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    Updated on Jul 29, 2020. Posted on Jul 27, 2020

    23 Cool Games You May Want If You're Over The Ones At Your House

    Just when you thought game nights had lost their magic. πŸ’«πŸ₯πŸ€πŸ’°

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    1. Tipsy Tower is like the classic Jenga game but with booze involved! Some of the wooden blocks have drinking game rules on them so when you pull it out, you have to abide by that rule or take a sip.

    stack of rectangular blocks on top of each other so it's shaped like a rectangular tower
    Amazon

    This game is for ages 21 and up and meant for 2 or more players.

    Promising review: "This is so great! Before this was a thing, I took my old Jenga blocks and wrote on them with all the rules for all the parties I used to go to. This saves me the work of figuring out which rule I've used and haven't. This is just like what I did when I was younger but there are some things I never thought of. This will get so much use for everyone and if it's anything like Jenga it should last until my kids are 21 as well." β€”Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    2. Jumbo playing cards in case you'll always appreciate a good game at the house but wanna go a lil' bigger with your hand this time around.

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    Several reviewers also bought these cards to serve as decorations for parties with themes like Alice In Wonderland and Harley Quinn.

    Promising review: "My kids wanted these so we picked up a deck. They absolutely love them and now when they play solitaire on the floor, they actually have to get up and move around instead of just sitting there. (And yeah, they were in disbelief that you could actually play solitaire without a computer. Who'd woulda thought?!?!). Great product and we're enjoying it a lot." β€”Gary T.

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (free shipping on your first purchase).

    3. And giant UNO cards β€” because c'mon, Uno will always be the ~one~ (get it? uno? one? πŸ˜‚ ). Now, you'll have a jumbo version.

    reviewer's hand holding a hand of the giant uno cards β€” they're bigger than the reviewer's hand
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    Also, if you really want to freshen up the game, then you can always throw in some new rules for this new stack.

    Promising review: "Our family loves these giant UNO cards!!! This size has taken a good game and made it more fun to play. When the children first saw the size of the cards, they couldn’t believe it!!!" β€”Jewelry duty

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. An Escape Room game that'll bring the fun of those trendy mystery game rooms straight to a tabletop in your house. It'll come with three scenarios (The Dentist, Secret Agent, and Space Station) at varying levels of difficulty.

    Amazon

    Like IRL escape rooms, the games are timed to a single hour but ~also~ like IRL escape rooms, it might take you and your team a lil' longer than that but it's all good because the point of it is for you all to put your noggins together and have some mind-bending fun.

    Promising review: "I was super nervous about this but decided to buy it and I am so glad I did. Who knew they really could give you an escape room experience in a box? You should be aware that each time you put in the wrong code, one minute is deducted from your time! Yikes! The tension is real, the clues are great, and you really do have to work for it. We had a group of six with ages ranging from 11 to 40+ and we divided and conquered the clues based on our strengths. Each escape game has three stages of clues. You open an envelope that gives you the clues (maps, puzzles, etc.) and there are hint cards just like you would get at a real escape room. Once you solve that set of clues, you move to the next one. We failed the first time. If you don't get it in 60 minutes you can either keep going (the clock starts counting up) OR you can wait and try again another day. We waited. It took two attempts for us and we skated it in the final seconds of the second try. Everyone had fun and we all worked together. You do have to commit to not cheating (i.e. don't access the clues too soon) but it works. The pieces and clues can be restocked by downloading them online when you are done in case you want to let it cool off and then do it again sometime in the future." β€”Amanda Krikle

    Get it from Amazon for $26.37.

    5. The Luigi's Mansion game for Nintendo Switch just for the gamer who knows Luigi's always been way too underrated. Finally, he's getting HIS shine and you're gonna have so much fun with the tallest of the Mario Brothers.

    The game logo that says "Luigi's Mansion 3"
    Nintendo

    Peep what BuzzFeed editor, Heather Braga, has to say about playing this Nintendo Switch game:

    "This game is SO fun. You can also team up with a friend and play together as Luigi and Gooigi. This has been one of my favorite games this year β€” it's lighthearted, a little spooky, and overall a good time."

