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    21 Games You Need To Order For Your Friend Group ASAP

    Game of Thrones Clue, Exploding Kittens, Settlers of Catan, and 20 other games that'll guarantee a good time.

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    1. Escape Room: The Game takes all the fun of a group outing to an ~actual~ escape room to the comfort of your own living room. The game comes with four (!) different playable missions with puzzles, secret codes, hidden clues, and more β€” you have 60 minutes for each one. The clock is ticking!

    The four missions are "prison break," "virus," "nuclear countdown," and "temple of the Aztec," so you get a nice variety for game play!

    Ages: 16+

    Number of players: 3–5

    Promising review: "We bought this for our 14 year old son β€” so far we have played three of the four missions and can confirm that this game is awesome! Each mission takes one hour to complete (so make sure you have time before you sit down to play). It also takes a lot of concentration and thinking outside of the box. Definitely worth it and we will be buying the expansion pack when it's available!" β€”Heather Cone

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 or Walmart for $34.99.

    2. BuzzFeed's Social Sabotage is a newfangled card game that matches a dare (write "Grandpa really fills out those khakis") with a place (on Facebook!). The player with the most cards at the end wins!


    Ages: 17+

    Number of players: 3+

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.97.

    PSST!...BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this!

    3. Bananagrams (or Party Bananagrams!) combines all the fun of crossword puzzles and Scrabble for a fast-paced game anyone who loves words will find ~a-peel-ing~.

    Everyone starts out with a certain number of letter tiles, and each player uses them to create a crossword-style arrangement of words. Keep adding letters, and when there are no more letters available, the person who used all their tiles first wins! Party Bananagrams adds to the fun with themed tiles that make players swap letters, wear the banana pouch like a hat, and more!

    Ages: 7+

    Number of players: 1–8

    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 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!" β€”Rachel Hukill

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87 (or try Party Bananagrams for $11.48).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of Party Bananagrams here (#2)!

    4. Suddenly Drunk is an expansion pack that'll work with *any* turn-based game (cards, board games, etc.) and turn it into a drinking game. Meaning you'll use it alllll the time.

    Ages: 21+ (obv.)

    Number of players: 3–8

    Promising review: "FANTASTIC GAME! I already plan on buying the expansions. My friends and I have added Suddenly Drunk to our regular game nights and it never fails to make us laugh! Friends even call ahead of time to make sure I am bringing my deck with me." β€”Jax I

    Get it from Amazon for $13.15 or Walmart for $15.95.

    5. Exploding Kittens comes in both regular and ~explicit~ versions, because options are always better! It's a little bit like Russian roulette β€” players draw cards, hoping not to draw the titular one (they're out of the game if they do) while gathering things like "catnip sandwich," "laser pointer," or "belly rub," which can defuse the dreaded exploding kitten!,

    Ages: 7+ for regular, ~higher~ for the NSFW version (which really just has more inappropriately themed cards and illustrations).

    Number of players: 2–5 (or up to 9 if you combine two decks)

    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 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." β€”K. Jensen

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99: regular here and explicit here.

    6. Game of Thrones Clue may actually help you survive the long wait before Season 8 airs. It comes with 12 of your favorite characters and a reversible game board, so you can play in King's Landing *or* Meereen.

    "It was Littlefinger! In the small council chamber! With a Dothraki arakh!"

    Ages: 18+

    Number of players: 2–6

    Promising review: "Great update to game! Love the two boards in one plus the new cards that make it very competitive! Tons of fun even if you're not a GoT fanatic." β€”Andrea Slaughter

    Get it from Amazon for $34.49.

    7. Hearing Things puts your lip-reading skills to the test. One player pops on the voice-canceling headphones and tries to figure out what the other players are saying β€” yes, it's just like that game you've seen on The Tonight Show.

    Ages: 12+

    Number of players: 4–8

    Promising review: "Great game to play with the family! A friend of mine brought it over for a Sunday brunch and 10 minutes into the game I had gone on Amazon to purchase it to take to a white elephant party the following weekend." β€”Katie F.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 or Walmart for $14.88.

    8. Midnight Outburst is made by the creators of Taboo, so if you loved that, you'll love this ~late-night~ Family Feud–style game, where players yell out things trying to match the top 10 responses to anything from "Harrison Ford movies" to "things you do on your knees."

