Cards Against Humanity is great, they’ve done a lot to popularize adult games and to get people talking, laughing, and being social at parties (which can be quite the accomplishment sometimes.) They’ve also parlayed their success into a lot of cool stuff, and they’re known to collaborate and work with other game designers. Overall, it’s hard not to love them, and their games.
But sometimes? You’re at a party or having a few drinks with friends, and you’d rather play something different. Cards Against Humanity helped open the doors (or kick them down aggressively), but there are a lot of fun party games for adults that are worth checking out, too.
We’ve tested hundreds of unique party games over the years and played them with all different types of people, so we have a great grasp on what works and what doesn’t.
1. Where Art Meets The Obscene: ‘Dirty Drawers‘
- Players: 3-7
- Type Of Game: Drawing
- Time: 5 Minute Rounds
- Where to buy Dirty Drawers: Amazon
Ever wish Pictionary could be a bit more filthy?
In the game Dirty Drawers, cards are drawn and mashed up to create drawing prompts like “Flamboyant Wizard In A Sticky Situation“.
Players then have about a minute to draw the prompt as best they can.
It leads to some hilarious laughs, creative displays, and a lot of raunchy fun. This game is always a great time. What keeps it interesting is that each round the voting criteria is randomized, so the best artist won’t always win the game.
Sometimes, it goes to the drawing that was done the quickest, or was the funniest. Even those with no artistic inclination will have a great time with Dirty Drawers.
This game puts a fun twist on some classic party game mechanics, and manages to feel fresh and unique while still being easy to pick up and play. It comes with a handful of dry-erase boards and everything else you need to start playing.
2. Persuade or Be Persuaded In ‘Cult Following‘
- Players: 3-12
- Type Of Game: Improvisational
- Time: 10 Minute Rounds
Do you have what it takes to build a cult following?
In this improv-based card game, there are two groups which players are placed into: cult leaders and cult followers.
The cult leaders are in charge of making their cult look like the best option by combining the theme cards in their hand and generating a good sales pitch to convince would-be cult followers to join their side.
After the initial pitch, the followers ask questions in order to help them decide which cult is the most up their alley. It can get pretty ridiculous and fun, especially when the cult leaders have big personalities are can act persuasively.
This game offers a great balance because the more animated story-tellers can be the leaders while those who aren’t feeling too creative can just be followers and enjoy the show.
3. Show Off That Potty Mouth With ‘Profanity‘
- Players: 4-16
- Type Of Game: Creative Swearing
- Time: 30-90 Minutes
Turn on Sicko Mode and get ready for a raunchy card game for adults.
Put that dirty mind to work with this adult party card game that has the tagline “a card game for smutty people”. In this game, everyone tries to create new smutty phrases by combining a word-card from their hand with the word-card that the judge plays. When called upon, the player who played the card explains their smutty phrase in an attempt to crack up the judge and earn a point. This game is great for anyone who wants to make use of their filthy mind. There’s an element of persuasion since you can try to convince the judge that yours is the best.
Some of these are considered “adult” games because they’re more complex than the others, and some of them are on this list because they deal with more mature themes. This one is the latter, and also more similar to Cards Against Humanity than others, so if you’re looking for something entirely different, this might not be it. But if you’re just looking for a wild, fun, inappropriate game to have some laughs with your friends – give this a shot.
4. Dive Into Shameful Web Searches With ‘Search History‘
- Players: 3-16
- Type Of Game: Trivia
- Time: 15-60 Minutes
What’s in YOUR search history?
You probabally don’t want to think about what would happen if the world saw your search history, but that’s (kind of) what happens in this game. It’s not your specific search history, but it is someone’s, and sometimes that makes this game all too relatable.
In this funny party game, players take turns reading the beginning of a search query, and then everyone has to guess what comes next, based on actual searches in Google.
The prompt could be something like “How many times a night should I…”, which can lead to all sorts of hilarious guesses as you try to figure out what exactly somebody was actually looking for. You’ll be shocked to learn what people are searching on the web. Or maybe you won’t. There’s an NSFW version, or a cleaner version, depending on who you’ll be playing with. Since this is a list about adult games, obviously we have to recommend that you grab the Not Safe for Work version of Search History.
5. Craft The Perfect Game With ‘The Metagame‘
- Players: 2-12
- Type Of Game: Card Game With Multiple Ways To Play
- Time: Anywhere From 5 Minutes To An Hour
Which game will you decide to play?
What’s interesting about The Metagame is that it offers you many different ways to play the game. There’s always a new way to play, and you can get very creative.
Right out of the box, they’ve got 6 different variations, depending on what you’re in the mood for and how many players you’ve got. From 2 players, all the way to an entire convention hall, The Metagame is definitely worth a look.
From matchmaking, to history timelines, there are tons of unique game modes to suite the tastes of any group of players. With plenty of themed expansion packs available, this one makes a great icebreaker because it really gets people talking.
