Contemporary Family Game Nights

Stay at home contemporary family game nights for New Year’s Eve (or anytime) fun! If standard board games and puzzles have become passé in your house, you can play these games favorite party games on just about any computer, electronic platform, streaming service, or modern console.

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As a family, we’ve adapted to modern family game nights slowly. As much fun as we have as a family, my kids just weren’t into playing board games as much as they used to when they were younger. So, rather than fight technology, we adapted to it.

Modern games, like the ones we list below, have come a long way. They’re simple to play. In fact, so simple even grandma and grandpa enjoy them. Basically, they’ve come up with family board game concepts (trivia games, win lose or draw, opinion games) and applied them digitally..

If you can stream, you can play. Our favorite games run on desktop PCs and laptops, gaming consoles like Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 & 5, and even streaming devices like Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. We play ours on my son’s Xbox One and hook it up to our big TV. Best of all, instead of complicated video game controllers, you use your phone as your controller to enter the game.

Contemporary Family Game Nights – Jackbox Games

Our favorite contemporary family games come from packages from Jackbox Games. Jackbox games titles are are easy to pick up and play for gamers and non-gamers alike. Again, easy and fun to play for anyone literally. The titles skew a little young (think tween to young adult) but even oldsters (like me) can have fun. Most game packs (Party Packs) include 4 or 5 games – a type of trivia game, guessing game, drawing game, or other fun game. Most “Party Packs” have 2 or 3 really entertaining game, and 2 or 3 duds. With most games, you can play with up to 8 players – making it perfect for New Year’s Eve stay at home fun with the family. Most packages cost around $15-30 (depending on the platform).

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So far, our favorite games on to play from Jackbox are: Poll Mine, Trivia Murder Party, Patently Stupid, Fibbage, and Guesspionage.

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What are your favorite contemporary family games?

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