Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt with these great party games. There are no two-player strategy games in this book. Instead, there are 22 games that are best played with more people. The more people, the better! Simple rules make it easy to teach people how to play these games quickly. A lot of them are easy to join, even if other people have already started playing, so you can answer the door or pour a drink and tap back in without missing a beat. Most of these games are fine for kids to play, and we’ve pointed out the few that are better left to adults. Our favourite part? These are games that anyone can play. You don’t need any special skills. You can choose whether or not to keep score.
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Apples to Apples
The card game Apples to Apples is a lot of fun and is great for parties. There are more than 500 apple cards in the game. On the red apple cards are nouns, and on the green apple cards are adjectives. Each round, a new judge picks a green apple card and reads it to the group. So that there is less chance of bias, all the other players play one of their red apple cards without telling anyone who they are. The winner of that round is the card that the judge likes best. Whether the judge chooses the card with the most accurate match or the card that is the most strange is up to them, but we always vote for the most strange card. The more people you add to this game, the more crazy it gets.
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is advertised as “a party game for horrible people.” This shouldn’t stop you from playing, but it should be a warning that it’s not for people with good taste. In the game, there are two kinds of cards: black cards, which have open-ended questions or statements on them, and white cards, which have funny, morbid, or strange words and phrases on them. Each round, a new judge plays one black card, and the other players choose one white card from their hands to go with it. The answer cards are mixed up, read out loud, and a winner is picked. You can make it more fun by giving points to the person who comes up with the right answer, or you can just play for fun. This is a game that should only be played by adults.
If you know about the cartoon website The Oatmeal, you might want to get this game as soon as possible. Exploding Kittens is a party game that is fun for people of all ages. It is also the project that has gotten the most money from backers on Kickstarter. To play, a stack of face-down game cards is put on the table, and each player takes a turn drawing a card from the top. There are different cards, all drawn by The Oatmeal, that tell you what to do or what not to do. If you draw an exploding kitten card, you are out of the game. You should definitely read through the rules more than once before playing, but it will be worth it because the rules are fun on their own.
Scattergories is a lot of fun with a big group of people because it moves quickly and lets people be creative. You can play as a team or on your own. The goal of the game is to come up with creative answers to a list of categories, such as TV shows, U.S. presidents, vegetables, or types of sandwiches, in the time given. But there’s a catch: each answer on the list has to start with a certain letter, which is determined by a 20-sided letter die. When the time is up, everyone reads out loud what’s on their lists. If a word is on more than one list, it is crossed off. Answers that are unique get one point. Technically, each game only has three rounds, but your group can play as many more rounds as they want.
In the guessing game Codenames, you will have to pretend to be a spy. Codenames is a guessing game that is fun for both kids and adults to play at a party. Split your group into two teams, and have each team choose a spymaster. To play, the spymasters lay out 25 one-word code name cards on the table, as shown by the puzzle card that was chosen. The all-knowing spymasters sit across from their teammates and give them one-word clues about who their field operatives are without giving them a code name. You have to be careful with your guesses, because if you name one of the other team’s operatives by accident, you could help them. Even worse, you might figure out who the killer is, which would end the game right away. The team that gets all of their code names right first wins.
Wits and Wagers
In Wits and Wagers, you don’t have to be a trivia buff to win, just need to make your best guess and see what happens. You can play this game by yourself or with a team, which makes it good for a big group. There are 125 cards with fun trivia questions on them in Wits and Wagers. Read one card out loud to the group and have everyone write down their best guess. Answers, which are always numbers, are put face up on a betting mat and arranged from smallest to largest. The players then bet on the answer they think is right with chips that have different point values. Do you think your answer is the best, or should you bet on Great Uncle Norman’s? You get points if your guess is right or if you bet on the answer that is closest.
The name of the game says a lot about what it is. This game asks the group a fun, open-ended question and tells the players they can say or write anything they want as a response. When asked, “What would be the coolest thing to teach a monkey?” friends and family will come up with a lot of different, and often funny, ideas. The answers are written down and put in the centre of the group so that everyone can see them. The judge for that round chooses in secret which answer he or she likes best, and the other players have to figure out which answer the judge picked. Say Anything is sure to make you laugh, and with more than 400 questions, you won’t run out of things to say any time soon.
Wits & Wagers Makes Trivia Fun For Everyone
In a lot of trivia games, players either know the answer or they don’t. This is different in Wits & Wagers, which asks questions that are almost impossible to answer correctly and lets teams bet on each other’s answers. The game is not like most trivia games in that it makes you feel very welcome. Anyone can play this game, have a great time, and even do well if they bet on the right people.