Swirling wine around in a glass and talking about the stock market is fun and all, but when I find myself in the midst of a stuffy house warming or get-together, I can’t help but miss my childhood parties. Their always entertaining party games never failed to elicit giggle-fits, hilarity, and bonding. My friends and I would sit around for hours, laughing until our stomachs hurt.
If you're like me and you prefer a more lively get-together, then you’re in serious need of some awesome and hilarious adult party games. A great adult party game is one that can subtly allow people to loosen up, talk to each other, laugh with each other, and break down the barriers that make them feel awkward or uncomfortable. If you ever find yourself hosting get-togethers of any sort, these are the best grownup game night picks to have on hand for all those reasons.
They’re also guaranteed to make you the MVP if you bring them to someone else’s party, because who doesn’t appreciate a little ice-breaking? For hours of laughter, bonding, and fun, here’s a list of some of the best adult party games, both appropriate and inappropriate (but, let’s be real, mostly inappropriate).
If memes crack you up online, you'll seriously love this game. It comes with Photo Cards from popular memes as well as Caption Cards. Each player gets seven Caption Cards and compete to make the funniest combination. Players take turns being the judge, and the person who creates the highest number of winning combinations wins the game. While this game is loads of fun, it isn't recommended to play around children.
If you’re a fan of R-rated games, and have the general mentality of “the cruder, the better,” this one’s for you. One player describes Draw What?! as, “If Pictionary and Cards Against Humanity had an orgy with Charades and Candy Land,” and with that ridiculous mash-up, there’s really no way to go wrong. The board game features 375 twisted words and phrases, which you then have to draw on the white board. If your teammates can guess what you’re drawing, you can all move ahead along the colored squares — but be sure not to land on the wrong space! If you’ve got a group of friends that’s perfectly okay with swearing and raunchy drawings (a bachelorette party, perhaps?) this game will definitely go over well.
One can’t make a list like this and not include the mother of all party games. Cards Against Humanity is a ridiculous, adult-themed, slightly offensive take on the card game Apples to Apples, and it’s quickly worked its way up to the No. 1 best-selling spot in the toys and games department. Once you get the hang of it, it’s ridiculously simple, and yet elicits so many laughs: Players take turns reading off black cards, which say things like, “Lifetime Presents _____, the story of ____.” Then, the other players have to fill in those blanks with cards that say things like, “Penis Envy,” and “Overcompensation.” The person with the funniest or most accurate phrase wins, and every hand is guaranteed to cause side-splitting laughter. One person summed it up perfectly: “This game is just F*ing great.”
Imagine combining Oregon Trail (AKA everyone's favorite '90s computer game) with a sort of wilderness Monopoly, and you've got the cult-favorite strategy game Catan. Unlike many other strategy games, new players can learn the game pretty quickly, allowing everyone to jump right in and get competitive – because yes, this game is competitive. Your goal is to settle the island of Catan before your enemies – er, fellow players – gaining resources along the way to expand your development. Each game is different and only takes about 60 minutes to complete, so you'll be able to play multiple times in a fun-filled game night. Good thing, because you won't want to stop!
"There are no winners in this game...only losers," says the Drunk Stoned or Stupid product description. If this sounds like your thing, then a) go buy this game and b) please invite me over to play. In each round, one player will act as the judge, and the others will start by drawing a card. Your job is to decide which player is most likely to do the action on the card – things like "Never make it past pregame" or "Watch 'Planet Earth' for five hours" are all game. Argue your point to the judge using the accused's past, stories, or their personality against them. Whoever gets seven cards first loses. This is one you'll be playing into the wee hours of morning with your closest pals time and time again.
If you’ve got a friend group or family members that just love to debate, direct their energy and rage into something useless and harmless. Superfight is a simple game for players of all levels where the cards are split into two categories: characters, and powers and weaknesses. When the two are combined, guests need to argue until the end about which one would win in a fight (like a zombie inside a giant hamster ball, or a child beauty pageant queen using the force?). This game’s ideal for up to about ten people, and reviewers say it’s filled with silliness, yelling, laughing, logic, and emotion, and the better you and your friends are at thinking outside of the box, the more ingenious this game gets.
This one’s a lot like Cards Against Humanity, except all the answers are open-ended and entirely left up to the sick minds of your guests. Nasty Things comes with 250 hilariously inappropriate prompts, like “things a proctologist names his finger,” and, “things zombies do when they’re not eating people.” Then everyone takes turns writing down their responses, and points are doled out when someone can correctly guess who wrote what. Some reviewers prefer it to other card games, as it requires quick-thinking and wit, and it can be toned down or up, based on who’s sitting around the table. It comes with cards, a notepad, and pencils, and because this game has a great sense of flow and simple-to-understand instructions, it’s an awesome jump-right-in game for just about any type of party.
Is Trivia Night at your local bar the highlight of your week? Bring the fun home with Smart Ass, a game for all those Hermione Grangers out there who think fast on their feet and are quick with an answer. Each who, what, or where question features ten clues that the card reader says aloud – until Miss Smartypants over there shouts out the answer the second she knows it. Sort of like Jeopardy without the manners, this game will have everyone racing to answer the question first, and hey, it's basically educational, so play as often as you like.
This is basically like Win, Lose, or Draw, but with your mouth. Hear me out: Grab a group of friends, pop in a mouthpiece, and try to say silly phrases to your teammates (e.g., "slow down, you careless clown!"). If they can understand you – through both the mouthpiece and your incessant laughter – your team earns a point. This is good, goofy fun you can have with everyone, from your friends for a wine-fueled game night or with your family (yes, even Grandma). Yes, you'll look ridiculous, but that's the point!
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