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    24 Non-Electric Games That Are Actually More Fun Than Anything On Your Phone

    Put down the phone and pick up a whiffle bat, some board games, a croquet mallet, or even a burrito.

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    1. A Dos Card Game, because Uno has become too easy and you need a new challenge. Plus it comes in a tin to keep your cards in top condition. And don't forget to yell "Dos!" when you've got two cards left.

    A split image of a blue tin containing the Dos card game and a hand holding four cards
    Amazon

    Ages: 7+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "This is a really fun game and a good twist on Uno. The rules seem complex at first, but once we got going, it was easy. My kids are 10 and 13 and were able to play it with no problem." —Tara Fry

    Get it from Amazon for $9.76.

    2. A Throw Throw Burrito card game that combines all the fun of a food fight without any of the mess. Collect matching sets of cards while flinging and dodging "squishy airborne burritos." And if you work up an appetite while playing, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to order.

    Amazon

    Ages: 7+

    Number of players: 2–6

    Promising review: "We tried this game for the first time at a work party, with eight adults spanning four decades in age. Needless to say, the ensuing play was hilariously funny and after playing six rounds of the game we were coming up with crazy ideas as to how we could turn it into an all-day office game or even take it outside and play across larger distances. Other reviews have called the game "immature as heck," but our group found it to be completely hilarious and appropriate for all ages." —Marcus K.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. An easy-to-assemble ladder toss outdoor lawn game set with soft carrying case for flinging golf balls attached to ropes and trying to get them to wrap around different bars. Trust us, it's a lot more fun than it sounds.

    Amazon

    Ages: 14+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "I bought this for a family BBQ and was not disappointed. The set was easy to put together, and once assembled, was very sturdy. I was surprised, the bolas were actual golf balls. I keep them outside year-round, and the only issue I have had is that the color on the plastic fades after a summer in the Florida sun." —Inver Brass

    Get it from Amazon for $40.49.

    4. A retro series 1986-edition Clue boardgame, so you can get that 1985 Clue movie vibe (alas there is no Wadsworth in this version). If the gameplay gets too intense and you start to feel "flames on the side of your face," please take a break.

    Amazon

    Ages: 8+

    Number of players: 6

    Promising review: "This seems to hold my teenagers' attention quite well. The handling of the dice is a foreign concept to them, and Alexa doesn't know who 'did it,' so they have to work for their answers. Finding pencils for everyone was a struggle, but the junk drawer never disappoints. They asked if there was 'an app for this' (which, I'm sure there is, but I lied and told them 'no'). Has been played several times since Christmas, and since we're all at the same table, there has been less text communication. Five out of five stars." —S. Wisdom

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A pair of "Thunder Bubble Bounce House" inflatables for...you know what, we're gonna let the photo do all the talking here because there's no way we can explain this game better.

    Two models wearing large clear inflatable balloons, one red, the other blue, playfully slamming into each other
    Wayfair

    Ages: Parent's choice!

    Number of players: 2

    Promising review: "These. Are. So. Fun! Warning, we did not realize how much of a workout doing this is — definitely sore the next day in a good way." —Becca from Superior, WI

    Get it from Wayfair for $85.99 (originally $109.99).

    6. A set of Double 6 professional domino tiles in wooden box, because a game that dates its origins back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) is definitely worth learning how to play.

    A wooden box  with the top slid halfway open to reveal the dominoes
    Amazon

    Ages: All ages

    Number of players: 4

    Promising review: "I loved the fact that these dominoes had the brass spinners; I had no idea their purpose until I looked it up. Originally, dominoes were made of ivory and the spinners were placed there to protect the face of the original dominoes during shuffling and handling over time. It is basically a historical and novelty piece added to the dominoes. I am glad they stuck with the tradition." —Spiritwind

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    7. A spy-themed Codenames card game that's way easier to follow than a John le Carré novel (or movie adaptation for that matter) for anyone who fancies themself a spy or, at the very least, a sleuth. Also great at parties, just like 007!

