1. ROFL – Can you condense a well-known phrase down to just a few letters and symbols? Can you do it using fewer characters than any other player, but still get your message across? Find out with ROFL! ROFL! pits players against each other as they strive to condense messages down to as few characters as possible. To start a turn, players see a phrase card, while the Guesser does not. Players compete with one another to accurately relay the secret message on the phrase card in as few characters as possible. If the Guesser can figure out the original phrase from your clue before time runs out, you both score points! Everybody gets to be a Guesser once per round, and the player with the most points after three rounds wins! Put your texting and twitter skills to use in this fun, fast paced game!
- A family friendly, clever “texting” party game by John Kovalic of Dork Tower and Munchkin fame!
- OMG! Take turns guessing phrases in as few characters as possible!
- Dry-erase boards & pens, 350 entries, and your intuitive nature make every game fresh, new, and funny!
- Phrases range from those made famous in television, movies, and books to well-known historical quotes
- A creative party card game for 3-7 players, ages 13+, with easy to learn rules, and a 30 minute playing time. – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager
2. The Big Bang Theory – The Party Game – Genius is relative in The Big Bang Theory Party Game, a game that allows you and your friends to revisit moments from the smash hit TV series. Whether you’ve earned a Ph.D. in the science of “The Big Bang Theory” or are discovering the world of Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, and their neighbor Penny for the first time, you’re guaranteed to be laughing and having fun.
In each round, one player serves as Referee, flips over a Red card, and reads it aloud; if it has a green background and says “Experimental Formula” on it, the Referee indicates that as well. The other players – who have seven cards in hand – each submit one or two cards face down that they feel best describes the category or description on the Referee’s card. For example, if the Red card says “Often Leads to Disaster”, you could submit a Blue card such as “Killer Robot”. If the Red card were an Experimental Formula, such as “Hilarious Battle”, you submit two Blue cards using your envelope, such as “Horny Engineer” and “Giant Rabbits”.
If any player has a “Bazinga!” card in hand and wants to play it, he must do so after each player has made a submission, but before the Referee has revealed them! The Referee then reveals cards from the Red Deck until he reveals a card of the same type (either Basic or Experimental Formula) as the original card, thereby creating entirely new criteria by which to evaluate those same submissions.
Next, the Referee mixes up the submitted Blue cards or envelopes so that no one knows who submitted what. Then, the Referee turns all of the cards face up, reading each card name aloud. He then ranks each card (or pair of cards) in the order he feels best matches the criteria on the Red card. The first place submission is awarded the highest numbered point chip, which is taken from the pile, the second place submission is awarded the second highest point chip, and so forth. The player to the left of the Referee becomes the new Referee, and you start a new round. Whoever ends up with the most points wins! 3-7 Players. 30 minutes play time. Ages 15+. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Store Manager
3. Werewolf – My game submission for favorite party game is Werewolf, which is available in various different versions with slightly different twists on the basic game. The game caters primarily to the teen to adult crowd with an age range of thirteen and up. As an adult, I enjoyed it a great deal. The game typically take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to play, though with added roles and players it could take longer – the game has the ability to host up to 75 players at once! It is similar to most murder mystery style party games where a player is attempting to ferret out which of the attendees is a werewolf before they are “eaten” by wolves. While it won’t appeal to any hardcore gamers, it is a very lightheartedparty game that will keep a crowd of people entertained and give players the opportunity to play their roles however they see fit. Replayabilty varies depending on the size of the crowd you accumulate from one session to the next, but it’s definitely worth having around for keeping a large crowd of party people engaged. – Sean Brietenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Events Coordinator
4. Red Flags: The Game of Terrible Dates – Have you ever had a date that felt perfect in every way, the person was perfect in every way, and everything was going perfectly…until you found out one not so teeny, tiny MAJOR problem? Then Red Flags might be the perfect game for you. Easy to learn and fun to play with a large group of friends, the premise is simple: The Single (the judge) for each round will be given potential love interests with amazing qualities to entice them to pick the best person. Players will do so by adding ‘perk’ cards to the potentials, giving the Single more and more reasons to like them. But, there’s of course a catch; opposing players will have the opportunity to play ‘Red Flags’ on each date to bring their positive qualities a bad name. Each player will then be able to argue in favor of their date. The person who wins the most arguments, and therefore dates, wins the game. This game great for larger groups and parties, and is sure to be a hit, providing you don’t find too many Red Flags along the way. 3-10 players. Ages 17+. 30 minutes playing time. – Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate
5. Wits and Wagers Deluxe Edition – With over 1 million sold, Wits & Wagers has become a modern classic and is still the most award-winning party game in history! Wits & Wagers Deluxe Edition is the same game you know and love, but now loaded with upgrades!
