No-Console-Needed Games for Family Fun

A whole new world opens up when you add video games to your family game night rotation. Multiplayer games are a great way for siblings to play together or for families to connect over a shared activity. But increasingly expensive game consoles aren't always an option. If you don't have a console, you don't have to miss out on a family gaming experience. All the games on this list can be played on a phone, tablet, or computer, so many families can jump right in with the devices they already have on hand -- no Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch required. For more console-free fun, try these Apps That Can Bring Families Together.

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Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels App Poster Image
Fun adaptation of popular bartering board game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2017)
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Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics App Poster Image
Board game classic returns to mobile with faithful port.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2017)
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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Game Poster Image
Battle royale gets party game treatment for all-ages fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(2011)
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Moving Out Game Poster Image
Fun co-op sim is appropriate for all ages, skill levels.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Onitama - The Strategy Board Game App Poster Image
Fast, fun chess-like game will keep players thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2018)
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Patchwork: The Game App Poster Image
Board game and puzzles stitched together into fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2016)
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Rocket League Game Poster Image
Arcade-style soccer, with cars and a giant ball.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks) Game Poster Image
Quirky tower puzzler works in spite of odd presentation.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Trivia Royale App Poster Image
Age-specific, fun, competitive trivia contest.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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Tsuro - The Game of the Path App Poster Image
Pursue the path in relaxing play-together strategy game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Spaceteam App Poster Image
Rowdy multiplayer game is out of this world but stressful.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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UNO & Friends App Poster Image
App version easier than card game, but still lots of fun.
Devices: Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Battleship App Poster Image
Classic remake adds new strategy to the ship hunting game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2019)
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Evolution Board Game App Poster Image
Strategic look at evolution is fun but has some limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2019)
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FIFA 20 Game Poster Image
The streets meet the pitch in the latest soccer sim chapter.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Jeopardy! World Tour App Poster Image
What is... a fun way to test and learn facts?
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Magic: ManaStrike App Poster Image
Strategy, action, and fantasy collide in amazing card game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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Minecraft Dungeons Game Poster Image
Simple dungeon crawler with lots of fighting and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Monopoly App Poster Image
True-to-classic game with pressure to buy add-on content.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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NBA 2K20 Game Poster Image
Basketball sim gets new content, but tech issues limit fun.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Psych! Outwit Your Friends App Poster Image
Great party game with trivia for friends and families.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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Tokaido App Poster Image
Clever adaptation of board game can be confusing at first.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Arena of Valor App Poster Image
Fast-paced arena action has mild violence, lots of fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2015)
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Battlelands Royale App Poster Image
Cartoonish battle royale has fun top-down take on gameplay.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Faeria Game Poster Image
Fun strategy blends a living board game and card collection.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Identity V App Poster Image
Multiplayer game makes scaring others a competitive sport.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Risk: Global Domination App Poster Image
Classic gets new fun twists that are locked behind paywalls.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2017)
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Rocket Arena Game Poster Image
High-explosive competitive shooter is a literal blast.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Sporcle Party App Poster Image
Amusing trivia contest that's safe but not fun for all-ages.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Game Poster Image
Hilarious, at times confusing party pack can thrill players.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Game Poster Image
Odd, wacky party game features user-generated content.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 6 Game Poster Image
Party game promotes social play but has some mature themes.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Clue: The Classic Mystery Game App Poster Image
Classic mystery game pushes in-app purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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Creative Destruction App Poster Image
Fun Fortnite clone in mobile battle royale game format.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Fortnite: Battle Royale App Poster Image
Popular shooter has lots of violence, hits mobile bulls-eye.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile App Poster Image
Fast-paced mobile version of violent multiplayer shooter.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Pokémon GO App Poster Image
Exciting, active game marred by privacy and safety issues.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 3 Game Poster Image
Party game compilation a great time despite tech issues.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Vainglory 5V5 App Poster Image
Fun, freemium multiplayer battles with purchases, chat.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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World of Tanks Blitz App Poster Image
Global tank warfare with great graphics and in-game chat.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2014)
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Apex Legends Game Poster Image
Epic battle royale game is more realistic than Fortnite.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Overwatch Game Poster Image
Fantastic, frantic shooter with some violence, open chat.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Shadowgun Legends App Poster Image
Great first-person shooter occasionally misfires.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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Valorant Game Poster Image
Fast-paced shooter packs fun, repetition into online play.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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