How To Pick The Right Game For You And Your Friends
As fun as card games can be, not every group will like every game. So how do you know which game you will actually enjoy?
The most reliable way is also the simplest: just play it! Find a friend who has a copy of the game, or go to your nearest board game cafe. Actually playing the game will help you gauge whether or not your friends will enjoy it too.
If you can’t play it in person, that’s fine too! Read the reviews, game snippets, and the rules. If you know the mechanics, you’ll have a better idea if it’s fun for you or not.
The Best Adult Card Games
8. Never Have I Ever
Number of players: 4-12
This is bound to be one of your new favourite drinking card games. It’s the same rules you already know and love, but in an easy card game format. One player says something they’ve never done; the other players who have, drink!
7. Red Flags
Number of players: 3+
Create the “ideal date” for one of your friends (the “Single”)...but with one major flaw. Each player pitches their girl/guy to the Single, who now has to choose which candidate is the least terrible. Red Flags is a game that will have you roaring with laughter and potentially swearing off dating forever.
6. Joking Hazard
Number of players: 3-10
Popular comic Cyanide and Happiness is now a card game. It works like Cards Against Humanity, where players battle it out to create the funniest comic strip out of random panels. What’s great about these kinds of games is that, win or lose, everyone has fun.
5. The Metagame
Number of players: 2-33
2-player card games are pretty rare, but the Metagame is unique in that you can play it with two or thirty people without compromising the fun. Plus, there are six different ways to play it, so you’re basically getting six different games in one box!
4. Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition
Number of players: 2-5
From the creator of popular webcomic The Oatmeal, Exploding Kittens was one of the biggest family card games of 2015, and the biggest project ever backed on Kickstarter. The NSFW edition took this already-mature game into another level, with graphic (yet cartoonish) illustrations on each card.
Number of players: 3-8
In this game, one person acts as the spy – but nobody knows who they are. It’s your group’s job to figure out who the spy is...before it’s too late! Not only is Spyfall a successful card game, it’s also one of the best card game apps. Yes, you can either buy a physical copy or download it on your phone to play.
2. Telestrations: After Dark
Number of players: 4-8
Telestrations isn’t so much a card game as it is a game that uses cards, but it’s too much fun not to include on this list. It’s basically Chinese whispers meets Pictionary. When you throw in the NSFW drawing prompts, it’s a recipe for a hilarious night.
1. Secret Hitler
Number of players: 5-10
Alright, so we’re technically cheating with this one. Secret Hitler is a combo card and board game that pits two groups of people against each other: the liberals and the fascists. It’s a game of lies, betrayal, manipulation, and deduction that everyone can enjoy.
But what really makes this one of the best group card games out there is that you don’t even have to buy it. You can purchase the set from the makers, but you can also print the game out on your own for free.
Card games aren’t just for kids anymore – adults enjoy them just as much, if not more! Bring out one of these bad boys to turn a regular game night into a party.