- -New casino-quality wagering chips
- Crease-free felt mat
- Deluxe dry-erase markers with erasers
- Premium cardboard currency chips
Do you know the average number of pizza slices eaten by Americans each day? Of course not! That’s the fun. No one knows the answers, but everyone can take a guess. The felt betting mat and different payout odds will make you feel like a Vegas high roller. Get lucky and you’ll cheer like you hit the jackpot!
- Read a fun question…Everyone writes down a guess.
- Place your bets… Which guess is closest?
Feeling confident? Bet on yourself.
Think others know better? Bet on them.
No idea? Bet on any guess and hope to get the closest answer! – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager
6. Happy Salmon – Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!
How to Play:
- Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card.
- When two players have a match, they celebrate by
performing that action together, then discard their top card.
- The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!
It even comes in it’s own handy carrying case, a Happy Salmon! Perfect for bringing to your next party! I love how silly and interactive this game is and that any skill level can pick it up quickly! – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager
7. Times Up Deluxe – Time’s Up Deluxe is the tenth anniversary edition of one of the most popular party games for gamers! This edition, includes the best of the cards from the base set and the two expansions (525 cards), a whole bunch of new cards, and best of all, a very handy new electronic timer.
Time’s Up! is a party game for teams of two or more players (best with teams of two). The same set of famous names is used for each of three rounds. In each round, one member of a team tries to get his teammates to guess as many names as possible in 30 seconds. In round one, almost any kind of clue is allowed. In round two, no more than one word can be used in each clue (but unlimited sounds and gestures are permitted). In round three, no words are allowed at all. Includes rules for an odd number of players as well as an optional fourth round. This game is espeicaly fun when played in couples or with BFF’s, the better you know your teammate, the better you will do! Ages 12+. 3 or more players. Playing time 60 minutes. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager
8. Word on the Street – In Word on the Street, players – either individually or in teams – try to claim letter tiles from the game board. To set up the game, seventeen letter tiles (all the consonants in English other than j, q, x, and z) are placed in a strip down the center of the game board – the median strip of the street, if you will, which has two “traffic lanes” on either side of it. On a turn, one team is presented with a category such as “types of fruit” or “something a player is wearing”, and that team has thirty seconds to come up with an answer in that category, then move the letters in that word toward their side of the game board. Any letters in the word that are not on the game board are skipped. If the answer were “pineapple”, for example, the team would move P, N, P, P and L. If a team moves a letter off the game board, it has claimed that letter and that tile will not move for the remainder of the game. The first team to claim eight letter tiles wins!
The game comes with a timer and suggests playing one word per 30 seconds. I prefer playing for as many words as you can during the 30 seconds! This game works well as 2 player, but it’s a blast in teams because you have a deeper vocabulary to work from, and inevitably someone who spells better than the rest of the team! – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager
9. BuzzWord – 2004 Games Magazine Games 100 Honoree! First, divide everyone into two teams. On your team’s turn, one member attempts to give clues to 10 words. The cards state its “buzzword”. Other team members must solve each clue by saying the phrases that includes the buzzword. Meanwhile, the other team keeps track of the time and the missed clues. Score one point for each correctly solved clue. The clue giver reads the missed clues to the other team, giving them a chance to score. First team to reach 50 points wins. Watch out! You only get 45 seconds to complete your answers to questions ranging from easy to quite difficult. – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager
10. Faux-Cabulary – Playing Faux-Cabulary is very simple. If you’re familiar with Apples to Apples or some of the other party games we’ve reviewed, you’ll have a good idea about the way the game plays. The goal is to be the person that has their selection chosen the most times after a certain number of rounds or the first person to have their entry chosen X number of times. But instead of having a set of cards that players select to submit for the vote, in Faux-Cabulary players have word or syllable cubes that they use to generate their own answers.
In Faux-Cabulary a round starts with the “Wordmeister” pulling a card from the stack and reading the definition. Then the other players take their 3 random cubes with syllables written on them and create words that will match the definition. Of course they make up their words without letting others see what they’ve created and then they hide their word with a cool cover and put it in the middle of the table..
Once all the words are covered and in the middle of the table, they get mixed around and the Wordmeister reveals and reads the newly created words out loud. Once the laughing has died down, the Wordmeister selects their favorite word that matches the definition. Then the player who made up the chosen word gets the definition card and players move on to the next round.
Out of the Box recommends this for Ages 13+. And even though we typically play games with younger players than publishers recommend, in this case, we think Out of the Box has is pretty close. We’ve found that younger players just seem to get frustrated which leads to the game not being a lot of fun for them. But if you break it out with adults and older kids, you’ll have some creative fun. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager
11. Never Have I Ever: The Game of Poor Life Decisions – Never Have I Ever takes the traditional party game to the next level by providing hundreds of prompts designed to relive life’s funny, embarrassing, and awkward moments. In addition to inspiring players with unique scenarios to help uncover those hidden stories, the game introduces a competitive element to up the ante, called “the wall of shame.” Intended for 4 to 12 players from ages 18 and up. The instructions are simple. Each player is dealt 10 Play Cards and a pile of Rule Cards sits on the table. The person starting the game picks a Rule Card from the pile, reads the directions aloud, and all the players do what the Rule Card says. If you are not guilty of the Play Card, you discard it. If you are guilty of the Play Card, you get to keep it. The first person to have 10 Play Cards in front of them wins. The only rule? No judgment.
