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Best Card Games

Exploding kittens wins!
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There are so many fun choices to craft the perfect game night, but there is nothing better than a good old fashioned card game. You can go traditional with a fan of classic playing cards or deal a humorous hand with more creative card play. No matter which you choose, you'll surely shuffle in some entertainment. To satisfy every game night gathering, we've collected the best options out there.

Staff pick

Exploding Kittens

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Exploding Kittens

Kickstarter darling featuring feline pyrotechnics

"A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats." That's all you need to know about this card game, which remains one of the most-backed Kickstarters ever. See what the fuss is about and have your wildest dreams come true by rubbing the bell of a Pig-a-corn. 

Don't get offended

Cards Against Humanity

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Cards Against Humanity: Absurd Box

Collection of laugh-out-loud cards aimed to shock

This expansion to Cards Against Humanity contains 300 (255 white and 45 black) of the strangest, weirdest cards you'll ever see in a party card game. The game, which also rose out of Kickstarter, requires players to complete fill-in-the-blank statements with words or phrases that are typically deemed as offensive. 

Plot twist!

Awkward Storytelling

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The Awkward Storyteller

Create crazy stories from beginning to end

How good are you at telling a story? The Awkward Storyteller challenges players to come up with the most creative and ridiculous stories. The game isn't meant to be competitive, but rather a source of inspiration and humor as players come up with their own original tales and plot twists. 

That's a mouthful

Watch ya' Mouth

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Watch Ya' Mouth

Say a phrase (if you dare) with a little help from cheek retractors

Watch Ya Mouth has gained national attention for its laugh out loud premise. Players put the cheek retractors in their mouths and then say phrases like "Warm Beef Meatballs." The discrepancy between what you're supposed to say and what is actually said will have you laughing until tears are streaming down your face. 

Who am I?

Hedbanz

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Hedbanz

Cranium-based guess-the-card game

"What Am I?" That's the question at the heart of Hedbanz Game, a fast-paced question game where players need to figure out who they are. By asking yes or no questions, players guess if the cartoon on their head is an animal, food, or man-made object. This game is perfect for families with kids. 

Lie and cheat

Werewolf

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Werewolf

It pays to be a liar with this fun deck

"A party game for devious people" is the tagline for Werewolf, where players lie and cheat to get ahead. Up to 35 people can play Werewolf at once, making it the ultimate party game for large family gatherings. Are you willing to lie to keep your secret as a werewolf safe? 

Like the board game

Monopoly Deal

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Monopoly Deal

Traditional Monopoly with just cards

You've played Monopoly, now play Monopoly Deal, the card version of the classic board game. Like the board game, players collect and swap properties and charge other players rent as they work their way toward becoming a real estate mogul. You just don't have to deal with all those pieces!

The draw

Get back to the game night basics with the help of an entertaining card game. The decks are stacked in your favor these days with old standbys as well as a wealth of unique and hilarious options. You'll trade your phone for a hand in a moment for our top pick, Exploding Kittens. The object of this zany luck-of-the-draw card game is to not explode, obviously. There is a variety of fun cards to collect as you make your way through the deck to delay the inevitable and become the last one standing.

If you're interested in a more classic gaming option, the Monopoly Deal card game is a great choice. This Monopoly incarnation is a version of the classic board game that allows for traditional play sans the board and pieces. So, it's great for games on the go or if you want a fuss-free way to play your favorite board game.