Board games are some of the best Android games and are ideal for social events. Anyone with a phone can jump in and play, so you don’t have to worry about not bringing enough controllers. Also, you don’t have to spend hours explaining the rules of these games because they are usually very easy to learn.
We’ve rounded up the best party games on Android, so you don’t have to search to fill dead space while waiting for food at a party. Whether you’re looking for a casual icebreaker or a digital board game, you’ll find something here to liven up the event. Even if you’re just looking for a game to play with a few friends, many of them are fun for any number of players.
Scattergories is the official port of the classic board game. If you’re unfamiliar with Scattergories, the concept is simple. Each round, you will be tasked with naming items in a category that all start with the same letter. The more creative your answers, the more points you will score. It’s an easy to learn game that’s perfect for any group of people.
The Android port is also an improvement over the traditional board game, as it includes fun and useful features such as autocorrect, leaderboards, and additional ways to play.
Heads up! is the perfect icebreaker for a party. You only need one device to play, so you don’t have to worry about low batteries or forgotten phones. In Caution! a player will choose a category and hold their phone above their head. They must guess which word appears on the screen while the other players shout out clues. It’s fast, easy and fun to play; a range of categories means you can find an appropriate theme for any group and any age.
Ticket to ride
Like Scattergories, Ticket to Ride is another digital adaptation of a board game. The Android game is identical to the award-winning game of the same name with the advantage of automatic card shuffling and configuration. Ticket to Ride challenges players to build railroads across the United States with a set of multicolored wagons. It sounds like a simple concept, but you only have a limited number of coins, and other players might block you at an inconvenient time.
Ticket to Ride is a family game that offers just enough complexity that no two games are alike. If you get tired of the same map, there are also a ton of additional maps available for purchase that include different ways to play.
Exploding Kittens is a family version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws the exploding kitten. If they have nothing to counter it, they’re out of the game. Luckily, the game is full of cheats, traps, and tools to protect you from death, pass the exploding kitten to other players, or see the future.
Exploding Kittens is ideal for groups of teenagers or older. Beyond the standard game, it offers a range of optional add-ons for more ways to play.
Triple Agent is another great game that only requires one device. Players are secretly assigned a unique role, either as a Duty Agent or as a VIRUS Double Agent. Duty Officers attempt to take down VIRUS Double Agents, while VIRUS Agents aim to take down Duty Officers. As the game progresses, players will receive more information to help them with their tasks.
Triple Agent is harder to learn than some of the other games on this list, but you’ll manage to trick yourself like a real secret agent after a few rounds.
BombSquad includes a collection of mini-games ranging from capture the flag to hockey. The focus here is on chaotic fun rather than purely competitive play, so you can lose multiple times and still have fun. Controls can be tricky at times, but that’s not a problem when precision is already out of the window. BombSquad is a great game to play with a group of friends who like a little competitiveness.
Keep talking and nobody blows up
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes puts a player in a room with a bomb. The other players can’t see the bomb, but they have the manual to defuse it. You will need to communicate effectively to disarm the bomb before time runs out. Sounds easy in theory, but you’ll probably find yourself exploding more often than not. You only need one copy of the game to play, as other players can view the manual online. It is intended for players in the same physical space, so online play is not supported.
Spaceteam is similar to Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. However, rather than one person making the final decision, each player has a unique control panel to use. But the instructions for your control panel are sent to another player, so you’ll need to communicate carefully to avoid disaster. It’s great for players who found Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes a little too simple, as a game of Spaceteam escalates into chaos extremely quickly.
In Among Us, players will have to complete a set of tasks to prepare their spaceship for departure. The tasks are simple, but one player is an impostor and he tries to assassinate everyone on board. Non-Imposters win by completing all of their tasks or successfully identifying the Imposter. You’ll need a minimum of five players to play, so give it a pass if you’re just hanging out with a few friends.
Enjoy the summer with a new party game
Video games are traditionally an indoor activity, but there’s nothing stopping you from bringing one of these party games to a picnic or barbecue. On the other hand, social events can be tiring. So when you can finally go home, relax with a casual sandbox game.
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