Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about board games — including the best board games for adults, the best board games for parties, and the best board games for two players — here we’ve rounded up the best holiday-party games, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated holiday-party game
“We purchased Exploding Kittens for our nephew and our godson for Christmas and the kids howled with laughter playing this game. They literally played until it was time for everyone to leave,” writes one reviewer. And more than 5,000 others agree, calling this expert-recommended card game for parties “fun,” with one noting, “It was a huge hit, especially with the kids. It took a little bit of explaining and coaching to get the kids up to speed, but after that, they ruled the table like the merciless sociopaths kids are.” Another notes that the fun comes from how inappropriate the cards are: “The game requires you to make temporary alliances, screw everyone, be sneaky, or a little of the above. The cards are hilarious. The pictures are completely inappropriately awesome.” A third agrees, writing, “This is a quirky, funny, and flexible game that provides actual interaction in a light and funny way.” But many reviewers did note that the humor can be offensive to some. “If you’re highly offended and don’t find offensive/gross things funny, it’s probably not for you,” one reviewer writes, adding that the game still “really makes me laugh.”