When you’re throwing a party, games are a great way to break the ice and get people together. But, getting sucked into a monotonous, unfunny, never-ending round of Cards Against Humanity can feel like party-game purgatory. Don't let it happen to your party!
Take a step outside of your comfort zone and try playing one of these five games at your next party:
Apparently, most games are “playtested,” meaning someone spends the entirety of their job testing games before they hit the shelves to make sure games are fair and easy to understand. We’re going to go ahead and say that We Didn’t Playtest This At All is not fair, and it definitely doesn’t make sense – and that’s the best part! The rules are made up as you go (like penalties for pointing at a person, or saying “Fork” before you speak during your turn). With a little ingenuity, you can turn this into a great drinking game for large groups.
Heads Up is charades with a tech twist – you’ll need to download the app to play (it’s available for both iOS and Android for $0.99). The guesser then places their phone on their forehead (where they can’t see it) and whatever word appears, the other team players must help them guess without saying the word! Just like charades, the guesses are timed and points are awarded to those who guess before the buzzer. We figure the $1 cost is well worth the ability to end awkward silences on the fly.
Don’t necessarily want an adult card game? In Mobscenity, you can be as PG (or as NC-17) as you want to be. Each player gets two cards that have an adjective and a noun (for example, “angry” and “beaver”) and must create a definition around what those two cards should mean. Whoever makes the judge laugh with their made-up definition (and using it in a sentence) wins that round.
Terrifying, humiliating and hilarious – Never Have I Ever is an adult card game that’s not for the faint of heart. But, it is the best way to break the ice at any party (especially after a few drinks). You’ve likely heard of the original game: someone says one thing they have never done in their lifetime, and if any of the other players have done the event specified, they must admit it. Warning: Do NOT play this game with your family, unless you want some awkward silences.
This fast-paced game is perfect for parties where people may have a short attention span or will want to drop it at any point. To play 5 Second Rule, a player picks a category card, reads the topic out loud and starts the timer. Within five seconds (only five!) the player must name three things that fit in that topic, without help from anyone else. Categories can range from childhood nostalgia (Dr. Seuss books) to pop references (Britney Spears songs) to downright weird (things you do alone). Also we’re willing to bet the more you sip on an adult beverage, the more difficult this game becomes.