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in a digital and physical form; free shipping if knab the physical game) OR Target for $59.99 (just the physical; available with a two-year game protection program for an additional $8).

    6. The Spontuneous game that requires one player to choose a word while the others think of a song with that word in the lyrics. Note: You do not have to have the voice of an angel. In fact, it'll make for a much funnier night if you sound as terrible as possible.

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    My friends and I played this game and we enjoyed it a ton. I will say that the board game is what can create a limitation since it ends rather quickly. We were having a good time and really could have gone much longer than the board game's journey allows. If you want to, you can ditch the board and just follow the game with the cards. If you do that, then just take points down and determine how many points you guys are playing to. That will elongate the game.

    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 remember that the game is supposed to be fun for everyone, and you won't regret purchasing this game." β€”Canary

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (free shipping).

    7. Rhyme Antics β€” so you can flex your word nerd muscles as you come up with ones that rhyme with the main word on each card β€” all set to a timer of course. As you rap, you'll get points for each word you use that's on the list of rhyming words also on the card. This game'll force the thinking caps on *and* you'll also get to be a rap superstar for the night. 🎀

    the game box
    Amazon

    Btw, there's a how-to-play video on the Rhyme Antics site for all my visual learners. My friends and I also played this game (we're a singin', rappin' crew, ok?) and enjoyed this a ton. You get points for rhyming words that are listed on the card but also extra points for words that aren't on the card.

    Promising review: "Super fun game to play with my family. Can’t wait to take it to a game night with friends." β€”Audrianna Monteiro

    Get it from Amazon for $23.85.

    8. The Black Card Revoked game with Black culture-centric question cards. You'll get a mix of majority rules and trivia questions β€” all of which will spark some pretty fun conversations throughout the game.

    Target

    The game will come with 81 question cards and 24 response cards. It's meant for 3 to 6 people.

    Promising review: "This is a fun family game. We were a bit skeptical at first because there were no real instructions with the game but after playing a few rounds, the family really got into it and we had a blast." β€”JMac

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97 OR from Target for $15.99.

    9. A foosball table to trap yourself into HOURS of fun whether you're a vet or a newbie.

    the foosball table  which has four legs and bars sticking into the top of the table that can be spun to control the soccer men on the bars inside of the table
    Amazon

    The table is designed for four players (but the game can also be played just one-on-one) and comes with two balls although I do hope you buy more than two so you have a full stash. The object of the game is to use the tiny "soccer men" to hit the foosball into your opponent's slot β€” as your opponent(s) try to block you *and* get the ball into your slot. It's literally like trying to play soccer with your hands. Lots of reviewers shared that it was super easy to build although they do encourage you to make sure the players are facing the right direction. (Warning: This game is going to get loud and rowdy β€” the people and the table β€” so prepare your ears!)

    Promising review: "I love my foosball table. It is durable and it looks great in my finished basement. The family spends many hours playing games on this table purchase." β€”Wo

    Get it from Amazon for $104.99 (free shipping) and extra foosballs for $8.99 (available in a pack of eight; free shipping on first purchase).

    10. A Buzzed card drinking game for the 21 and up crew that'll probably have everyone tipsy by the end of its deck. It comes with cards that read, "Everyone must take a sip of their drink without using their hands" and "challenge another player to a thumb war. The loser drinks."

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    Anyone in your group can still participate. Just fill up their cups with water or some other nonalcoholic beverage for people who don't drink or who have already had enough to drink.

    Promising review: "I brought this to my new girlfriend's family BBQ and it was the perfect ice-breaker game! Many that came up we had to skip because there were kids around us. However, we came up with our own rule: If we skip a card, then WE ALL DRINK. I definitely need to buy the expansion pack! I feel like we flew through those cards. We were all pretty drunk." β€”Devon F.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 and the expansion pack for $14.99 (both available with 180 cards).

