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.
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.
The Voting Game
If you have a close-knit group of friends—or you'd like to try your luck with some open-minded strangers—then this game is exactly what you need for an entertaining night in. It all starts when a player pulls from a deck of 100 cards, which asks a scandalous question. Then the players anonymously vote on who in the group will answer the question, and the "winner" has to spill the beans. It all sounds like no big deal until you read the questions you have to answer.
Now, if you would rather see scandalous content than say it, then try your hand at this game. Players choose from 375 different phrases and words to draw on a whiteboard, and correct guesses allow a team to move forward on the corresponding colored squares. Don't run out of time while drawing, and definitely don't get bashful as the game gets underway—because if you do, you'll be blushing the entire time.
Quickwits 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.
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.
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.
How well do you really know your friends? If the answer to that question is very well, then this game should prove it. The player in the "hot seat" selects the question they want everyone to answer. Then, the other players each write their answers down as if they were the person in the hot seat. Finally, everyone has to guess which answer was actually written by the "hot seat" player—and often, it's not as easy as it seems. Get ready to learn things about your friends and family you'd never suspect.
Cards Against Humanity
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this more risqué version of Taboo, players have to describe what's written on the card they drew without using obvious descriptors. Try your best to solve for suggestive and explicit guess words like "temptation." This team-based game comes with a timer, and each word guessed correctly earns a team one point, though the laughter that will likely come along with playing this game may distract from any real competition.
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?
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.
Watch Ya' Mouth
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
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.
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 let's you skip your turn.