Best Party Board Games for Adults

Updated on November 14, 2019
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Brandon began working online five years ago when he left his old and boring Finance job. He now works at home with his wife and five kids.

It's party time and you need a good adult board game that will appeal to and keep the attention of the masses. This is not always a simple task, but hopefully I can help.

My wife and I like to invite friends over on the weekends to play board games so we've played just about every game you can think of and continue to have a great time doing it. There are, of course, certain games that are better with certain party crowds. Overall, your best bet with a large crowd is to get something that's simple to learn, interactive, and very funny.

Hilarious Party Board Games for Adults

Most of us have played Apples to Apples a time or two. It's a fun game that's still appropriate for kids.

While I still find Apples to Apples fun, the first two games I'll mention add an inappropriate twist to the original and make playing with adults a laugh fest.

Cards Against Humanity

The most popular one right now is Cards Against Humanity. The makers of the game describe it as a "game for horrible people" and out of all the games I'll mention, it's probably the most inappropriate.

It also makes it the most fun in the right type of environment and with the right type of people. It's a lot like Apples to Apples in that one player lays down a question card while everyone else tries to give the funniest answer that they have. It's perfect for your yearly white elephant party.

The Best Part?

The cards are hilariously inappropriate. The best way to describe this game at a party would be a night full of inappropriate jokes that you feel like you're making up along with your friends.

Final Thoughts

Cards Against Humanity is a guilty pleasure that will keep you coming back for more. Like any card game, you will eventually begin to see cards you've seen before. That being said the combination of questions and answers seems to vary enough that you won't tire of it quickly.

Telestrations After Dark Adult Party Game

Telestrations is honestly one of the games I enjoy playing at parties the most. This is especially true when you have a person here or there who is terrible at drawing anything. What comes out at the end of the game is typically hilarious on sometimes even inappropriate on its own.

However, this isn't your Grandma's Telestrations. This game takes the hilarity to another albeit more inappropriate level. If that's not what you're looking for, you may want to check some of our more family-friendly options below.

Great For Adult Parties

For an adult party where everyone is a similar age, this should be a hit. We enjoyed hours and hours of the type of uncomfortable entertainment that only gets funnier as the night gets darker.

Final Thoughts:

This is a fun game but it's a bit of a novelty. And if you've never played Telestrations before, you may enjoy the original more over time. As long as you keep your expectations realistic, it'll be more than worth the price to have it at your party.

Catch Phrase Uncensored

Before I begin, this is Hasbro so don't expect R, expect more like PG-13. Depending on the group of adults you're with that could be a good or a bad thing. That being said, my group of friends found this particular game hilarious.

It's the same electronic Catch Phrase game you're used to, but it's much better for parties. Choose between categories like Things and Stuff, World Wide What, You Never Know, Entertained, and Pick me.

A Bit Generational

This game probably isn't for those of you who may not know what a term like FUBAR, LMFAO, or other more modern acronyms or terms are. Or, if you've never heard of the Urban Dictionary, just stay away. However, if you stay up-to-date with more modern terms you'll have a lot of fun.

Final thoughts:

For around $20 this was another great game for our group of friends that loves to play games. It has 5,000 adult words and phrases so you don't have to worry about repeats.

That's What She Said

Looking for something for a ladies' night or bachelor party that's as inappropriate as you know your crew will make it? If that's the case, That's What She Said could be exactly what you're looking for this year.

The gameplay is pretty simple, and trust me, the game goes beyond That's what she said humor. If it didn't it would get old fairly quick. Like other games, you line up cards to make things especially inappropriate. The concept isn't unique; however, this game does a good job of making the themes fit together well.

Final Thoughts:

Think of it as a bit of Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity Combined. If you love both of those, you'll certainly love this.

Pie Face Game

This isn't the best picture in the world but here's a look at my Dad getting hit with the whipped cream while my son laughs hysterically. Pie Face is always good for a laugh.
This isn't the best picture in the world but here's a look at my Dad getting hit with the whipped cream while my son laughs hysterically. Pie Face is always good for a laugh.

Released a couple of year's back, Hasbro's Pie Face Game quickly sold out in all stores.

To get one, my wife and I went to Wal-Mart after seeing them in stock at our local store online.

As we arrived at the isle we saw five left and as we went to grab them the gentleman closest to the games grabbed all five! We didn't get one until after Christmas.

Luckily most in-stock problems have been solved for this year.

How to Play

This game is really easy to understand and basically can be played any way you want to. Grab some whipped cream for the Pie Face hand and have everyone get in a circle to take turns. The player whose turn it is spins the wheel and gets a number. That number is the same amount of times they have to turn the crank hand. For each turn, there's a chance that they'll get hit in the face with the whipped cream!

