Wondering what to do this New Year’s Eve? Here’s a solution: adult party games. Whether you’re logging onto Zoom to catch up with friends or sticking with your quarantine pod to celebrate the new year, there are plenty of adult party games to help you still have some fun this winter.
From childhood murder-mystery faves taken up a notch (or two) to upgraded dorm party go-tos, we’ve rounded up the best adult party games to play during the slew of virtual parties coming your way.
Never Have I Ever
What better way than to get to know your friends even more intimately than with a throwback game of Never Have I Ever. Add a drink to make this an instantly boozy affair.
Truth Or Dare
You may have found yourself opening up more this year as social norms have dissolved, but there are some secrets you still haven’t shared—not even with your closet friends. Now’s the time to see who is willing to put it all out there or who would rather take on a quarantine-approved dare.
Wipe off your cam so your friends can get a good look at the very inappropriate doodle you’ve drawn that’s supposed to represent a “microphone.”
Two Truths and a Lie
You thought you knew Aunt Mary until the lie became a truth and now you’re giving side-eyes to everyone in the family over Zoom. This is what fun times are made of.
There are plenty of trivia apps on the web, but the Random Trivia Generator is a tried and true. No frills, just good old-fashioned trivia to kick off the virtual party. Best part is that you get access to all these random facts spanning art and science for free!
Playing this family favorite virtually is easy, all you need is at least of one friend to have the game on deck. Once confirmed start readying your list of answers for a friend feud like no other.
Making a fool out of yourself in front of family is still possible, just settle into a game of Zoom charades to see just how ridiculous you can be.
Kiss Marry Kill
This is a great way to learn about you and your friend’s preferences and priorities. You’d only kiss Britney but marry Miley? Let’s discuss.
This one isn’t technically a game—unless singing along to the Top 40 hits is competitive sport for you. If that’s the case, set a Zoom date via the group chat, download the karaoke app of your choice (Smule is very popular), and start practicing those vocal trills. Bonus points if you have your own mic.
A spin on 20 questions, you can only ask “How’s yours?” Have the person doing the asking step away from the screen while you show your friends the trait you will share. Once the guesser is clear to turn back around, let the game begin!
Since we’re all going to be home-bound, there’s plenty of time to play 20 questions and get really detailed (read: creative? bizarre?) with your inquiries.
This one’s easy to play on Zoom as well! All you need to do is download the app, find the best lighting, and then get to guessing which famous celebrity or politician you have stuck on your forehead as the clock ticks on.
If your quarantine pod is still going strong, why not try playing the OG Animal Farm. Best part of this game is that it’s quick to learn but can be played for days.
This one’s a classic. You’ll need a moderator to secretly tell someone in the group they’re the werewolf. Then, while everyone closes their eyes, the “werewolf” silently shows the moderator who they want to kill. Everyone then opens their eyes and the guessing game of who did it (along with some wild accusations) commences. Enjoy!
Maybe you thought bringing the party remote would mean the end of your pong winning streak. Lucky for you, virtual pong is definitely a thing. Just have your friends set up their own mini stations and hit the link to join the call. And if you want to really get into the holiday spirit, trade in your beer for one of these festive cocktails.