Playing board games at a party can be a great conversation starter, activity, or help break the ice. Gathering a bunch of people together can be challenging, but an activity like a hilarious board game can help bring everyone together and make a memorable party.
Today, we focused on easily-explained games with quick playtime to get everyone joining in on the fun. On the list are some family favorites as well as a few adult games to spice up the party.
Here are the best party board games to get your tribe together and have some fun!
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Party Board Games
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Best Hidden Traitor
Playing time: 15-45mins
Decrypto seamlessly brings together the elements of cooperation and competition that make for a great party game.
In Decrypto, a team must try to transmit their code without letting the opposing team intercept the message. With 4 different words tucked into pockets for teammates to see, teams must try to decode the message.
For example, the words “pig, candy, and son” could be, “pink, striped, Sam”. More clues can be given and teams work to intercept each other. A load of teamwork is needed for your spies to beat your opponents.
Deduction, communication, and logic must be used in crafty and clever ways to win the game! Bring a little competitive spirit to your party with Decrypto!
- For 3-8 Players. Ages 12 and up. 30 minute playing time
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#2. Sushi Go! Party
Playing time: 20mins
It’s time for sushi and some partying! Get your friends or family together for a board game feast of edamame, maki, and some super sashimi.
Sushi Go Party! is a fast and hilarious card-drafting game. Strive to have the best dishes in town by matching cards for the highest points. Using the same, pick-and-pass mechanism, pass cards around quickly until you have a full set.
The rules are simple and easy to explain, making this a great game for children’s parties as well as adult get-togethers. The cards also have the most adorable sushi characters on them.
Feast on this delicious family-friendly party game!
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#3. Love Letter
Playing time: 20mins
Love Letter is essentially a matchmaker party game. Players are the suitors who are trying to be the first to get their love letter to the princess by covertly working with the palace residents.
Love Letter is a game of deduction, risk, and just a bit of luck. In this game of only sixteen cards, players start with one card. Drawing a card and choosing which to keep is the strategy element of the game. Use the character’s special skills to avoid sabotage and get your letter to the princess.
Love Letter is a great game for seasoned board game players as well as newcomers. It’s very easy to learn and all players should be able to pick up the rules easily.
Easy rules, quick playtime, and a little strategy make for an awesome party game!
Playing time: 30mins
Dixit has the secret ‘submit and judge’ mechanism that makes for a fun party game. Everyone has the opportunity to be the overall judge and decide the fate of the rest.
Each player starts the game with 6 interesting and funny cards. Each player has a turn to be the storyteller. The storyteller must make up a sentence using one of their cards. The other players submit a card they have that they think matches the sentence. As you would guess, some unusual and hilarious card-sentence matches come out.
With awesome expansion packs like Quest and Odyssey, Dixit can be versatile and many new and different creative cards can make it feel like you are playing the game for the first time.
Dixit is recommended for 8 years up so it can be fun for many different ages to play together!
#5. Catan Family Edition
Playing time: 90mins
Catan, a modern classic! This family edition of Catan is even more impressive as it has a reversible board allowing for loads more replay value!
The classic game rules of Catan are the same in the Family Edition, where players start a quest to settle on the island of Catan. Building up resources and trading are all a part of the development of Catan. Players beware, though, as robbers will try to block your trades.
Catan: Family Edition is a wonderful introduction game for kids to learn about network building and trading in board games. The family edition adds some extra features to make the setup fast and easy, allowing the little ones in your family to join in on the fun too!
Get your family together and start your Catan settlement today!
- This new edition of Catan features a six piece reversible board...
- Learn to play in 15 minutes, hours of fun gameplay
- Easier set-up time makes for getting the game to the table even...
#6. When I Dream
Playing time: 20 mins
It’s nighttime and your mind is floating around in the magical world of dreams… but the dream spirits have other plans. So, put on your sleep mask and try to figure out your dreams.
A game for a party full of imagination, When I Dream, is a creative, innovative game that focuses on creativity and interpretation. With good and naughty spirits, players are dealt cards to either help the dreamer by dropping clues or be sneaky tricksters and help the bogeyman.
When I Dream can play up to 10 people and has a super quick playtime.
With so many different types of mechanisms, such as story-telling, memorizing, role-playing, etc. this game has a little something for everyone making it a wonderful party game.
Tap into your imagination with this creative party game!
- Innovative gameplay focuses on player imagination and creative...
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- The various hidden roles add mystery, depth, and endless replay...
Playing time: 20mins
Taboo, the classic game of unspeakable fun. This party game is an oldie but a goodie. With fast-paced playtime and an electronic buzzer, Taboo can liven up any party.
