only planned to play it once and move on to other games, but we ended up playing this three times. Absolutely loved it and everyone did that played. The game play is easy, we loved the screw over your friends aspect." —WJN

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. Bananagrams (or Party Bananagrams!) to *lit*erally bring a smile to your bookworm buddy's face — it combines all the fun of crossword puzzles and Scrabble for a fast-paced game anyone who loves words will appreciate.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my sister for Christmas, and she jumped out of her seat when she opened it up! I had no idea a little game could get someone so excited. We all played it after dinner, and it brought hours of enjoyment. This is a no-pressure game; you go at your own speed, and it is very entertaining. The carrying pouch makes traveling with the game so easy, so you can bring it along to parties or wherever. I will be ordering one for myself!" —Rachel Hukill

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (or try Party Bananagrams for $13.49).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of Party Bananagrams (#2 in the post)!

    5. 5 Second Rule – it challenges you to name three things that fit a category in only five seconds. Apologies to anyone who thought this would be about eating food off the floor.

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    Promising review: "This game is great. We saw it in a store and bought it on Amazon since it was significantly cheaper. We have played with friends multiple times. Everyone has a great time and laughs a lot (I am 28 but have played with all age groups). A few card subjects are a bit questionable, but they are good topics for the most part. They cover a wide range of topics so that everyone can play. I am bad at actors and song artists, but only a few have had you name songs or movies so that is good for me. We generally don't keep score since we play with a big group and have more fun just playing for laughs. I love the timer. It makes a funny noise and is entertaining to watch the balls drop. It definitely adds to the stress (in a good way) of trying to come up with the answers in time! Definitely would give this gift as a present." —Jean

    Get it from Amazon for $16.69+ (available in original and new edition)

    6. Jenga to test your concentration and dexterity skills. Be gentle or the whole tower might come tumbling down!

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    Promising review: "This is a great game that can be played by all ages and either alond, 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

    Get it from Amazon for $10.27.

    7. Cards Against Humanity has more than 31,000 five-star reviews, so you'll be able to rely on it for a good time (and as a reminder that you and your friends are horrible humans).

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    My cousins and I break this game out at every family gathering. Yes, we make tons of morbid jokes throughout, but we have THE best time! Take this game with a grain of salt and have a laugh.

    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.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    8. Exploding Kittens – it comes in both regular and ~explicit~ versions, because you deserve options, baby! It'll remind you a bit of Russian roulette: players draw cards, hoping not to draw the "exploding kitten" card and be kicked out of the game. Might as well gather your squad and get a game going right *meow*.

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    Promising review: "I got this for my teenage daughter, and it was both well-received and well-played! This is a quirky, funny and flexible game that beats the hell out of any electronic caca you might be considering as a gift. This little card game provides actual interaction in a light and funny way, plus it allows (indeed encourages) a high amount of silly randomness. Very fun, and fine for two to four people. Don't worry: no actual kittens were harmed in the making of this game. Several did barf rainbows, however." —K. Jensen

    Get them from Amazon: regular for $19.93, explicit for $19.99.

    9. Quickwits – a fun tabletop game you'll want to bring to every party you attend from here on out because it can be learned in no time at all.

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    Promising review: "Such a fun and amazing game. The rules were easy to learn, and I've actually tested it at my departmental Friendsgiving and my own Friendsgiving with friends my age. When we played it without alcohol, the game was still fun, even though there were some annoying cards that are really obscure for my friend group (like Skateboarder). The rest are fair game. When played as a drinking game, it gets even more fun and it becomes a no-holds-barred kind of game where you'll find how out how quick your friends' wits are and what strange things they can come up with when they get really competitive!" —Andrea Jurado

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. Deluxe Wood Jumanji to transport you straight back to 1995 with a replica of the game featured in the original film.

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    I'm still having nightmares from watching the original film.

    Promising review: "There were no issues at all with the condition of the game and the presence of all the parts. However, dealing with the monkeys, spiders, stampede and a mad hunter was a tad taxing." —John E. Sahm

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    11. Foodie Fight for the "Food God" in your life who would love nothing more than to roast your butts in culinary trivia while literally roasting a chicken at the same time.

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    Promising review: "Thrilled to have just received my copy of the revised edition of Foodie Fight! We've played, adored, learned, and gifted the original for years and have been hungry for more! This will make gift-giving pure joy — I can't wait to give it to all of my food-loving (and non!) friends. Cheers to Foodie Fight and Bon Appétit!" —SED

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69.

    12. Ticket to Ride to keep you on your toes and fill the travel void in your life (yay for staying at home ALL the time). Players will compete to grab the best train cards and routes to earn points — and you can connect it to your Amazon Alexa for ultimate gameplay.

