Like Cards Against Humanity but want to play something a bit different? Try these games for your next games night!
There’s nothing more surreal than the realisation that your sweet ol' grandma decided to let the room know that bringing Robert Downey Jr. to the bedroom would spice up your sex life…and that’s one of the many reasons we love Cards Against Humanity (CAH). It’s really not a game for the faint hearted and is sure to cause a room full of gamers and non gamers alike to erupt into laughter. If you love CAH, why not try these games to add a bit of variety to your games evening…
Fancy a game that is sure to cause a room full of players to erupt into laughter and a game that is a bit uncouth? Try:
Whilst I may have just spoken about grandma’s sex life, I really can’t put my favourite memory of playing this game down in this article… put it this way… I never thought having such curious qualifications could get someone a job as an Archaeologist.
FunEmployed requires more thought and creativity than CAH as players explain their qualifications for a certain job. After racing to choose the best of a bad bunch of qualifications from a random selection available to all players, the interviewer gets to throw in a curve ball for each interviwee; suddenly you are finding yourself explaining how having a ‘God Complex’ will make you the perfect candidate for job of a Postman.
Each round there is one interviewer and all other players take it in turns to be interviewed. Where some people seem to take on the role of comedian and enjoy trying to make their answers as funny and outlandish as possible, I find that, much to the hilarity of the group I played it with last, I treat it like a real interview and really like to consider how having tentacles would benefit me when applying for a job as a Psychic.
Fancy a fast paced and hilarious word game? Try:
I have never played a game of Anomia that has fallen flat; everyone enjoys it and it always results in people shouting answers and laughing. The game is tense as players flip over cards and search to see if they have a match and panic when they see that they need to quickly think of a vegetable.
My favourite memory of this game was when I wasn’t even playing the game! Whilst teaching players rules to a game at an event I was hosting, all of sudden, over the chatter of 70 other gamers I hear someone shout “NAKED MOLE RAT” and when I looked over I could see, that of course, they were playing Anomia. It would probably be too inappropriate to mention the time a father, playing with his daughter, meant to shout Dodo, but instead ended up shouting something that sounds like Dodo, but is very, very different…
Anomia is a really simple game to follow; players take it in turns to flip over a card and when another player's symbols matches yours, you shout out an example of something from the category on the other players card, THE OTHER PLAYERS CARD, THE OTHER PLAYERS CARD? Okay. Got it? Because I’ve played this game so many times and I still find myself shouting out my own category rather than the other card. Not that it matters, because it’s just a game. It’s just a game, alright?!
As simple, fun, and hilarious as this game is, it’s immensely tense especially with the added bonus of the odd wild card. You know how you always get that person in a gaming group, the most competitive one, the player that gets louder and louder (maybe thinking this will somehow make them smarter and quicker) this game is pure gold when you have more than one player like that!
Fancy a game of bluffing and paranoia? Try:
After reading a location and role on your card you get to work asking and answering questions. Location might be a beach and your role might be a surfer. You answer questions as though you are the surfer on a beach. Everyone has the same location, but different roles to play. All except one player. They are the spy. It is their job to secretly work out where the location is, but no one else knows who the spy is and it’s the job of everyone else to figure out who it is.
Your questions and answers need to be discreet yet obvious….simple? Discreet enough that you don’t give anything away to the spy yet obvious enough that your subtle clues will let other people know that you know where the location is and that you’re not the spy…but what if they are the spy? What if they’ve caught on and they are just really sneaky. Hmmmmm, suddenly sweet ol’ grandma seems to be the sneakiest person in this room and we all need to turn on her!
Spyfall is easy to learn and creates some great situations where you don’t know who to trust and are suspicious of everyone’s answers. There is so much tension when you are a spy and you need to answer a question without appearing flustered. There is room to be really creative with your questions and answers and each game is short, lasting at most 8 minute, so if someone can’t handle the pressure of being the spy, it is short lived.
My favourite thing about this game is that so far every time I’ve played it, no matter who I’ve played it with and where the location on the card is, the first questions asked is always “So… tell me, what are you wearing?”
Fancy a game that goes well with a boozy drink? Try:
What was your first game you purchased when you realised that there are more games out there than Monoply or Cluedo? Mine was Jungle Speed! It was my gateway party game and I still play it at any opportunity I can. It’s so addictive, but please be warned; it’s known to cause lasting damage (to friendships, fingernails and egos).
in Jungle Speed players flip over their cards and when your card symbol matches another player’s you enter a ‘duel’ and must grab the totem from the middle of the table. The first player to grab the totem wins that round and gets to hand over all their cards to player who didn’t notice the match, or just didn’t get to the totem in time.
But of course, it’s not that simple. Lots of the cards look very similar so if you make the mistake of grabbing the totem when you shouldn’t, you end up having to take everyone else’s card and if your friends are anything like mine you’ll get mocked at and laughed at.
My favourite part of this game is watching my super competitive friends scramble over the table and to the ground to get the totem.
So if you are a fan of Cards Against Humanity, try some of these games! They will go down well with gamers and non-gamers alike, whether you want cheap laughs, simple rules or a game that perfectly paired with a drink!