11 Best Game Night Games to Play for a Grownup Game Night

Best Game Night Games for Game Night

Looking for the best game night games to play at your next game night? Sit tight, we’ve got you covered…

Every weekend, we host a game night and invite all of our friends and family over for a night of gaming and delicious game night food. Over the years, we have been able to narrow down our favorite games to play, building our ultimate list of the best game night games.

For instance, we love playing different types of card games and board games. We also like to play anything where we can goof around and compete against each other. For most game nights, we like to play board games that are more like “party games,” instead of ones that are very strategic and involve a lot of thinking. If you are interested in playing more strategic games for your next game night, then take a look at our list of the best tableau building games.

At Game Night Gods, we have found that game nights are awesome because it gives everyone the opportunity to unplug and interact with each other in a way like none other. We LIVE for game nights and we always make sure that we are playing the best game night games.

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We are always on the look out for new games that we can add to our list of the best game night games.

We have come up with a list of 11 of the best game night games to play for a grownup game night just for you! Most of these games can be played with most age groups, but some are best played with other adults (they can get a bit raunchy).

We decided to split up our favorite game night games into different categories including:

Feel free to jump around to different game night games categories that may intrigue you!

These games aren’t in any necessary order, so feel free to choose a game that you think will most likely work well with the group of people you are playing with. Scroll on to see our list of the best game night games!

BEST Card Games for Game Night

There are many different types of games you can play at your next game night. Some of the most easiest games to setup are card games.

All you have to do is gather around a table or sit in a circle on the floor and hand out some cards to your guests. Card games are relatively easy to learn and don’t involve too much strategy.

See below for some of our favorite card games to play at our grownup game night.

1. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is one of the most well-known adult party card games currently on the market. It doesn’t take much to get the hang of matching cards together to make up hilarious scenarios and wildly inappropriate statements.

You may see this game advertised as a “party game for horrible people,” and this statement can hold true once you’re a few rounds deep playing with your friends (and maybe a few rounds of drinks in).

How to Play: One black card containing a fill-in-the-blank sentence is put down, and every player must then put down a white card from their hand to fill in the blank. The goal is to try to create a hilarious, raunchy, or gross statement.

One person is the “Judge” for that round and picks their favorite combination. The person who the judge picks get a point and is deemed the winner of that round. Play as many rounds as you want and the person with the most points at the end wins!

We love playing cards against humanity and it is one of the easiest games to whip out during a party with friends. The concept is simple, but you need to turn on your charm and sense of humor to make sure you are making the best combinations with the cards you have been dealt.

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The team at CAH have even come out with a bunch of expansion packs, so if you get bored of the cards in the base game, you can purchase a unique expansion pack with even more crazy prompts and scenarios.

See some of our favorite expansion packs below:

You can never go wrong with cards against humanity. Just make sure your friends aren’t overly sensitive and can take a joke. Get your copy of cards against humanity today and become a horrible person in the best way possible.

2. Exploding Kittens

Exploding kittens is a fast paced, intense card game that can create a lot of laughs and shouting around the playing table.

The website describes this game as “a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions, and laser beams, and sometimes goats.” And hey, we must agree! Who doesn’t love goats?

Exploding Kittens is known for being the most-backed game in kickstarter’s history. Meaning that people saw the awesomeness of this game and wanted it to be made, fast!

It’s basically a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette that can provide your group with fun for hours as you can keep playing rounds over and over again. And trust me, we have played many rounds of this game.

Below is an example of what type of silly cards you can encounter during this card game…

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How to Play: The play style is similar to most card games as each player goes around the table and takes turns drawing cards. The deck contains some cards called “Exploding Kittens” and if someone draws this deadly card, that person explodes and is out of the game.

This process continues until only one player is left. Sounds simple, huh? There is some strategy to this game as you must use all the other cards and their funny prompts to lessen the chances of blowing up. Different cards allow you to do different things, whether it is helping avoid picking up an exploding kitten, or making someone else take the risk of picking one up.

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If you hate cats, you should still get this game. Why? Because there are also goats and laser beams. I mean come on. You are sure to have a great time with Exploding Kittens.

The Best Party Game Night Games

We like to call this section of the post, the ‘best fun and crazy game night games.’ In other words, these are great party games that will be sure to involve a lot of fun and laughs.

