The best party games provide a fun way to break the ice among strangers and get people moving beyond small talk. All of the party games you choose should suit the ages of the people at the party, and be proven to be fun. Ideally, they should also be relatively short to play so that guests can move on to other games before anyone gets bored. If you need party game ideas, consider the following games, whose value at parties has been proven time and time again.
Top 10 Best Party Games
|Party Game||Number of Players||Rating|
|Cards Against Humanity||4 to 20+||4.9 Stars|
|Pie Face||2+||4.3 Stars|
|Exploding Kittens||2 to 5||4.6 Stars|
|Uno||2 to 10||4.8 Stars|
|5 Second Rule||3+||4.5 Stars|
|Codenames||2 to 8+||4.8 Stars|
|Melissa & Doug Suspend||1 to 4||4.6 Stars|
|Spot It||2 to 8||4.8 Stars|
|Ticket To Ride||2 to 5||4.8 Stars|
1. Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity (CAH) is an intentionally edgy, irreverent, and occasionally downright raunchy card game for adults. The game is based on the same basic idea as Apples to Apples. One person, called the Judge, takes and reads one of the Black Cards. The other players then use the White Cards in their hands to complete the sentence begun on the Black Card. The Judge chooses the White Card they like the most, and the person who played that White Card either becomes the Judge or earns a point, depending upon the preferences of the game players.
What makes CAH stand out is its irreverent method for eliciting laughs and fun. None of the White Cards are delicate, modest, or politically correct. The result, for the right crowd, is a rollicking game of fun that elicits laughter and embarrassment in equal measure. While the game is not appropriate for children, it is appropriate for both older teens and adults.
Reviewers praise the game for the level of irreverent fun it introduces to parties. They joke about its ability to draw out the impish or raunchy side of even the nicest people, while they seriously note that it quickly wins over their party guests. It has also received positive reviews from sources such as Kill Game Magazine and Thrillist. Packaged in a beautiful black and white box and high quality shrink wrap, it presents a sophisticated look for a far from sophisticated game.
2. Pie Face
For a downright silly good time, Pie Face is hard to beat. This simple but hilarious game utilizes a hand, a spinner, and a chin rest. The hand is loaded with the included sponge, wetted down, or with whipped cream (not included). One by one, players rest their chins on the chin stand and spin the spinner. Sometimes the hand throws the sponge/whipped cream in their face, and sometimes it doesn’t. Every time a player escapes unscathed, they earn a point. The first person to reach 25 points wins the game.
The secret to this game’s fun for both kids and adults is the random nature of the spinner. The suspense of not knowing whether or not you will get a face full of sponge/whipped cream is delightful, and the surprise when the hand does hit is good for many laughs. Earning points and winning the game is almost a side note to the hilarity that the random-splatting hand provides.
Reviewers almost universally praise Pie Face for its simple, silly fun. It provides an excellent way to break the ice, and it can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. The result is a game that is less messy than you might expect, but way more fun than you might anticipate.
Jenga is a classic party game that has been entertaining children and adults since the 1970s. Hands down one of the best party games, it is easy to understand, even for children as young as five. It consists of 54 wooden blocks that are stacked into a tower. Each player then takes a turn removing one block from the tower and placing it on the top of the tower. The last person to remove and stack a block without knocking over the tower wins the game.
Jenga is a fun party game because it allows people of different ages to succeed equally well while enjoying each other’s company. It also serves as an effective ice breaker, and facilitates interaction and conversation, as players discuss the game, watch the tower in suspense, and laugh together. One reviewer even used the game as a way to encourage wedding guests to relax and interact with each other at the reception. The game’s wide age span and ease of use make it ideal for getting different groups of people to engage with each other.
Reviewers almost universally praise Jenga for its ability to provide a simple, fun way to connect with others. The game’s classic nature and solid reputation mean that it has been time-tested as one of the classic party games. Some reviewers find that the stacking case is not as sturdy as earlier Jenga packaging. Otherwise, they note that it is the same entertaining, easy to use game that has been adding to party time fun for more than 35 years.
4. Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens is a relatively new game that made its name in a blockbuster Kickstarter campaign. Despite its surprising title, it is actually a relatively tame game for children and adults alike to play. The game consists of drawing cards until someone gets an Exploding Kitten card. Unless they can play a Defuse card, they die and are out of the game. The last person alive wins the game. Exploding Kittens includes a variety of cards that can be used to avoid dying via an exploding kitten.
Exploding Kittens earned the highest amount of funding ever from a Kickstarter campaign and is also Kickstarter’s most-backed project. The game is appealing because of its off-beat humor, illustrations by The Oatmeal, and suspenseful play. The game is also appealing for parties because it can accommodate up to 5 people with one deck and 9 people with two decks so everyone at the party can enjoy the game. The ins and outs of its strategy, and its Russion Roulette-like suspense add to the challenge of this fun party game.
Reviewers generally give the game positive reviews, except for a few reviewers who did not enjoy the actual game play. They note that the game is entertaining, humorous, and easy to play. While the instructions take a little while to get used to, once mastered, they allow parties to explode with laughter and fun.
Uno has been a best party game since 1971. Popular with children and adults alike, it provides an easy to learn, entertaining way to keep a party going. The game is based on four colored suits of cards labeled 0-9, Skip, Draw Two, and Reverse; as well as on two different types of wild cards. Players begin the game with seven randomly distributed cards each, and must play the cards in such a way as to get rid of all the cards in their hand. The round ends when someone gets rid of all of their cards. Everyone else adds up the points in their hand. Once someone reaches 500 points, the game is over, and the person with the lowest number of points wins. There are also many other ways to score the game/determine the winner, depending upon the preferences of the players.
Uno has become so popular that a number of different versions have been developed. None of these new versions, however, have the simple appeal of the original game. Part of the game’s appeal is the fact that old and young alike can play the game together. In addition, there are so many different ways to play and score the game that any group of players can find a way to enjoy the game. It works well as a family game or as a way to create engage party guests for hours.
Uno has received hundreds of positive reviews. Reviewers note loving the game because of its versatility and simplicity, and report spending hours playing the game with family and friends. While finding cards that look exactly like the original decks used to is difficult, the same rules apply to the newly designed cards. The result is a simple, inexpensive, and fun way to break the ice and get a party rolling.
6. 5 Second Rule
The game 5 Second Rule takes a simple premise and adds a fun twist. The game consists of more than 500 categories. At their turn, the player takes a card and reads the category. The timer is then set for 5 seconds. Within those five seconds, the player must name three things that fit into the category. Examples include “Kitchen Appliances,” “All-Inclusive Resorts,” and “NHL Teams.” If they succeed, they keep the card. If they fail, the card passes to the next player, who then has five seconds to provide three things that fit into the category. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
The 5 Second Rule is fun primarily because it limits the time each player has to answer to five seconds. Even familiar categories can become mind-stumping under this kind of time pressure. The result is often hilarious answers and lots of laughs. The game is simple enough for tweens through adults to play, but may be more difficult for younger children to play. It is ideal for parties because it works with large crowds and is easy enough for almost anyone to understand and participate in.
Reviewers report using 5 Second Rule as a travel game, as a party game, and as a family game. Reviewers also note that the game easily spans generations so that every member of a family can participate. The result is a game that can easily include everyone in the fun at your next party.
Codenames is a fun word guessing game that is played in teams to accommodate the numbers of people you might have in a party. The game involves the group dividing into two teams, with each team having a “spymaster.” Twenty-five word cards are then spread out on the table, and each team is assigned some of the words. The spymasters are told which of the words (called “agents”) belong to their team. They must then give their team one-word clues to help their team guess which words belong to that team. Each team must avoid guessing words that are neutral or that belong to the other team. The first team to guess all of the words that belong to them wins.
