Sometimes it's refreshing to stay at home. And while there's plenty to do from the comfort of your own home—listening to a new podcast, bingeing a true crime show, or picking up a beach read—sometimes the best way to pass the time is to have a little fun playing a game.
Whether you're having a date night with your significant other, bonding with the extended family over the holidays, or hosting a game night for friends, there are plenty of great options. Of course, you can reach for a classic like Monopoly or chess, but there are tons of really creative newcomers that will not only get your adrenaline pumping but also help you get to know the people you're playing with even better. For new pals, a thrilling board game is a bonding experience; for old ones, it can be the quickest way to rounds and rounds of belly laughs.
1. Cards Against Humanity
Partygoers try to one-up each other by devising the most outlandish responses to a prompt in this beloved adults-only card game. Warning: This game will make you blush. It also comes in a digital version you can all play online.
2. Bezier Games One Night Ultimate Werewolf
One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast-paced, three-to-10-person role-playing board game that's perfect entertainment when you're staying in. Plus, the game includes access to the free iOS/Android Night Ultimate Werewolf app!
3. Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride
Take a scenic train ride across Europe, or in this case, New York, with this popular strategy board game. It's also available for $6.99 on the App Store and Google Play, along with other gaming platforms like Steam, if you're looking for an online version.
4. Buffalo Games Hella 90s Pop Culture Trivia Game
Ah, nostalgia. Relive the good old '90s with this entertaining pop culture trivia game. It has over 400 questions on movies, TV shows, toys, fashion, and of course, music.
5. Czech Games Codenames
Don't take our word for it: Let the more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon convince you that this word game is worth playing. The premise is simple: Spymasters give one-word clues to help their teammates avoid the assassin and make contact with all their agents first.
6. What Do You Meme
From one of Instagram’s most famous meme generators comes a card game all about, well, memes. The objective is to create your own winning meme by matching the photo with the most hilarious caption card in your hand.
7. Spikeball Spikeball Game Set
This fast-paced lawn game has grown exponentially in popularity since its appearance on Shark Tank, and for good reason: The backyard sport, which is a cross between volleyball and four-square, challenges up to four partygoers to get up and moving.