The 21 Best Card Games For Adults In 2021 - Bustle

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Gone are the days of family-friendly rounds of UNO, where your only backlash against a skip card was playing a wild plus four and changing the color to yellow. Now the game aisle is filled with the best card games for adults to play over a glass — or three — of Pinot Grigio.

Cards Against Humanity sparked the revolution in cruder, slightly offensive, and NSFW games when it hit the market in 2011. Naturally, the adult version of Apples to Apples quickly became a best-seller as a game both college students and their parents would enjoy playing — although not necessarily together in one room. As a result, the offerings of obscene, and typically rude, card games on the market continued to expand.

Now, the marketplace is flooded with adult card games, and choosing between them is actually a difficult feat. With themes ranging from irreverent comics to memes, there are a plethora of (at times) inappropriate card games designed to meet every friend group's interest. Thankfully, Amazon reviewers leave tons of feedback on their purchases to give an indication of which games will keep you laughing all night and which games you'll never want to play again.

With that in mind, I compiled the best card games for adults currently on Amazon. Keep scrolling for some of the most popular card games for adults, below.


Editor’s Pick: What Do You Meme?

Create your own LOL-worthy memes with the What Do You Meme? card game, which has over 28,000 reviews and comes recommended by a Commerce Editor. A different photo is selected for each round, and players match one of their caption cards to the photo. The winner is chosen by a rotating judge, so it helps to know each player’s unique sense of humor.

According to one reviewer: “I played this game with a group of friends for the first time this past weekend and we had a BLAST. The memes are great, the card captions are even better and we spent the entire time laughing. The game is inappropriate for younger audiences but is hilarious if you're old enough to play.”


Exploding Kittens NSFW

Perhaps the most bizarrely titled game on this list, Exploding Kittens is the most-backed game in Kickstarter history and has sold 8 million copies. In this twist on Russian roulette, you draw cards, and — if you draw an Exploding Kitten — you're out of the game. Of course, you can avoid this fate if you have a "defuse" card, or you can outrun danger altogether by using your cards to skip turns and go at other players.

According to one reviewer: "I love everything about this game. From the Exploding Kittens, to defusing said kittens, to NOPE-ing people's cards, I've played this for many an hour and I never get tired of it."


The Metagame

The Metagame card deck may only contain 200 culture cards and 100 opinion cards, but it's enough to provide hours of fun with six unique games. Designed to get groups of people sharing their thoughts on the most important debates of our time, the game can be played with up to 33 players. It covers topics like media, art, fashion, and entertainment in rounds that force you to think fast and act strategically.

According to one reviewer: "I bought this as a gift for a friend last Christmas, and have now borrowed it from her so often that I should just buy my own. It's a blast, and is safe for all-ages play (although some of the cultural references will need to be explained to kiddos). The variations of game play are clear and super fun."


Cards Against Humanity: Green Box Expansion

4 - 20+ players (main game)

Whether you already own Cards Against Humanity or not, you'll want to snag the Green Box expansion for your next game night get-together. It may be marketed as an expansion pack, but it can be played on its own, too. It introduces 300 totally new cards to the heinous game. To play, one judge selects a black card with fill-in-the-blanks that the rest of the players attempt to pair with a white description card.

According to one reviewer: "I love this game! I've introduced it to so many of my friends. It's a party game for horrible people. I haven't had a game where someone who hasn't nearly peed their pants from laughing so hard."



From the makers of What Do You Meme? comes this popular card game where players compete to guess what the gibberish means. A rotating judge selects one card with a phrase only they can see. The rest of the players see gibberish and have to guess what the phrase is. The first one to guess wins a point, and this game is full of fun adult phrases.

The 21 Best Card Games For Adults In 2021 - Bustle

According to one reviewer: "Cards against humanity meets mad gab!! This is a must have in your game repertoire. With the categories Party, Pop Culture, and Kinky you will enjoy non stop laughs and your friends will never want to leave your house!"


Fk. The Game

You're bound to scream a bad word or two while trying to compete in this feisty card game, where the only goal is to ditch your cards. Designed to make your brain smarter — despite forcing you to scream profanities — it comes with a set of four complicated rules created to trick your brain. During gameplay, you play cards from your deck and try to recall the rules as quickly as possible. If you're slow, another player can slap the deck and give you those cards. Oh, and the only rule? You never say f**k.

