There's absolutely no shortage of party games out there, but ones that are rated PG? In an era where games like Cards Against Humanity has close to 40,000 reviews on Amazon, that's a little bit more challenging. But never fear. Fun board games for the family do still exist, and you're not just limited to varying versions of Monopoly, either.
Maybe you're looking to freshen up your game closet, or maybe your family's game nights happen so frequently that you know the answers to your Trivial Pursuit questions like the back of your hand. No matter what age group you're working with, there are tons of new, fresh, and super fun games that everyone will enjoy playing.
Not only are these family-friendly games engaging and innovative for both kids and adults, but there isn't a single curse word or raunchy innuendo in sight. You know what that means? It's time to sing, mumble, draw, spell, or reason your way to one of the best family game nights your household has ever seen. In fact, these games are so great they'd even be fun for adult-only get-togethers, like reunions, ice-breakers, and office parties where you'd rather not risk offending anyone.
1. This Hilarious Twist On Pictionary
Whether you're good or bad at drawing, it gets infinitely funnier with a pair of Googly Eyes. This game includes vision-altering glasses that make it even harder to draw your clue, and even more rewarding when your team guesses it. "Literally rolling in the floor laughing!" commented one person.
2. This Disturbingly Funny Phrase Game
Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition
Shove a dental-grade mouthpiece into your mouth and try to say one of the 143 hilarious but family-safe phrases while other people try to interpret it. That's Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition. The mouthpieces can be sterilized in the dishwasher or in boiling water, and one reviewer wrote, "The kids and adults were both laughing so hard I'm surprised no one peed their pants."
3. This Comparison Card Game That Started A Trend
Apples to Apples
This game is the predecessor to the cult-favorite card game Cards Against Humanity and it's often considered the SFW version. Apples to Apples gives you a topic, and all players need to play the card that they think best fits the category. Then the judge chooses the best answer. This version has all new cards, and even gives you a new double-sided feature so the judge can pick from two topics.
4. This Addicting And Educational Bestseller
5. This Award-Winning Settlement Game That People Are Obsessing Over
Catan 5th Edition
Winner of the "Game of the Century" award, Catan is an adventurous game of settlements, trades, and cunning development. Use resource combinations to build things, expanding your civilization faster than others. "Beware!" warns one reviewer. "Don't try this unless you plan on getting addicted. Your life will forever be altered. You'll find yourself begging strangers to come over to play. Watching YouTube videos to improve your game, bribing your children."
6. This Spy-Themed Game That's Great For Team Game Nights
People have called Codenames a "perfect team game for game night." Two spymasters on each team know the identities of all the players, but everyone else just knows them by their code-names. Spymasters then give one-word clues while everyone else tries to guess, and since this game can accommodate up to eight players, it's good for big groups.
7. This Guessing Game That's "Unspeakable Fun"
8. This Award-Winning. Europe-Based Strategy Game
Ticket To Ride: Europe
Reintroduce your family and friends to the fun of board-gaming with Ticket To Ride: Europe. It's an award-winning cross-country train adventure game designed for up to five players and suitable for eight and older. Like a combination of Risk and Monopoly, you collect and play matching train cards to gain railway routes connecting cities. The longer the routes, the more points you earn.
9. This Game That's Like Telephone And Pictionary Combined
With 1,600 reviews, Telestrations is making a huge splash: "You want bonding and laughter, this is it!!! Great family and party game! Everyone had tears running down their faces from laughing." Phrases go from drawings back to phrases a few times over, and by the time it reaches the last person, you'll be dying at how much they've changed since the original.
10. This Classic Board Game With A Magical Twist
11. This Easy-To-Learn Game That Halts All Conversation
Splendor Board Game
Experience the riches of global trade during the European Renaissance with Splendor. Two to four players collect gems while finding ways to transport, shape, and sell them. "This is a nearly perfect board game," wrote one reviewer. "The components are high quality thick poker chips and the cards have impressive artwork. The rules are only two pages and the game can be explained to anyone in less than ten minutes...Everyone stares intently at the cards plotting their next move."
12. This Disney-Themed Game That Taps Into Every Part Of Your Brain
Cranium: Disney Family Edition
Draw, sculpt, and act out your favorite Disney characters with Cranium: Disney Family Edition. Custom Mickey ear movers and classic movies and well as new ones keep everyone on their toes, and reviewers say it's a "very fun game" that finishes "in less than 30 minutes." Best of all, unlike the original, the pop-culture references are much more accessible for young children.
13. This Party Game That Promotes Positivity
Specifically made to overcome some of the negativity in the world, Sway is a "game of debate and silver linings." It's a fun and positive party game where you sway a judge by explaining the pros of different topics, sometimes while performing a challenge. Reviewers call it, "Perfect for a snarky teenager, a sassy Great Grandma and everyone in between!"
14. This Game That Challenges Your Lyrics Knowledge
Can you think of a song containing the word cowboy? How about heart? Race other players to see who can blurt out a song containing one given word. With Spontuneous, no singing skill is necessary and play crosses generations. "Wonderful game," says one reviewer. "Fun for anytime a group gets together."
15. This New Jenga-Like Game Involving Italian Food And A Yeti
Yeti in My Spaghetti
Combine Jenga with Italian food and a mythological Himalayan beast, and you've got Yeti in My Spaghetti. Take turns removing the noodles one by one, but if you knock the yeti into the bowl, you're the loser.
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