19 Party Games for Adults

Fun, Simple, and Hilarious Games Just for the Grown-Ups

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You can plan the best adult game night and party if you know the right games to play. These party games for adults will keep your guests happy, entertained, and laughing all the way to the end. It will truly be a party that your guests won't soon forget.

There's a great mix of classic and unique party games here that are just for the adults. Some of them involve drinks, some of them are a little naughty, and all of them can be modified for the type and number of guests coming to your party.

Choose some of these party games for adults for your next gathering whether it's any of the following party occasions:

There are some great icebreakers for guests who don't know each other well and some other games that are perfect for lifelong friends. 

  • 01 of 19

    Great Minds Think Alike

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    Great Minds Think Alike is a game where you want to choose what you think everyone else will choose: the more people who get the same answer, the more points those people will get. Scoring is simple and you'll be able to determine the winner quickly.

    This free printable has ten different questions on it, but you certainly could make up your questions, making them themed towards the season, holiday, occasion, or group of people.

    Great Minds Think Alike from Love to Know

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    Murder Mystery Games

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    Murder Mystery games aren't just for Halloween; they can be played at any time of the year, plus they are good games to play with a large group. A single murder mystery game is all you need to have a whole evening of fun with your friends. Can you figure out who committed the murder? You'll love these hilarious and quick-witted games that can all be downloaded for free.

    There are many free mysteries to choose from, and each contains charter descriptions, clues, scripts, and more.

    Murder Mystery Games from The Spruce

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    Who Am I?

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    Who Am I? is a guessing game where you draw or act the famous person on the slip of paper that you drew. Can your teammates guess who you're pretending to be? You can use these two sheets of ideas or come up with some of your own. It would be a lot of fun to choose people or characters from more recent events.

    There are many other variations of this game, one favorite is to use sticky notes and place the name on the guests' backs. It makes for a fun and easy icebreaker.

    Who Am I? from Love to Know

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    The Not So Newlywed Game

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    The Not So Newlywed Game is the perfect way to entertain your friends at your next couples event. It can also be played at wedding showers and engagement parties. It's played just like the Newlywed Game but this way couples who have been together for any length of time can take part in the fun.

    There are over 150 questions that take you through dating, engagement and the wedding, firsts, friends, and family, favorites, best and worst, finances, preferences, making love, fun facts, love and marriage, and the future. There's even a category just for the funniest questions. ​

    The Not So Newlywed Game from Icebreaker Ideas

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    Never Have I Ever

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    The classic game of Never Have I Ever had to be included in this list of party games for adults. With more than 400 questions, there are some fresh ideas here that your guests won't be expecting, and it's a great way to get to know each other—really fast.

    Besides the huge number of questions, there's also a drinking game variation, penalty variation, and a non-alcoholic variation.

    Never Have I Ever from Hobby Lark

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    Have You Ever?

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    You can find out a lot about your guests with this party game of Have You Ever? Which is a tamer version of Never Have I Ever. 

    There are three different versions available, the party version, the naughty version, and the funny version. ​This makes it easy to pick out the perfect questions whether you're at a church party or a college gathering. You can even play the game online by picking "I Have" or "Never" to a set of questions. 

    Have You Ever? from Icebreaker Ideas

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    Truth or Dare

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    Truth or Dare is a simple game that everyone knows how to play. It's easy to dive into, and your guests get to decide how tame or wild the game will be. 

    If you're looking for ideas, this is a huge list of dares that includes everything from "lick the floor" to "bark like a dog" for dares. At the end of the list, there's also a list of questions you can ask if the player chooses "truth."

    Truth or Dare from Party 411

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    Spoons

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    Spoons is a card game that's great for any age or group of people. It's fun and fast but still a card game that everyone can play.

    You'll need a deck of cards (without the jokers), and spoons (one less than the number of players). It can be played with a group of three to 13 people, but for a big party, you can have multiple games going on at the same time. 

    Spoons from Hella+

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    Pictionary

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    Pictionary is a fun drawing game to play with adults and kids alike for a small party of mixed ages. Drawing abilities don't have to count for this game and in fact, the worse someone draws, the more hilarious the game becomes. But, you don't need to buy the game Pictionary to play it at your next party. You can easily make up your own cards and set up a big drawing area that will be a hit with your guests. 