In Taboo, players must take turns to try to describe a word or a phrase. The catch is that there are some keywords you can’t say, making it a little more tricky. Race against the timer and try to get through as many cards as you can to win.
90s kids will remember how popular this game was, but with a new version, Gen Zs will understand the card’s references. Taboo requires a lot of communication, listening, and teamwork making it great for a fun get-together.
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#8. Codenames / Codenames Pictures
Playing time: 15mins
Channel your inner-spy and lead your agents to victory!
Codenames is an easy, word association party game that has gained popularity in recent years.
The spy-master must work with fellow agents (the other players on their team) by giving them one-word clues to guess the correct words. The spymaster should also avoid giving the other team words, adding a communication limit to the game.
The creators of Codenames have also released a Codenames: Pictures game. Pictures is a two-team game that is all about who can get their agent out of the field first. With a 5×4 grid, different pictures are placed to try to hide the location of the agent.
Work together as a team and save your agent before the other team does. With Codenames: Pictures, the rules are easily explained and played so many different ages can play this game.
#9. Disney’s Villainous
Playing time: 50mins
A perfect game for Disney enthusiasts, Disney’s Villainous will fill your party with iconic villains we all love to hate. With the likes of Captain Hook, Maleficent, Jafar, Ursula, or the Queen of Hearts, the most sinister of intentions will win you the title of Ultimate Disney Villian.
In Disney’s Villainous, each villain comes with their own guide that’s made to inspire a player’s strategy. Take control of a villain and defeat your nemesis!
Of course, Disney enthusiasts will find this game super fun but it’ll also appease board game lovers. With despicable plots and some classic strategy needed, Disney’s Villainous is sure to be a hit at parties.
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Playing time: 15-45mins
If bluffing is your thing, this game is a top contender for you. Skull is a tricky game where strategy and tactics are key. Bluff your way to winning this deceptively simple game.
Skull is a fun party game to introduce as it’ll have partygoers bluffing and lying while trying to hold on to their cards to the bitter end. Adding a little lying and deceit is a sure way to liven up a party right?
In Skull, players must lie to expose the roses, although beware, if you happen across a skull, the consequences can be dire. The game starts with face-down cards, players each take turns to add a card. When a player feels confident enough that they will only have roses, they say how many roses they’ll get. Other players can outbid them and this is where the bluffing comes in. The highest bidder turns the cards to reveal the truth!
Practice your bluffing skills and win the roses!
- Tricky bluffing game with deep tactics and strategy
- Reinvented art to bring new life to this deceptively simple game
- Created by renowned designer Herve Marly
#11. The Resistance / The Resistance: Avalon
Playing time: 30mins
Vive la révolution!!
A game of operatives and enemies, The Resistance is filled with schemes and operations that will have players turning against each other from the get-go. In this dystopian universe, the Empire has fallen and players must bluff and negotiate their way to liberation from the imperialists. With spies that have infiltrated, no one can be trusted, or can they?
In this social deduction game, players must unmask the spies all while striving for the Resistance to succeed. With a high player count and a quick playing time, The Resistance creates an exciting atmosphere for a party.
The Resistance: Avalon is a great stand-alone alternative that has a similar social deduction premise. Avalon follows the characters of Arthurian Legends in which the forces of good and evil must battle it out to control civilization.
Find out how deceptive your friends and family are with The Resistance.
#12. Just One
Playing time: 20mins
Just One is a word association game in which everyone must work together, a nice change of pace from bluffing and deceit. In this cooperative game, players must work together to discover as many mystery words as possible.
Using just one word as clues since Just One limits players’ guesses, players must all come together to help the ‘guesser’ guess the correct word. A very easy and simple game to play, Just One is good for parties and groups as there are lots of opportunities for inside jokes and funny hints to reveal the clues.
Get a group together and see how well you know each other!
- Cooperative party game
- 550 words to guess and make others guess
- Quality erasable markers to write clues forever
#13. Exploding Kittens
Playing time: 15mins
Sort of like Hot Potato, players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten. With loads of funny cards like kitten yoga and catnip sandwiches, the game becomes more strategic as you can block explosions or attack other players.
Self-described as “a kitty-powered version of Russian roulette”, Exploding Kittens is sure to have your party giggling with cards like “crawl inside a goat’s butt and see many wondrous things”.
Disclaimer: Exploding Kittens has some ‘unusual cards’, if you want to play with kids maybe read the cards before to see if you’re comfortable.
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#14. Wits & Wagers
Playing time: 25mins
Wits & Wagers brings trivia buffs and bluffing gamblers together in this guesstimates party game.
