The 12 Best Adult Card Games
The 12 Best Adult Card Games
Card games have long been a staple of human entertainment. The first card games originated in the 9th century CE during the Tang dynasty in Ancient China and commonly involved copious amounts of alcohol. In modern times, gone are the days of playing family-friendly Uno; now the most popular card games around are made for adults to play over a glass—or two—of cabernet.
Modern adult card games take their cue from Cards Against Humanity, the extremely popular NSFW card game that debuted in 2011. This raunchy version of Apples to Apples proved to be an instant hit and reignited the market for card games marketed toward adults. Rather than focusing on family-friendly humor, this new wave of adult card games is all about raunchy topics and insulting your closest friends; all in the name of good fun, of course.
The market for adult card games is larger than ever and covers topics from exploding kittens to terrible first dates. Of course, this means that there are a lot of options for you and your friends to choose from for game night. To make things easy for you, we have gone through a huge catalog of products and put together this list of the best adult card games. Read on to see our picks for the top 12 adult card games available now. So put the playing cards away because tonight you are trying something new.
Best Card Games for Adults
Bad People – The Party Game You Probably Shouldn’t Play
Nothing says “fun game night” like asking your friends some of the most brutal and outrageous questions there are. To play Bad People, one player picks up a question card and each other player votes for the person most likely to fir the description on the card. Example questions include things like “Who gets paid too much for their job?” or “Who would be picked up last as a hitchhiker?” With over 390 question cards, there is no shortage of awkward questions to ask your friends. The best part is that after each question, the group votes together on the results and the gameplay changes every round you play. Several expansion packs are available to add more questions to the mix. If you have ever wanted to know what your friends really think of you, then Bad People is a savage way to stimulate some honesty among friends.
What Do You Meme?
In the future, it is entirely possible that historians will refer to the time period between 2010-2020 as the “decade of the meme.” These exploitable images have taken the internet by storm as a way to point the finger at some of life’s more ironic and absurd happenings. With the game What Do You Meme?, you can finally put those countless hours of internet memeing to good use. Choose between 75 different image cards and 435 caption cards to create the dankest memes the world has ever seen. From classic meme staples such as “Bad Luck Brian” and “Scumbag Steve” to lesser-known ones such as “Hide the Pain Harold,” there is no shortage of exploitable image macros and funny captions to choose from. Prove to your friends that your internet degree in meme-ology is good for something.
That’s What She Said – The Party Game of Twisted Innuendos
Anyone who is a fan of The Office knows the perineal appeal of a well-timed “that’s what she said” joke. Structured similarly to Card Against Humanity, That’s What She Said is played by players taking turns drawing red cards which each describe some scenario or situation. Other players pick one of their white cards to fill in the blanks of the situation. The goal is to make the raunchiest double entendre you can, hence the name of the game. If you want a fun game full of raunchy and NSFW comments, then this one is for you. From bachelorette parties to college dorm get-togethers, That’s What She Said is a great way to simultaneously connect with friends and embarrass your parents. This game is so fun you and your friends will be going at it all night! … that’s what she said.
With a name like “Exploding Kittens” there is no possibility that this game will be normal. Exploding Kittens is the preeminent game for those who are into cats, explosions, boob wizards, and butts, in that order. What started from a humble Kickstarter project has turned into one of the highest-rated and best-selling adult card games of the past few years. Players take turn drawing cards and placing them on the table. The goal is to get through the entire game without drawing the Exploding Kitten card, which kicks you out of the round. Like Uno, you can play cards to skip your turn, reverse the direction of play, and defuse kitten bombs, so strategy and reading your opponents is key. The card game is made by illustrators at the Oatmeal and features their distinctive (and sometimes disturbing) visual aesthetic. So if you want an absurd game that will confuse you and your friends greatly, look no further.
Utter Nonsense Naughty Edition
This game is all about funny accents and even wackier phrases and saying. Players take turns drawing white-faced cards which each have some phrase or saying. Players then attempt to say the phrase on the white card using an accent/voice that is indicated on their yellow cards. For example, the phrase might be “who left the milk out?” and your accent card may read “Hulk Hogan” (which probably sounds something like “WHHHOOOYEAAHHH WHO LEFT THE MILK OUT BROTHER???”). Afterward, the round’s judge picks their favorite impression to win the round. If you have ever wanted to work on you pirate accent or Christopher Walken impersonation, then this game is for you. With over 50 accent cards and over 450 unique phrases, each playthrough is different. Who knows, maybe this game will help you find your calling as a voice actor!
Rather than focusing on raunchy humor and irreverent comparisons, Ultimate Werewolf is a party game for adults that focuses on strategy and logical deduction. The game begins by each player drawing a card that determines their “role” such as villager, seers, witch, etc. Some players take on the role of the “werewolf” and each night choose a player to kill. It is the job of the players to figure out who the werewolves in the group are and eliminate them. Each role has special abilities that can help your group narrow down the suspects. The game continues until all the werewolves have been eliminated or all the villagers have been killed. Ultimate Werewolf will require you to utilize your powers of deduction and reason to figure out the werewolf threat before it is too late or use deception and trickery to keep your werewolf status hidden. Depending on how many players you have, (the game works for 7-75 people) a full game could take a few days of play.
