Top 10 Picks for Family Game Night

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The thought of spending quality time with family over the holidays invokes many different emotions from many different people. For some, it’s music to their ears, but for others, they’re counting down the minutes until they can escape the agony. No matter which side of the spectrum you fall on, it’s a good idea to have some tricks up your sleeve to help pass the time or liven up the party.

To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 picks for family game night. Most are very kid-friendly, but we have included a few for the adults. Take a look at our list and let the games begin!

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Photo credit: Zlatko Unger via / CC BY-NC-ND

1. Cards Against Humanity

At the top of our list, you’ll find the infamous Cards Against Humanity, nicknamed “a party game for horrible people.” If you’ve ever played before, then you know what we’re talking about. If you’ve never played, well then you’re in for quite a treat… But be sure to tuck the little ones into bed before breaking out this game—the recommended playing age is 17 years old and up.

Visit Amazon to find out more and buy yours today.

2. Pie Face

This is a game you may have never heard of, but don’t feel bad, neither had we—that is, until it hit us smack dab in the face…with a pie (aka, whipped cream)! This is a brand new game that has just recently been released, and it’s definitely a game for the whole family. The concept is simple: load the arm with whipped cream, place your face in the hole, spin the spinner, and get ready! Within seconds, you could have a face full of pie.

Click here find out more about this Hasbro game and pick one up for your family.

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Photo credit: John-Morgan via / CC BY

3. Monopoly OR Monopoly Deal

You can’t go wrong with an old fashioned game of Monopoly. If you’re looking for a new twist to this classic game, try your hand at Monopoly Deal. Monopoly Deal is a played with all cards, and you can earn, trade and swap properties in a whole new way. Watch out for the action cards, which give players the power to steal your properties and demand your money. This game is meant for 2 to 5 players and the suggested playing age is 8 years old and up.

Learn more about Monopoly Deal.

4. Pictionary

Quickly learn who has the artistic genes in your family by breaking out this party game. Draw cards to learn your category, then try your best to draw your sketch. You can play as individuals or in teams, and the guesses might end up being just as funny as the sketches themselves. Regardless of age, this is one game that will get the whole family laughing.

Check out Pictionary on Amazon.

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Photo credit: Natecull via / CC BY-SA

5. Uno

If there’s one game that everyone loves, it’s Uno. This crowd favorite is the perfect go-to when things start to get a little boring around the house. You can play with just one other person or up to 7 people. This game is bound to bring out your competitive nature, but remember, you can only win if you’re the first one to say…UNO!

Go to Amazon to buy your Uno Card Game today.

6. Apples to Apples

Basically the PG version of Card Against Humanity, this game will have your family rolling with laughter. With the nickname, “a party in a box,” Apples to Apples challenges players to choose the answers that are the most surprising, outrageous, and hilarious.

Get your Apples to Apples online now.

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7. Left Right Center (LRC) Dice Game

Left Right Center, better known as “LRC,” is a game that can be played by any age group, but it’s definitely a favorite among the adults. You can play with the game chips that are provided for you, or you can make things interesting by opening your wallets and dishing out a few bucks. You can play with 3 or more players, and the end goal? To win the pot of money (or chips) in the center.

Visit Amazon to pick up yours or find out more.

8. Charades

Known for being one of the all-time greatest party games, Charades can liven up any room. Watch your friends and family act ridiculous as they try their hardest to act out the topics on the paper. Of course, Charades is the most fun when you play in teams or in pairs, so be sure to recruit a good teammate.

The best part about this game is that you don’t even need to purchase it to be able to play. Just grab an old hat, a pad a paper, a few pens, and starting brainstorming your ideas. If you’re feeling lazy, you can purchase Charades “In-A-Box” on Amazon.

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Photo credit: lucidtech via / CC BY

9. Jenga

“How do you stack up?” Well, let’s find out with a family game of Jenga. Keep a steady hand, and keep an eye out for the competition. How many blocks can you pull out without watching the whole stack come tumbling down? You’ll need skill, strategy, and a lot of luck as you play this game.

Buy your Jenga set on Amazon and get ready to play.

10. Speak Out

Last but not least on our list, we find another brand new game that has just recently been released. Speak Out has been given a lot of different names, but it’s known for being the “ridiculous mouthpiece challenge game.” Speak as clear as you can, and let’s see if your family can understand what you’re saying.

If you’re ready for your mouthpiece, head over to Amazon to buy Hasbro’s Speak Out.

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Bonus: Classic Card Games (Poker, Go-Fish, Rummy)

You didn’t think we could finish this list without mentioning some of the classics did you? You’ll put a smile on Grandma’s face when you ask her to teach you how to play rummy, or maybe you’re just in the mood for a good ‘ole fashioned game of Go-Fish. Or, maybe the boys are ready to play their hand during a poker night? While these games are oldies, they’re still goodies.

Did one of your favorite games not make the list? Let us know and share all your favorites with us on the San Antonio Daily Sun Facebook page!