Whether you’re planning a party, looking to spice up game night, or just want a good old-fashioned fun time with friends, games are a great way to bring people together.
From raucous party games to strategic board games and from outdoor challenges to indoor mysteries, a good game can ignite friendly competition, stimulate lively conversation, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are 25 fun games to play with friends to spark joy, camaraderie, and maybe a little friendly rivalry.
Charades is a fun and engaging guessing game that involves acting out words or phrases without speaking while other players try to think about what is being acted. One can play the game with a minimum of two players, but it’s better to have a group of at least four or more players paired in teams to make the game more enjoyable and challenging.
The game usually continues for some rounds until all the words/phrases are used up. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.
This drawing and guessing game uses a board or drawing pad, a set of Pictionary cards (each containing a word or phrase to be drawn), a timer, and drawing tools (markers, pencils, or pens).
After dividing players into two teams, designate a drawer who has limited time (usually 60 seconds) to draw the word or phrase on the game board or drawing pad while their teammates try to guess what it is. The drawer cannot use any letters, numbers, or verbal cues while drawing. The person or team who guesses the word correctly earns points.
UNO is a classic card game that starts with each player dealt seven cards from the deck. Players take turns matching the color or number of the card placed down before theirs. Unique action cards like “Reverse,” “Draw Two,” and “Wild” can be used. If a player doesn’t have a playable card, they must draw cards from the pile until they do. When a player has one card left, they must shout, “UNO!” The game ends when a player has no cards left to play.
Jenga is a game of physical skill where players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower made of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the pile, creating a progressively more unstable structure. The game ends when the tower collapses, and the winner is the last player to complete a turn before the collapse.
This word association game is played by four or more players split into two teams, red and blue. One player from each team becomes the Spymaster, while the others play as Field Operatives. The game’s goal is for the Spymasters of each group to help their Field Operatives identify all their team’s agents before the other team does. The first team to identify all their agents wins the game.
6. Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop role-playing game (RPG) where players embark on imaginary adventures in a fantasy world. A Dungeon Master typically guides the game. They create the story, set the scene, and control non-player characters (NPCs).
Players create and control unique characters with distinct abilities, races, classes, and backgrounds. They interact with the game world, other characters, and monsters through storytelling, role-playing, and dice rolling.
7. Escape Room
An Escape Room is a real-life adventure game where a group of players is locked inside a themed room and must work together to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and challenges to escape the room within a set time limit. If the players successfully solve all the puzzles, unlock the final door, or complete the main objective before time runs out, they win the game.
8. Murder Mystery
A Murder Mystery game is a role-playing activity where participants take on the roles of characters in a fictional investigation or narrative. The game revolves around solving a mystery, usually a murder of either the host or a character, by gathering clues, interrogating suspects, and deducting the culprit’s identity.
9. Trivia Night
Trivia Night is an interactive game where participants form teams and answer questions on various topics, such as history, science, pop culture, sports, literature, and more, to test their knowledge and wits. A trivia night host or quizmaster oversees the game by quizzing the participants, scoring, and declaring the winner.
10. Exploding Kittens
This card game is designed for 2 to 5 players. The goal is to avoid drawing an “Exploding Kitten” card from a deck, as doing so will eliminate the player from the game. Players take turns drawing cards and using various action cards to manipulate the deck, skip turns, or peek at other players’ cards. The last player remaining, who successfully avoids drawing an Exploding Kitten or uses a “Defuse” card to counter it, wins the game.
11. Two Truths and a Lie
It is a simple guessing game where each player takes turns telling the group three statements about themselves: two true statements and one false statement (lie). The other players must then guess which statement is the lie.
Scrabble is a classic word game played between 2 to 4 people. It contains a square board with 15×15 grid squares. Each player has a set of letter tiles with different point values, and they take turns forming words on the board, crossword style.
The goal is to create words that score the highest points by utilizing premium squares on the board, such as Double Letter Score, Triple Letter Score, Double Word Score, and Triple Word Score. The player with the highest score at the end of the game, or when all tiles have been played, wins.
Monopoly is a well-known game where players roll dice to move around the board, buying, trading, and developing properties to accumulate wealth. The goal is to remain the last player with money and properties while bankrupting others.
This strategic board game is designed for 2 to 6 players, where players engage in global conquest and warfare. The game board represents a map of the world divided into territories, and players must use their armies to conquer and control regions, expand their empires, and eliminate opponents. The game involves dice rolling for battles and requires strategic planning to defend and attack territories effectively.
15. Zorb Racing
Zorb racing or Zorbing involves rolling downhill inside an orb of transparent plastic. It is generally performed on a gentle slope but can also be done on a level surface, permitting more rider control.
It is an action-packed game where players use air-powered guns (paintball markers) to shoot small gelatin capsules filled with colored paint (paintballs) at each other. Teams The game’s objective varies depending on the specific scenario, but it generally involves eliminating opponents, capturing objectives, or completing specific missions.
17. Capture The Flag
Capture The Flag is a classic team-based game where two teams compete to steal the opponent’s flag from their base and return it to their own without getting tagged by the opposing team. Teams may consist of 2 to 10 members each.
18. Obstacle Course
An obstacle course is a physical activity that involves navigating through a series of obstacles designed to test agility, strength, balance, and endurance. Activities include climbing walls, crawling under nets, jumping over hurdles, swinging from ropes, and other challenging tasks.
19. Water Balloon Dodgeball
Water Balloon Dodgeball is a variation of the classic dodgeball game where participants throw water balloons at each other instead of rubber balls. The objective is to eliminate opponents by hitting them with water balloons while avoiding getting hit themselves.
20. Tug of War
This is a team-based contest where two groups pull on opposite ends of a rope, trying to drag the other team across a designated line or marker. The team that successfully pulls the opposing team across the line wins.
21. Scavenger Hunt
A Scavenger Hunt is a game where participants are given a list of items or clues they must find or solve in a designated area. They must work individually or in teams to locate the items or solve the clues within a set time limit.
22. Mini golf
Mini Golf, also known as miniature golf or putt-putt golf, is a recreational game played on a small-scale golf course. The courses include various obstacles and challenges, such as ramps, tunnels, loops, and obstacles like windmills and water features. Players use a putter to hit a golf ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible.
This traditional outdoor Swedish game involves knocking down the opponent’s smaller blocks and then the king, a larger wooden block placed in the center of the playing area.
24. Pool Pong
Pool Pong is a popular party game played at the poolside. It is a variation of the traditional beer pong game, but instead of playing on a table, it takes place with cups partially filled with water floating on the water’s surface in a swimming pool. Two teams take turns trying to throw ping-pong balls into the opposing team’s cups.
The objective is to land the ball into one of the opponent’s cups, causing them to drink the water from that cup.
25. Chicken Fight
Chicken Fight is a classic pool game that involves teams of two or more players, with one player acting as the “chicken” and the other player(s) supporting the chicken on their shoulders. The game aims to knock other teams off their shoulders and into the water while maintaining balance and trying to stay on top.
Whatever game you choose, remember not everyone likes the same types of games, so it’s crucial to select a game that everyone can have fun with. Set some ground rules before playing, and remember to have fun.