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The best house party games to bond with friends and family

Truth be told, there are plenty of games to be virtually played online, but is not quite the same feeling as having a board game in hand with actual players in the same room. It is one activity that brings people together while encouraging sportsmanship and healthy competition. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that there are many board game bars and cafes open now.

What makes board games all the more beneficial is that you can play it wherever without relying on a stable internet connection. It also lessens screen time while it serves to boost brain function. This way, you get to be more creative with strategies and engage with the company you’re with. We’ve pooled together the best house party games for any game night, be it something wholesome with family, or something a little more NSFW with friends.

At a glance:

  • Best for adult humor: Cards Against Humanity
  • Best for family night: Exploding Kittens Card Game
  • Best party game for adults: Drink-A-Palooza Board Game
  • Best for teams: Czech Games Codenames
  • Best for kids: ThinkFun Zingo Bingo
  • Best for strategy: Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Best icebreaker: Bad People

Best for adult humor: Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a game for horrible people. It’s also one of the most hilarious games out there. It’s extremely simple and easy to play, and with the right people around it can be one of the funniest nights you’ve had in a while. If you like dark, cynical, awkward humor, this is the game for you.

Best for family night: Exploding Kittens Card Game

Designed by the creator of the internet sensation The Oatmeal, Exploding Kittens is one of the best games for your family night. It takes 5 minutes to learn and is simply hysterically funny. Self-described as a “kitty-powered version of Russian roulette,” it is a great choice for the whole family since there can be a total of ten players and could be as young as 7-years old.

Best party game for adults: Drink-A-Palooza Board Game

If you’re planning on a more adult night, one where drinks are involved, look no further than the Drink-A-Palooza Board Game. Essentially a combo drinking and board game, it comes equipped with anything you might need for a great game night. Besides the drinks, what makes it super interesting is that it manages to combine old school and new school night games like Pong, Kings Cup, Flip Cup, and Quarters in one

Best for teams: Czech Games Codenames

Those into wordplay and patterns would enjoy playing Codenames by Czech Games. It only takes about 15 minutes for both teams to finish one round, and it is easy enough for kids 14 and up to understand the mechanics. All you have to do is describe and give one-word clues for your team to guess which words they point to. The team with the most number of claimed cards at a given time wins.

Best for kids: ThinkFun Zingo Bingo

Parents looking to entertain and develop their kids’ critical skills can count on ThinkFun Zingo Bingo to do just the trick. It is recommended for kids ages 4 and older to play with up to seven players. It is easy to learn and explain, which makes it the perfect game for pre-readers and early readers to harness their matching and language skills. It is also fast-paced to build up your kiddo’s excitement. Zingo is perfect for the classroom, at home, or as a gift for a growing child.

Best for strategy: Betrayal at House on the Hill

If you have an hour to spare and have at least three to six people to play with, then you might want to brave this thrilling board game. Betrayal at House on the Hill is a strategy game with 50 scenarios that are sure to give you goosebumps. If you’ve been dreaming of building your own haunted house and escaping it alive then this could be the closest you’re going to get. Just make sure to keep one eye open for traitors and possible plot twists.

Best icebreaker: Bad People

Bad People is probably not the best game for those who are easily offended. The brutal 10-player game is filled with a total of 370 cards that could make or break friendships. It includes 250 question cards that can help you get to know someone more and 100 voting cards that will help you find out what people assume about your personality. The great thing about this game is that it encourages people to share stories to justify their answers. But with these types of questions, it is for ages 17 and above and advised to be played outside the workplace.

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