Whether you’re celebrating this holiday season with family and friends, gathering via a digital service or delaying plans until you’re able to get together again, party games make great gifts. Personally, we’re counting down the days until we can meet up with friends and play games. Because of this, we’ve gathered together a list of 14 must-have party games that were released in 2020! It’s important to note that several of these such as Hues and Cues can be played over services like Zoom!
As you go through the list, you’ll see the name of the game and publisher that released it. We’ve also provided a photo and brief description of the product to help you learn a little more about each one. There are several that we’ve featured at a prior date and those can be identified by our logo alongside the brand. To read our overview of the game, see more images and get a feel for what we thought, all you have to do is click on that logo! If you see something that interests you, there’s a link right there so you can easily purchase it online.
Hues and Cues
What hue do you think of when we say “apple”? Hues and Cues is a vibrant game of colorful communication where players are challenged to make connections to colors with words. Using only one and two-word cues, players try to get others to guess a specific hue from the 480 colors on the game board. The closer the guesses are to the target, the more points you earn. Since everyone imagines colors differently, connecting colors and clues has never been this much fun!
Stringamajig is the party game that’s part drawing game, part charades! Pick your word, and then draw, move, and animate the string to get the other players to guess as many words as possible in 60 seconds. Play changes with Challenge Words that have you drawing with another player in the air, drawing with your eyes closed, and avoiding forbidden words!
Draw Your Own Conclusions
Draw Your Own Conclusions is a laugh-out-loud co-operative drawing game for 3 to 8 artists or…. “artists”. Each round, each player will have a secret word they’ll try to get the person to their right to guess correctly. Every player has a unique shape assigned to them like a squiggly line, square, circle or triangle. They and all of the other players will work together to create the drawing by using only up to five of their assigned shape. At the end of the round, each player will try and guess the secret word from the completed drawing.
Hello Neighbor: The Secret Neighbor
Building off the wildly successful Hello Neighbor and Secret Neighbor video games this social deduction game brings the world of Hello Neighbor to the real world. The game includes 3 replica plastic keys from the video game! This new game requires no narrator and no eliminations, ensuring everyone at the table remains engaged.
“Take” an interactive approach on cell phone use with the new game, Camera Roll. Camera Roll is the traditional game that embraces technology use and the top trending VSCO Girl demographic. This game “app”-lies the tween and teen screen time vanity into an interactive activity. In this game, players engage in quirky category challenges to quickly match a photo from their phone (camera roll, any social media or search it up) that best suits the title. All players then become their own judges to see who has the closest match of a photo to the category.
Great minds think alike in this quick play party game! Mind meld with friends and family for big laughs and wild word associations. But don’t delay, you’ve only got 30 seconds to list what other players are thinking and match their answers to yours. The topics are random and the fun is fast and furious. One wrong guess and it’s BYE, FELICIA!
5 Second Rule 10th Anniversary Edition
2020 is the 10th anniversary of the popular 5 Second Rule game! We’re celebrating with a limited-time package change calling out the anniversary. PLUS new cards—50 questions (25 2-sided cards)—all related to topics/happenings in the last decade! Timer will have updated colors—limited time (2020 only)!
Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale
In Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen’s edicts before the season is over. The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins!
Telestrations: Upside Drawn
It’s Telestrations, but Upside Down! This take on the award winning Telestrations game gives a whole new meaning to laugh out loud miscommunication. Telestrations®: Upside Drawn puts a teamwork spin on “The Telephone Game Sketched Out” by putting the pen in one person’s hand, and control of the board in another’s! Only through “Up” or “Down” directives can the team put the pen and board together to guess the clue first! The team to reach 20 points wins!
If you love air guitar, you’ll love air drawing! In El Maestro, one player leads the group in drawing their Oeuvre (their fine work of art). The others draw along with the motions, doing their best to recreate the Maestro’s shapes and understand their signals. Sign your masterpiece, then guess what you’ve been creating – and try not to laugh too hard when you share!
Unsolved Case Files
On May 8th, 1998, the small Indiana town of Riverdale was shocked by the brutal murder of one of its most beloved citizens on the night before her wedding. The victim, Harmony Ashcroft, was murdered in the parking lot behind a restaurant during her own wedding rehearsal dinner. Review and study the evidence provided to prove that Bones McBride, a local vagrant who was framed and has spent over two decades behind bars, is innocent, and convict the real killer. For 1 or more players, ages 14 and up.
Mind the Gap
Mind The Gap is a trivia game for the generations. Pop culture trivia with a dash of charades that requires all the generations – Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z – to work together and race around the board the fastest.
You can’t deny your family’s crazy, but you can laugh at the photographic evidence! In Jeff Foxworthy’s new game Relative Insanity® See What I Mean?!™, the Judge displays one of the hilarious Photo Cards. Roll the Die to see if you’ll caption it using a PUNCHLINE, WHAT HAPPENED NEXT or WHAT WOULD GRANNY SAY? Then everyone else chooses one of their Caption Cards to play, and the Judge picks the funniest (Mom’s Favorite!), second funniest and, if it applies, a Black Sheep!
Everyone is a lip reader in this game of massive mouth magnification! Draw a category card, hold the mega-magnifier up to your mouth, and silently speak to your teammates. Don’t say the words out loud! Players are awarded tokens for every answer they guess correctly. Read my lips…Mega Mouth is a marvelous and memorable must-have party game!
If you’re looking for family games to play with a smaller group, be sure to check out our list of amazing family games. There are also a number of games for young kids included in the guide we released this past Wednesday so check it out also! Don’t forget to join us daily for the many giveaways we are running through the end of the year!