We had a blast playing this in small groups of friends as well as with our large family. It's definitely worth picking up. This year there's also a Pie Face Showdown Game that was released; however, I'd stick with the original.

Boxers or Briefs
Boxers or Briefs

Boxers or Briefs

Boxers or Briefs is another Apples to Apples type party game. While it is somewhat inappropriate, I'd give it a PG-13 rating as opposed to the R rating I'd give to Cards Against Humanity. In other words, you're probably ok playing this one with your Mom and it's still one of my friends' favorites.

One player rolls the dice and comes up with a color answer. Players try to answer that question as it pertains to the person who rolls the dice in a serious or funny way with cards they have in their hands.

The player who rolled the dice then picks which answer he thought was funny and which he thought was true. The winner of the game is the one who collects a certain amount of the true or funny tokens.


My friends and I have had endless hours of fun with this game. My in-laws even suggest we take it out when they come over for dinner. It's perfect for any party and appropriate for most.

I'd never tried to sell an electric bra or banana rocket to a senior citizen until I played this game.
I'd never tried to sell an electric bra or banana rocket to a senior citizen until I played this game.

Snake Oil Card Game

We just got this game and I loved it so much I had to include it in here. Snake Oil is a card game whose name truly does describe it the best.

How to Play

The person whose turn it is picks a customer card to determine what type of person they are. Then, based upon the cards in your hand, you choose two cards to put together to make a product that you then sell to the customer.

If you can imagine trying to sell an electric bra to a senior citizen or a ninja, then you pretty much get the point of this game.

As my family is willing to pretty much say or act anything out this game gets pretty crazy in our household. The accents, the backstabbing, and the lying to sell your product is all in good fun with the right crowd!

Good for Kid or Adult Parties

This game can be played as innocently or unvirtuously as you desire. So, you can play it with kids or with a group of adults late at night. It's fantastic.



Playing the original Telestrations is like playing the sketchbook game version of the old classic game telephone. This makes it about a hundred times more fun.

When you play Telestrations you have two groups of people. Those who can draw and those who clearly can't draw a stick figure. The mixture of the two makes for some hilarious moments as a wet dog turns into something completely inappropriate.

Whether we're playing with friends or with family this is another one that's always good for a laugh. My Dad, who I showed briefly above, is in the group of people who simply can't draw. His drawings are always so terrible but so detailed that we all can't help but laugh!

He's typically a serious type of guy but when playing this game laughs harder than I've ever seen. If you've never played it before, I highly recommend it. It's perfect for groups up to 8 players.

A Couple Fun Party Board Games for Kids and Adults



If you want an Apples to Apples that's appropriate even for your kids, then go for the original or try Imaginiff. You start with a board and write on it the names of players, people, or things that will be the subject of a series of "Imagine if" type questions. One player rolls the dice and then can choose two of the names on the board.

The player rolling the dice then reads a question and players give the answer that they think the most people will give. If you're part of the majority, then you move forward one space on the board.

Overall Impression:

This game is really great for kids or adults. It's super easy-to-learn and has been a winner at every party we've played it at. You might be surprised to know that despite this game being more "appropriate" than the games above, it's still very fun with any crowd.


Snorta: A Fun Party Game for All Ages

While you may not typically think of it as a party game, I can tell you that my wife and I have had a ton of fun playing it with our friends.

Each player picks an animal and then comes up with a sound for it and puts it in their barn. Then, each player is given a stack of cards which they want to get rid of. If two players have the same animal card out at the same time, then they have to race to see which player can say the others animal noise first.

My Thoughts:

This gets really funny if you allow players to have freedom to pick whatever type of animal sound they want. It's definitely worth picking up if you want a game that can double as a party game for your kids or friends.

More Good Ideas: Party Games for Adults

Wits and Wagers
Wits and Wagers

Wits and Wagers

Wits and Wagers is arguably the most popular party board game ever. This game is fun because it combines betting with gameplay and trivia.

It's best in groups of three to seven people.

Wits and Wagers comes in standard, family, and party editions.

Smart Ass
Smart Ass

Smart Ass

I'd describe this game as chaotically fun. You basically get to yell out answers whenever you want, but since you only have one guess, you have to be careful.

I'd recommend it for teens over the age of 14, though the manufacturer's recommended age is 12 plus.

Say Anything
Say Anything

Say Anything

This is from the makers of Wits and Wagers and is another one of my favorite party games. One of the things that sets it apart from other games like it is that you literally can say anything. Players answer a question given by the player whose turn it is and write down what they think the answer should be.

For example, one of the questions is, "If I could have a big anything what would it be?" Then, you choose your favorite answer while everyone else tries to guess which one you picked. If you haven't tried it, then it's definitely worth a look.

