Looking for something to do with your friends besides brunch dates and movie nights? As traditional as it seems, sometimes there’s nothing more fun than a good game. Whether you’re hosting a get-together with pals or just enjoying a night in with your significant other, here are some board and card games that are the opposite of boring.
Exploding Kittens; purchase here
The coolest part of this card game begins with its name. Between two and five people can play, and it doesn’t take long – a game only averages about 15 minutes. The goal of the game is to trick your friends into blowing up. There’s a lot of visuals with a lot of fire and, of course, kittens. If that’s not enough to convince you, there are also enchiladas. And goats.
Catan; purchase here
This game is legendary for destroying friendships. Picture this: you are a brave settler building a new life on the island of Catan. In a game of trade, you use the natural resources found on the island to build your settlement, beginning with roads and working your way up to cities. You’ll have to step on some toes – and you’re going to encounter an ungodly amount of wheat.
Sushi Go!; purchase here
If you love sushi, this is the card game for you. Even if you don’t, it’s still tons of fun. The goal is simple: collect the most points possible. Different cards are different sushi dishes or elements: tempura, sashimi, wasabi and more. The visuals are the best part: check out how cute the egg nigiri are! They’re almost as delicious looking as they are adorable.
Cards Against Humanity; purchase here
This game is famous for its bad behavior; actually, it’s famous for yours. With these fill-in-the-blank cards, you decide what is funny — let’s be honest, it’s usually pretty crude. Plus, there are different expansions and theme packs to truly make the game your own. From the Nasty Bundle to the Climate Catastrophe pack, you have the ability to make a joke about literally anything.
Codenames; purchase here
Dream of being a spy? Your opportunity is here. You can play this game with as many people as you want. In two teams of spies, your team’s goal is to find all your secret agents and contact them before the other team can contact theirs. While you’re racing to beat your opponent, you also have to watch out for the assassin – if you find him, your team is out. Need more incentive? There’s all kinds of Codenames variations, including Harry Potter, Marvel, The Simpsons and more!
Ready to test the limits of your friendships and root out the competitive peeps? Now is your chance!