There’s no hard feelings from their friends over at Cards Against Humanity, in fact both groups of game designers enjoy one another’s games, have nice things to say, and even collaborate behind the scenes by sharing ideas and brainstorming. It really highlights the strength of the board gaming community, don’t you think?
6. Find Out What Your Friends Really Think Of You With ‘What’s Your Number?’
- Players: 3-16
- Type Of Game: Guessing Game
- Time: 30-60 Minutes
Forging bonds or ruining friendships.
This is another great game from Player 10, the same people who created the aforementioned game “Search History”. Our pals at Player 10 are tearing up this list, and for good reason!
In What’s Your Number? players aim to guess how other people at the table feel about sensitive topics. Someone will be assigned to be the Subject Master. The job of the Subject Master is to look at a subject card and then secretly choose a number from 1-100, based on how much they agree with the statement on the card.
Next, everyone else guesses what the Subject Master’s rating was, and whoever is closest gets a point. With subjects like “Capital Punishment” and “Doing Coke In Bathrooms”, you might end up learning a thing or two about your friends that you wish you never knew.
The more eclectic your group of friends are, the more fun this game will be… but you never know, maybe you can whip this out at the next family dinner and find out some things you never knew about Grandma.
7. Pray For Safety With ‘Exploding Kittens‘
- Players: 2-5
- Type Of Game: Card Management
- Time: 15-30 Minutes
You might recognize this party card game from being one of the most successful Kickstarter projects ever. The goal of this volatile game is simple, don’t explode. From kittens, to goats, to enchiladas, and weaponized black hair… this game has it all, even things you didn’t know you wanted. CNN described it by saying “It’s like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas and kittens that can kill you.”
You can probably see why it has piqued the curiosity of so many players, but you won’t fully understand until you’ve played it for yourself.
This wacky game is a perfect blend of simplicity and strategy. Players take turns drawing cards, until one of them draws an Exploding Kitten card, which eliminates them, unless they have cards to diffuse the situation like a card that puts the cat into therapy instead of exploding. All around, it’s very goofy, very fun, and was created by the same guy who makes The Oatmeal comic, along with a couple of his game designer friends.
8. Investigate, Deceive and Conspire with ‘Secret Hitler‘
- Players: 5-10
- Type Of Game: Social Deduction
- Time: 45 Minutes
A timeless tale of liberals vs fascists.
This social deduction game pits players against each other with secret roles. Some will be liberals attempting to pass liberal policies and stop the fascists, others will secretly be fascists and a single player will be Hitler and must try to hide his identity at all costs.
Throughout the game, everyone will need to decide how much they can accomplish towards their agenda without giving away their true intentions, which is eerily familiar to certain parts of the world today. This game is fun, with some unique twists, and if you’re worried about it being overly political – it’s not. Unless, of course, you consider stopping Hitler and fascists to be politically charged…
9. Combine Gambling And Voting With ‘Wits And Wagers Party Edition‘
- Players: 4-18
- Type Of Game: Betting
- Time: 30 Minutes
Nothing gets the party started like voting and gambling.
This game is great for anyone who’s a fan of old school game shows like the Price Is Right. It was created by Dominic Crapuchettes, who has also had massive success with his games Say Anything and Evolution. Make sure you keep an eye out for Dominic’s upcoming games Oceans and Super Wits.
In Wits and Wagers: Party Edition, a question is asked to the group and then everyone chooses a number in private that they think is the correct answer to that question. You can also place wagers based on who else you think may know the answer, which is a good strategy if you have no idea about a particular question. You use cardboard chips to place your bets.
This game is an absolute blast, it’s easy to pick up how to play Wits and Wagers, and most people understand the basic strategy already.
10. For The Geeks In The Squad There’s ‘Superfight‘
- Players: 3-10
- Type Of Game: Improvisational
- Time: 30 Minutes
Most people can relate to debating with their friends about who would win in a fight, whether we’re talking about actual fighters like a prime Ali vs. Tyson, or something like Batman vs. Superman.
Superfight is a hilarious party game where each player picks two cards to mash together to try and form the ultimate fighter. Seems pretty straightforward, right? We all know what some of the most important traits are for fighters, ranging from strength, to quickness, to heart and determination…
But just when you think you have crafted the perfect warrior, another card gets randomly tossed in to hinder your success, adding a fun twist to the game.
It’s your job to make the argument about why your fighter is the best, and how they would be able to beat the fighters that everyone else has created. At the end of the day, it’s a game based on social persuasion, so having the “best” fighter isn’t always the most important, it’s being able to explain and defend why your fighter would win.
Hey wait, we’re not done yet…
Can you think of any games we missed, that you think deserve a spot on the list? Great, let’s make our own little meta-game. Leave a comment and let us know what game deserves to be up here, and why… and if you’re convincing enough, we’ll add it to the list!