    11. The Scrabble board game in case crossword puzzles and word searches aren't cutting it anymore for you word nerds and you'd like some competition.

    the scrabble board with a game in process
    amazon.com

    The game is for two to four players. This particular version of the Scrabble board is good because it has raised ridges to lock the tiles in and a rotating design so you don't have to worry about messing up the tiles as players take turns. Plus, the rotating detail makes it so every player can view the board from the right angle. Everything will come in a plastic carrying case. It'll come with two slide-and-store trays, 100 wooden letter tiles, four deluxe curved tile racks, one plush drawstring letter pouch, and a gameplay guide.

    Promising review: "I haven't played Scrabble in ages but I thought it was about time my 11-year-old son was introduced to it. I got this one so that we could take it by his grandma's when she babysits him every few weeks. It was even better than I had thought. I didn't realize that the squares on the boards were recessed so the tiles STAY PUT and won't move even when the board is bumped. That, right there, gave it the five stars. LOVE that feature. The rest is also 5-star worthy. The soft bag to keep the tiles in has drawstrings to help keep it closed and the two storage bays underneath have plenty of room for the holders and the tiles, as well as things you may want to keep to track scores. It folds up easily, sits flat when opened, and even has small wheels on the bottom so you can spin it around so whoever wants can see everything 'right side up.' Best Scrabble board I've ever seen.!" β€”Lego Dad

    Get the game from Amazon for $42.99 (free shipping and returns) and an extra bag of replacement tiles for $11.60 (bag includes 500 tiles).

    12. The Brilliant or BS card game that'll have you questioning your judgment, your friends' and fam's knowledge, and maybe doing a lil' bit of lying πŸ₯΄πŸ˜‚. This'll def put a spin on game time if your squad is into trivia.

    Brilliant or BS, Instagram / Brilliant or BS / Via instagram.com

    Each player has to use their A, B, or C cards to answer a trivia question but that's not all. They have to provide a very convincing reason to convince the designated "judge" that their answer is 100% right. The judge awards the "Brilliant" card to the person who's spiel they believe. The person who earns the "Brilliant" card gets points for convincing the judge (whether they're right or not). Then there's the big reveal: Each player reveals their answer (f/ the A, B, and C cards). Players who got the right answer get a point. The judge gets a point if their "brilliant" card went to someone who got it right but loses a point if the person got it wrong. The person with the most points after everyone's been the judge twice wins the game. May the best BS'er win!

    Promising review: "Super fun trivia game! I played with the family during quarantine and everyone had a blast. The questions were a nice mix of challenging yet reasonably familiar." β€”Collette Benson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 or directly from Brilliant or BS for $19.99.

    13. Bananagrams (or Party Bananagrams!) will be a cross between crossword puzzles and Scrabble. Players will enjoy a fast-paced race to see who'll be first to make the most words (crossword-style) using all of their tiles.

    Amazon, BuzzFeed

    All players start with a number of letter tiles and each player uses them to create a crossword-style arrangement of words. The person who used all their tiles first wins! The Party Bananagrams version ups the ante with themed tiles that make players swap letters, wear the banana pouch like a hat, and more! The game is for ages 7 and up and meant for up to eight players at a time.

    Promising review: "It is such a fun game that everyone is bound to love. Plus, it can be as competitive as you want it to be. Add more players to make it more fun. It is so easy to teach others and to learn. I love it! It is a family favorite." β€”Maria M.

    Get the game from Amazon for $14.99 or try Party Bananagrams for $12.75.

    ALSO, peep a BuzzFeed editor's review of Party Bananagrams (#2 in the post)!

    14. Monopoly: Ultimate Banking Edition that'll be a MAJOR upgrade to the seemingly neverending board game you played growing up. This one'll be a completely *cashless* operation with updated game rules to make it more fast-paced, competitive, and interesting. πŸ’°πŸ€‘πŸš‚

    model's hands holding a card over the Monopoly board game
    Amazon

    The coolest new rule? Rent and property value go up and down based on how many times players land on the property. The game will come with banking machines so players can make instant transactions, do property auctions, and more. This version of the board game will move faster (uh-huh, no more playing Monopoly so long that you no longer care who wins by the end of it) and has higher stakes. It's for ages 8 and up and can be played with up to four players.