    Ages: 17+

    Number of players: 2+

    Promising review: "Played this with a group of 10 friends/family members during a birthday party and couldn’t stop laughing for hours! The content is definitely adult, but not ALL raunchy, so you don’t feel like it’s too far over the top (it’s suggestive and hilarious). I had no idea my family members have such dirty minds!" β€”Lurlene R. Wilkerson

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. Quickwits can be learned in no time flat, making it a great game to bring to parties. How do you play? Everyone lays down a category card at the same time β€” if two people lay down matching cards, they have to blurt out things that fit into their opponent's category. But warning: No one can use the same answer twice!

    The answers get dirtier and more hilarious as you keep playing!

    Ages: 17+

    Number of players: 3+

    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!" β€”Andrea Jurado

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. Reverse Charades puts a spin on the classic party game that everyone will love β€” instead of one person acting the card out and a team guessing, a TEAM has to act it out while ONE person guesses.

    Ages: 6+

    Number of players: 3+

    Promising review: "It's a little nuts how much people get into this. We brought this to a family holiday party (30+ people, primarily adults late 20s to mid 50s) and we had easily 20 people involved in guessing or doing charades. This is not a difficult game to make yourself, but folks get more razzed when there's an official looking box and it's a good starting point compared to homemade index cards. We had folks that weren't sure they wanted to play charades, but they got caught up in the fun and the folks who didn't want to play still had fun watching." β€”Rubane

    Get it from Amazon for $54.98 or Walmart for $56.99.

    11. Tipsy Tower combines the classic game of Jenga with booze β€” some of the wooden blocks have drinking game rules on them, and when someone draws one out, they have to abide by that rule for the rest of the game or take a sip accordingly!

    Ages: 21+

    Number of players: 2+

    Promising review: "This is so great! Before this was a thing I took my old Jenga set and wrote on them will 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 ofT 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 $26.95.

    12. Utter Nonsense Naughty Edition shows off your acting skills, combining silly phrases with silly voices, and will help you finally answer the question "Who is the funniest person in your friend group?"

    Ages: 18+

    Number of players: 4–20

    Promising review: "What an awesome surprise! I bought this game as a "we will see" kind of thing. We only got through three rounds because we were all laughing! Truly, a great game! You won't regret this purchase. Adults only!" β€”Montana Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $16.66. Get the family-friendly version from Target for $24.99.

    13. 5 Second Rule Uncensored tests your brain speed, having players spit out three answers to categories like "uses for your tongue," "ways to hide a fart," or "reasons to have a drink" β€” all in under five seconds!

    Ages: 17+

    Number of players: 3+

    Promising review: "This game is hilarious & fun! It's kind of like a "spit out the first thing that comes to mind" kind of game... you never know what's going to come out of everyone's mouths, including your own! I've played this with friends and my family (because we're widely inappropriate like that). It's definitely a game for adults. Highly recommend! A nice change from Cards Against Humanity, which has gotten repetitive." β€”JJ Schmal

    Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $15.69. Get the original version (for ages 10+) from Amazon for $13.43.

    14. Joking Hazard, created by the minds behind the web comic "Cyanide and Happiness," follows the same game design as Cards Against Humanity, where players compete to complete a three-panel comic strip in the funniest way possible.

    Ages: 18+

    Number of players: 3–10

    Promising review: "This game is awesome! I just finished playing it with a group of friends, and we couldn't stop laughing. We played through the entire box, but there is tons of replay value with this one, because there are so many different cards that can be combined. There wasn't a hand that didn't have us rolling on the floor. The game is very similar to Cards Against Humanity, but just different enough to add some new hilarity to game night. The visuals and words just make for some hilarious combinations that you don't always get in CAH. Its a great gift idea for any adults on your list who like these kind of inappropriate humor games. I wish I had had this one when I was in college, because we would have had a blast with it. I'm looking at buying the expansions now." β€”AJ Fischer

    Get it from Amazon for $25 or Target for $25.49.

    15. Slash Cards is a ~cutthroat~ trivia game where players answer questions about horror movies. It's basically to die for. πŸ”ͺ

    Ages: 15+

    Number of players: 1–6

    Promising review: "We are a close knit family who just happens to love watching horror movies and playing games. So, when I saw this, I instantly knew that it would be a hit. The trivia is hard, but why would you want to play a trivia game that does not pick your brain? For true horror fans though, this game is for you! I am disabled and can no longer work, so I have a lot of free time on my hands. When I do get bored, I like to find things to read or do to occupy myself. I like being able to go through the cards to test my own knowledge. So, having options to play or use these cards is also another key feature, especially since this game can be a bit pricey. But, you do get what you pay for and in this case, you do get a challenging, fun, horror-filled game. I would recommend this game to anyone who loves horror and thinks they know all about horror. Yeah....right LOL... Some of the cards are very hard indeed and that is exactly what I love β€” the challenge and ability to learn new things." β€”Leslieflan

    Get it from Amazon for $35.

