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
In a hurry? Check out our favorites below.
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!
- A game of risk; deduction and luck
- For 2 to 4 player game
- Takes 15 minutes playtime
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!
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- Learn to play in 15 minutes, hours of fun gameplay
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#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!
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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
Filled with laser beams, explosions, and some cute kittens, Exploding Kittens is the ultimate party game, in which you do whatever it takes to not explode.
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?