So be careful reading on. Things might get a bit crazy.

3. Throw Throw Burrito

Throw Throw Burrito is a combination of dodgeball and a card game. Yes, you heard that right. In case you didn’t hear us the first time, we said dodgeball and a card game squished together to make a game called Throw Throw Burrito.

The rules are simple. Collect cards, play your hand, and throw things at your friends! Playing this game for the first time was so much fun. Who knew chucking a squishy burrito at your friends face would be so fun. We sure didn’t.

This is another fast paced game where you must stay on your guard at all times. Get ready to dodge, duck, and dive to avoid those flying burritos! We also love the movie dodgeball.

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How to Play: Place the pair of burritos on the playing table and everyone starts to draw cards. Find matches of cards and rack up points by finding sets of three in a deck.

If someone plays the special burrito cards, the battle begins. Declare war on your friends or dual to determine a winner. The first person to get hit by a burrito from the other party, loses a point.

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Are you ready to start throwing burritos? We sure are. Well, actually now I’m kind of hungry and want a burrito. Nevermind, onto the next game on our list of best game night games!

4. Jackbox Party Pack Games

The Jackbox Party Pack Games are a huge hit in my household especially since you only need a tv and each player uses their own cell phones as their “controller” or game pad.

If people at your game night are hesitant to part ways with their phone and focus on a physical board game, then this is the perfect game. You literally need to use your phone as your controller.

Each Jackbox party pack game comes with 5 games in one great pack. Jackbox is now up to their sixth pack! There is so much to say about these packs because there are so many different games to play.

To sum it up, if you want to have fun with friends, firing up one of the Jackbox Party Packs is an easy way to do so. Some of our favorite games to play are Quiplash and Bidiots!

How to Play: Install one of the Jackbox Party Packs onto a device hooked up to the TV (Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc.) and grab a group of friends. Fire up a game and have all of your friends connect their phones to the game using a special unique code that is listed at the start of each game.

Once everyone is connected, start the game and listen to the instructions. Each game is different but simple for everyone to understand and enjoy. Follow the instructions and use your phone as your “controller” to answer prompts, draw something, or select different options!

Find the right party pack for you and choose which platform you want to play on! 

Exciting Game Night Games for Everyone!

5. Charades

When you are out of ideas on what to play or just want a great game that everyone loves, charades is the answer! Everyone should know how to play charades, and if they don’t, it’s a very simple game (and there might be something wrong with them).

It’s the classic game of acting out words or phrases and having your team try to guess what you are acting out. You don’t need anything fancy to play this game, all you need is a few pieces of paper and some pens so that guests can write down prompts that their opponents will have to act out and guess.

How to Play: We like to play our versions of charades where there are two teams. Each person on the team will write down 2 ideas (book titles, movies titles, famous person, an action, etc.) that they will put in a jar for the other team to pick from.

Each round, one person from each team will choose an idea from the other team’s jar and act out for their team to guess. Here’s the catch, you must set a timer so that person only has one minute to mime what is on the paper. If the team guesses right within the minute, they get a point! Play as many rounds as you want and be sure to keep track of the points. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Use this Charades Idea Generator for help finding prompts for your charades game!

6. Cranium

Now this is a fun game that can make even the shyest player break out and shine. In this fun-filled game, teams work together to race around the game board by completing a mix of 14 hilarious activities.

This is a colorful, silly, and creative game that is full of goofy, unpredictable activities. Cranium is great for large groups or events, and family game nights. This game constantly challenges players in trivia and creativity, providing a lively and fun atmosphere for all.

How to Play: This is a team game so you will need at least 4 people to play. The first team chooses from one of four categories to choose a card from. These categories are creative cat, word worm, data head, and start performer.

Depending on the card, you must complete your task successfully, whether it is answering trivia, defining words, drawing or sculpting, or acting something out. The more tasks you complete, the more chances you have to roll the dice and make it to the end. The first team to make it to the end wins!

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7. Mafia

If you are looking for a fun and energetic game for a large group of people, then this is the perfect game. We have had so much fun playing numerous rounds of this game that results in a lot of playful arguments and people talking over each-other.

Everyone has a secret role and the villagers must work together to identify the mafia and execute them! The Mafia must lie and pretend that they are part of the villager group so they do not get executed.

