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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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
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.
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.
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.
#4. Sushi Go! Party
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.
#5. Exploding Kittens
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.
Adults-Only New Year’s Eve Games
Cheeky and entertaining, these are strictly adults-only board games. Maturity is not needed.
#1. Secret Hilter
Playing time: 45mins
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.
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!
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
#4. The Game of (Nasty) Things
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!Amazon product
#5. Drawing Without Dignity
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.
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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