    Box art of Codenames showing two silhouetted figures next to the game play cards
    Amazon

    Ages: 14+

    Number of players: 2–8

    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 5-by-5 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 surprisingly simple, but provides hours of entertainment, especially as everyone laughs over the connections that everyone makes." —Kccayson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.21.

    8. A Wiffle Ball bundle including two 32-inch bats and six balls so you can practice your backyard bat flips after parking a longball on your neighbor's roof.

    An instore display of class Wiffle yellow bats and balls
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    Ages: All ages

    Number of players: At least 2

    Promising review: "Great official product that you, family, and friends will have hours of fun with. High quality and sturdy product. I couldn’t find these anywhere else. It’s also a great way to get a child used to the fact of a ball flying at them to hit or catch. Now my son is into baseball a bit more because of the wiffle!" —Isaac Alvarado

    Get it from Amazon for $24.45.

    9. A Floor is Lava interactive game for kids (and adults) because we've all played this game and now it has actual rules, colored foam “safety stones,” challenge cards, and a game spinner, so we can finally name a winner.

    Box art for The Floor Is Lava with illustrated children playing the game
    Amazon

    Ages: 5+

    Number of players: 2–6

    Promising review: "The kids (and my husband) are all about yelling 'the floor is lava!' And running and jumping on the couch. This game is so much more fun! The mystery cards are easy and fun for everyone who played (ages 4 to 38). I’m so happy we got this!" —KelleaSumrak

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    10. A giant, hardwood, 54-block Jenga game that starts at 2-feet high and can stack up to 5-feet before it all comes tumbling down. But careful, those blocks are heavy!

    A set of large wooden Jenga blocks stacked up
    Wayfair

    Ages: 13+

    Number of players: 1-on-1 or 2-on-2

    Promising review: "Love the giant Jenga! Really happy that it comes with a travel case as it is quite heavy. Used it for the first time this past week and we had a blast. The build quality of the blocks seems good as well. Would recommend!" —Jonathan from Montreal, QC

    Get it from Wayfair for $118.50 (originally $169.99).

    11. A regulation dartboard set for bringing a bit of the pub back home (but you're going to have to get your own drinks). Comes with six steel tip darts so make sure to hang it on your least favorite wall.

    A dartboard with alternating black/white and red/green circular designs and six darts
    amazon.com

    Ages: 13+

    Number of players: 2

    Promising review: "Love this Viper Shot King board. It's super sturdy and well made with a nice heft, and comes with very simple but effective hardware for hanging. The sisal bristles work very well as do the wire rims, with very few bounce outs and reliable sticking with minimal force on throws. The included darts are nice and evenly weighted and are great for getting started. Overall, no complaints at all: great well-made board with high-quality materials and performance — at a price point that is very reasonable. Love it." —Doggymcnuggets

    Get it from Amazon for $35.79.

    12. A Risk board game, because who doesn't enjoy a little strategic conquest and world domination (on a small scale, of course)? And the best part? Tiny little figures!

    A playing board that's a map of the word with multi-colored pieces
    Amazon

    Ages: 10+

    Number of players: 6

    Promising review: "Don't be afraid to try an older game if you have never tried it before. This game is tons of fun. World domination...what else can make you feel quite as powerful? We play this game with two players and it is lots of fun and can take about 45 minutes to an hour and a half to play. Lots of little pieces to play with and a really nice board. Don't think I will ever get tired of trying to take over the world! Muhahahahaha!" —Karlon Douglas
    Get it from Amazon for $24.86+ (three versions available).

    13. A rust-resistant portable basketball hoop which can adjust from 8 to 10 feet and sports a shatterproof backboard, so unless your name is Zion you don't have to worry one bit about throwing down any monstrous dunks.

