Party Games for Families and Friends

Playing games by yourself can be a lot of fun, but it can also be somewhat lonely. There's an easy way to kick those solitary blues: playing games with others! Gather your buddies and engage in some friendly competition or introduce your family members to co-operative entertainment. Below, we've compiled a large list of games that will appeal to everyone, from the newcomer who's never played before to the hardcore enthusiast looking to pass the time with others. Next time you feel that your get-togethers are becoming a bit dull, break out one of these and let the fun begin!

For gamers interested in competition without any violence, check out our nonviolent video games list. Also, for players interested in the best titles for the latest consoles, see our lists for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

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Pix the Cat

age 5+

Throwback arcade puzzler with impressive scope.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows (2015)
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Flinthook

age 7+

Intuitive, madcap action stays fun despite repetition.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

age 7+

Family-friendly racer gets large update with bonus content.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2017)
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Pac-Man 256

age 7+

Unique, entertaining twist on classic arcade game.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2016)
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Peggle 2

age 7+

Charming pinball-like puzzle game, now with 4-player mode.

Platforms: Xbox One (2013)
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Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain

age 8+

Fun brain teasers best in short bursts only.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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Clap Hanz Golf

age 8+

Family-friendly golf game is nearly a hole in one.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2021)
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Circuit Superstars

age 8+

Simply presented but deep arcade all-ages racing game.

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Everybody's Golf

age 8+

All-ages golf sim encourages friendly competitive play.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 (2017)
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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

age 8+

Battle royale gets party game treatment for all-ages fun.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2020)
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Hot Wheels Unleashed

age 8+

Fun arcade racing game for any fan of the toys.

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#IDARB

age 8+

Wacky soccer game seems easy, but chaotic play is tricky.

Platforms: Xbox One (2015)
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Infinite Minigolf

age 8+

Big fun to be had, made in this mini-sized golf game.

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Lego Brawls

age 8+

Entertaining fighting game in lighthearted Lego world.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2019)
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Mario Golf: Super Rush

age 8+

Mario and friends swing away for a fun time on the links.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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Monopoly Family Fun Pack

age 8+

Fun version of the iconic board game -- with extra modes.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2014)
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Overcooked! 2

age 8+

Culinary chaos makes for a buffet of food-themed fun.

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Rocket League Collector's Edition

age 8+

Super-fun family-friendly game with extra content.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2016)
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Snipperclips - Cut it out, together!

age 8+

Clever cutouts are a cut above the average puzzler.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2017)
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Super Beat Sports

age 8+

Quirky, fun rhythm party game moves to its own beat.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2017)
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