In the midst of the coronavirus, you will probably find yourself at home a lot more than usual. While there are endless things to do on the Internet, nothing beats a nice game with those around you. We’ve examined tons of great games and have found the top ones that will surely lead to an epic game night. So round up your roommates and closest (healthy) friends and have yourself a competitive, invigorating, and game-filled evening!
Codenames is a word game with a simple premise. Essentially, two rival spymasters know the secret identities of the agents on the table. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates then try to guess words of their color while avoiding those words that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin card. The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. You can include players if you prefer lively a discussion!
Coup simulates a dystopian universe. Just imagine you are head of a family in an Italian city-state, a city run by a weak and corrupt court. You need to manipulate, bluff and bribe your way to power. Your object is to destroy the influence of all the other families, forcing them into exile. Only one will survive… In Coup, you want to be the last player with influence in the game, with influence being represented by face-down character cards in your playing area.
This is a handy way to play the classic property-trading Monopoly board game! Be the first to collect 3 full property sets of different colors. You’ll pick up cards when it’s your turn and play Action cards to charge players rent, steal their cards, or demand money.
Players make up definitions to obscure words. The real definition is mixed in with the phonies and the laughter begins as the funny definitions are read aloud. You try to spot the truth within a web of deceit. Even if you guess incorrectly you advance, as long as you’re able to bluff an opponent into thinking your made-up definition is the right one!
In this game you play a card from your hand, and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board. When you have five in a row, it’s a sequence. Learn to block your opponents or remove their chips, and watch out for the Jacks – they’re wild!
The Blockbuster Game
Just when you thought Blockbuster was extinct… Introducing a new fun family game for anyone that has ever seen a movie. This is a game for adults and teenagers alike, but for best results, you’ll want to split up into two mixed teams. In round one, each team will choose one of their members to go head-to-head in a quick-fire buzzer battle. Whoever wins the quick-fire buzzer battle will get to choose 3 movie cards from the pile. When ready, they’ll get 30 seconds to get their team to shout out the movies by using three tricky techniques – acting out the film, making up a quote and describing them with just one word. Then the other team will do the same with their cards. Whoever collects all the genres first wins!
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure where players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities through North America.
An indispensable classic.Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote, but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix of the game creates a different board virtually every time.
Race around guessing which player wrote which answer while writing your own creative responses to hilarious and highly loaded questions. This game has simple rules and no right or wrong answers.
People have been getting twisted and tangled playing Twister since the 1960’s! You’ll fall over with laughter as you get “tied up in knots”! A person is eliminated when they fall or when their elbow or knee touches the mat.
The Fishbowl Game
This game you don’t even have to buy! The Fishbowl Game is a fun-filled memory game that combines Charades, Password and Taboo. It is also an easy game to learn and can be played with large groups, which makes it perfect for get-togethers.
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.
Players move around the board answering questions from 6 categories including Geography, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature, Science and Nature, and Sports and Leisure. When players land on a category headquarters space, they’ll earn the corresponding colored wedge if they answer the question correctly. The first player to collect 6 different colored wedges and answer a final question correctly wins!
Build a Unicorn Army. Betray your friends. Unicorns are your friends now.
Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game about everyone’s two favorite things: destruction and unicorns. The goal of Unstable Unicorns is to be the first person to collect seven Unicorns in your play area, also known as your Stable.
Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid
Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid includes 250 cards to decide who in the group is most likely to… “#1 Wake up with half a burrito in bed”, “#27 Have 20-minute conversation with Siri” and “#147 Shame people for going to bed.” Once a card is drawn, everyone counts to 3 and then points to the person who is most likely to… In this game you get to see what your friends really think of you.
This game presents numerous opportunities to strategize. You will strategize organizing your cards into the discard piles, avoiding setting up the next players for good plays, knowing when to play from which option and especially the timing of playing a valuable “Skip-Bo” wild card.
Azul is a tile-placement game in which players compete for the highest score by claiming tiles and arranging them on their board to score points.
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