    An outdoor basketball hoop with black base and pole, red rim with white netting, and clear blackboard with blue and black accents
    amazon.com

    Ages: All Ages

    Number of players: 1-on-1 up to 5-on-5

    Promising review: "This is a good set for the price. I filled the base with sand and it is very stable. The backboard frame is all plastic, even what looks like foam padding on the bottom of the frame in the picture. No metal frame, which I was a little disappointed about when I opened the box but understandable for the price. All in all, it serves its purpose, and my sons and I are having fun with it." —Teach5

    Get it from Amazon for $390.

    14. A Catan board game to strageically build your own civilization through trading, building, and settling. This is a solid 60-minutes of gameplan right here.

    The board, cards, dice, and all the pieces included in Catan
    Amazon

    Ages: 10+

    Number of players: 3–4

    Promising review: "An excellent game that is not long and tedious as Monopoly can get (there is a clear end of the tunnel/goal to get to and you can see when the game is coming to a close). The goal is to strategically build places alongside the right resources then build roads and settlements based on those resources. But to get the resources, ah here is where the strategy is, the factors are putting yourself in squares where the chances of rolling that number on dice are high, figuring out what resources are the best to monopolize and where to build near so that one can expand easily. Great game for ages 12 and older, might be a little trickier for those who are younger." —Spiritualjiangster

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    15. A 24-piece croquet set for classing up the old backyard with the fanciest leisure sport that doesn't involve riding a horse. "Pinkies out" while play is highly encouraged.

    Amazon

    Ages: "All Ages"

    Number of players: 2–6

    Promising review: "After reviewing some of the super expensive ones and the cheap ones, I opted for this set. I think the quality is on par for the price. The plastic end caps are a must-have to protect the mallets when letting younger kids play ;) It was easy to screw the mallet head and shaft together. Being able to throw them in a bag fully assembled makes life easy. I did have one mallet that was missing a plastic endcap. Instead of returning the whole thing knowing it’s likely going to get thrown out over something so minor, I contacted the seller who was able to help. So extra points for the seller’s customer service!" —Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    16. A Qwirkle board game that's fun for the whole fam. The rules are simple: build lines by matching wooden tiles based on either color or shape. Easy to learn, and even easier to have fun with.

    An adult model and two children playing board game with black bricks featuring colorful shapes
    Amazon

    Ages: 6+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "This has quickly become a family favorite! I would call it a mix between sudoku and dominoes where you have to match colors and/or shapes without repeating any color or shape in a row. If you're lucky enough to get all six of either a shape or color in one turn, you get the maximum points which is called a "Qwirkle." There is a lot of strategy involved and you have to look in all directions to make sure you are getting the most points possible. There are six shapes and six colors with three of every tile so the possibilities are endless! It takes about 20-30 minutes to play depending on how fast or slow some of the players are, so it doesn't take forever." —FlipFlopsForever

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    17. A varnished surface solid wood cornhole set (with eight weather-proof bean bags and carrying cases) so you can customize any design or artwork you'd like from painting to stickers.

    Amazon

    Ages: 5+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "After much searching, we decided to choose the GoSports undecorated Corn Hole Set. What a great choice! The set arrived in excellent shape and on time. It was well-packaged, so there are no blemishes on the nicely finished boards. The boards are sturdy and well made, with legs that fold out to raise them for play. The bean bags are also sturdy and well made, and they come with a stuff bag to store them in. We can’t wait to decorate the boards." —Mormor

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in tailgate and regulation sizes).

    18. An Amazon Exclusive Scrabble Deluxe Edition that would like to have some words with Words With Friends about what actually counts as an acceptable score. Bonus: everything stores inside the board making it ideal for travel (even if it's only to the backyard).

