Best Party Games for Adults

Party games are always fun, and provide hours of entertainment. They’re great for ice breakers, and bringing groups of people or families together for the holidays. That being said, it can be difficult to find a good game for adults. Sometimes these games are too easy, get boring too soon, or lose their entertainment value after one or two games. The difference is adults want games that are interesting, require strategy and thinking, and start conversations between each other.

The following games do all that and more.

Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition (Explicit Content)

This game is very easy to learn and new players will pick it up easy. Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches.

Price: $16.99
List Price: $24.99
Manufacturer: Exploding Kittens LLC
Model: EKG-NSFW1-1
Price Checked: 2016-12-8

  • Exploding Kittens NOT SAFE FOR WORK Edition is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and boob wizards and sometimes butts.
  • This NSFW Edition of Exploding Kittens is an ADULT ONLY party game for 2-5 players (up to 9 players when combined with any other deck).
  • This is the most-backed project in Kickstarter history and all cards feature illustrations by The Oatmeal.
  • Includes 56 cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches), box, and instructions.
  • This box, like 99.99% of boxes, does not meow.

The Resistance: Avalon Social Deduction Game

The Resistance: Avalon pits the forces of Good and Evil in a battle to control the future of civilization. It’s pretty much Mafia, where people must talk to each other, lie to each other, and figure out who’s who without being discovered. A reviewer says, “The first night we played, we went for almost 3 hours… Everyone kept saying, “one more!”, and “again!””.

Price: $13.47
List Price: $19.99
Manufacturer: Publisher Services Inc (PSI)
Model: AVA1IBC
Release Date: 2012-11-28
Price Checked: 2016-12-8

  • The Resistance: Avalon is a standalone game and while The Resistance is not required to play; the games are compatible and can be combined
  • For 5 to 10 players
  • Takes 30 minutes playtime

The Resistance (The Dystopian Universe)

The Resistance is a very intense social deduction game for 5-10 players. This is a deduction game mixed with hidden roles (some people at the table are the bad guys) and lots of lying. If you don’t like looking at your friend and blatantly lying in his/her face, then this is not the game for you. While it shares similiarities with games like Werewolf, Mafia and even Battlestar Galactica it has many very unique features such as a quick 30 minute play time, no moderator required and no player elimination.

Price: $11.99
List Price: $19.99
Manufacturer: Publisher Services Inc (PSI)
Model: RES2IBC
Price Checked: 2016-12-8

  • The Resistance redefines social deduction – everyone plays till the end of the game
  • Your ability to lie to your friends and know when they are lying to you is critical to win
  • Not for the faint of heart, or slow of mind – but if you are quick on your feet you’ll be proud of your hard fought victories
  • 5 to 10 players, 30 minute playtime
  • Cover art may vary – revised edition now includes updated card art and the “Inquisitor” expansion in place of “The Plot Thickens” cards.

Codenames

This game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. It’s very similar to password. You have to play to play in teams, but if you have 4 or more people its lots of fun. Each team has one clue giver and a guesser (or guessers if more than 4 players). The two clue givers (one red/blue) simply say a one-word clue followed by a number of how many cards could go along with that clue.

Price: $8.85
List Price: $19.95
Manufacturer: Publisher Services Inc (PSI)
Model: 00031CGE
Color: na
Price Checked: 2016-12-8

  • For 2-8+ Players
  • 15 minute playing time
  • Ages 14 and up

Catan 5th Edition

This is probably the most difficult game in this list. It requires a lot of strategy, and there’s lots of people providing help on YouTube. 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. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations— grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber—to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice (even outside your turn).

Price: $33.97
List Price: $48.99
Manufacturer: Catan Studios
Model: MFG 3071
Size: One Size
Color: One Colour
Release Date: 2015-04-23
Price Checked: 2016-12-8

  • 3-4 Players, 60 minute playing time
  • Tons of replay value
  • New graphics, board and cards
  • Expanded Rule Book
  • Winner of “Game of the Century” award

Monopoly Deal Card Game

Looks and sounds like Monopoly, but this game does not play anything like it. Deal and steal your way to success – just collect 3 property sets to win. True to what it says, one game can played in 15 minutes or less. Game play is strategic but you can never be sure you have what you think you have because someone might charge you rent or make you pay because “it’s their birthday!” or (even better/worse) steal your properties or completed sets right from you. However, there are cards to combat this and it is fun to watch how it all shakes out.

Price: $3.99
List Price: NA
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Model: B0965
Size: 5 1/2″ H
Color: White, Multi-colo
Price Checked: 2016-12-8

  • Monopoly Deal game is the card version of the classic Monopoly game Collect sets of properties with different colors
  • Earn and swap properties and charge other players rent
  • Steal properties or demand money from other players when you get the right Action card
  • Ages 8 and up, For 2 to 5 players

Party games are great for the holidays. A good game is worth its weight in gold. It can make or break a great night.

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