According to one reviewer: "Let me just start by saying I have not laughed this hard in a LONG time! Hilarious game for adults to play when children are not around. It was a brain teaser when we were sober, I can not wait to play after a few."


Drunk Stoned Or Stupid [A Party Game]

This irreverent card game seriously tests the strength of your friendships (so it's best played with people you know.) It's based on the group's consensus on who is most likely to complete a certain action. With cards ranging from "risk life for an epic selfie" to "wake up with a half burrito in bed," this game leaves no scenario untouched. Once the group picks a player who best fits the prompt, that player keeps the card and the next round begins. But not so fast— the player with the most cards actually loses.

According to one reviewer: "Bought this for my friend for her birthday, she loves card games. She absolutely loved this game. Will be recommending and also getting expansion packs."


Disturbed Friends

While most friendships can survive an upturned monopoly board, the Disturbed Friends card game may be the thing that tears your group apart. Created for up to 10 people, the game includes 250 disturbing question cards and 100 #winning cards. To play, the judge presents a multiple choice question and each player predicts their answer. The judge then reveals if they picked response A, B, or C, giving accurate guesses a #winning card. The first player to reach 10 cards wins— but at what cost?

According to one reviewer: "I’m not sure where thickness comes into play but it is easy to learn and a great gift. It’s also fun and extremely revealing, especially while drinking."



This not-safe-for-work card game is a hilarious way to reveal what others truly think about you. Bad People works like a massive game of "Most Likely," with one person acting as the dictator, and drawing a card. The rest of the players vote who in the group is most likely to do something, and if you vote the same as the dictator, you get a point. The most points win. This game is full of savage prompts, like "Whose funeral will have the smallest attendance?" and other questions that are sure to stir up some fun trouble in your group. Over 4,000 Amazon reviewers have given it five stars.

According to one reviewer: "My long time friends had gotten sick of the same cards-against humanity cards being repeated, so we decided to try something new. This game was definitely something new. A similar style to the voting game if you're familiar."


5 Second Rule Uncensored

This fast-paced card game involves answering as quickly as you can. You'll get prompted to name three of something (uses for your tongue, erogenous zones, etc.), and have to answer in just five seconds. Answer in the allotted time with correct guesses and you'll earn a point. This game can be played with an unlimited amount of players, and comes with a timer and 150 cards. At just $12, this best-selling game is a slam-dunk purchase that has won over thousands of Amazon fans.

According to one reviewer: "We enjoy playing "table games", both socially and as a family. This game was super fun and surprisingly challenging. If you look at the back off the box, there is a sample card which says "Name 3....". So easy to name three of something when there is no timer. But get that time out and try to speak quickly and it's different! We had a blast playing this and it seems like the longer you play, the more flabbergasted you become."


If You Had To…

If You Had To… comes with 250 cards featuring horrible, humorous situations and players earn points by convincing the judge their card is the absolute worst. Example scenarios include “relive the same day over and over” and “be able to talk to animals but they all hate you.” The first player to earn five points is the winner, and there’s sure to be tons of laughter along the way.

According to one reviewer: “The scenarios range from mildly entertaining to hilarious, but the real entertainment comes from watching your friends defend their "worst case". Overall, a very fun play.”


Throw Throw Burrito

Collect cards while dodging cute, squishy burritos in this high-energy card game — and lose points every time you get hit. The fast-paced game comes from the makers of Exploding Kittens and takes only 15 minutes to play. And since this one is recommended for ages 7 and up, it’s a good choice if you want to get the whole family in on the fun.

According to one reviewer: “Even a family of grown adult children is having hilarious fun with this game. It is a game that is easy to learn and the items are well made. We played it at a family birthday party and laughed ourselves silly.”


Brain Freeze Card Game

The fastest answer wins when you play Brain Freeze, so don’t freeze up when you’re asked risque questions. The revealing card game includes 120 prompts and is super easy to set up and play, with each game lasting about 25 minutes. When it’s over, you and your fellow players know a lot more about each other.

According to one reviewer: “Played this with some close friends and we had a blast. I think that this game requires people participating that you know really well and are comfortable with each other. This is not an ice breaker game by any means. We had a blast learning the [ridiculous] thoughts people had about the answers. You will definitely learn some things about people - good or bad!”