    Amazon

    Ages: 8+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "Perfect Scrabble game. No more worn-out boxes to deal with. Has everything I wanted and more. Excellent quality, love that everything is stored into one-piece and perfect for traveling. It's very sturdy and feels strong when opening and closing. Love that the letters nestle into each square on the board so if someone bangs into the board, they'll stay in place. Of course, the turntable is an amazing feature, but it's also on wheels so if you need to pass the board to the other end of the table, it's no problem." —MB

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    19. A rollable "competition-ready" indoor table tennis table 95% preassembled out-of-the-box with easy-attach and remove-net so you can get your pong on as soon as possible.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Ages: n/a

    Number of players: 2

    Promising review: "Just perfect for our family. Scheduled a delivery when it was convenient, and (although not recommended) I was able to set this up entirely by myself (took about an hour taking my time as I needed to rearrange furniture to make room for set-up). The trickiest part was sliding out of the box carefully, and then once the wheeled legs went on, flipping it right side up (which was pretty easy by tipping onto the stationary legs first). So very easy to roll around and set into place, then lock the wheels. This is a very well-made table, and I’m extremely pleased with how well this works in a smaller space that needs the flexibility of being able to fold up flat against the wall sometimes." —Sabcro

    Get it from Amazon for $433.28.

    20. A 3-feet wide 4-in-a-Row game that has absolutely no "connection" to any other game but does come with a handy travel case for hauling the giant wooden frame and 42 plastic coins anywhere.

    Model playing Four-in-a-row with blue and red discs on a white vertical board
    Amazon

    Ages: 5+

    Number of players: 2

    Promising review: "This connect four game has exceeded my expectations already! I was excited to just receive the game itself, but when I opened the box, things got even better! The game came with a padded carrying case that has room for all the pieces! And then, once I got the release bar placed correctly, I realized there was a padded strip to help keep the bar from bouncing out and it makes dropping the pucks much easier on the ears!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A bocce ball set, which includes eight green and red balls, one Pallino ball, and most importantly one carrying case for easily storage (re: not losing anything).

    A set of four green and four red bocce balls and a white pallino ball
    Wayfair

    Ages: 3+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "The Bocce set is terrific and what was expected. I like the fact the bocce set material is strong and able to withstand rough play (as children enjoy the clanking rather than playing bocce the right way). :)" —Brett from Lancaster, NY

    Get it from Wayfair for $44.99 (originally $89.99).

    22. A Jumanji The Game board game, because if three movies aren't enough for you, this might be the only thing short of writing fan-fic to safely scratch that jungle adventure itch.

    Box art for Jumanji
    Amazon

    Ages: 8+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "My son (12 years old) wanted this game because he enjoyed the movie. I had no idea what to expect and was pretty sure I'd be bored playing it. lol. but my son and I had lots of fun playing it! There are lots to try to remember and at times we would forget some things, but the point was to have fun quality time together without electronics so it was a success!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75.

    23. A brightly colored indoor/outdoor horseshoe set made from rubber so when you inadvertently chuck a shoe into the neighbor's yard it'll be easy to find and you probably won't break anything.

    A blue and red set of horseshoes, black rubber mats with yellow pegs and red plastic dowels
    Wayfair

    Ages: 5+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "I was looking for a horseshoe set to teach my grandkids an 'old school' game, without them being too heavy for them to handle or too light to get a good throw. These are perfect for what we needed!" —Gina from Adel, GA

    Get it from Wayfair for $31.99.

    24. A Bottle Bash disc toss game set that will quickly make you realize how bad your aim with a Frisbee is and just as quickly make you forget because you're having too much fun trying to knock a bottle off of a pole.

    Model catching a white frisbee next to a pole with a white bottle sitting atop it
    Amazon

    Ages: 8+

    Number of players: 2–4

    Promising review: "We took this game to the beach for our family vacation. Turns out my mother (in her 60s) was basically the MVP of vacation. This is a great game for all ages, just competitive enough for people taking it too seriously, but casual enough for someone to play with a drink in their hand (I think that may even be in the rule book). We stuck the poles in the sand and it worked fairly well, except one day where it was abnormally windy and the bottles kept tipping." —Robert J.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three versions).

    Warning: even unplugged fun can have undesired results.

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