Best New Year’s Eve Board Games

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by and it’s already that time of year again. If you’ve decided to stay in with your family or host an adults-only party, these board games will have you entertained as you celebrate sipping on bubbly. Let’s dive into the best new year’s eve board games! Find the best NYE party board games and NYE card games around.

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best New Year’s Eve Board Games

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Best Family-Friendly

Sushi Go Party!
Sushi Go! is adorably cute and fun for families of all ages. The gameplay is easy to learn and fun enough that you’ll be playing round after round. Just make sure you don’t miss the countdown.

Best Adults-Only

Secret Hitler
Secret Hitler is one of the best social deduction games out there. It reinvents the tried and true hidden traitor genre that sells the theme while investing all players in the gameplay.

Best Overall

Dixit
Dixit is great for groups and is a beautiful party game. The lovely artwork and easy & compelling gameplay make this the perfect New Year’s Eve game to play while waiting for the ball to drop.

Family-Friendly NYE Games

If you’ve chosen to spend the night in with family, these board games are kid-friendly but exciting enough that the whole family will be having a great time! 

#1. The Resistance: Avalon

The Resistance Avalon Board Game Box and Components

Players: 510
Playing time: 30mins

A game of secret identities, deduction, and deception.

In a battle to control the future of Arthur’s realm, The Resistance: Avalon pits the forces of good and evil against one another; who will win? Arthur is a promising leader in Britain, but there are forces of evil hidden among his brave warriors. True identities must be uncovered but only Merlin knows the agents of evil by name.

The Resistance: Avalon is an enjoyable social deduction game that’ll have the whole family second-guessing each other way after the clock strikes midnight.

The Resistance: Avalon
  • The Resistance: Avalon is a standalone game and while The...
  • For 5 to 10 players
  • Takes 30 minutes playtime

#2. Codenames

Codenames Board Game Expansions - XXL and Pictures

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 15mins

The top-secret word game. Win or lose; you’ll figure out the clues!

Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. In this fun and challenging social word game, teams compete to contact all their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues and the teammates guess the words while avoiding the assassin. 

Codenames is a fantastic party game — it’s easy to learn but your brain will be buzzing.

Codenames
  • Work together to contact all of your agents before the other...
  • A perfect party game experience for game nights
  • 2-8+ player (in two teams)

#3. Dixit

Dixit Board Game Box and Components

Players: 36
Playing time: 30mins

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Dixit is a storytelling game in which your imagination unlocks the tale. Each player has a turn as the storyteller, to choose a card and give a clue for it (sentence, word, etc.). The other players then choose a card from their hands that best matches the clue. After secretly voting, the best card wins. 

Dixit has gorgeous illustrations that immerse you into a dreamlike world of storytelling. This is an excellent lighthearted game of guesswork and creativity.

Dixit
  • Storytelling Game: Dixit Is The Classic, Simple, Lighthearted...
  • Creative Guessing Game: Each Round, One Player Selects A Card And...
  • Engaging Dreamlike Illustrations: Dixit Features 84 Cards With...

#4. Sushi Go! Party

Sushi Go! Party Board Game

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 20mins

It’s time to party with platters of mega maki, super sashimi, and endless edamame.

Sushi Go! Party is essentially a pick and pass card game where the best sushi combos will win. In this party game edition, you can customize an a la carte menu with 20 delicious dishes.

The rules are simple: each player picks a card to keep and then passes their hand to the left, and the next turn begins. No play is the same in this hot potato-styled game. Sushi Go! Party is the ultimate party game for all ages.

Sushi Go Party!
  • It's a party! This party platter of Mega make, super sashimi, and...
  • Sushi go! For larger appetites! You still earn points by picking...
  • Customize your difficulty level! This deluxe edition features...

#5. Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens Card Game

Players: 2-5
Playing time: 15mins

Exploding Kittens is sort of like Uno but with goats, deadly kittens, magical enchiladas, and of course, explosions.

Exploding Kittens is a strategic game of Russian roulette. Players take turns drawing cards. If you draw an exploding kitten, you’ll explode and are out of the game, but you can avoid exploding with a defuse card to distract the kitten. 

