Five Games For A Winning Game Night
Everyone has a different take on game night. For me, it often involves adults, food, drinks and embarrassing amounts of noise and laughter. That’s why it’s wise to invite the neighbors.
What does game night look like at your house? Is it about gathering with the kids to play family friendly games? Or are you considering putting together a neighborhood game club for adults?
Either way, I’ve got you covered with these five games that should never be strangers at game night. In the end, all of these games will get your group’s competitive edge into high gear while providing plenty of fun and laughter for all.
Oh, and if you don’t invite the neighbors, best to keep the doors and windows closed.
Ages: 12 and up. Four or more players.
CatchPhrase by Hasbro is my current game crush. I’m a rabid fan of the electronic hand-held word game that combines Password with a ticking time bomb. Get caught with CatchPhrase in your hand when the ticking stops, and your opponent gets a point. If you’re looking for boisterous game play without restraint, then give CatchPhrase a shot.
Ages: Teen and adults. Four to 6 players.
What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar? $24.99.
This game, by All Things Equal, Inc., has players competing head to head in wacky challenges while racing to collect all six (cardboard) Klondike bars. What might you be asked to do? Well, how about asking the player to your left out on a date by grunting like a caveman? I’m all over it, but I want a real Klondike bar if I win.
Ages: 14 and above. Three or more players.
Anger Management, $16.98
Anger Management gets going with each player choosing a comically infuriated Rage-O-Meter scorecard character, such as Tina Tantrum or Furious Frank. Next, a player spins the Spinning Out of Control spinner to determine one of five Anger Management categories. Soon, players are choosing what bothers them most or who’s their least favorite or which of their fellow players is the winning whiner. It makes for a rough and tumble getting-to-know-you party game.
Ages: 8 to adult. Two to 8 players or teams.
Freeze Up! $24.99
It’s another ticking hand-held word game but Freeze Up!, by Educational Insights, isn’t nearly as frenetic as CatchPhrase, while still providing great fun for younger kids as well as adults. Freeze Up! features more than 170 categories, and the talking game asks players to name something that stars with a specific letter. For instance, quick, name a vegetable that starts with the letter I. A breed of dog that starts with the letter J. You get the idea.
Ages: 8 and up. Four or more players.
Think charades with a timer and a trophy, and you’ve got Guesstures. Pop four cards into the Action Timer and let the acting frenzy begin. While you may think the words you need to describe are simple, you only have seconds to convey their meaning to your team. Crazy good fun for kids and adults.
What games do you like to play with friends and family? Do you have tips for successful game nights? Favorite games? Have you tried games that are just horrible? Let us know.
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