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    Promising review: My husband and I were introduced to this game by friends and then he HAD to have it. You can play with just two people but I find that it is much more enjoyable and interesting with at least four. We aren't into gaming at all but really enjoy the strategy that goes into this game and that you can complete the game in a reasonable time frame.

    The board is a big map with destination cities. Each player has destination cards and the goal is to get from one destination to another by linking train pieces across the map. You connect city to city by collecting and playing cards of different colors. Earn points by connecting cities — the longer the distance, the more points. Once a destination route is complete, you also earn points for that card. A shorter distance (New York to Chicago) is worth less than longer distances (New York to LA). Of course there are different rules for collecting and using cards, how to score points, etc. that you can read into deeper once you purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $40.86.

    13. A classic game of Sorry! you probably played when you were a kid. You and your pals will get a nostalgic kick out of breaking this board game out again years later.

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    Promising review: "Sorry! is the perfect game for children and adults to play together! Seriously — perfect. Opportunity for counting and reinforcing rote memory, few pieces to hang onto, and easy enough for even the youngest player. Great to develop problem-solving skills — 'which way should I move this pawn to get the most from one's turn.'" —Sondra

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. Rummikub – your grandma will likely cheer over your choice to purchase this.

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    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift to give to a friend. We have been playing Rummikub for years. It's always one of our favorite 'go-to' games. It's challenging but no so much that you cannot socialize between plays. This game is a good for people who do not like to play cards or like regular board games. It reminds me of Phase 10 in that you have to create sets and runs with the tiles but there are not different levels to complete or advance to. Because it's only for a maximum of four players, we often have team play when there's more than four people. That creates a fun scenario as well. We like this game so much that we have a travel edition that we pack when we go on weekend getaways with family or friends. I would definitely recommend this game. It's fun and easy to learn and will provide years of enjoyment." —nambo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.75.

    15. Disturbed Friends – it should probs only be played with close friends who you can say just about anything to, since you'll be voting on what you think each of you would do in a terrible situation. FUN!

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    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

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    16. Watch Ya' Mouth will hilariously put your listening skills to the test while each player attempts to say funny phrases while wearing a cheek retractor. Prepare to actually LOL.

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    Promising review: "This game is hilarious! The kids and adults were both laughing so hard I'm surprised no one peed their pants! This game is great! The only downfall is, once you've gone through the cards, you can pretty much guess what they're saying. We tried making new cards, but then one person knew all of the cards which made it no fun for them. Maybe, next time, we'll all make cards so the guessing can continue. Hopefully that will fix the ONLY issue. Have fun!!! Pro tip, floss and brush your teeth before you play! Your friends will see EVERYTHING. Oh! And bring napkins 😂." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.77 (available in three varieties).

    17. A game of Never Have I Ever, so you can finally find out all of your roommates' deepest darkest secrets — who doesn't like to stir the pot a little?

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    Promising review: "I played this game with a bunch of people including my 20-year-old daughter. Needless to say, I learned quite a few things that I really didn't want to know. But I am sure she felt the same way. Our family has a great sense of humor so it was all in good fun. You get rewarded for your past bad behaviors in this game. Sometimes you hate to admit what you did but you get one point for doing so. It is a great party game if you are not easily embarrassed. If you are, well that makes even more fun for everyone else!" —Tim

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in three versions).

    18. Dungeons & Dragons to let you and your friends finally live out your nerdiest gaming fantasies. Whether you wan't to lead the pack as a Dungeon Master or pretend you're a wizard for a while, anything goes!

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    Dungeons & Dragons is THE ultimate role-playing game. If you're stuck in the house for a bit (which we all seem to be), it's the perfect time to start a campaign. This kit comes with an eBook, 1000 pre-generated characters, a map, and more to help you get started. If you're already familiar with DnD, check out the latest adventure book from Matthew Mercer for some fresh ideas.

    Promising review: "I am brand new to DnD and this starter set is amazing and walks you through the first steps into a whole new world. This specific set comes with so many extra features like several sets of dice so you and your friends can start right away, and so many digital downloads that give you characters, monsters, and even a DM screen to help the DM get started right away. Thank you so much for an awesome set to an epic game!" —Kevin Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    19. Game of Life – it's like an hour-long version of the scrappy M.A.S.H. game you probably played as a tween, so you'll definitely have a grand old time discovering what your salary will be and how many kids you'll have.

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    This was my favorite game while growing up! I always found it so exciting when I'd get twins and got to fill up my little mini van with peg people.