Interactive Poll for Readers

I'd love to know your favorite party board game. Which one is it?

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      7 months ago

      you guys should try playing catan or anomia, or codenames. these are our popular games with large group of friends. some of these games have party expansions for larger groups of 8. Always alot of fun to play!

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      11 months ago

      Best party game by far is Cash N Guns. Quick to learn, very fun to play.

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      21 months ago

      We LOVE Balderdash. It’s a game that gives you a legitimate, but strange, word, and everyone has to write down what a definition. The dasher who read the card writes down the actual definition, and then reads all the definitions outloud. It’s hilarious, especially if you ha w family that’s good at making stuff up.

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      2 years ago

      Monikers is amazing. Played with children 10 and up although suggestions state 17.

      Never laughed so much.

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      Jeanette Morgan 

      2 years ago

      Where is the best place to find the best games?

      I'd like to hear from people. I live in an assisted living place and most of the residents are over 70 and I hear very little swearing. We still need to have our minds exercised, Help..!

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      2 years ago

      If you like "Cards Against Humanity", "Personally Incorrect" is also a lot of fun. It tends to be less political, surprisingly enough, so it can be better to play in certain groups.

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      2 years ago

      “Codenames” is a great and fun game why it’s one of my favorites.

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      2 years ago

      and the vote of 'other' was made because Red Dragon Inn.

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      2 years ago

      Cool list... Not a long time ago I discovered the board game "Sentinels Of The Multiverse". Anyone know this one? Give it a try. Its really fun...

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      4 years ago

      Daytrader financial board game - monopoly meets the wolf of Wall Street.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      We play a lot of games -- but not a lot of party games. I chose Apples to Apples on your list. We have played it. The one the young people seem to be talking about is Cards Against Humanity.

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      6 years ago

      The game of things, is always a good time.

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      6 years ago

      No matter the makeup of the group, we always have a grand time playing Scattegories!

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      Sarah Forester 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I'm a huge fan of Cards Against Humanity, been playing it for the best week and I'm hooked. It's perfect for adults that want a laugh and break some ice.

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      6 years ago

      Cash n guns, ugg techt, looping louie, dancing eggs

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      6 years ago

      Quelf is SO random and different! I can't believe it didn't make the list

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      6 years ago

      Things is what we have been playing lately but

      I'm going to look for Cards. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      If you want a good giggle Revelations is a good Adult game, and The Cube is good for the whole family.

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      6 years ago

      You guys should really look into Drink-A-Palooza... it is by far the best and most trendy drinking game out there right now. Trust me, you and everyone will absolutely love this game. Definitely a party in a box!

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      6 years ago

      Game is things. Hilarious and adaptable for any group

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      6 years ago

      Things in a box is my fav game!

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      James Colemann 

      6 years ago

      I get together relatively frequently for game nights; by far, the most popular game at any get together has been Carcassonne. It's easy to learn, and there are plenty of expansions to add complexity if desired. I've also had good luck with Arkham Horror (though that takes a certain crowd to enjoy) and have heard great things about King of Tokyo.

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      6 years ago

      Snake Oil is a lot of fun

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      6 years ago

      Cranium is a great mix of pictionary, charades, name that tune, trivia pursuit and more all rolled into one.

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      My Name 

      6 years ago

      Werewolf (or Mafia) is a great 8 players plus, quick and funny party game. Rules are on the net and easy to learn, and I've played it before using nothing more than a handful or sauce sachets to hand out (you got ketchup? You're a werewolf!), though you can buy beautifully illustrated sets if you look for them. There're loads of variants and character ideas online too.

      Only downside is it needs a moderator, but after one or two games (and there's always demand for another game of Werewolf!) everyone will know the rules well enough that anyone could moderate for a game. And if someone does mess up the moderation it just adds to the humour!

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      6 years ago

      Cranium is great for all ages! We bring it out at family (all ages) get together a and adult evenings in...

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      6 years ago

      The Resistance; Avalon is a beautiful game. It's a game of lying to your friends, betraying all of them, and then assassinating their leader. It's a game that will make you never trust your family again, and has actually led to a couple of mates of mine just not talking to each other again. It's that good.

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      6 years ago

      The Game of Things, classic! few rules, can run long or short-you decide, can be way!! off color for the older crowd or kept tame for the younger crowd...comes in a small wooden box with everything you need, even plenty of those little putt putt golf pencils! This is the game you want!!!

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      6 years ago

      Wits and Wagers takes knowledge & betting skills. Apples to Apples & Cards Against Humanity do not. Apples and Cards are games wherein you play to the judge. Apples & Cards rely heavily on the luck of the cards you are dealt. Even Snorta requires more skill, quick memory skills. If you like challenging yet fun party games, check out Sketch's our new, fast, fun favorite!


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