This is a truly unique game, and the cards themselves will have you laughing. 

Exploding Kittens
  • A Kitty-Powered Russian Roulette Card Game - The hit party game...
  • Game Of The Year Award Winner - More than 10 million copies sold,...
  • A Simple Card Game for Kids and Adults - Perfect for all...

Adults-Only New Year’s Eve Games

Cheeky and entertaining, these are strictly adults-only board games. Maturity is not needed.

#1. Secret Hilter

Secret Hitler Board Game Box and Components

Players: 5-10
Playing time: 45mins

Ja! Nien! 

Secret Hitler is a fast-paced game of betrayal and deception. Set in 1930s Germany, players are secretly divided into teams — liberals and fascists. The fascists coordinate with each other to sow fear and distrust. The liberals must uncover the Secret Hitler before it’s too late.

Each round has a different president and chancellor elected which keeps the game moving and keeps everyone involved. Secret Hitler is a dramatic game of political intrigue that’ll have friends lying and laughing as they ring in the New Year.

Secret Hitler
  • A fast-paced game of deception and betrayal
  • Beautiful wooden components
  • Solid game boards with foil inlay

#2. Concept

Concept Board Game Box and Components

Players: 4-12
Playing time: 40mins

Communicate without saying a word. 

Concept allows players to discover a new means of communication. In the game, you’ll have to communicate without speaking. Players will silently convey concepts using a game board covered in hundreds of icons. Players need to use their imaginations to solve the riddles from the visual clues. 

Concept is a fun game that’s got a lot of versatility. With three difficulty levels, everyone can join in!

Concept
  • COMMUNICATE WITHOUT SPEAKING: Discover a new means of...
  • INTERACTIVE GUESSING GAME: Using a game board covered in icons...
  • TEAM-BASED GAME: The first player to discover the word or phrase...

#3. QuickWits

Players: 3-99
Playing time: 20-30mins

QuickWits will turn the cleanest of minds into the dirtiest.

QuickWits is a fast-paced party game in which players race to give examples of the category on their opponent’s card. At the end of the game, if you’ve got the most cards, you win!

QuickWits is easy to learn and can turn dirty faster than you’d think (there’s some seriously adult-themed content). It’s hilarious and quick, so have your wits about you! 

Quickwits
  • QUICKWITS CARD GAME: Fast paced adult party game for parties,...
  • OBJECTIVE: Win more cards than your friends. Quickwits is easy to...
  • For Ages 17+ so you may not want to play with grandma

#4. The Game of (Nasty) Things

Players: 4-15
Playing time: 45mins

You won’t believe the shocking things you’ll hear.

The Game of (Nasty) Things has players read a funny topic and write their responses. There are no wrong answers. The goal is to guess who wrote which response.

Prompts such as “Things… the First Lady won’t let the President do” and “Things… a proctologist nicknames his finger” result in whacky and dirty responses in the nasty edition.

Laugh in the New Year with adult humor in a box!

#5. Drawing Without Dignity 

Players: 4-12
Playing time: 30-60mins

A game of uncensored sketches — this is not your parents’ friendly drawing game.

Drawing Without Dignity is like Cards Against Humanity meets Pictionary. You’ll have to leave your dignity behind to play. Playing in teams, your teammates will try to guess your sketchy drawing. There’s a questionable clue in each play, and players will draw, guess, block, and steal. 

This game brings out the worst in everyone as you and your friends cry with laughter over pens, paper, and hopefully some drinks. 

Drawing Without Dignity
  • The perfect gift or addition to game night without the kids
  • Not for the faint of heart or sensitive types
  • Pictionary-style drawing game that pits you and your disturbed...

Wrap-Up

We hope you enjoyed our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve board games and party games!

From funny games like Sushi Go! Party to the hilariously-uncensored Drawing Without Dignity, these board games are the right way to ring in the New Year! Let us know which games you’d like to play. Drop a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

We hope you have a happy New Year!

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