It’s Friday night and it’s your turn to host your friends and their kids for dinner and a hang out. Once the food is cleared away and the kids inevitably hurry away to play, why not have some fun of your own? Adults-only time is rare, so make the most of it (and make some drinks)! Prepare to get loud, inappropriate and laugh uncontrollably—basically all the things your kids are already doing. Now who’s having more fun?
Caveat: These games are adults-only for a reason—a few have explicit language and content, so make sure the kids are suitably occupied.
Quick, name an 80s TV show! Now a type of ball! Now an inventor! Your skills are put to the test in Anomia, where you need to yell out answers fast. The game is pretty simple: Each player pulls a card from the main deck. Each one has a symbol and category on it. Players begin with their card face up, with the remaining deck face down in the centre. The first player draws a card and reveals what they’ve pulled. Everyone’s eyes dart around to see if the symbol on their card matches the drawn card. The two players with matching cards have to shout out the answer to the category on their opponent’s card (Three’s Company! Football! Thomas Edison!). Whoever gets the words out first wins the drawn card as a point. There’s a lot of shouting, a lot of drawing blanks—you won’t believe how easily you’ll be stumped on breakfast foods when you’re under pressure!
The original game includes two decks and is for 3-6 players, but if you’re with a larger group, then Anomia Party Edition is for you.
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