Game Night: 7 of the Best Beginner-Level Games to Get Your Non-Gaming Friends Into Gaming

The best way to make (...and lose) friends any evening.


Game nights are a great way to take back social time from our various devices. In the process, you can get to know some deep secrets about your friends, kick the laughter into high gear, and let’s be real, maybe end up in a screaming match with your bestie. But truth be told, in the end, nothing brings you closer in the long run like a little friendly competition.

For mixed groups who aren’t into games and gaming, we have a few suggestions to get you started bringing them into the fold:

Pictionary Board Game

It’s an oldie but a goodie, you guys. You don’t need Picasso level skills to have fun with Pictionary. In fact, lackluster art skills make it all the more fun. Is your friend trying to draw an egg or a football? Who the hell knows but you can make him drink for it!

UNO Attack Card Game

An excellent drinking game, among other things. This is a new take on an old classic. Just when you think you’re about to win, the Uno Attack card launcher may have different plans. The sneak attacks are fast and fun.

Cards Against Humanity

It’s not PC, it’s not for everybody, but it’s a very interesting bonding activity for adults. Players ask questions from the black cards and other players read their funniest answers off their white cards. There’s no telling where this one can go.

Speak Out

We dare you to try and keep a straight face with this one. It just might be impossible. Speak Out comes with ten mouthpieces and the object of the games is say the phrase on the card so that the other players can guess what it is. With a mouthpiece that won’t let you close your mouth, it won’t be easy.

PlayMonster The Game of Nasty Things

Nasty Things might be the best way to get to know the people around you. Nasty Things is similar to Cards Against Humanity, except with this one the answers are left entirely up to everyone’s imagination and quick wit. This might raise a few eyebrows, but if your crew doesn’t like having their jokes told for them, this is ideal.

Smart Ass ‘90s Nostalgia Card Game

Smart Ass is like Jeopardy … without the decorum. Each card features clues that one player reads aloud, then other players can shout out the answer as soon as they know what the common thread is. There’s no ringing in here.

Never Have I Ever

The tag line for this one is “the game of poor life decisions,” so maybe that’s enough said. If you really want to know more about the person next to you and compare notes about whose life has been crazier, this might be the game for you.