The 8 Best Card Games to Buy in 2018

For game night or on the road, these picks will bring lots of fun and laughs

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Who doesn’t love a good card game? From classics like Uno to modern hits like Cards Against Humanity, there’s a card game out there for everyone!

Whether you’re looking for a game to play with the whole family or something to keep everyone laughing at your adults-only party, you’ll find the perfect option on this list. Some are just plain funny, while others involve a whole lot of strategy. There are even some one- and two-player games to keep you entertained when it’s just you and your partner.

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    Best Overall: Uno

    UNO Card Game
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    There’s a reason so many families love the Uno Card Game. It’s easy to pick up, appropriate for all ages, and ridiculously fun to play. If you’ve never played Uno, you’re definitely missing out, as this is a must-have card game!

    Uno comes with 108 playing cards, as well as instructions and scoring rules. There are four different suits with 25 cards each, as well as eight Wild Cards. You can play with two to four people, and it’s recommended for kids ages 7 and up (though many younger children could probably pick up the game).

    During each round, players take turn putting down cards from their hand, matching the previous card by either color or number. If you can’t make a match, pick up a card from the central pile. There are special action cards to keep the game interesting along the way, and when you get down to just one card, you have to yell “Uno!” The first player to get rid of all their cards wins.

    Reviewers absolutely adore this classic card game, saying it’s great for families and never gets old. You’ll probably love it too!

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    Best for Families: Monopoly Deal

    The Monopoly Deal Card Game will quickly become a favorite at family game night thanks to its fast-paced, addicting gameplay. It’s a great alternative if you love Monopoly but don’t want to sit through a multi-hour game.

    Monopoly Deal comes with 110 cards and instructions. You can play with two to five people, and it’s best suited for children older than 8. There are cards for every traditional Monopoly property, as well as various action cards, and the object of the game is to collect three full property sets.

    During gameplay, players take turns picking up cards and playing action cards, which allow you to charge other players rent, steal their cards or demand money. As the game progresses, you’ll build up property sets and get rich until someone is crowned the Monopoly Deal winner. Each round usually takes 15 minutes or less.

    Reviewers rave about Monopoly Deal, calling it addicting and incredibly fun. Many say it’s their go-to on a family game night and that they often play several rounds in one sitting.

  • 03 of 08

    Best for Kids: Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat

    Want to get your young kids a card game they’ll love? Then you have to purchase the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Card Game: I Can Do That! This activity-filled game is perfect for children 3 and up — they’ll love that the gameplay involves their favorite Dr. Seuss characters and lots of laugh-inducing tasks.

    I Can Do That! comes with 45 cards, a foam fish and instructions. The game is for two to four players. To play, you simply flip over three cards, which will form a silly activity for kids to perform. For instance, they might have to dance to the bedroom with the fish on their head! The game is designed to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem while getting kids up and moving.

    Reviewers say this card game is a hit with their children, who find the various tasks hilarious. The one downside noted is that there aren’t a lot of cards, so if you play it regularly, you may find the activities get old.

    Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best card games for kids

  • 04 of 08

    Best for Adults: Cards Against Humanity

    When the kids are away, it’s time for adults to play, and there’s no better game for your adults-only party than Cards Against Humanity. This card game quickly became a cult classic thanks to its raunchy, inappropriate gameplay that will keep you laughing for hours.

    Cards Against Humanity comes with 500 white cards and 100 black cards, as well as instructions. You can play with four or more players, making this a go-to for parties, and the recommended age range is 17+.

    Gameplay is simple: In each round, one player asks a question from one of the black cards, and every player has to answer with the funniest white card in their hand. The player with the black card picks their favorite answer, which are often inappropriate, awkward and hilarious.

    If you’re questioning how fun this game could be, just check out its more than 30,000 5-star ratings on Amazon. Yes, that’s 30,000. People can’t say enough about this inappropriate card game and how much fun it is for adult parties.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best for Parties: What Do You Meme?

    What Do You Meme? is another fun, modern card game that’s perfect for your adult parties. This unique game taps into the internet’s current obsession with memes, letting you pick your own hilarious captions for classic meme images.

    What Do You Meme? comes with 360 caption cards and 75 photo cards, as well as an easel for the images and an instruction booklet. You can play this card game with anywhere from three to 20 players, ideally over the age of 17.

    Similar to Cards Against Humanity, gameplay involves putting up a photo card, then every player must pick the best caption from their hand. The rotating judge picks their favorite caption, and that player gets a point. Many of the resulting combinations may be crude or inappropriate — all the makings of a great meme!

    Reviewers think What Do You Meme? is hilarious, especially for people who love memes. However, several note that they didn’t expect the game to be as crude as it is — it’s definitely not appropriate for kids.

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    Best Fast-Paced: Dutch Blitz

    If you like fast-paced, super competitive games, you’ll enjoy Dutch Blitz, a straightforward card game that’s easy to pick up and lots of fun to play. Dutch Blitz is a scramble to get rid of your cards, and you have to act fast, as there are no turns in the gameplay — it’s simply a free-for-all!

    Dutch Blitz comes with 160 cards and an instruction booklet. You can play with two to four people, and the game is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Gameplay is quick to learn: Each player gets a pile of 10 Blitz cards that they need to get rid of by putting them in a sequence on the piles in the middle. However, that’s easier said than done, as everyone else is trying to get rid of their cards at the same times. There are no turns, so it’s a race to get your card down before someone snags your spot. The person who gets rid of all their cards first is the winner!

    Dutch Blitz gets top marks from reviewers, who say it’s incredibly fun and fast-paced. However, since the game can get a bit hectic, some people do note it’s not exactly a relaxing activity.

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    Best Single Player: Five Crowns

    Sick of playing Solitaire on your computer? Invest in Five Crowns, a Rummy-style card game that can be played by one person — or up to seven!

    This versatile game comes with 116 cards and instructions, and it’s best suited for players age 8 and up. Each game has 11 rounds — in the first round, you get three cards and 3s are wild, then in the next round, you get four cards and 4s are wild, and so on.

    The object of the game is to create “runs” — several cards of the same suit in order — in your hand, with the wild cards taking the place of any other card. Once a player creates a run, everyone else gets points based on the cards they have left in their hand. The player with the fewest number of points at the end of 11 rounds wins.

    Reviewers say the rules of Five Crowns are easy to pick up and that the game is fun to play alone or with a group. It can get pretty competitive, and many note that you never know who’s going to win until the very end.

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    Best Two Player: Deer in the Headlights

    Want a card game that’s fun for just you and your partner? Check out Deer in the Headlights, a fast-moving card and dice game that’s perfect for two players. You’ll race to discard all your cards first, hoping you don’t roll a “deer in the headlights” and stall your progress!

    Deer in the Headlights comes with two decks of custom cards, three special wooden dice, a score pad and instructions. You can play this card game with two or more players, and it’s appropriate for anyone over 8.

    During gameplay, each player rolls the dice, hoping to discard cards from their hand. Watch out, though — there are several special sides on the dice, including cars, running deer and deer in the headlights. Some of these rolls are helpful, while others may hinder your progress! This game requires a mixture of luck and strategy, making it a hit among players of all ages.

    Reviewers love this game, saying it’s easy to learn, moves quickly, doesn’t require a lot of room, and is appropriate and fun for players of all ages. It’s a great family game, and it’s perfect for those times when you just have two players.