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Scott’s Toy Box: Fun Games for Your 2019 Parties

I enjoy having game nights. In fact, at the end of the week in which I’m writing this, I’m planning to go to a friend’s house to play on his new Nintendo Switch. Hopefully at the end of the week in which you’re reading this, I also have similar plans. If you’re like me – hoping to have game nights as many times as you can this year – you’ll need to find more group games so each party feels fresh. Here are some great party games to consider.

Exit the Game

This “escape room in your home” game is perfect for people who love to solve puzzles. Each game comes with a scenario, like finding yourself locked in a cabin. Your job is to solve all the puzzles and mysteries until you can “escape the cabin.” There are three decks of cards in this game: Puzzle cards, Answer cards, and Help cards. The instruction booklet tells you how to set the decks up. Each game has its own design, but each comes with a decoder that points you to a card to let you know if you’re right or wrong. This game can be played solo or in a group but it is designed to only be played through once. After playing the game you’ll know all of the answers to the puzzles and you might even need to write on or rip up game materials to solve problems. You can try to keep the game as put together as possible in case you want to share with friends. I was able to only have one bend in a booklet that keeps my copy in shape for another player but I can only speak to that game. There were a few times when it would have been a lot easier and faster to cut something off of a card than trying to keep it as intact as possible. Exit the Game retails for $15 and can be found on Amazon.

Word Slam Family

In this high-speed card game two teams compete to guess the answer word. There is a storyteller on each team who knows the answer word. At the same time, each storyteller lays out word cards trying to get his team to be the first to say the answer word. Players aren’t allowed to look at the other team’s cards but can hear what the other team is saying. When a team guesses the answer word, it gets the card. The team who collects the most cards wins. Word Slam Family costs $10 on Amazon.

Super Mario Party

Mario and friends are back for another party. In the main game mode, you and your friends move around the game board and compete in mini-games to win the most stars. While playing you can choose to roll a regular die or each character has his own unique die that can be rolled. So keep that in mind when choosing your character. There are other modes that allow you to play on teams, to play cooperatively, or you can play mini-games in a tournament. Toad’s Rec Room also allows you to link two Switch systems together and play a handful of games that can only be played this way. Super Mario Party costs $60 at Target.

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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