Everyone loves game night. If you like board games and card games, there is nothing better than having friends over and enjoying a few adult beverages while you make fools out of yourselves or argue over the house rules of your favorite games. If you are looking for some games to liven up your next adult game night, here are 20 of the best board games you need for the best adult game night yet.
You have just been elected mayor of the city of Machi Koro. Unfortunately, the citizens have some pretty big demands – jobs, a theme park, a couple of cheese factories, and maybe even a radio tower. This is a tough proposition since the city currently consists of a wheat field, a bakery, and a single die. Collect money when the dice rolls in your favor and be the first to build up your city to win. It is a fun game for two to four players and fairly fast-paced. Machi Koro will quickly become one of your favorite games for adult game night.
Can a giraffe fit in a phone booth? Does a sofa fit in a shopping cart? It all depends on how you size it up! In A Pickle is a game of creative thinking and outrageous scenarios. Try to win a set of cards by fitting smaller things into bigger things. Play the fourth card to claim the set, unless one of your opponents can trump it with a larger card. The player with the most sets at the end is the winner! Funny and fast-paced, you can play multiple games of this game your next adult game night.
Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities through North America. It takes strategy, but is easy to play. Once it becomes a regular in the rotation on adult game night, you can buy expansion packs to go on new adventures!
Off Topic is a fun board game that gets the brain juices flowing and stirs up some hilarious conversations during adult game night. Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses have to begin with. Then, flip the timer and you are in a race against time to write down answers that begin with the letter rolled for each topic on the card. Coming up with answers is only part of the game. Debating them with your friends and family is where the real fun happens!
In Trial by Trolley: an Adult Card Game of Moral Dilemmas and Murder, you are the operator of an out-of-control trolley and you have to make the horrible, unspeakable decision about who to run over! 500 cards will help you and up to 12 of your friends during your next adult game night build horrible ethical dilemmas and be forced to act on them.
You’ve Got Crabs is a highly strategic party game for 4-10 players. First, you split into teams of two and decide on a secret signal. Then work towards getting four of a kind and communicate it to your partner using your secret signal. If your partner sees your signal and yells “You’ve got crabs,” you gain a crab point, but if an opponent sees your signal and yells “You’ve got crabs,” you lose a crab point. Whatever team has the most crabs at the end of the adult game night wins.
Rummikub is one of the world’s best-selling and most-played games. Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs or groups, Rummy style. The first player to use all of their tiles wins. The fast-paced easy gameplay is perfect for adult game night. You will want to play it over and over.
In Sequence, a player plays a card from their hand, and places a chip on a corresponding space on the game board. When you have five in a row, it is a sequence. Each player or team tries to score the required number of five-card sequences before their opponents win. This is a quick and challenging addition to your next adult game night.
Trade, build, and settle the Island of Catan in this addictively fun strategy game. Players control their own civilization and look to spread across the board in a competition for victory points. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice, but beware, because you never know when the wily robber might steal some of your precious gains. The original game can be played with 3 to 4 players and takes about an hour to play, but buy expansion packs to add additional players and new adventures to your adult game night.
Poetry for Neanderthals is a competitive word-guessing card game from where you “must speak good or get hit with stick.” Using only single-syllable words, give clues to your team to help them try to guess your secret phrase. If you mess up and use a big word, you get bopped on the head with a 2-foot long inflatable club. A funny adult game night addition that forces you to explain complicated ideas using simple vocabulary that will make everyone laugh. (Because who would not laugh at people getting bonked on the head with an inflatable stick?)
The Voting Game is a party game that uncovers the hilarious truth behind your friendships. In each round, vote anonymously for the player who is described by the question. Tally the votes and laugh at what is revealed by your teammates. This is the perfect adult game night party game to play with the friends you know so well or for the friends you thought you knew.
Pick a card, read the seemingly easy topic, and then start the timer! With only 5 seconds to name three things that fit the topic, players get tongue-tied and funny answers come flying out. 5 Second Rule is great for any adult game night because it can be played by three or more players and will have everyone laughing non-stop.
Taboo is an oldie but goodie to add to your adult game night. If you have managed not to play Taboo, the goal is to get your team to say the word on your card without using any of the taboo words. If you slip up, you get “buzzered.” Get through as many cards as possible before the time is up. Taboo is fast and fun and can be played by four or more players.
Fill or Bust is great for adult game night because it can be played by any number of players! Flip a card and roll the dice. Decide to take what you get or keep rolling and trying to score more points. Be careful though, because if you get too greedy, you could lose big. It can be played in teams, tournament style, or just as a regular round of cards. It will become a fast favorite.
Gather your friends, choose teams, and try to get your teammates to say the displayed phrase or word by giving them clues in Catch Phrase: Uncensored. It includes 5,000 adult words and phrases in a handful of different categories. This one is for adult consumption only – not for family game night!
Sick and Twisted Charades is charades with a twist! Twist Tiles have you acting out ridiculous phrases with added challenges like only using one hand or while sitting on the floor. Not only are your acting chops tested, so are your reflexes! If the opposing team throws the soft foam ball once the timer runs out and you catch it, you can keep acting. If not, your turn is over. A silly addition to your next adult game night.
This addictive trivia game does not give players points for getting answers right. Instead, it takes away points for wrong answers! I Should Have Known That! includes 400 questions that you should know the answers to like “Does the Statue of Liberty hold the torch in her left or right hand?” It is impossible to get through a game without declaring “I should have known that!”
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Codenames is a fun and challenging word game with a simple premise. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Teams compete to contact all of their agents first while avoiding the assassin. Codenames is fast and fun to play during adult game night because you can complete a game in around 15 minutes with up to eight people.
You cannot have adult game night without a drinking game! Compete by drawing a card from the Sotally Tober deck. There are five types of cards. Activity cards have actions you must perform. Skill cards give you special abilities. Curse cards make you suffer. Secret cards are hidden tricks you can perform. Decree cards place effects on everyone. Whoever takes the least amount of drinks is the winner. Alternatively, drinks can be substituted with points for a totally sober approach.
Did you ever suspect that you and your friends were bad people? Well, now there is a game that can prove it! In Bad People, vote for your friends on outrageous questions and find out what your friends really think of you. Share crazy and ridiculous stories after each round, making your next game night a revealing experience! This version comes with one expansion pack, but once you have gone through all those questions, there are even more expansions available!
Adult game night just got a whole lot more fun with these 20 best games to add to your collection. Some are silly and others take strategy, but these games are all fun, fast-paced, and sure to provide a good time. While they might not all be your new favorite, they are sure to make everyone want adult game night to be a routine gathering.
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