Top 5 Games to Play with Friends

Top 5 Games to Play with Friends

I like a lot of different kinds of games: video games, board games, card games, word games, you name it. I’m a bit of a game geek. I like to play games by myself (like Red Dead Redemption), but I also love to play games with my friends. Below is a list of five games (both digital and “real world”) that I think are particularly well-suited to either two players or a group.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is known in part for its innovative co-op gameplay. Basically, it goes like this: You and your friend are robots who need to get through a series of rooms full of booby traps and obstacles. To help you, you each carry a portal gun which shoots two different portals: one you go in and one you come out. It’s basically teleportation. Anyway, the game is simple yet mind-bending and highly cooperative. You are not fighting against one another: You are cooperating in order to find the way to the end of the puzzle.

Why is it an awesome game for friends?

  • It’s cooperative in the best way. You need each other in order to complete each puzzle. The collective problem solving is both intriguing and a fantastic bonding experience. Really.
  • It can be played either remotely through XBox Live or in the same room. I prefer playing in the same room, but the option is there to play with your friends that you can’t physically be with.
  • Even the achievements are co-op. There’s an achievement for shooting a portal underneath your partner while they’re gesturing at you. That requires you both to take part in order to earn the achievement. I think that’s pretty clever!


One year for my friend Kat’s birthday, she received the word game Bananagrams as a gift (Kat is a board game fanatic.) This set off a Bananagrams craze among my friends. Several of us also purchased copies of the game and we would carry them in our purses and cars, pulling it out to play at any opportunity: at people’s houses, at Barnes and Noble, at the diner. Your group of friends may not be as dorky as mine, so I don’t know if you’ll be able to start a Bananagrams craze, but the game is pretty darn fun. It’s kind of like Scrabble, but involves a lot more yelling and collective scrambling for game pieces.

Why is it an awesome game for friends?

  • Because it’s funny to see what words your friends come up with — like a sort of text-based Rorschach test!
  • Because it’s like Scrabble but more exciting (and few things are more exciting than Scrabble)
  • Because you love the satisfaction of throwing your hands up in the air and triumphantly yelling “Bananas!”


This is another very animated, fun board game. Here’s a description taken from

Quelf is the unpredictable party game that gives Random a new name!

Whether you’re answering hilarious trivia, performing ridiculous stunts, or obeying silly rules, Quelf will inspire you to use your creativity, wit and sense of humor in ways you’ve never imagined.

As you move around the game board, as one of eight quirky characters, crazy things start to happen. Your friends start talking strangely. Your mom’s face is wrapped in toilet paper. Your dad is acting like Dracula. And you are reciting a

Case in point

poem about your armpits.

Why is it an awesome game for friends?

  • Because it’s chaotic and entertaining, great for parties
  • Because it’s creative.  I’ve had to write poetry for this game.
  • Because you may get to watch your friend have to stand as the “human T” with an obscene drawing on his forehead.

Dance Central

Dance Central, in my opinion, is so far the best thing about the XBox Kinect. In fact, if I had money, I would buy a Kinect just so I could play Dance Central. But I don’t have money, so I have to play it at friends’ houses. This works out well though since it’s a great game to play with friends! Basically, it’s like Dance Dance Revolution, but better, because the Kinect detects all of your movements (not just your feet hitting buttons on a pad.) So the person on the screen dances, and you match the moves as closely as possible. The 2-player mode is basically a dance-off.

Why is it an awesome group game?

  • Players go back and forth doing portions of the songs, so you don’t have to wait through an entire song while the other player dances
  • It’s active and engaging.
  • This is a game that’s fun even if you’re not playing. It actually is fun to watch. I rather enjoy witnessing my 6’4″ best guy friend do his impression of Lady Gaga.

Rock Band (2, or 3, or Beatles)

The first time I played Rock Band 2 was about two years ago. I had just met a new group of friends and was invited over to a girl’s house to play the game with a group. We played from 9pm until something like 7 in the morning. To this day I think this is one of the funnest games ever. If you somehow haven’t heard of Rock Band, this is the premise: You’re in a band. You and your friends play along to popular songs using fake instruments and a microphone attached to your Wii, Playstation 3 or XBox 360. That’s it, pretty much.

Playing Rock Band 2 at Sten's house

Why is it an awesome group game?

  • You work cooperatively in order to win the game. Usually people fall into roles pretty well (one person prefers the drums, another likes to sing and a third always wants to play the guitar), so the game can have a kind of synergistic quality to it
  • It’s always fun to listen to great music with your friends
  • The number of players is easily adjusted. If you don’t have someone who wants to play drums, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a player for every instrument. In fact, we’ve had times when we’ve turned off every instrument but the microphone and basically used the game as a karaoke machine. It is flexible like that.

Author: sayaveronica

coffee addict and radical librarian!

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