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Playing a party game is a great way to include guests in a shared experience while gently coaxing them to come out of their shells and bond with one another. It also provides a welcome respite from the predictable dinner party routine of small talk over mild music.
So, the next time you're hosting a party, whip out one of these 17 games. There are a number of risqué options that might not make you comfortable to play in front of, say, parents and extended relatives. But all of the picks will spark laughter as players strategize, collaborate, and go for the gold together. Whatever the circumstances may be, these adult games are sure to make memories whenever you decide to play.
Hasbro Speak Out
On the outset, the Speak Out game is titled perfectly: Each player is tasked with saying a silly phrase pulled from a deck of 200 cards, and it's up to the other players to repeat it. But here's the laugh-out-loud twist: The players have to wear a mouthpiece as they declare these silly phrases, which makes it almost impossible to know exactly what's being said at first. Think of it as a game of telephone that's mumbled on the first go.
Quickwits Party Card Game
Competitive friends might enjoy this game, which works like this: Players pull from a deck of cards, and each card has a category and symbol on it. When two symbols match, the players race to give as many examples of their opponent's category as they can without repeating a phrase. Categories include more innocent talking points like "lead singers," as well as more eyebrow-raising subjects. You've been warned.
Midnight Outburst Party Game
Remember how fun it was to play Taboo? Well, the creators of that game have brought us Midnight Outburst, which requires a handle on pop culture references and the ability to yell out answers in fewer than 45 seconds. Each card comes with a category, and players have to say as many examples of the category that are listed before time runs out. The categories aren't all naughty, so you can consider playing with people who don't embarrass easily.
Endless Games Everybody Knows! Trivia Card Game
When you want to play a family-friendly game without resorting to the classics, this is a stellar option. The game allows teenage and adult players to gather with one common goal: To beat other players at trivia questions about pop culture, sports, TV shows, movies, and more. Questions need to be answered in under a minute, so the pressure is on to get it right as quickly as possible.
Cards Against Humanity Party Game
If you haven't already played this classic I-just-spit-my-drink-out-laughing card game, then now is the time to see what all of the fuss is about. The game is broken up into rounds, where one player asks a question from a black card, and then all players answer with their most hilarious white card. The funniest card wins, so you're guaranteed to laugh a lot. Up the raunch factor with their Ass Pack expansion cards; it's all about... you guessed it; butts.
What Editors Say
"A classic party game—just don't play this with some family members as things can definitely get dicey! Having Cards Against Humanity on hand is vital for any friend gathering. Almost everyone always knows how to play, or it's very easy to teach and pick up quickly." — Emily Manchester, Editorial & Strategy Director
Gatwick Games It's in the Bag!
Much like the other games on this list, this one requires quick wit and fast reflexes in order to win. The game is broken into three rounds, and the first one requires that a player choose a card and describe the contents on that card—without saying the words on the card outright. For the second round, the player is allowed to use just one word to name what's on the card. And for the last round, the player can physically act out what's on the card. It's basically a twist between charades and Outburst.
Drunk Confidence Party Game
The title of this game should clue you into what to do after your party guests have had a few cocktails. Whip out this game, and ask players to choose from 250 cards that'll have them answering trivia questions, singing out loud, dancing as if nobody's watching, and other funny challenges. Make sure everyone is playing at a speed they're comfortable with, and then keep the drinks coming.
Gatwick Games What Are the Odds?
If you like the adrenaline of gambling but you're not too keen on losing money, then give this game a go. You have to decide the odds of whether or not your opponent will have to do a dare on a card—and if the odds don't go in your favor, the only thing you'll lose by doing the giggle-inducing dare is a bit of dignity. What Are The Odds? is most like a mashup of Russian Roulette and Truth or Dare.
INI Never Have I Ever
The way to win this party game is to admit to as many wacky life decisions stated on each card. For example, have you ever played video games the entire day without leaving the house? Or dated a sibling's ex? Follow the rule card for each round, and rack up 10 play cards to win.
What Do You Meme? Party Game
Test your pop-culture prowess with What Do You Meme? Whichever team creates the funniest memes, wins. To play, draw a photo card and place it face up on the easel. Complete the meme using the caption cards provided. The "judge" determines which meme is funniest and names the winner of a round; everyone takes turns judging the memes. With over 400 meme cards in the core deck, the number of potential meme variations are nearly limitless.
What Editors Say
"What Do You Meme? is another version of Apples to Apples that involves matching a written card to a picture to create a Meme. Each round involves a judge, who votes on their favorite. While fun, my only problem with this game is that a lot of the picture cards become outdated quickly given the speed of Meme popularity online. To keep this game feeling fresh, it's a good idea to invest in the expansion packs." — Emily Manchester, Editorial & Strategy Director
Watch Ya' Mouth Game
In this interactive party game, players take turns wearing a mouthguard as they attempt to say a handful of provocative words; teams earn points for every word they guess correctly. Try not to laugh as your friend attempts to articulate the phrase, "warm beef meatballs" and other silly words. Go even raunchier with the NSFW expansion pack. And yes, the mouth pieces are dishwasher safe; it comes with 6 medium, and 4 small mouth guards.
Telestrations After Dark Adult Party Game
Remember the Telephone game? Instead of whispering key phrases to each other, Telestrations asks participants to draw them instead. Give it your best sketch, then pass the book to the next person and receive their best illustrated guess. The "after dark" version includes adult humor, so expect the drawings to get weird and probably veer into the gutter.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
Think of Exploding Kittens like a more animated, fantastical version of Russian Roulette; if you pull an exploding kitten card, you're out of the game. Between a pair of players, and up to five, take turns pulling cards from the face-down deck that may either help or hurt your chances of remaining in the game. For example, you could draw a 'See the Future' card that allows you to peek at the next few cards, or a 'Skip' card that lets you skip your turn.
What Editors Say
"Exploding Kittens is a party game favorite in my friend group. This card game is decieving at first if you think it's all luck (it definitely involves a lot of luck) but once you realize how to strategize, it gets very competitive! This is one of those games that seemingly never tires and you can enjoy multiple rounds throughout the night." — Emily Manchester, Editorial & Strategy Director