27 Game Night Games for an Evening of Thrills and Fun

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Your turn to host but not sure what to play? These game night games are sure to bring a barrel load of fun, laughs, and riveting competition to the event, helping you spend some quality time with family and friends.

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Game Night Games for an Evening of Thrills and Fun (list of 1-14 from the article).


1. UNO

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UNO is a true crowd-pleaser, and if you opt for this fun travel edition, you can take the entertainment with you anywhere.

This card game is family-friendly, easy to learn, and incredibly fun to play. Just don’t forget to shout UNO when you’re down to one card!

2. Exploding Kittens

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Fear not, no actual kittens were harmed in the making of this game!

This Russian roulette card game for up to 10 people is beginner-friendly and takes just two minutes to learn. The aim of the game is simple – don’t explode.

3. Taboo

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This classic party game is guaranteed to get some laughs from you, your friends, and your family.

To play, you must discuss what’s written on the cards without using any of the taboo words.

If you use a forbidden word, you’ll be swiftly interrupted by the buzzer, and lose a point.

4. Pun Intended

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Love puns? This is the game for you.

The aim of the game is to try and create puns that are more creative than those of your opponents. The punniest in the room wins (pun intended).

5. Chicken vs Hotdog

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This game really is as entertaining as it sounds! The family-friendly Chicken vs Hotdog is all about flipping chickens and throwing hotdogs into the air in an attempt to nail the landing.

I guarantee you’ll never laugh as much as you do playing this!


6. Cards Against Humanity

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If you’re wanting an evening of wild fun (and are prepared to have a couple of fall-outs to make it happen), then reach for a pack of Cards Against Humanity. 

This game – which markets itself as a party game for horrible people – is a best-selling game in which players have to put cards together to come up with the most preposterous suggestions possible.

It’s a foolproof way to liven up any dinner party!

7. That’s What She Said

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This outrageous party game is perfect for adult-only parties and dinner parties and guarantees hours of entertainment.

The pack contains cards that players have to match to come up with the most hilarious ‘That’s What She Said’ phrases.

If you’re looking for something to pack for your next bachelor party or bachelorette party, look no further than this devilishly fun crowd-pleaser.

8. Never Have I Ever

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You’ve probably played the game ‘Never Have I Ever’ at a party or as a drinking game, but did you know there’s a card version?

This game is played just like the original with a twist – the players use cards as prompts to say whether they have or haven’t done any of the outrageous actions listed. 

It’s a great game to play to get to know a few secrets about your friends or hear crazy anecdotes they’ve never before shared. 

Related: 200+ Never Have I Ever Questions

9. What Do You Meme

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If you know your memes, you’ll adore this fun card game, which asks players to match the meme to the caption for the funniest result.

It’s recommended for players 17 and above because of mature content, but it’s ideal for large groups and small groups alike.

What are you waiting for? Grab your funniest friends and family, and work your magic on these memes!

10. Lyrically Correct

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This game should be played by the people who best remember the 90s and 00s – adults!

This trivia game poses the question of how many of your so-called favorite songs do you actually know the words to?

You’ll have to answer questions about hip-hop songs from two of the most beloved musical decades and battle other players to be the most knowledgeable.

If you think of yourself as a music buff, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills!

11. Off Topic

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This hilarious trivia game is perfect to spice up lackluster dinner parties. To play, you must race against time (and your opponents) to write hilarious responses to the topics raised.

You then have to defend your responses – no matter how wild they are! Debating with your friends and family is when the real fun begins.


12. Monopoly Junior

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We’ve all played the iconic game, Monopoly, at some point, but some of the rules can be confusing for little ones.

This Junior version simplifies the rules to make it easier for younger players to understand, allowing you to play this family favorite with children five and upwards.

The aim of the game is simple. Players need to win the game by owning as many properties as possible – to have a monopoly on the board. Get it?!

13. Taco vs Burrito

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If you’re wondering why this game is so kid-friendly, it was actually designed by a 7-year-old!

Perfect for boys and girls and promising fun for the whole family, Taco vs Burrito is easy to learn and quick to play, so you won’t have to waste time digging into the competition.

The aim of the game is simple – build the most valuable meal to win. 

