There are few things better than some great group games when you want to liven up a party.
Whether it’s a family get-together that needs an extra dose of life or an office party that could do with something to break the ice, games are far better than forcing uncomfortable small talk.
However, if you’ve got a big group to contend with, then you’re going to need something a little more diverse than Monopoly or Twister.
The good news is that in a world where board game popularity is on the rise, it’s much easier to find a title that will have room for all of your friends, colleagues, or loved ones.
Here we’re going to look at some of the best large group indoor games for teams of at least 6 people or more.
1. The Hot Seat
Although this game is intended for people who already know each other, it could also be a fantastic team-building exercise at the office.
After all, what better way to get to know someone than to put them in the same embarrassing situation as everyone in else in the group?
The Hot Seat is a card-based question and answer game where you essentially interview other players.
Each turn, a new person sits in the hot seat and has to answer questions about themselves like, “What’s the weirdest thing they ever bought online.”
The other players also have to guess what the person in the hot seat is going to say. It’s a really fun way to get to know people, or just wind down with some friends.
2. Joking Hazard
This isn’t a game that you should be playing with the easily offended.
However, if all of your friends are happy with a little bit of awkwardness, then you’re sure to love a night playing Joking Hazard.
Designed by Cyanide and Happiness, this unique card game is a take on the “Cards Against Humanity” approach to gaming, with pictures.
You can spruce up your large indoor group games by asking your friends to compete for points by building hilarious (and terrible) comics about everything from violence to love.
The premise is very similar to Cards Against Humanity.
One person is picked as a judge for each round, and that person chooses the card that the rest of the team needs to follow-on from.
It’s a fantastic visual game, but probably not one you should be playing with the boss.
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Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between the Hulk and Superman? Superfight is a game that brings your conversations about comic-book superheroes into reality.
Instead of discussing real superheroes, and potentially causing fan wars in the process, you create your own character with specific attributes.
These characteristics are often pretty odd, like the ability to fly when no-one is watching, or living inside a giant hamster ball.
Once everyone has created their character, you fight toe-to-toe with other characters, defending the abilities of your superhero as you go.
The rest of your party has to vote on who the best hero is.
There’s high potential here for a lot of shouting and arguments – but it’s all in good fun.
As the Superfight team say, it’s a game for between 3 and 1,000,000 players.
However, with only 160 cards, they may be exaggerating slightly.
Here’s a full review of Superfight, including rules and gameplay.
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4. The Resistance
If you and your friends are hardcore strategy games in your spare time, then you might want something that’s a little bit more challenging to play.
The Resistance is a great option, combining secret identities and deduction to form an impressive addition to our list of group games.
The starting premise of the game is that you and your friends are freedom fighters working against an evil empire.
However, there are traitors in your midst, so you need to be careful about who you trust.
This game involves a lot of bluffing and scheming to win. If you love thinking outside of the box, then you’re going to enjoy the Resistance.
It’s best played with around 10 people at a time, but you can get by with just 6 too. Be prepared for your friends to want a re-match after your first game.
It’s difficult to let the game die after only one round.
5. Two Rooms and a Boom
Two Rooms and Boom is a game created by “Tuesday Knight” for people who have a lot of friends to entertain, but not necessarily much time.
If you’re trying to break the ice in an awkward situation, then this is a great way to get people working together and making friends.
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Ideal to play for up to 30 people, the game requires two different rooms to work in, so make sure that you have some space.
Everyone has a unique role that’s printed on a card that they get at random. You’re either in the red team, or the blue team.
The red team wins when a player that has the role of “President” is in the same room as someone who was chosen to be the bomber.
If you’re on the blue team, you win by stopping the president from being blown up.
There are only 3 rounds in which you can make your moves, and nobody knows who the bomber or president is, so it’s quite a tough strategy game.
Smaller group? Check out these great 2 player card games and fun games for groups of three.
6. The Game of Things
The Game of Things is another of the best group games for people who want to get a party going.
It’s a bit of an ice-breaker game, which involves people writing down their unique answers to specific questions.
You start by picking a card and reading out.
The other players in the game respond with the answers that first come to mind.
Everyone hands over their response, and the one that gets the highest vote from the remaining players wins.
Game comes with 300 topic cards to keep the conversation going for as long as you like.
What’s more, there’s a response pad included and 8 pencils, just in case you’re running out of stationary.
It’s a fun and simple game that’s great to play with colleagues, friends and family alike.
You can even play with kids if you’re willing to control the content of your answers.
7. Secret Hitler
You’ll want at least 6 to 10 people to pay a full game of Secret Hitler – the ultimate bluffing game for large groups.
At the start of the play, the group elects a president, who chooses a chancellor to help guide them.
Together, these two people enact laws for how the world should be.
However, if the law is a “fascist” one, rather than a “liberal” option, the covertly fascist players will gain more abilities, like the option to elect a new Chancellor of their choice.
Each player knows which side they’re on, and their own level of ability, but no-one knows where the rest of the people in their group sit.
If you think that the standard Secret Hitler game is a little bit too old-fashioned now, you can always add the Trump expansion pack to keep it up to date.
8. Drunk, Stoned or Stupid
When it comes to group games, you often need to be careful choosing the crowd for specific titles.
For instance, you probably don’t want to play Drunk, Stoned or Stupid with your boss, but you could have a fantastic time playing it with your buddies.
This simple party game involves a judge picking out cards that say things like “Sings but shouldn’t” and handing them to the people they think best represents the characteristic.
Prepare to call out your friends on all of their little (annoying) quirks, and for your friends to call you out in return.
The person who has the fewest cards at the end of the game is the winner – or just the person that the rest of the team is most afraid of.
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9. The Metagame
Finally, the Metagame advertises itself as the number one cure for any silences in your home or social circles.
The pack is made up of 200 “culture” cards, which include some of the greatest achievements that humanity has ever accomplished.
The game aims to match things like the Mona Lisa, or Pacman, to “opinion” cards.
In other words, you might say that the Mona Lisa is the thing that’s most likely to be a sign of the apocalypse.
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There are six different types of game that you can play with these cards, depending on your style.
For instance, if you’re looking for an intellectual debate, then you can try “Debate Club.”
There’s enough room for up to 50 players at once, so you won’t have to miss anyone out.