Unstable Unicorns NSFW Card Game

To win this NSFW strategic card game, be the first player to collect seven unicorns in your stable. That’s easier said than done because every other player is trying to do the same thing while destroying your unicorns, and there are magic cards in the mix that can place the odds in someone’s favor.

According to one reviewer: “Overall, it's easy to start this game and play is fairly quick, intuitive and fun. It's well balanced between outright sabotage of other players, strategy, goal setting, and luck, and there are a lot of unique upgrades, downgrades and unicorn types that make the game entertaining.”



Whatever is a card game filled with awkward situations, and you win by completing five challenge or showdown cards. This means at any moment, you could be challenged to walk the runway like a model, dance like a dad for 30 seconds, or let someone give you a tattoo with a permanent marker. If a challenge sounds too cringey, you can always take a penalty card — but fair warning — you’ll get shamed until your next turn.

According to one reviewer: “Whoever made this game is weird AF, and I loved every minute of it. Would definitely recommend giving it a try, especially if you and your friends have a strange sense of humor and don't mind embarrassing yourself.”


Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

If you’re looking for a game that both adults and kids can enjoy, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is a wildly popular option with over 26,000 reviews and a near-perfect 4.8-star rating. Players take turns flipping a card while saying “taco,” “cat,” “goat,” “cheese” or “pizza.” If the word and card match, everyone has to slap their hand on the pile — the last person gets stuck with all the cards. One round of this fast-paced game takes 10 to 15 minutes.

According to one reviewer: “It's a game of reflexes essentially, and kids seem as good or better than the adults at it! I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a fun, quick card game for parties or family game nights.”


Quickwits Party Card Game

You’ll have to think fast and be the first to shout an answer to win the Quickwits card game. Players match card symbols and race to give examples of the category on their opponent’s card. For example, a type of red wine, a five-letter word, or a lead singer. Whoever answers first gets to keep the card and moves one step closer to victory.

According to one reviewer: “Funny and fun-It’s a great game for adults who don’t know each other and don’t mind some inappropriate cards in the game.”


Never Have I Ever Party Card Game

When you play Never Have I Ever, you can use poor life decisions to your advantage. The game contains 550 cards with prompts like “Never have I ever made a dangerous turn on the road because Waze told me to.” If you’ve done it, you can admit your embarrassing story, make your friends laugh, and be well on your way to winning the game.

According to one reviewer: “i played this at a christmas party with my friends and we had a great time, doubling over laughter mix with 'omg' moments. there were so many things we shared in that room that will also NOT leave that room. fair warning: some of the choices are 17+ rating so keep that in mind if you want to play.”


I Wish I Didn’t Know - The Filthy Trivia Party Game

This trivia game is filled with filthy questions that are guaranteed to make you cringe. Players take turns drawing a card and asking the group a multiple-choice question, and anyone who answers correctly gets a point. The catch? These are trivia questions you’ll wish you didn’t know the answer to, like “According to the FDA, the average person consumes about a pound of this in their food each year?” (The answer: insects.)

According to one reviewer: “What a fun game! We enjoyed playing it and guessing which facts were (sadly...) true! The box comes with a huge variety of cards and opportunities for gameplay to ensure you’re not getting the same cards over and over again.”


Off Topic Adult Party Game

Similar to Scattergories, this creative card game asks players to quickly come up with answers based on a topic, and all answers must start with the same letter. The topics are often NSFW, so the group is sure to write down lots of laugh-inducing answers that’ll create quite the conversation.

According to one reviewer: “Definitely not for kids as there are quite a few adult questions in there but I know we had to [have] upset the neighbors as loud as our debates and laughter were getting [...] I would definitely recommend this to any adults looking for a great game night board game.”


Joking Hazard

If you're a fan of the bawdy comic Cyanide & Happiness, then Joking Hazard was created for you. It includes 360 panel cards, including 10 add-your-own-words-cards, that you can mix and match to create hilarious (and often crass) mini-comics. To play, simply flip the first card over, have the judge pick the second, and let the rest of the competitors pick a third card to create the best comic. Warning: This game is graphic, offensive, and not for the faint of heart.

According to one reviewer: "Joking Hazard is absolutely hilarious. It's played like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, except instead of building phrases, you're building a three-pane comic strip. We were cracking up almost every single round, and it's astounding how well all of the seemingly unassociated panes fit together in sequence."