    16. Drawing Without Dignity takes plain ol' Pictionary to the next level β€” the prompts are quire ~adult~, and the worse players are at drawing, the better the game is.

    Ages: 17+

    Number of players: 4–12+

    Promising review: "Talk about a conversation starter! This game will turn any awkward social setting into quite a good time and you will certainly get to know people ;) Being a fan of Cards Against Humanity I am always skeptical of other adult party games; none of them ever seemed to live up to the hype. HOWEVER, this game... thumbs up all around. Everyone who has played with us has loved it. You also do not have to be a Picasso to play. I am a horrible drawer and that makes this game even MORE fun. If you are looking for an easy to play, engaging and most importantly adult-y (yep, made up that word!) inappropriate party game this needs to be in your rotation!" β€”AsnOK

    Get it from Walmart for $27.17.

    17. Wine-opoly is a ~grape~ new version of Monopoly where players circle the board, collecting varieties of wine (each "deed" card describes the wine and lists fun facts!) and buying bunches of grapes, decanters, and more!

    Ages: 8+

    Number of players: 2–8

    Get it from Target for $17.99 or something similar from Amazon for $13.71.

    18. Codenames transforms your friends or family into two teams of rival spies, plus one assassin and one double agent. You only know the "codenames" of the people on your team, so who will figure out which spies belongs on their team first?

    Ages: 10+

    Number of players: 2–8+

    Promising review: "The best thing about Codenames is that it's infinitely replayable, even if you always play with the same group of people, because of the sheer number of possibilities of combinations of cards and layouts. Add in that the other versions (Disney Codenames, Marvel Codenames, Codenames Deep Undercover, etc.) can be combined with the base game, and you have one that's destined for longevity. I personally love the challenge of trying to be on the same wavelength as my teammates. When things go well, it's satisfying. When things go badly, it's challenging β€” and often hilarious. I generally play with my friends (late 20s–early 30s), but knew my mom (late 50s) and her friends would love it and got it for her for Christmas, and I was right. Other people I know play with their kids. It's definitely a game with broad appeal." β€”Ami C.

    Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $15.77.

    19. Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid contains 250 prompt cards with hilariously ridiculous situations β€” it's up to you and your friends to decide who among the group would be the most likely do to what's in the prompt. Let the arguments begin!

    Who gets voted most likely ends up with the card, and whoever ends up with the most cards loses!

    Ages: 17+

    Number of players: 4+

    Promising review: "This game was a HUGE success. It was played at a party of drunk college students and by the time we finished everyone was asking me to bring it back to the next party. I recommend this game most to young people (teens-mid 20s) who all know each other pretty well. Great for a party session where people can come in and out. I think at our lowest we had five people and at our greatest we had 15. People don't have to do anything to jump in. A lot of people owned up to it, which was always hilarious. Honestly, I am not sure if it would work with every group because I could see some people getting offended by it. If your friends all make fun of each other, and more importantly themselves, this is a great game for them. UPDATE: I am still playing this game. In my primary group of friends we still have yet to get all cards (we have probably played about 10 times) and has had success in all new groups I bring it to!" β€”Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    20. Pie Face combines high suspense with your favorite whipped topping β€” what could be better? Spin the wheel to determine the number of times you have to crank the wheel, but who knows which crank will catapult the cream-topped hand right into your face!

    Ages: 5+

    Number of players: 2+

    Promising review: "All I can say is THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! Played with the whole family and we were all laughing. You don't know when the cream will hit you in the face and the anticipation is almost as much fun as the game itself. If you have a fun-loving family this is great." β€”HethG

    Get it from Walmart for $12.48.

    21. Settlers of Catan combines strategy with collaboration, building your own areas and trading resources with other players, making it the perfect option for people who are tired of the negative vibes of board games like Risk or Monopoly.


    Ages: 10+

    Number of players: 3–4 (expansion packs to increase number of players also available!)

    Promising review: "A friend of mine was addicted to the game so she brought it over to play with me and my fiancΓ©. I didn't want to play it at first because she had compared it to Risk (boring)...and it was a little complicated to learn at the beginning but I was HOOKED! The more you play it, the more strategies you learn from experience and even though each game can take hours, you'll be wanting to play it all the time!" β€”Sarah

    Get it from Walmart for $44.10 or Target for $44.49.

    Game on!


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