14. What Do You Meme – Family Edition

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When What Do You Meme? became a huge sensation, it seemed a shame that children couldn’t get involved due to the mature content of the cards. Enter What Do You Meme – Family Edition.

This family-friendly version of the popular game can be played by younger players too, and promises just as many laughs and hours of entertainment as the original.

15. HedBanz

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Perfect for kids aged 7 and up, this game is a take on the classic family favorite ‘Who Am I?’.

Each player has a name on their forehead (written by another player), and they must ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to gather details about the person written on the card. From that info, they’ll attempt to guess who’s on their forehead.  

16. Grounded for Life

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This hilarious game is best played with your family – just be careful that your answers don’t get you grounded for life!

To play, make the funniest sentences by pairing a blue card with a red card to make the judge laugh. The funniest card wins a point, and the person with the most points at the end wins. 

For Small Groups

17. I Should Have Known That!

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This trivia game can be played with just 2 players, so it’s perfect for more intimate dinner parties.

The fun of this game is that it centers on trivia you probably should know but maybe don’t.

In contrast to traditional trivia games, you lose points when you get an answer wrong, instead of winning them when you answer correctly. This fun twist makes for a game you won’t want to end.

18. Liar Liar

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Liar Liar can be played by groups of three or more, and it’s perfect for putting your lying skills to the test.

It not only tests how good you are at lying but also how well your friends know you, to see if they notice what’s the truth and what’s been entirely invented.

As well as being ideal for small groups, it’s family-friendly, with players from the age of 10 upwards being able to play. 

19. Bamboozled

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This popular dice-based game is ideal for expert bluffers.. Or is it? The aim of the game is simple, each player starts with 3 lives, and you lose one each time you’re caught bluffing.

There are more twists and turns throughout the game, but it’s always entertaining. Play with 2-3 others. 

For Large Groups

20. Debatable

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If you have a large group of friends that are prone to arguments and debates, this game is perfect.

Now you can finally prove to your family and friends that you can in fact win every argument, with this hilarious party game that can be played by up to 16 players at a time. 

Related: 28 Best Group Activities for Adults Everyone Will Love

21. All of Us

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Are you hosting a gathering with guests from every generation? I know the perfect game!

All too often, generations are pitted against each other, but this fun game actually requires different generations to work together to win.

Expect hours of hilarity and camaraderie in this action-packed game of trivia. 

22. Drop Cup

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This is a tabletop pong game with a twist – you roll the ball instead of throwing it.

If you want to show off your hand-eye coordination or even just access your competitive side, gather enough people for two teams and get playing.

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23. Throw Throw Burrito

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Throw Throw Burrito is the world’s first card dodgeball game (it’s as fun as it sounds) and involves collecting matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while dodging and ducking airborne burritos.

If you’re up for hours of entertainment (and have a space that’s free from breakable ornaments), try this game out with your friends and family. 

24. Get The Picture

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This card game simply requires you to say what you see… literally. Perfect for smaller and larger groups alike, Get The Picture is the ultimate name-dropping card game.

In this game, you sound out each card’s images to get the name of the famous person, character, or band. It really is that simple!

25. Super Skills

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Always full of energy? You’ll adore this action-packed game, which lets you unleash your competitive side through a series of challenges.

Whether you’re stacking cups while blindfolded or bouncing a ball behind your back, you’re guaranteed a good time.

26. 25 Words or Less

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Chatterboxes, be warned – this might not be the best game for your skillset! In this game, every word counts, as you describe the word on the card using 25 words or less.

The aim of the game is to have your teammates understand what you’re talking about from the limited vocabulary alone. 

27. Blank Slate

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You know how they say great minds think alike? Put it to the test, with this hilarious, fun-packed game in which you have to guess what word you think best fits what your fellow players are thinking.

You can finally prove to your family and friends whether you can actually read their minds!

A game night is nothing without some super fun and highly engaging games, so it’s a good idea to have plenty to choose from.

These games cover a range of different ages and types of play, meaning you can set the right tone and have a highly enjoyable evening with everyone invited. Get some snacks and entertainment in, and you’re good to go!

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Game Night Games for an Evening of Thrills and Fun (list of 1-14 from the article).