Nothing keeps the fun going like a good party game, and we’ve got a list of wonderful games for any occasion. Let’s dive in.
Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, or any other celebration, playing games to keep friends and family entertained is vital for a successful party.
We’ve pulled together a selection of the best free party game apps that are easy to set up and suitable for all ages, interests, and gatherings. From frantic fun with friends to games suitable for your grandparents, here are the seven best free party games, available on both Android and iOS.
Based on the original game invented by YouTuber AmazingPhil, the unofficial 7 Second Challenge app is available for free on Android and iOS stores.
This free party game app invites participants to complete fun and quirky challenges within seven seconds. Challenges range from pretty normal (“Name three films with sequels”) to quirkier requests (“Give yourself a new hairstyle”). You can also add your own challenges to personalize the game.
You only need one device to play the 7 Second Challenge with your friends. Once you have downloaded the app, follow these steps to get started:
See how many seven-second rounds you can win against your friends.
Download: 7 Second Challenge on Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
This free party game app allows you to play a digital version of the classic family card game, UNO!, with real-life friends. Each participant needs to download the app on their own device to play, but luckily the app is compatible across Android, iOS, and Facebook.
If you’re new to UNO! then start with a few practice rounds. Tap I’m new! on the home screen to play a game with step-by-step instructions. This is a handy function if you know how to play but don’t want to spend ages trying to explain the rules to all the family.
It’s simple to play UNO with friends and family at your party:
If you're a fan of classic games, check out these free online board game sites for more ideas.
Download: UNO! for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
PSYCH! is a free party game app where the idea is to bluff your way through trivia questions and outwit your friends. Each player submits their answer to each question (as silly as you like!) then all entries are combined with the one correct answer. From the final selection, all players have to then guess which answer is the right one.
After downloading the app, follow these steps to play PSYCH! together:
PSYCH! can be a fun and nonsensical game to play with anyone who enjoys a bit of banter.
Download: PSYCH! for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
If you’re looking for a quiet post-dinner free party game to play with someone else, then give Trivia 360 a whirl.
Trivia 360 is a simple-to-use quiz app that you can play solo or with a friend across Android and iOS. Simply answer each question within a set amount of time and battle against your friend to become the trivia knowledge champion.
Once you have downloaded the app and set up your profile, follow these steps to play Trivia 360 as a party game:
If you manage to exhaust all trivia questions, check out these free fun online quiz sites to keep the party going.
Download: Trivia 360 for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
If you’re feeling energetic, then Heads Up! is the free party game app to break out at your gathering. Holding your phone to your forehead for your teammates to see the answer, you need to guess the displayed word correctly from your teammates' acting, singing, shouting, and any other means of demonstrating the answer to you.
You only need one copy of the app to play, so we recommend downloading Heads Up! onto an Android device for a free-to-play version.
Follow these steps to start a game:
Watching the replays of your friends and family frantically trying to communicate the answer to you adds to the hilarity of Heads Up!
Download: Heads Up! for Android (Free, in-app purchases available) | iOS ($1.99)
If you’re looking for the juxtaposing blend of teamwork and betrayal, then you need to play Among Us.
Playing in a team of up to 10, you and your crewmates need to complete basic tasks to keep your ship running. One member of the crew, however, is the Imposter and will be trying to kill everyone on board. The crewmates need to pinpoint the Imposter before the game is over.
Once you and your friends or family have downloaded the app, follow these steps to play Among Us:
Among Us can also be played with remote players by tapping Online on the main screen. You can also play Among Us on your Mac.
Download: Among Us for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
If you’re looking for a free party game app that will appeal to your grandparents, then The New York Times Crossword is a safe bet. You can download a seven-day free trial to The Crossword, which is perfect for a one-off party or to cover the festive season.
Choose between easy, medium, and hard daily crosswords. You can also scroll through the archives to find previous NYT crosswords.
Sit down with your grandparents and follow these steps to play:
You can also access Spelling Bee and the popular Wordle game within the app.
Download: The New York Times Crossword for Android | iOS (7-day free trial, in-app purchases available)
The key to a good party is to keep the fun going. The above free party game apps are suitable for all types of gatherings and for different guests, and you can choose the appropriate game based on the party vibe.
The only potential issue with free-to-play party apps is the ads, which can interrupt the flow of your game experience. Most of the time this can be overlooked, but if all else fails, you can’t beat a game of charades at a party!
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