There’s nothing better than getting your buddies around for a game night, but as we’ve noted before, as much as it can be good fun, entertaining can be stressful too even if it’s just you and your friends.
We find the best way to avoid that pressure is by being prepared, and when it comes to having a game night, that means having the activities or games ready to go. But if you’re unsure what some of the best options are, worry no more as we’ve got you covered with five great ideas for your fun night.
Almost everyone has heard of the game from the 60s which was originally billed as ‘the game that ties you in knots. It had a bit of a revival around the turn of the millennium and was as popular as ever. Twister is a game that, whether you’re an 8-year-old at a birthday party or a group of grown-ups, it is hilarious and timeless.
Poker is one of the first things that many people think of when it comes to a game’s night, and with good reason, it’s one of the most popular card games in the world. Although many people play, there is a slight learning curve for those who haven’t taken to the game. So, You can make the game quite accessible, however by doing things like going over basic rules, making a poker hands ranking chart available, and running through a few practice rounds. This way, even newcomers will understand the general sequence of the game and how to assess their own collections of cards.
Jackbox Party Pack Games
This is a more technological games night, but everyone can get on board with, as players use their mobile to play. After hooking up the Jackbox to the TV, up to eight players can connect their smartphone to use as their controller. There is a wide variety of games to choose from, as there are seven party packs available, each featuring five games, with some of the best being Quiplash and Vidiots. The Jackbox party pack games are great fun, bringing board game fun with a tech twist into the heart of your home.
Cards Against Humanity
It’s impossible to consider having a game night and not including Cards Against Humanity. It’s a crazy, adult-themed version of Apples to Apples, and players will soon realize why it’s so popular. Some say it’s a card game for horrible people; others say it turns your awkward personality into one of the funniest experiences ever. However, suppose you have little ones around and are worried about them overhearing some of the most controversial sentences ever spoken. In that case, you can now get a family-friendly edition of the game; that way, you don’t have to worry about offending anyone but can still laugh until you cry!
No, we’re not suggesting you get out the driver at your game night, all you need is a pack of cards for this version. Up to four people can play this game, each player has four cards in front of them, and the object of the game is to get a lower score than your opponents. In terms of scoring Kings class as 0, Aces are 1; then the respective numbers head up as you’d expect, but Jacks and Queens are worth ten points. Each round, players take turns to swap out one of their four cards with a random one from the deck or take the one face-up card dealt on the table. You play nine rounds and then total your scores to find who’s the winner.