You have a problem. You’re throwing a big party later on, but have nothing to entertain your guests. Never fear! Just pick any of these below party games and you’ll have a hit on your hands. Each and every one is easy enough for even non-gamers to jump in and have a blast.
Here is Screen Rant’s list of the 15 Best Multiplayer Games To Play At A Party.
Rock Band 4
The triumphant return of the greatest music game of all time. No other game offers the same feeling of playing in a band, the same diversity of music, the same customization that allows even the most casual of gamers to play. Even if someone is afraid to pick up a guitar, they can certainly bang on the drums or sing in the microphone, or at least attempt to. Everyone knows that karaoke is one of the best party games and this is basically karaoke with rock music and skill.
Rock Band 4 offers a freestyle mode that even allows children to pick it up and feel like they’re playing music, as well as voting and jump-in/jump-out play that lets you keep playing without ever stopping to change the settings. Plus, there’s over 1,600 songs in the library, ensuring that you’ll be able to find something for anyone. Just add alcohol and this is a party in itself.
It’s not right that a game that’s basically cars playing soccer is so much fun. What is it that makes it work? Is it the feeling of blasting off with cars and smashing a giant soccer ball? Is it the explosion that occurs whenever you score a goal? Is it the idea of rocket-boosting around a match and smashing into your opponents? Maybe it’s just the funny hats you can put on the cars.
Whatever the reason, Rocket League has fast become one of the most addictive multiplayer games around, and many people are realizing that it’s just as fun with four-player split-screen matches. It’s one thing to yell at your friends over a headset and another to scream at them on the couch next to you.
If you want ridiculous fun, you pick up Gang Beasts. Basically a wrestling match with cartoony characters in increasingly ridiculous settings, this game is the ultimate in absurdity. The one issue with it may be its setting- it’s a PC game, and so you’ll really have to hook it up the TV in order to take advantage of the multiplayer (it’s coming to the PS4 next year, however.) Once it’s set up, however, the four-player matches play themselves, and once friends see you all fighting on top of moving trucks, or inside a foundry, or while hanging off a Ferris wheel, they’ll want to jump right in themselves.
If it weren’t so cartoony, it would be pretty grim, as these colorful characters can punch the hell out of their opponents and have no qualms about grabbing them and throwing them to their death. Expect plenty of yelling and groans as it gets down to the wire.
Mario Kart 8
The best possible racing game for a group, Mario Kart 8 will likely destroy as many relationships as it creates. There’s something about racing as popular Nintendo characters that brings out the worst in humanity, as everyone who plays immediately feels an insatiable need to win, without caring how many former friends and family we have to chuck turtle shells at on the way. Four-player matches get brutal quick, and before long everyone will be wearing the Luigi death stare on their mug.
Including DLC, there are 36 total characters to pick from to play on 36 courses, not to mention all manner of unlockable parts to trick out your karts. Get your friends in on the action to help you unlock all of that, and keep a blue shell handy.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Speaking of relationship-ruining games, Super Smash Bros. is arguably the best fighting game for a group, the kind of game that’s easy enough for anyone to jump into and feel like they have a chance, although it’s a lot deeper than it appears.
With a staggering roster of playable characters from across all of Nintendo’s games (and a few third-party franchises), the game allows eight players at once, if you have enough controllers (or 3DS systems, which can be used in lieu of one). Eight players make for games that are pure chaos but still lots of fun, although you’ll want to scale it down to make sure that people actually know what they’re doing. Still, there’s so many stages to fight here and so many characters to try that this game will get played for hours upon hours until either everyone leaves or a real fight breaks out.
Jackbox Party Pack
This is arguably the best party game on this list, solely because of the reason that more people can play it than any other. This is actually a collection of five games from the developers behind You Don’t Know Jack, who brilliantly figured out how to sidestep the problem of controllers by not requiring any. That’s right, don’t worry about picking up $60 controllers for every person coming over or asking people to lug their own, here you can play just by using your cell phone. This enables 1-100 players to jump in, over five different games.
The Jackbox Party Pack offers You Don’t Know Jack 2015 (1-4 players), the classic trivia game; Fibbage (2-8 players), which sees you trying to make up definitions of words and stumping your friends; a drawing game Drawful (3-8 players), fill-in-the-blank word game Word Spud (2-8 players) and Lie Swatter, which can be played with 1-100 players, all of which need their own cell phones or tablets, of course, as well as a room to contain that much madness. A guaranteed good time, and if you ever someone get tired of these games, they just released a sequel.
An insane eight-player sports game that’s built to look like an 8-bit title, #IDARB looks like pure chaos at first sight. The goal is simple- each team is trying to put the ball in the other’s goal by shooting it, bouncing it off surfaces or just knocking it out of an opponent’s hands. There are multiple ways to score but you’ll soon learn that the tricky moves score more points. Not that your plans will matter during these frantic matches, where it’s often hard to even figure out who you are on screen in time.
Best of all, teams feature tons of famous video game studios and games, everything from Halo and Oddworld to Harmonix and Double Fine. Don’t like them? Make your own with the simple pixel editor… just do it before the party starts, and then get ready for insanity.