    Promising review: "I am a die-hard classic Monopoly player so I was a bit hesitant to purchase the Ultimate. It is one of the best purchases I have made for my family. We have played this almost every night since we got it a week or so ago. We love it!! I only wish more players could play at one time but other than that it's amazing!! The speed of this game gives you a chance to play multiple rounds. It's fast, fun and a nice change from the classic. Never thought I would ever say that!! Thanks for making our vacation that much more fun!!!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    15. The Kan Jam for outdoor game folks who've already played themselves out of regular frisbee. πŸ₯

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    The game materials are made in the US. Also, there's a mini Kan Jam version of this for indoor play!

    Promising review: "My nephews introduced me to this game and it is FUN! It's a team game so it's fun to get the whole family involved. Basically, you have one member from each team by one of the 'goals' while the other member stands by the other goal and throws the Frisbee trying to get it into the goal basket. The teammate close to the goal basket hits the Frisbee to help it either go inside or touch the goal basket in order to get points for their team. Then, that team member throws the Frisbee back attempting to do the same thing with the other teammate trying to help the Frisbee go into the other goal basket. The number of points each toss can get depends on if the Frisbee goes into the basket without help, with help, or touches the goal basket with or without help. The first team to make it to 21 points wins. This is a great game for the summer!" β€”A to Z for moms like me
    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (free shipping; available in five styles including a glow-in-the-dark version for evening play).

    16. The Floor Is Lava will be the childhood imaginary game you played come to life! Players will spin the color wheel and jump to coordinating "safety stones" to avoid that sweltering hot lava.

    the game box, the square "safety stones" in different colors, and a circular spinner for selecting a color
    Amazon

    This game comes with 25 safety stones and 27 challenge cards. Land on a stone with a "?" on it and draw a card. You'll have to do whatever action's on the card WITHOUT touching the "lava." If you hit the "lava," you're out! Several reviewers noted how fun and easy this game was to play for their children of all ages. It's a great way to get the kids to be active and best played indoors.

    Promising review: "This game is super fun for the kids! It's the first game they pick out and they play with their friends when they come over. It keeps them busy for a good amount of time. They are 5 and 7 so we bend the rules a little but they still have fun making up their own rules." β€”Vojo

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    17. Jumbo LoterΓ­a β€” which'll basically be the Spanish-language version of the bingo game. You could play for money, fun, for shots, or whatever you all decide.

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    The game comes with 54 large cards and 80 markers. A designated announcer will either specifically say the Spanish phrase/name OR deliver a short poem or familiar phrase referring to the image on the card (e.g. "me lo das o me lo quitas" for the image of El Melon or "Verde blanco y colorado" for the image of La Bandera). Each player uses a chip to mark the corresponding spot on his or her tabla (card). In either game, the first player to fill the game board or tabla in a pattern predetermined by the group (i.e. the whole board, diagonal, horizontal, four corners, etc.) will shout "LoterΓ­a!" Play for money, for fun, or both!

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I wanted. I have no problem with the jumbo size. We have some elder members in my family, so I highly suggest getting this version over the small one. Now, there are not enough gaming chips, but we never use them anyway, we use hard beans LOL. But yeah, perfect color, size, everything. This is a great buy for anyone. Even though the game is in Spanish, you'll be okay. I played this with so many different friends and we all had a great time!" β€”Edgar Salcedo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.96.

    18. OR Loteria COVID-19 version that'll have you searching for stuff like "La Corona" or "La Botella" (for a bottle of hand sanitizer).

    bag of Loteria cards with photos on them similar to bingo squares and a stack of cards for calling out the terms that players would search for on their cards
    Etsy / EQC Studios

    The game comes with eight tablas (tables) for eight players and one deck of 48 cards.