You can either play this game by creating roles yourself by looking up a guide online, or purchase the actual Mafia game that will help guide you.

How to Play: One person will be the chosen moderator and will have to keep track of what happens during the day and night. Everyone chooses a card (role) at the beginning of the game and keeps their role to themselves. They must not tell anyone their role.

These roles can be a doctor, civilian, mayor, mafia, or more. Each role has a specific duty that they can perform during the night in order to narrow down who they think the mafia players are. After each night, the players have the decision to reveal what they found out during the night and discuss with other players so that they can help each other narrow down who the mafia players are and ultimately execute them.

If the villagers can successfully execute all mafia players, they win! If the mafia players execute all the villagers by lying and outplaying the villagers, then they win!

This game can get pretty complicated with multiple roles, so we recommend picking up a copy of the mafia card set to help guide you through the game.

8. Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is a game of crazy combinations and creativity that is fun for any type of game night. This game is pretty similar to Cards Against Humanity but is less inappropriate and raunchy if you aren’t into that kind of stuff.

Apples to Apples is a very quick and easy game to play that involves matching cards up to create the best, and most funny, combinations possible.

How to Play: The first round starts with a judge who then deals seven red apple cards face down to each player (including him or herself). Each round, the judge picks a green apple card and reads the card out loud.

All of the other players then look through their red apple cards and chooses a card that they think will best match up with the green card to create a crazy, funny, or absurd response. The judge picks their favorite response and the person who’s card gets picked wins that round. Play as many rounds as you want and the person with the most points at the end wins!

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We were talking about burritos before and now apples. Now I am really starving…

9. Scattergories

Ahh the good ol’ Scattegories. We have played this game so many times and it never gets old! Each player gets their own special notepad and depending on what round you are starting on, you have 10 categories in front of you.

Someone rolls a 20 sided dice and a letter is chosen after the roll. You must then think of a unique word starting with the chosen letter for each category.

This game involves a lot of thinking and can really get players to think outside of the box. This is a must have for all board game players!

If you get the version that we have, be careful. When the timer runs out, it makes a very loud noise that always scares the sh*t out of me. Not sure why. Like I know it’s coming, but I still jump when time is up.

Anyway, Scattegories is a great game to play with your “smart” friends as it can really test the depths of their mind.

It never gets old trying to look around the room for an object that starts with the letter “K.”

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Best Strategic Game Night Games

  1. Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride probably has to be one of our favorite games. It is a very simple game to grasp, and once you get going, it is really fun!

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

Just check out the awesome game map below after we completed a full game. The artwork is great and the components are very colorful!

Ticket to Ride Game Board

This game is downright fun and can be played with 2-5 players. The rules are simple enough to write on a train ticket – each turn you either draw more cards, claim a route, or get additional Destination Tickets.

Ticket to Ride has become so popular, they have come out with many expansion packs that map out the entire world.

We feel like Ticket to Ride should be in everyone’s board game closet. So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of Ticket to Ride today!

11. Catan

You may have heard of Catan as one of the greatest board games of all time. We feel like this statement is actually a strong one. It is definitely one of our favorites.

The foundation of Catan consists of players trying to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources (cards)—wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone—to build up their civilizations and expand using roads.

The setup is usually randomized and the game can be complex to newbies, but trust us, you will be addicted once you start playing.

Points are accumulated by building settlements and cities, having the longest road and the largest army (from some of the development cards), and gathering certain development cards that simply award victory points. The game is over when a player hits 10 points during their turn.

It may sound like a lot, but Catan is one of the best strategy games out there that is actually so much fun to play.

Where else could you trade sheep for wood!?

This is another game that should be in everyone’s board game closet. Go ahead and get your copy of Catan today! 

The Best Game Night Games Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best game night games to play for a grownup game night. I sure enjoyed writing it.

I’m kinda sad that it’s over, but we plan on adding more to our list once we play more games. Now I think I am going to get myself a burrito and play some cards against humanity later with friends.

Please leave us a comment below if you enjoyed this post or have any questions!

Looking for more games to play, we have more posts on recommenced games over on our blog! Here are some you may be interested in:

As always, happy gaming everyone!

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Hillary is a 26 year old board game enthusiast from New York who specializes in hosting game nights.

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