The Best Games to Play on a Friday Night (According to Science)


It’s Friday night. You and your friends need fun, but you’re sick of going to bars, going to the movies, and staying at home with Netflix. What are your options? One solution is having a game night! A game night can be a great way for friends or family to bond over something other than the newest TV series or movie. It’s also a great way for couples to have fun without spending a lot of money on fancy dinners or tickets out on the town. Science has shown that playing games can lower stress levels, help players bond with each other, and even improve your mood by boosting levels of serotonin (the brain chemical that makes us happy) in your body. But what are the best games to play? We’ve got the answer:


For those of you who don’t know, Taboo is a party game. It’s also a word game, an improv game and a board game. But most importantly, it’s fun and easy to play with friends or family members of all ages.

Taboo is a great choice if you’re looking for something simple that will get everyone laughing (and not just because someone’s trying their hardest not to say “banana”). The rules are simple: Someone says out loud something related to the topic on the card in front of them—an animal, for example—and then everyone else has 60 seconds to try not only come up with other words related to animals but also describe why they’re related without using any dirty words or saying anything about bananas.

If you’d like some more tips on how best to play Taboo (and which version might suit your needs), check out my blog post here!

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is the perfect game for people who love laughing and can appreciate a good pun. The name of the game is a play on words—apples and apples. The idea behind the game is that it’s easier to guess who wins if you have an understanding of what types of things are being talked about. For example, if someone chooses “puppies” as their card, it might be easier to guess that they’re choosing something cute or sweet than if they had chosen “spiders.”

Apples to Apples can be played with 2-8 players and takes about 15 minutes per round (or less). It’s not recommended for children under 10 years old because some of the cards reference adult themes such as alcohol use and sex.

The best way to win at this game is by choosing cards that aren’t too specific or too general; there needs to be some middle ground between those two extremes in order for others around you understand what type of answer would fit best.*

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a game for horrible people. It’s a game that needs to be played with friends and family who know how to laugh at themselves and each other and can take a joke.

If you’re easily offended, this isn’t the game for you. If your sense of humor tends toward traditional “family friendly” types of games, then Cards Against Humanity is definitely not the game for you.

Cards Against Humanity requires between 3-10 players (depending on how long it takes to play). It can be played at an office party, during a night out with friends, or even as part of an after-dinner activity when friends are over at your place—but if they’re all strangers? I’d say pass on this one unless everyone else involved is also in on some jokes about pooping or death by fire ants or whatever else floats your boat. Otherwise… well… let’s just say there might be some awkward moments later if things get too personal/weird/embarrassing!


Scrabble is a great game to play with family and friends. It requires strategy, skill, and knowledge of the English language. If you know what you’re doing then it can take a lot of time!


If you’re looking for a game that can be played by anyone, then Clue is the perfect choice. It’s a classic murder mystery game that was created in 1949 and has been entertaining fans ever since. As the game progresses, players will solve clues and discover new evidence. They can also use their knowledge to accuse other players of being involved with the crime—and if they turn out to be right, they win!

The best part? You don’t have to play in teams; everyone gets their own chance at solving the crime while also trying to stay one step ahead of everyone else! You could even try playing with different rules each round (like having no weapons). This way it’ll feel like an entirely new experience every time you sit down at your table together as friends and family members tonight!

Think Fast!

This is a game of speed and wit that will have you laughing as you try to keep up with its ever-increasing pace. It’s easy to learn, but mastering it takes time and practice!

The goal of the game is to be the first person to say a word starting with each letter of “Think Fast.” The first person who says the word gets points for each letter in it (for example, if someone says “truck,” they get three points). The winner is the person who manages to get through all 26 letters before anyone else. If no one can spell any words at all by the end of 26 rounds, then everyone loses!

5 Second Rule!

5 Second Rule! is a great game for people of all ages. It can be played with 2-8 people, and no reading or writing is required. The only skill you need is to be able to count to 5 (or at least know how many fingers you have). This game also has no age limit: children as young as 5 can play this game with their parents or grandparents! If you’re looking for something fun to do while hanging out with friends and don’t want to sit quietly playing board games, this is the perfect choice!

The goal of 5 Second Rule! is simple: In teams of two players each, take turns taking a card from the deck in your hand and telling your teammate what it says without saying anything else first (including “I,” “me,” or any other word that starts with an “I” sound). You’ve got five seconds—or less if someone was laughing too hard when they heard something funny—to get through everything on your card before passing it off again. If at any point in time one person thinks they know what’s written on the cards being passed around by another team member but doesn’t have enough evidence yet, they can shout out which rule applies here: either “Two Truths & A Lie” (two correct statements followed by one incorrect statement); “Three Truths & A Lie”; or “All Out Lies.” These rules mean different things based on what kind of card was pulled out; for example, if it’s an All Out Lies card then everyone must tell their most outrageous story possible about themselves until someone calls out “All Out Lies!” If successful after doing so then everyone else loses except themself because they lied successfully during their turn while everyone else told true stories which would make them lose instead…


Blokus is a strategy game that can be played by friends and family of all ages. It can be played in many ways, including blocking your opponent’s pieces with your own, as well as placing them on the board in strategic places so that you win the game. Blokus is a fun way to spend time with people you care about!


The game of chess is no doubt a classic. It’s been around for centuries, and there are plenty of people who still play it today.

It’s also one of the best games to play with friends on a Friday night. Not only does it require strategy and skill, but you can also enjoy some friendly competition with another person.

Chess is something that most people learn young in life, but it can be enjoyed by people of all ages—even adults (if you don’t mind being called “grandpa”).

The popularity of chess is so widespread that there are many different tournaments held around the world every year where players compete for cash prizes or bragging rights!

Having a game night is a great way to have fun and bond with friends and family.

If you have a game night, you will be able to bond with your friends and family.

Game nights are also a great way to keep things interesting: it’s fun to play new games or try out old ones in different ways.


So there you have it—a list of games that will make for a fun night in with friends or family, and some tips for making sure the night goes smoothly. Have any other game night tips or favorite games to play? Let us know in the comments!

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