Labor Day Weekend is around the corner…and if you’re like many of us here at Jellyvision, downtime + friends or family means one thing: IT’S GAME TIME, BABY!
Now, you may be all set on that front. You know what you like, and part of the fun is playing the same games every year. But! If you’re in the market to spread your wings, here are a few new games you might want to check out, each one highly recommended by a member of the JV team. Enjoy!
#1. Obama Llama (Card Game)
Description: According to our pal Sarah: “It’s kind of like charades, Taboo, and Memory combined, plus rhyming and a dash of celebrity knowledge (e.g. Act out “Taylor Swift hates her gift” or “Nicholas Cage has road rage”). When I played, there were ~10 of us on 2 teams, and we all had a lot of fun despite various skill and sobriety levels.”
#2. Telestrations (Board Game)
Description: Telestrations is the visual version of the classic “telephone game” where you draw what you see, then guess what you saw to reveal hilarious outcomes! No drawing skills required. Fun for all ages.
According to our pal Jill, “My family loves playing Telestrations when we get together — truly fun for all ages!”
#3. Cards Against Humanity (Card Game)
Description, from their website: “Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.”
According to me: “It’s super easy to play, and highly inappropriate. Five stars.”
Ages 17+, but you’ve got to be cool with some pretty inappropriate stuff.
#4. The Jackbox Party Pack (Super-fun phone and tablet games)
Description: This roundup of 5 hilarious, fun games are made by our sister company, Jackbox Games.
Players play using their phones, tablets, or even computers as controllers. Once a game is started from the in-pack menu, players simply connect to the “jackbox.tv” web address on their device and then enter the provided 4-letter room code to enter a game. No big mess of controllers needed!
Seriously, these games are the best. Go here to buy them.
#5. Schmoovies (Board Game)
Description: You’re given cards with weird movie premises on them and your challenge is to think up the best/weirdest/funniest title for such a movie. People vote on their favorites. A fun brain teaser that will make people laugh. A lot.
According to everyone on the marketing team: “When the power went out a few weeks ago, we played Schmoovie for like two hours and had such a fun time. When the power came back on, we sort of resented it.”
#6. Heads Up (a guessing game developed by Ellen DeGeneres — both a board game and app)
Description: Just watch her playing it with Owen Wilson real quick. Multiple JVers named this one.
To get the board game, go here. To get the app, take a virtual visit to your nearest app store.
#7. Fluxx (Board Game)
Description: Family-friendly game in which the rules for the game change as you go. From the website: “It all begins with one basic rule: Draw one card, Play one card. You start with a hand of three cards… add the card you drew to your hand, and then choose one card to play, following the directions written on your chosen card. As cards are drawn and played from the deck, the rules of the game change from how many cards are drawn, played or even how many cards you can hold at the end of your turn.”
To learn more, go here.
#8. Two Dots (App for Your Smartphone or Tablet)
Description from our man Regan: “Puzzle game that’s supremely addictive.” And from their website: “Join two brave dots as they traverse arctic tundras, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths in this award-winning puzzle game. Connect colored dots to score points and complete objectives while sharpening your skills across 750+ levels—and uncover exciting new features along the way.”
Other words that describe this game: meditative, nice to listen to, adorable. Read more and/or get it here.
#9. Tenzi (A Fast-Paced Dice Game!)
Object: Be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number.
How to Play: Each player chooses a set of 10 dice. Players hold all ten in their hands. Someone says Go and everyone rolls at the same time. Quickly look at your roll and decide which number you’re going to go for. Put all dice with that number aside, collect the remaining dice and quickly roll again. (You don’t have to wait for others to roll again. Everyone rolls together only on the first roll.) Keep rolling until all ten of your dice show the same number.
How to Win: First player to get all ten of their dice to match (ten 3’s, for ex) shouts out “Tenzi!” and wins.
Not satisfied with just 9 measly suggestions? Here’s a roundup of the other contenders:
Sushi Go (board game); Apples to Apples (card game); Ticket to Ride (board game); Settlers of Catan (much-loved, award-winning board game); Munchkin (card game); Mascarade (board game); Crossy Road (app game; “Frogger on steroids); Spaceteam (2-4 player app game); Love Letter (card game); Exploding Kittens (card game); Wash My Pants! (for the 3 year old set); Smash Up; Fisticuffs (designed by our own Joe Gennaro); and Migrant Stories (digital role-playing game designed by our own Neal Shaw).
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