    There are five types of Pictionary included traditional, family, education, themed, and partner as well as a word list. All these options mean that you can choose the one your guests will like the most. 

    Pictionary from Icebreaker Ideas

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    Crazy "Kiss Marry Kill"

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    This game of Kiss Marry Kill is a less personal touch on the original game because you use fictional characters or celebrities for your choices. You get to decide who you will kiss, marry, or kill.

    There are a ton of ideas here as well as tips for coming up with your own lists. 

    Crazy "Kiss Marry Kill" from Hobby Lark

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    The Sticker Stalker Game

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    Even grown-ups like stickers. The Sticker Stalker Game challenges your guests to place as many of their stickers on the other guests as possible. The guest who has been able to place the most number of stickers on other guests throughout the party wins.

    You can assign a type or color of sticker for each guest or even use labels with that person's name on them. It's best for a party where guests are wearing casual clothes so the sticker residue is not an issue.

    The Sticker Stalker Game from Five for Families Blog

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    Two Truths and a Lie

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    Two Truths and a Lie can be a great game for all ages. One guest tells the group two truths and a lie about themselves (in any order), and the other guests need to figure out which is the lie. It makes one of the best games to play at a party with a group that doesn't know each other very well and needs a fun icebreaker.

    There are lots of examples of truths and lies about achievements, sports, childhood and family, food, and more. You'll even find some strategies for the game here that will give you the upper hand. 

    Two Truths and a Lie from Hobby Lark

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    Conversation Cards

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    If you're looking for a low-key icebreaker for your party, these conversation cards from Living Locurto are a great idea. They can especially be a fun dinner party game for adults.

    There are four pages here filled with conversation starters that you can print out, cut up, and place in a jar or basket for each guest to pick.

    Conversation Cards from Living Locurto

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    Don't Say Yes

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    You've probably heard of those taboo word games before, but this one will be quite the challenge. Guests aren't allowed to use the word "yes" or any variation of it when in conversation or answering questions.

    You can have them wear a sticker or a yarn necklace if they say the word during the party. It will be fun to see who's the most "decorated" at the end of the night. This is a perfect game to play with a large group, just be sure to have enough stickers on hand.

    Don't Say Yes from Habbo Wiki

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    Press Conference

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    Here's a unique party game for adults that can be fun with any size group of party guests. 

    Someone holds a "press conference" and answers questions from the other guests. The catch is that the person holding the conference doesn't know who they are pretending to be but the rest of the guests do. No equipment is needed, unless you have a spare podium, of course!

    Press Conference from Perfect Party Games

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    React and Act

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    React and Act is an icebreaker game that will have your guests acting and reacting to different situations such as winning the lottery or getting fired. It's a great game for a party where you want to bring guests out of their shells.

    Included are full instructions and a few variations that will make the game interesting. 

    React and Act from Icebreakers

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    Bite the Bag

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    Bite the Bag is a simple drinking game that will have your guests trying to pick up a paper bag with only their mouths. After every turn, cut the bag down from the top.

    When a guest fails, they'll need to take a drink: Clearly, the game will get funnier as the night goes on and the bag gets lower to the ground.

    Bite the Bag from Drinkplays

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    Story Starters

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    Story Starters is a get-to-know-you game that makes a wonderful ice breaker but can also be fun if everyone already knows each other. If you have a large group, you'll want to break everyone into groups of four to six people.

    This game starts with the beginning of a story and asks the first guest to continue the story by writing down one line. The story continues, moving from one person to another, and it can be timed if multiple groups are playing. Then, each group reads their story aloud. The results are often hilarious and you never know which turn the stories are going to take.

    Story Starters from Icebreakers

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    Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors

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    How long has it been since you've been in a rock, paper, scissors competition? Probably quite a while! This party game takes the classic game and turns it into tournament-style for adults so it can be played with a group of people. It can even be played with an extra-large group of people, such as 30 or more.

    Who's the best rock, paper, scissors player among your closest friends?

    Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors from Icebreakers