Players write down their guesses to a question and place them face up on the betting mat. Then players can bet on other people’s answers — or if you are feeling confident, why not bet on yourself? The closest answer wins.
Not a trivia buff? No problem, you can still play the odds and win big time. Wits & Wagers is fun to play at parties as it’s not just a trivia or betting game, allowing more people to find something they like about the game.
Will you have your wits about you or rely on betting wagers?
Playing time: 60mins
Can you slide in a made-up answer or will your friends call your bluff? Balderdash combines unbelievable but true answers with ones that are hilarious and totally made up. Make up your own phony definition to be read with real ones and see if you can get away with a made-up answer.
Balderdash is an old game from the 80s based on the game Dictionary. Mattel Games has modernized the art style and created a new beautifully designed board.
The style is fresh and modern but the game’s rules stay the same. Get together with friends or family and decipher between answers that are fake and those that are true. Some clever and creative definitions come about, bringing loads of humor for everyone.
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- Make up phony definitions to read alongside the real answers
Playing time: 30-60mins
Monikers is based on the classic game, Celebrity. A popular party game with over 440 of the weirdest, most interesting cards, players are sure to be laughing throughout. Monikers focuses on pop cultural references such as celebrity names, and viral sensations, making it a great game for internet enthusiasts.
Teammates battle it out in their attempts to try to guess the cards correctly. Playable with up to 16 players, Monikers is a light-hearted fun time for bigger parties. Charades and laughter will be had with each and every card.
- “The perfect party game.” – New York Times
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#17. Secret Hitler
Playing time: 45mins
Ja! Nien! Political intrigue and betrayal set the scene in 1930s Germany. Will the fascists install their cold-blooded leader or will the liberals stop them and reveal Secret Hitler before it’s too late?
Secret Hitler may sound ominous but is really a hilarious party game of deception and strategy that will have players trying to coordinate in the midst of distrust.
In the beginning, everyone is secretly split into fascists or liberals and one person is Hitler. The red team (fascists) want their laws passed just as much as the blue team (liberals). Each round has a president and chancellor who draw laws from a stack and this is when players can gather clues about people’s agendas.
With voting, deduction, and bluffing, Secret Hitler seamlessly blends various mechanisms to create an epic party game.
- A fast-paced game of deception and betrayal
- Beautiful wooden components
- Solid game boards with foil inlay
#18. What Do You Meme?
Playing time: 30-90min
Whenever an event happens, you can be sure there’ll be a string of memes to follow. The age of memes is upon us and now they have their own board game.
What Do You Meme? Is a party game for social media generations. So, who will be crowned meme king or queen? Millennials? GenZ?
With a punny name, What Do You Meme, is a hilarious adult party game for meme lovers. Compete at a party to create the funniest memes by captioning a photo with one of your dealt caption cards. A rotating judge decides who the winner is so a little strategy comes into play to choose a card that’ll match the judge’s sense of humor.
What Do You Meme comes with over 400 cards but if you race through them all, there are tons of expansion packs to add to your main collection. Sounds like a great game, you know what I meme?
- How to Play: Compete with your friends and family to create the...
- Judge’s Choice: The winner of each round is decided by a...
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Playing time: 30mins
Think Telephone meets Pictionary.
Get the party started with a game of telephone sketched out. Draw clues, pass them around, and race against time as communication gets more and more distorted. Telestrations is a great party game as it includes lots of different mechanisms and all on a time crunch.
Each player starts with an erasable sketchbook and marker as well as a secret word card. They have 60 seconds to sketch out the word and then sketchbooks are passed along. The next player must guess what’s been drawn and so on.
In the end, there are some hilarious and unpredictable outcomes sketched out. If it’s a party for adults, Telestrations: After Dark is the version for you. Well, because everything gets better after dark doesn’t it? Wink wink.
#20. Cards Against Humanity
Playing time: 30mins
No board game can break the ice at a party better than Cards Against Humanity. Titled “a party game for horrible people”, this card game can bring people together with its dirty humor and obscenity. It’s known to get a little offensive, so bear in mind if you’re easily offended maybe just stick with the more family-friendly version, Apples to Apples. In saying that, Cards Against Humanity is beloved by so many because of its ‘offensive humor’.
One of the simplest card games, each round a player will ask a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. The player with the black card then chooses the best combo. Easy peasy.
Risqué answers are encouraged, all in the name of good fun!
- Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.
- Now version 2.0! Over 150 new cards since the last version.
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Board games bring us so many opportunities to connect with friends or family, making them a perfect addition to any party. What kind of board games do your friends and family like to play?
We hope you enjoyed our list of best party board games! Did your favorite make the list? Drop a comment below and let us know which you enjoy best!