Looking for group games for parties and family gatherings? Here are some good ones we found at toy stores and retail websites:
When the in-laws leave you longing for the last word, here’s a way to make it official. Pick a subject card and letter card (e.g., Subject: Fruits; Letter: P). Players race opponents in yelling out answers (papaya, pineapple, pomegranate). The player with the last word in before the (random) timer advances. Best for ages 8 and up and can accommodate up to 8 players; $29.99.
Find out more about your family and friends with this game, in which the object is to respond similarly to other players. A description and subject card are picked (e.g., Powerful Politician, Sad Song, ’80s Hairstyle). Players must doodle or write their answers, which are revealed to show who is thinking alike. There are more than 5,000 possible combinations. Recommended for ages 14 and up; $27.99.
If you’ve got a thing for trivia, this is one fun game. Categories including Who, What and Where Am I have 10 clues. Shout out the answer and get one step closer to being the ultimate Smart Ass. Recommended for ages 12 and up; $24.99.
Picture a cross between Telephone and Pictionary. Player No. 1 gets the secret word, which is sketched on his notepad. Without words, the players around the table take turns drawing what they perceive the previous picture to be. Great for groups and both artists and the artistically challenged; 12-Player Party Pack $39.99.
The Merriam Webster word game utilizes wacky everyday phrases that you try to help your team guess by drawing, acting, shouting or spelling. Recommended for ages 15 and older; younger people may not know the meanings of many of the idioms, though it’s a good learning opportunity; $19.99.
Apples to Apples
Excellent as an ice breaker and stellar at supporting social interaction, this game is about comparisons. Players get red cards with nouns on them, and one green card is turned over that has an adjective or description. Which is the perfect pairing? It’s all up to the judge. Table talk results, as do lots of laughs. Recommended for ages 12 and up; $23.