Late last year (2020), The Covid-19 pandemic necessitated the enforcement of a nationwide curfew which meant that people could not go out, this led to a the rise of Airbnb bookings and affordable rental properties in Kenya making it more convenient to host house parties and… house parties are usually ‘lit’.
Sometimes in such cirmumstances, you will want to play a game and you have nothing on hand; especially while you wine. There’s always the games on your phone, of course, but a face-to-face, person-to-person game is a much better option when you’re in a house party or just a hang out with special ones. Drinking games are a great ice-breaker at house parties and have guests ready to mingle.
If you’re hosting a party, here are 9 suggested drinking games you can play:
1. Beer Pong
With party cups, a long table and beer, you can enjoy this classic drinking game. The game involves players throwing a ping pong ball across a table with the goal of landing the ball in the opposing team’s cups. If a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must remove it from the table and drink the beer in the cup. Each team takes turns shooting until one team eliminates all of their opponent’s cups. The team that lands the ball in all the cups wins the game. However, you can make it interesting by giving the players the option of drinking the beer or doing a dare.
Here are additional rules (Courtesy of b.bong.com).
2. Spin The bottle
This is another classic but fun drinking game that livens up the party and is an excellent ice-breaker. It is more fun to play this game when people are a bit intoxicated to encourage more dares. It is sometimes called the ‘Kissing game’ played by teenage and young adults at parties. It is played by several players who sit or stand in a circle with a bottle placed at the centre of them all.
A player spins the bottle and and must kiss the person whom the bottle points when it stops the spin. Alternatively players can answer a question or do a particular dare.
3. Never Have I Ever
In this game, you better be prepared to learn truly embarrassing things about your friends.
This game is all about talking through life experiences and laughing about the dumb stuff we’ve done while we were young and reckless. The premise is simple: each player, when it is their turn, must say ‘ Never have I ever …. and then share an experience that they anticipate the group of friends have gone through (mostly terribly embarrassing). Each group member them must respond by drinking if the answer is ‘yes’ and hold back when ‘no’.
Depending on your age and what you’re comfortable with, you can pick the game that works for you and your friends. You could spice it all up and just say “Never have I ever…” and have your friends say if they have done it or not.
Check out this video to learn the game (Courtesy of Howcast.com.
4. Top Card (With a deck of cards)
It goes like this: everyone gets dealt 8 cards; you play with as many decks as you have to. Put the rest of the cards in the centre. The first card is flipped up from the centre.
The first player must lay down cards from their hand that match the numerical value of that card. They can use as many cards as they need to match it. For example if the card is a 9, they can lay down a 5 and a 4, or they can lay down a 4, a 3, and a 2. They could also just lay down a 9. They can place the cards on the top of the deck however they want, thus determining the next top card If they cannot match it then they must drink, and pick up two more cards out of the deck.
The next player must match the new top card, if he/she can do this using less card then the person before him/her they can also make one other player of their choosing drink, and another player take two more cards.
The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards first, but the fun is you also get rewarded (by making others drink) for using as few of your cards as possible.
Winner can doll out three drinks, they can do this all to one person or split it up.
Card Value all numerical cards are worth their number. Aces are worth 1. Jacks are worth 11, Queens are worth 12, and Kings are Wild!
5. Drunk Jenga
If you’ve played Jenga, you know that it’s hard doing it sober. So, when drunk, it only gets worse. Jenga is derived from the Swahili word meaning build. It starts by stacking 54 blocks to form a tower. After that, players take turns removing each block and stacking it at the top. The goal is to stack the tower as high as possible without tumbling. It’s important to note that the blocks have random variations to create imperfections.
6. Cards Against Humanity
You play this game when you want to explore your wicked sense of humor. The players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words or phrases typically deemed as offensive or politically incorrect printed on playing cards.
Each player gets 10 white cards then a black card is drawn with a phrase that is missing one word. The person who draws the black card reads the phrase then each player uses their cards to fill in the blank. The funniest answer wins the game. Cards Against Humanity Game is sure to add some excitement to your fun time at home. This card game comes with 600 total cards and includes a booklet of preposterous alternate rules and sensible game rules.
7. Kenya @ 50
This fun and interactive game that gets people thinking back to how much they know about Kenya in particular. It is fast paced, educative and entertaining celebrating 50 years of Kenya’s history.
To begin, the starting team rolls the dice and advances their token. If you land on either a red or black square, one member of the team will be required to select a maximum of 2 cards from the box of cards and ask questions from the corresponding color on the card. The opposing team will turn over the 50-second timer to start timing the specific round. Each correct answer is 5 points and the objective of the game is for a team to accumulate 500 points before the other team/s.
Check out this video to learn how to play (Courtesy of 50 50 Board Games).
8. Thief\Killer (With a deck of cards)
You most likely will have a hard time playing this game if your winking game is not tight. In a 4 player minimum game, one will be a thief/killer and one will be a policeman or a cop.
The main aim of the game, is for the policeman or the cop to find out who the thief or the killer is and for the killer to kill all regular players or civilians before the cop catches him.
In this game, a killer is one who gets delt a Joker card and a cop is one who gets an ace. The killer or thief’s role is to wink with one eye and ‘kill’ the civilians or the regular players and the cop’s role is to catch the one ‘killing’ everyone. Winking tactics come into play here especially when playing this game in dim lit room, which makes it interesting. Once you are ‘dead’, you announce and take a sip of your drink.
More rules here.
The rules are simple for this one, simply pick someone to be the starter. That person whispers a question about the group into the ear of the person on their left (For example, “Who would you never live with?”). The person who was asked the question replies out loud with their answer. If the person whose name was spoken (or anyone curious) wants to know what the question was, they take a drink. The person who said the name can either choose to respond or take a drink instead.
The game needs four or more players.
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