Every game of Never Have I Ever presents a chance to relive life’s funny, embarrassing and awkward moments with your friends. We’ve thought of hundreds of things you may or may not want to admit, and added rules to spice things up. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can learn about someone. Warning, don’t play this with your Mom unless you want her to know your life’s escapades! – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager
12. Telestrations and Telestrations After Dark – The award-winning game Telestrations will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing! Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. Ages: 12+. 4-8 Players
- Over 1,700 words, 8 erasable sketch books, 8 dry erase markers, and 8 clean-up cloths
- Perfect for families, small parties, and friends new and old. A great ice breaker!
- No Drawing Skills Required. Stick figures & sense of humor welcome!
Telestrations After Dark is the Telestrations party game all grown up. Telestrations After Dark is the adults only version of the #1 LOL party game Telestrations. Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious, weird, irresponsible and just plain wrong outcomes. Telestrations After Dark™ is “adults only” miscommunication at its best! Ages 17+. 4-8 Players. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager
13. Bang! – This is a long time favorite of mine! “The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!” (From back of box) The card game BANG! recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a Character card to determine special abilities, and a secret Role card to determine their goal.
Four different Roles are available, each with a unique victory condition:
- Sheriff – Kill all Outlaws and the Renegade
- Deputy – Protect the Sheriff and kill any Outlaws
- Outlaw – Kill the
- Renegade – Be the last person standing
A player’s Role is kept secret, except for the Sheriff. Character cards are placed face up on table, and also track strength (hand limit) in addition to special ability.
There are 22 different types of cards in the draw deck. Most common are the BANG! cards, which let you “shoot” at another player, assuming the target is within “range” of your current gun. The target player can play a “MISSED!” card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts while in play (for example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (such as Beer to restore health (Note: I’m not a beer drinker, but who can’t appreciate this card? lol0, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). A horse is useful for keeping your distance from unruly neighbors, while the Winchester can hit a target at range 5. The Gatling is a deadly exception where range doesn’t matter: it can only be used once, but targets all other players at the table! Ages 8+. 4-7 Players. 20-40 minutes playing time. – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager
14. AEG Big Game Night Box 2016 -Each Big Game Night Box contains the following 4 games from acclaimed designer Seiji Kanai:
- Love Letter — Kanai Edition with oversized cards
- Say Adios to the Villains (Doomtown: Reloaded ™themed Say Bye to the Villains)
- Eight Epics — Kanai Edition
- Regality and Religion – Kanai Edition
You will also find:
- 2 boxes fitted to contain up to 7 games from AEG’s pocket line!
- 3 empty pocket line boxes to store gaming components such as dice, tokens or even other games!
Players: 8+ . Ages: 14+. Playtime: Hours of fun!
1 copy of Love Letter — Kanai Edition with oversized cards
1 copy of Say Adios to the Villains (Doomtown: Reloaded ™themed Say Bye to the Villains)
1 copy of Eight Epics — Kanai Edition
1 copy of Regality and Religion – Kanai Edition
If you are a fan of AEG Games or wanting to learn more about them, this is a great way to get your “in”! – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager
15. Unspeakable Words – Unspeakable Words is the Call of Cthulhu Word Game designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker. In the game, you and your opponents will attempt to form words from the letter cards in your hand. Each letter is worth points – the amount of points is determined by the number of angles in the letter (where the hounds of Tindalos are lurking!). You may try to make the highest scoring word possible, but… you’ll have to test the strength of the word against a roll of the 20-sided die. Roll equal to or higher than the value of your word and you’re safe… but roll less than the value of your word and you lose a precious piece of your sanity, represented by an adorable Cthulhu pawn! Each letter is uniquely illustrated with a horrifying character from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, which adds to the dark whimsy of the game. Since its release in 2007, Unspeakable Words has been received with great reviews. It was Games Magazine’s Word Game of the Year and the Best Party Board Game at BoardGameGeek’s Golden Geek Awards. In 2008, a second edition of Unspeakable Words was released, this time with purple pawns. Because of the flexibility of the game, a second deck and second set of pawns can be added for twice as many players. Since the inception of Unspeakable Words, Playroom Entertainment has wanted to release more specialized editions. With the deluxe edition, you can upgrade the Unspeakable Words game with special multi-colored pawns (five pawns each of eight colors to play up to eight players!), a dice/pawn bag and additional cards! AND…this Deluxe Edition features artwork by famed artist John Kovalic! Ages 10+. 2-8 Players. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager