The 10 Best Adult Party Games

Updated May 16, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Although this selection is listed under "Toys," be aware that, with very few exceptions, they are absolutely not designed for children to play. But these adult party games are perfect for bachelor or bachelorette nights or just for game night with friends, and they are guaranteed to make the long winter nights simply fly by. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best adult party game on Amazon.

10. The Voting Game

Playing The Voting Game can be either hilarious and fun or painfully awkward depending on who is involved, so pick who you play with carefully. It is suitable for 6 to 8 players and will help you get to know your friends on a deeper level.
  • game play varies dramatically
  • uncovers hidden truths
  • some may take it too personally
Brand The Voting Game
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Nasty THINGS...

Nasty THINGS... is the type of game that doesn't have any right or wrong answers, maybe just some judgement from your friends and lots of fun. Everybody writes an answer to a hilarious or offensive question and the goal is to guess who said what.
  • best for large groups of 6 or more
  • will get very dirty very quickly
  • your craziness will be exposed
Brand Game of Things
Model 7710
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Disturbed Friends

Disturbed Friends may look like an innocent kids' card game at first glance, but we can assure you it's not. It has 250 disturbing questions and 100 extremely offensive cartoon cards, which you'll use to determine what you and your friends will do in horrible situations.
  • simple enough for drunken fools
  • not for the faint of heart
  • not a lot of replay value
Brand Friendly Rabbit
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Twister Classic

While the original game may have been designed for kids, Twister Classic is actually one of the best adult party games out there. Ideally, you should have a few shots, play a few rounds of strip poker, and then get ready to see who sticks what where.
  • recommended to limber up first
  • should cause awkward intimacy
  • may lead to a few pulled muscles
Brand Winning Solutions
Model pending
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Adult Loaded Questions

Adult Loaded Questions features 308 new questions, an all new design, and added gameplay features, so even if you have an older version, you'll still have tons of fun with this one. It's the perfect way to add some raunchy excitement to game nights.
  • made from recycled materials
  • most questions are sexual in nature
  • caution - it may lead to hooking up
Brand All Things Equal, Inc.
Model 02142
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Over The Line

If Pictionary and Charades were dropped in a blender with a shot of vodka and an X-rated movie, you'd have Over The Line. It uses words you'd be embarrassed to say in front of your mother and the team-style gameplay makes it highly competitive.
  • familiar gameplay rules
  • can act out or draw clues
  • the drunker you are the harder it is
Brand Over The Line
Model pending
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Read Between The Wines!

For a less raunchy, more elevated adult gaming experience, consider Read Between The Wines! from Uncorked! This game is both amusing and educational. It has 54 theme cards to inspire a lifetime of hilarious wine descriptions, and even includes wine charms.
  • great gift for oenophiles
  • no prior wine knowledge needed
  • ideal for wine tasting parties
Model pending
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is billed as the classic drinking game for adults and, indeed, if played while imbibing will lead to some hilarious and shocking revelations. It's probably best played without your significant other, unless they already know your dirty little secrets.
  • the more players the better
  • great for adults of every age
  • a real eye opener about your friends
Brand INI
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid

Quite aptly named, Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid is the most fun if you are one of those three things, and if you are at a good adult party or game night, you most certainly should be. It's a game based on who can argue the best, whether factually or not.
  • great for shaming friends and family
  • allows for any amount of players
  • even the winners lose their dignity
Model pending
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity became an instant classic upon release. Anyone who has played it will tell you why, assuming they weren't deeply offended by its dark humor! It allows for up to 6 players and is a great way to find out just how twisted your friends really are.
  • can be played again and again
  • includes 550 game cards
  • absolutely not for children under 17
Brand Cards Against Humanity
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

How Games Are A Part Of Human Culture

Humans are known for being social creatures, and games aid us in creating relationships, breaking the ice, and otherwise enjoying our leisure time. The types of games can vary from outdoor, indoor, (also known as parlor), drinking, or sport oriented. We will focus on the contemporary adult party game which is usually played indoors by adults in large social gatherings.

The ultimate purpose of a party game is to entertain. Most party games will contain similar elements for a successful experience. For instance, gameplay familiarity is a big factor for an effective party game. The template of a board game will be familiar to most adults because they can recognize a similar board game template from their childhood. Card games as well are ingrained in our youth; such as Go Fish. There are however, some unique games with different formats. Twister, for example, is a classic twist on a game enjoyed by children and adults alike that does not have the template of a board or card game. This also makes the learning curve much faster and gets the players to play the game much quicker.

Social interaction is a large component of a successful adult party game. Most games will be team oriented for this reason, though the competitive level is usually low. Some games use disparity to their advantage, purposefully pitting people against one another. A classic example would be teams of men versus women.

The adult party game usually defers from the rest in a myriad of ways. They usually encourage drinking and profanity. Some games rely on social taboos and are sexually explicit in nature.

Why Some Games Are Only For Adults

Choosing the right game will depend on many factors: number of players, comfort level, and interest. Most party hosts will present a few party game options to best suit the preferences of their guests. However, a well picked party game can have excellent benefits, and in some cases, revive a dying party.

Games can help create bonds and friendships. In the case of raunchier, sex oriented games, they may possibly suggest romantic connections between players. Games that pose hypothetical questions help players learn about each other on an intimate level, however, this feature can be viewed as a consequence as well.

Given the social aspect of these games, most are easy to learn, inclusive of a large number of people, and do not eliminate players. This prevents the "losing" player from sitting out uninterested while the "victors" play on. For a grueling example of this, play Monopoly and go bankrupt and wait while the world turns hours later as you don't play. Lastly, these games mentioned are all humorous in nature, either by design or by the players contribution. An absolute must for any party.

What's not to love? Why wouldn't you break out an adult party game at your next social gathering? Well, there is ingrained in our human DNA an element of competition. Perhaps insidiously dormant until tempers flare and alcohol consumption rises, and it can derail an innocuous game. As discussed earlier, perhaps you get to know your fellow players too well, and some undesirable truths are voiced. This is usually when the game is ended and guests are encouraged to leave before any more damage is done.

On another note, a popular game consisting of a deck of cards will be familiar to you after a few plays, and the game becomes stale and predictable until you purchase a booster pack. Some adult party games are, well, adult, and not appropriate for children or teenagers. Some games can be downright offensive. Cards Against Humanity is a prime example of an offensive adult party game.

A Brief History of Party Games

The adult party game takes its origins from the parlor game. They rose to popularity in the mid-19th century, and they were called parlor games due to the fact that most of them took place in the parlor room. The middle and upper class citizens of the United Kingdom and the United States had more free time off work to participate in such leisure activities. They are the precursor the modern board game, and in some occasions, such as Balderdash, they are virtually unchanged from their ancestors. Their popularity waned with the rise of the home radio and television set, however, they are transformed today into the modern adult party game.

Today they exist and thrive with or without advancements in media and technology. The beauty of adult party games is that they are quite simple, require few materials, and rely upon the creativity of the players. A mediocre party game can be enlivened by enthusiastic players, and conversely, a classic game can be dampered by party poopers.

With the advent of new technology, some wonder if the board game, a classic staple of adult party games, will be obsolete. Most will disagree, as board games can be integrated with video games, a prime example being the successful Mario Party series.

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Last updated on May 16, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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