Mario Party 3
Thanks to its four controller ports right there, the N64 was the really first (and sometimes still seems like the best) console for four-player muliplayer madness, and Mario Party really took advantage of this. By this third installment of the series Nintendo brought along 70 new mini games playable over a staggering 12 different boards, offering more variety than anything out there at that point. As the game is really a digital board game more than anything, this game also offered up dual maps that changed the whole style of the game. For those who haven’t fallen for this wonderful title yet, it’s a collection of mini-games that constantly changes up everyone’s role and leaves them trying new things, and also sometimes being teamed up upon by all your former friends.
While Mario Party is up to his tenth installment it’s getting a bit stale at this point, even though the Wii U version utilizes the GamePad in really clever ways. You really can’t go wrong with any for a gathering.
Wii Sports/ Wii Sports Club
Many people who own Wiis don’t have any other games but the one that came bundled with it. Why would you need anything else? Wii Sports is easy, entertaining and addictive, and offered up a completely new experience that let you feel like you were really performing these sports. It’s because of this game that Wii elbow became a thing. Wii Bowling by itself would have been worth the purchase, and was the clear highlight of the group. That’s not to say that the golf wasn’t spectacular, the boxing fun and frantic silliness, and even the tennis and baseball had their uses.
Wii Sports Club is more of the same, but that’s all we needed for the Wii U. One great part about this game is that you can pick and choose which sports you’d like to buy, picking them a la carte. Whichever title you go with make sure you have Wii Bowling ready to play and you’ll be set.
Pick any one of these and you’ll be set. Dancing games aren’t anything new but Just Dance offers one thing that sets it apart from all others: choreography. Sure, you’ll have to perform lots of dance moves, but you’ll also be able to team up with three friends to perform intricate (and hilarious) dance routines. Even the shiest friend won’t be able to help themselves when they see everyone jumping up to perform the Time Warp or Gangnam Style.
There’s a good chance that you still have a N64 in your closet for one reason and one reason only: this game. Goldeneye 007 is the quintessential party game, and the first console game that really showed off the power of a four-player shooter. Tons of characters, maps, and mods allow you to play any kind of game you wanted, and play it for hours and hours until you forget what day it was and fall asleep on your friend’s couch, only to pick it up and keep playing it.
The game still holds up too, as you’ll find out if you dig in that closet a bit and drag it out. The controls are a little antiquated but it’s still just as fast and fun as it ever was. Just hum the theme song, grab a martini, and get going…
The most stereotypically American game ever made, Broforce is one of the most chaotic platform shooters ever made, even in single-player mode. It’s a game where things are constantly either exploding or screaming, and if you add three friends you have a recipe for absolute bloody mayhem. A game in the vein of Contra, but considerably more violent, Broforce lets you play as almost every action hero from the 1980s and beyond; everything from Bro-ified versions of Conan and Terminator to Neo and Ripley. Each and every character has a different attack and special attack, so throwing them all on screen at once just encourages a screen full of insanity.
There are multiplayer deathmatch modes but you can all go through a campaign together as well, and the game features so much cartoonish violence that it’s hard to stay away. So throw a party and spread some freedom out there, soldier!
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
What Goldeneye started, Halo finished. If you didn’t play Halo all crammed around a friend’s TV, or better yet, with a LAN cable linking up two TVs and Xboxes for eight-player matches, you really didn’t play Halo. Online was one thing, but this was the last game to really do a local split-screen shooter and do it well, something not even Halo 5 will be offering. Fortunately we have the Master Chief Collection, which collects the first four games
Now the Master Chief Collection didn’t exactly release without problems, and was nigh-unplayable for the first few months of release until some patches came down to fix things. But this game offers hundreds of hours of multiplayer mayhem, all of it prettied up with HD versions and playing just as wonderfully. There’s nothing quite as fun as shooting your friends while sitting next to them.
Super Monkey Ball
Playing a bit like a monkey-themed version of Marble Madness, Super Monkey Ball sees you trying to roll around a monkey inside a giant transparent ball. You’ll have to traverse a maze-like track, trying to avoid rolling off the edge while picking up any bananas along the way. If the mental image of that isn’t enough to get you to play, imagine how it is when you have multiple monkeys all racing to the finish, bumping each other off the course.
Knowing that this is the kind of game that everyone will want to play, they have absolutely crammed it with various party games, offering everything from Monkey Billiards, Bowling and Golf to racing and deathmatch modes. Just pick up a few bottles of rum and you’ll be set to go with this one.
The beautiful art for this one makes it. The beautiful, bloody art. Castle Crashers is a four-player beat’m up that sees you playing as a number of knights fighting through utterly absurd battle after utterly absurd battle. Four players is where this game really shines, as you’ll team up to take on all sorts of enemies in order to save the princess, and then fight over yourselves to be the one to save her. And then there’s the level you’re racing from some gigantic bug-eyed cat on the backs of deers which are currently relieving themselves as a form of locomotion. Good luck stifling giggles in the party with that one.
Castle Crashers Remastered recently just hit for the Xbox One, and while it’s much prettier (5x bigger textures, a locked 60fps) you can’t go wrong with any version of the game.
What do you think- do you have any games that worked for parties that you’d like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!