CoolCats & AssHats
If you are looking for a game that will humiliate you and your friends, then look no further. CoolCats & AssHats is all about competing, voting, and screwing your friends over to make them do embarrassing tasks. Each round begins with the round Master drawing subject cards. Each other player uses a scorecard to guess if the Master likes or dislike the drawn cards. The person who gets the most right is the winner and the person who gets the most wrong is the looser. Winners get to draw from the “CoolCat” pile which give them an advantage or control over the other players. Losers have to draw from the “AssHat” pile and do whatever the card tells them to do. For example, CoolCats may get to pick someone to make a fart noise every time they are pointed at, while AssHats may have to tell a joke and take a shot if no one laughs. CoolCats & AssHats is the perfect game for sorting between the winners and losers among your friend group.
Drawing Without Dignity
It’s like Pictionary, except with, you know, more bodily functions and questionable scenarios you wouldn’t say in front of your mom. Drawing Without Dignity is the premier NSFW drawing game and will make you and your friends draw things that you have (hopefully) never drawn before. Players are split into teams and each player takes turns drawing a subject card and choosing a topic to draw. Members of your team have to guess what it is you are drawing, and other team members can step in and steal your points if you are not quick enough. No artistic skill is required; in fact, the game seems more fun the worse you and your friends are at drawing. So if you have ever wanted to draw what constipation or back fat looks like, pick up this game quick.
Cards Against Humanity – The Green Box
No list on adult card games would be complete without Cards Against Humanity. The Green Box is the franchises newest expansion pack and adds over 300 completely new cards not seen in any other expansion pack. The expansion pack features over 245 white cards with phrases such as “How good lead paint tastes” and 55 black cards with prompts like “Why am I so sticky?” Cards Against Humanity also has several other expansion packs meant to spice up the game and add weird themed cards, such as an expansion pack all about boxes and one that is all about Jews. A word of caution: Cards Against Humanity is not for the prudish or faint of heart, so you probably won’t want to include your grandmother in the festivities.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Never Have I Ever
It’s game night, which means its time for you to relive some of your worst and embarrassing decisions! Never Have I Ever takes the popular drinking game and turns it into card format. Players take turns drawing blue cards that all say some specific situation or action. If you have performed the action on the card, then you win the blue card. The first player to get 10 blue cards wins the game (or loses, depending on how you look at it).Some new additions spice up the traditional formula, such as cards that allow you to swap blue cards with other players to trip them up. This may be the first card game you do not want to win, as winning signifies you make the worst choices out of all your friends. Oh well, best to wear that mark as a badge of honor!
Who hasn’t wanted to spend an entire night creating their personal unicorn army? Unstable Unicorns is a strategic party game that will most certainly end some friendships, just like Mario Party or Monopoly. Players take turns drawing and playing cards to build up their unicorn army and destroy the army of others. The first person to build an army of 7 unicorns wins the round. Playing cards allow players to add unicorns to their army, upgrade their stable so they can hold more unicorns, downgrade a friend’s stable, or stop players from using their cards. The game really shines due to its unpredictability and adorable card art style. As we said, this game will certainly ruin some friendships, but don’t worry, the unicorns are your friends now.
What is more perfect for game night than a card game all about fascist dictators, political deception, and trepidatious betrayal? Secret Hitler is a game of political intrigue set upon the historical backdrop of 1930’s Germany. Players are divided into the fascists who attempt to pass unjust laws and wrest democratic control of the nation, and the liberals who attempt to combat the creeping tide of fascism and keep the nation in check. Each turn, players pick a president and chancellor who work together to pass a random law in the deck of cards. Players must work together to figure out who the fascists and liberals are and work to undermine their political influence. Fight for the side of liberty or work to install a powerful dictatorship, the choice is yours. What game could be more appropriate for our current political climate?
How to Choose the Right Adult Card Game
Number of players
Most covered card games are designed for a minimum of 4 players. Some can be played with a fewer amount of people, but they may lose a bit of their structure and complexity. Make sure you have a regular crew of people to play these games with.
Some people are just not comfortable with raunchy and obscene humor. When picking an adult game, make sure to know your audience. You may not want to play Cards Against Humanity with your significant other’s parents, but Secret Hitler may be a good mature and cerebral game to bond over
Length of play
Let’s be honest, who here has ever finished an entire 6 to 7 hour game of Monopoly? Some games like Exploding Kittens take only 30 minutes to play a full round while others like Ultimate Werewolf can be stretched a few days if played in a certain way. Make sure you know how long your group of friends’ attention span is or else you may find it hard to even finish one of these games.
Some games come with just the base version but there are several expansion packs you can add to switch up playstyles and themes. Games like What Do You Meme? Have lots of extra content you can pick up for relatively cheap to give the gameplay a breath of fresh air.