Party games are some of the best types of games to play especially when you have a larger group. They are fun, easy to learn, and quick. They also allow for players to phase in and out of the game, and while they may have win conditions, and they are not the types of games that you feel compelled to always win.

The problem with party card games is they are often overshadowed by, their very fun, but very popular competitor, Cards Against Humanity. This is a shame because there are so many fun and unique card games available, and ones that can be played with a more diverse audience.

I’m going to talk about two of these games. Apples to Apples and Codenames, a couple more games to add to your rotation.


Apples to Apples is the predecessor to Card Against Humanity but unfortunately did not get the same recognition that its evolution did. It’s a fantastic party game and plays very similarly to Cards Against Humanity except it is more family-friendly. It’s playable with big groups, 4 to 10 players to be exact, and is suitable for a larger age group as it’s suitable for ages 12 and up.

For Apples to Apples, you use two decks to play. There are descriptors and things. During each round, a judge will play a descriptor and then players will play a thing that they believe best encompasses it. the judge will reveal the cards and pick a winner. Much like Cards Against Humanity, a set number of cards won will determine the winner, or you can just play for fun and not keep track.


Codenames is a fun party game where players split into two groups and compete to find all their agents first while avoiding the assassin.

It’s a game playable by 4 to 8 players and is for ages 14 and up. The game is fun and as wacky as players choose to make it.

The game will consist of a grid of words. Then one player from each team will be a captain. Each captain will look at an answer key and the grid laid out before them and have to give one-word clue to have their team guess the correct words for their agents. Once a team correctly guesses all their words they have won the game, but if a player accidentally guesses the assassin their team automatically loses.


Now that you have a couple more games in your arsenal, I hope game nights are fun, exciting, and more diverse now. If you want to see more party games in the future keep an eye out on our blog as I will be adding a few more articles with even more fun and different party games. Happy gaming!

Amber Crook
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