Codenames is a fun party game because it can accommodate larger numbers of people (up to 14). In addition, it can be played by children and adults alike. As a result, it can easily be played at family gatherings, where it is important to bring all of the generations together. The mental challenge the game provides, along with the chance for friendly competition, allows for players to enjoy the game and each other.
Codenames receives generally positive reviews for being a fun game to play. In particular, people enjoy the fact that they can play with others of differing ages. They also find the game to be sufficiently challenging to keep them occupied. The result is a fun and challenging party game.
8. Melissa & Doug Suspend
Another top party game is Suspend from renowned children’s toy manufacturers Melissa & Doug. The game has a simple premise: Placed notched sticks on a wooden frame without knocking the entire structure down. Doing so, however, is the fun part, because you must figure out where to balance the sticks in order to keep the whole structure upright. The game can be played alone or with up to four people. Suspend comes with a number of different ways to play to accommodate players of different ages (and preferences).
Suspend can be played with young children (generally older than 6, but some reviewers report playing with younger children). However, it is challenging enough to keep the attention of adults. As a result, it is a wise choice for a game night, family get togethers, or other events where there are people of different ages getting together. Part of its appeal is the challenge and the suspense, and part of its appeal is due to its versatility and adaptability to different age groups.
Reviewers generally praise the game for the level of fun it provides, and they often report using it with their children to enjoy relaxed, one-on-one time with them. While some reviewers would like different shapes of sticks to use, most find that the rules and pieces of the game were enough to offer lots of fun for them and their families.
9. Spot It
Spot It is an exceptionally easy game to understand, making it suitable for players of all ages. At the same time, it is challenging enough to keep anyone entertained for hours. It consists of 50 cards. Any two cards will have only one difference between them. The basic goal of the game is to look at two cards and be the first to find the difference between them. The game is designed so that you can play 5 different mini games with the same cards. In addition, Spot It also comes in a variety of other formats and themes (such as a waterproof Spot It and various sports and educational editions).
Spot It is more than just entertainment. It also helps to build important skills such as focus, observation, speech-language skills, and fine motor skills. These skills, combined with the game’s simplicity, make it ideal for children as young as preschoolers. However, the game is hard enough that adults can enjoy it. Spot It, because it relies on the players’ observation skills, can also be won by younger players over adult players, as long as they have a sharp eye. As a result, its challenge, simplicity, and educational benefits make it an ideal party game for almost any party.
Reviewers praise Spot It for the incredible fun it provides. They note that it is small and portable, fun for small children and adults alike, and never grows old. Spot It is one of the best party games that is sure to please at your next party.
10. Ticket To Ride
Ticket to Ride is an exciting board game that takes you to an imaginary situation in which you are celebrating Phileas Fogg’s trip around the world in 80 days. The goal of the game is to build your train route across the most cities in North America. It uses train car cards, trains, and wooden tokens to allow each player to build across the board. Its versatility allows for players to use a cutthroat style that attempts to block others on the board, or a gentler style that allows each person to build without interruption. The game also has expansion packs and a Europe version that can be purchased separately in order to add more intrigue and options to the game.
Ticket to Ride is an exceptionally fun and time-tested game. It allows for 2-5 players at a time, and can be played quickly, in an hour or less. Its fun factor comes from the strategic challenge of trying to build the longest route across the board. Its strategic nature makes it ideal for children above the age of 8, as well as for adults. Smaller children can participate as part of a team with older children and adults who can do strategize for them. Its strategic nature, versatility, and premise make it a fun game for anyone at a small party to enjoy.
This game is exceptionally well-reviewed. In particular, reviewers note that the quality of the game is excellent and the artwork and construction beautiful. In addition, they report that it is a fun game to play, with enough challenge for adults to play as well as children. Ticket To Ride is an appealing game for any party.