    Promising review: "Love this game. Used to play it when I was younger and decided to start playing it again. It's fun, simple, and had some changes since back in the day. Now you can add pets to your family, and choose if you'd rather go to college or get a job right away. It's a kids game, but I'm an adult, and I play it with my boyfriend. Granted we make up our own rules lol, but it's still fun to play." —MimiV

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    20. Settlers of Catan for anyone who'll likely get a kick out of strategy games and destroying their friends by monopolizing all the sheep (yes, really). Build your own areas and trade resources with other players to win!

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    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

    Get it from Amazon for $42.48.

    There's even Game of Thrones Catan + a Night's Watch expansion pack!

    21. An old school game like Battleship that'll give you an excuse to shout "I SUNK YOUR BATTLESHIP!" at someone with delight.

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    This updated version also include a bonus plane to try and hit as well!

    Promising review: "This such a great game. Kids and adults alike can be entertained for a long time. There's just something appealing about trying to avoid being discovered, while seeking your opponents ships. This new version includes one more 'ship,' which is actually a plane. Great fun!" —KDD

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. Werewolf will let you and your loved ones unleash your most devious behaviors in a somewhat healthy way (it is just a game, after all) while trying to determine who is the secret werewolf and who actually wants to save the village.

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    Promising review: "My group of friends love game night. We've tried all sorts of games, and when I brought this game out, everyone was skeptical. Now no one wants to play any other game but this one. Super fun! The fact that it comes in a simple deck of cards makes it so easy to carry around and bring to any party occasion just in case. With the different characters you can mix it up so no two games are ever the same. The witch character has truly tested some friendships already. The game also gives you extra cards for you to create your own characters with their own unique roles and powers. We are looking forward to creating some interesting new roles and throwing them in the mix. If you have a loud group of friends, this is the game for you!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    23. Villainous, a must-have for all Disney fans who typically prefer the likes of Maleficent, Ursula, and Jafar. Hope you've got your evil laugh prepared.

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    Promising review: "I love board games, particularly more adventurous and more adult ones, but getting my wife to play them with me is like pulling teeth. This one is very easy to learn but a challenge to master, which makes it accessible for those who are casual board gamers but enjoyable for the more hardcore enthusiast. Each play-through is different depending on what characters each player chooses, the strategy they apply, and the random draw of the cards. Can't wait until they release expansions with new villains." —Phil

    Get it from Amazon for $29.93.

    24. Scattergories to keep all gamers on their toes as they try to come up with answers that fit the category on the card. Don't forget — the answers also have to start with the letter on the dice.

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    Promising review: "Bought this game for a family reunion and we had a BLAST playing! Just like the Scattergories we all remembered from years ago. Loved the ticking timer because it makes everyone stress out just a bit to try to write their lists as fast as possible. Great that so many people could play at once with the six folders and pads. We were also very happy that the lists of words didn't have any off color ones (so, yes, it was safe to play with Nana around!) Scattergories is a such a fun 'oldie but goodie' wholesome game and I am so happy I found this nicely made version. I know it will last through a lot of get togethers. (We always crack up at some of the answers people come up with, like when my 8-year-old nephew put 'cookies' for his 'breakfast food'!)." —Cocoajean

    Get it from Amazon for $35.30

    25. Golden Girls Clue that'll ask your group of growing-old-together besties to solve the mystery of WHO ate the last piece of cheesecake! Can you imagine anything more fun because I can't.

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    Promising review: "I'm a HUGE Golden Girls fan and thought this may be a bit of a gimmick type game, however, it turned out to be a super fun game!! I'd recommend this game to anybody!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $27.49.

    26. Scrabble, because it's probably time for you to convince your parents to turn off that word game app on their phone and get back in touch with the original version.

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    Promising review: "I am 76 years old and had not played Scrabble in many years, but my daughter ordered one and we played together when I went for a visit. I beat her. Have since played with another daughter and a granddaughter and beat them also. It is great to keep your mind active and lots of fun also. Nice to sit and play board games with family and friends rather than each playing a game separately on each one's computer." —ladyrs

    Get it from Amazon for $13.44.

    27. And What Do You Meme? which you'll always be able to rely on to get even your grumpiest of friends to crack a smile. The winner is crowned Meme King or Queen — which is a title you probably haven't realized you truly want to earn.

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    Promising review: "Had our neighbors over for a quick game while my toddler napped. We literally couldn’t stop playing and didn’t end up quitting until we had exhausted every single meme in the stack, 2.5 hours later. There were many times the judge couldn’t finish reading a card because we couldn’t breathe from laughing so hard! Definitely recommend." —RRNMCW

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    Game on!

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