    Promising review: "It’s fun! My family and I love La Loteria and this is a fun way to play during this quarantine. My family thinks it’s cool and so do I. And I'm thankful for the three free Loteria stickers!" β€”Mia M.

    Get it from EQC Studios on Etsy for $20.

    19. A giant Connect Four for your household will def be a fun choice if the family needs a lil' extra game time to ~connect~ with each other over lighthearted fun.

    an oversized connect four game on a table which has several holes in it where chips can be inserted via the open top slot. Two people are standing on either side of it playing the game.
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    Several reviewers noted how sturdy it is since it's made of wood so you won't have to worry about it tipping over at the slightest touch.

    Promising review: "I bought this for the kids to enjoy but I think the adults have had just as much fun with it. We've had it for a month and it is holding up better than a lot of other games." β€”A

    Get it from Amazon for $62.75+ (available with or without the travel bag and in three height options).

    20. An inflatable bowling game so kids can work on getting their strikes without potentially destroying the house. It can also be played outside in the yard for even more physical activity.

    inflatable ball and pins
    amazon.com

    One reviewer shared that this was a great thing to buy for two kids in their family that couldn't play together due to social distancing restrictions. The family plan was to buy a set for both kids and have them FaceTime each other so they could still compete. How cute and creative is that?! Heads up though: Several reviewers noted that the pump included in the set isn't the best. Another reviewer suggested that you use the same pump you might have to blow up air mattresses or just grab a separate air pump.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a field day event for the kids in my family. They enjoyed rolling the huge ball and knocking the pins over. The pins stay upright as long as it's not too windy outside. They even stay upright in the grass when it may even be unleveled. My older kids used the included pump to blow everything up. It took a while but not to the point that they wanted to give up." β€”Jamil Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (free shipping; set comes with six inflatable pins and one ball).

    21. A bucketball game if you're bored with traditional beer pong and want to ~toss~ it to the side for a bit. This version basically has the same rules but it's much larger and will be best played out in the yard, on the beach, or in a pool. πŸŒŠπŸ–οΈ

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    The game comes with 12 ultra-durable buckets (six blue and six orange), two inflatable racks, two hybrid balls, two bucket pong balls, two tailgate balls, a tote bag, and instructions. If you want to play in a pool, it even comes in a party pack version with inflatable pool racks to set the buckets in.

    Promising review: "This is great for beach fun! The buckets are fairly durable for the price and the balls provided work great in all conditions, even in the wind!" β€”Tim

    Get the regular game from Amazon for $59.99 or the party pack for $119.99 (free shipping).

    22. A portable pool table so taking a trip to the pool hall this summer will be as easy as walking to a room in your house.

    the pool table
    amazon.com

    The table is slightly smaller than the standard pool table but several reviewers noted that it was great for adults and kids to play on. It has foldable stainless-steel legs and a large rip-resistant nylon bag so it can be easily transported and stored. The table will also come with two 48-inch cues, a set of balls, a racking triangle, a table brush, and chalk.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect table to practice at home! You can store it fairly easily. It takes bank shots, rail shots, and even cross face shots with ease. I had read some reviews that said the balls may be too big for the table but I don't feel that they are. If you prefer smaller balls, then by all means buy a set of smaller balls, but you really don't have to. The sticks are a bit small but they are perfect for my daughter who is 8. I prefer to use my own pool stick, which is regulation-length. Overall, I love this table!" β€”Cassie

    Get it from Amazon for $425 (free shipping).

    23. A pool basketball and hoop set so the family can shoot buckets while keeping cool in the pool. No more challenges with paper balls and trash bins, ok?!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This hoop is super fun. We are always looking for something new and fun for the pool and this is fun. Can be used to play basketball or we used it for other games too that we made up along the way. A good-sized basketball is included." β€”EStew

    Get it from Amazon for $42.97+ (available in two colors; free shipping).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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