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The 50 Best Video Games To Play While You’re Drink­ing

50. Dance Dance Revolu­tion

Who does­n’t love DDR? Bust out Super­nova and a mat and watch crowds gath­er from miles around to get them some Para­noia in. That’s what’s up.

49. Doka­pon King­dom

Tak­ing a trip to Doka­pon is extremely col­or­ful and magic­al, as well as a depar­ture from the oth­er Mario and Son­ic mad­ness across the board. Try it for some­thing refresh­ingly dif­fer­ent.

48. Buzz! Trivia

You Don’t Know Jack did it bet­ter, but Buzz! was still a for­mid­able option in the same arena, mak­ing it a ven­er­able con­tender for party­go­ers thirst­ing for more use­less know­ledge.

47. Gazil­lion­aire

Anoth­er gem that went by unnoticed, Gazil­lion­aire is immensely frus­trat­ing, but extremely reward­ing once you fig­ure out how things work. A group of inter­plan­et­ary entre­pren­eurs jour­ney through space and engage in trad­ing goods and invest­ing to come out on top with the largest net worth by the end of the game. May sound legit­im­ately dorky, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

46. Fam­ily Game Night

There are a ton of Has­bro board games out there that are enjoy­able enough in real life, but take games like Scrabble or Con­nect Four to an online arena and you’ve got a ver­it­able party, espe­cially if you don’t have many loc­al fri­ens to play the real thing with. And even if you do, elim­in­ate the messy clean-up with this set of elec­tron­ic ver­sions.

45. Para Para Para­dise

In the same genre as Dance Dance Revolu­tion or Dance Cent­ral, Para Para Para­diseasks play­ers to dance with their arms — para para dan­cing — to Eurobeat and pop­u­lar DDR tunes with the aid of six floor sensors for the Play­Sta­tion 2. We’re still wait­ing on a port to Kin­ect or Move, guys, that ISN’T Dance Mas­ters.

44. Taiko Drum Mas­ter

Like Don­key Konga, Taiko Drum Mas­ter allows even unskilled play­ers the chance to pick up peri­pher­als and bang on these, albeit to the beat of the music. It’s a lot more demand­ing than say Don­key Konga, but still in the same vein, and cer­tainly a lot more ador­able.

43. Don­key Konga

Don­key Kong pur­ists may be won­der­ing what bon­gos have to do with the clas­sic Nin­tendo game, but Don­key Konga is actu­ally a great party game with diverse songs and dif­fi­culty that any play­er can jump in with, even if they’re hope­less and can­’t carry a tune. All you really need are your hands and the know­ledge of how to clap. And you know how to do that, right?

42. Sega Super­stars Ten­nis

The car­toony nature of Sega Super­stars Ten­nis cre­ates an inter­est­ing con­trast between real­ist­ic sports and the antics of plat­form her­oes you know and love. Plus, you can play as Ulala, and every­one should want to play as Ulala.

41. Viva Piñata Party Anim­als

The com­pan­ion to the hope­lessly addict­ive sim is actu­ally a col­lec­tion of fun minigames akin to those seen in Mario Party. Racing and hordes of oth­er chal­lenges may be com­pleted with friends and it may not be a col­lec­tion of the most pol­ished games in the world, but it’s still sur­pris­ingly com­pet­ent.

40. Mario Party 3

We know there’s anoth­er Mario Party on the list, but Mario Party 3 is simply one of the best. Check it out if you’re not too busy with all those new­fangled Wii addi­tions and oth­er wan­nabe minigame col­lec­tions.

39. Peggle

The beau­ti­ful thing about Peggle is that nearly every­one knows how to play. And if you per­form under­whelm­ingly, you can blame it all on luck. Rack up points, eat up mul­ti­pli­ers, and you’re golden. Plus, switch­ing out play­ers is noth­ing. The only real object­ive in Peggle is to clear out all of the pegs. Duh!

38. Board Game Top Shop

This is a rarer Mono­poly-esque board game that many still haven’t heard of, but it’s well worth your while. Shops are littered around mul­tiple floors of a shop­ping mall and it’s your job to pur­chase, open, and expand these stores so that when your oppon­ents land on the space they’re forced to buy an item and fuel your empire. The big­ger the store, the more expens­ive your item. The goal is to even­tu­ally run your oppon­ent out of money. It’s also got an extremely awe­some muzak rendi­tion of what sounds like “We Got The Funk.”

37. For­tune Street

Let it be said that For­tune Street is con­fus­ing. There’s no deny­ing this. That does­n’t keep it from being per­fect for those shrewd, money-grub­bing friends of yours for whom Mono­poly just isn’t enough. The famil­i­ar mix of Nin­tendo andDragon Quest staples is a boon as well, and though there are no minigames to com­pete in, the strategies are reas­on enough to jump right in.

36. Son­ic Shuffle

It could­n’t com­pete with Mario Party, but it came with its own share of Son­ic uni­verse good­neess, as corny and oft-con­fus­ing as it was. Over 50 minigames and col­lect­ibles made some of the mad­ness worth your while, and even Sega fan­boys needed a Son­ic-spe­cif­ic play­ground in which to hold their own types of parties. Still a Dream­cast gem, even if that fact is debated.

35. Mario Kart Wii

The next step up from the excel­lent Mario Kart GameCube iter­a­tion packed its own motion con­trol wheel to kick things up a notch, mak­ing adding new con­tenders even sim­pler. While that cheat­ing blue turtle shell still got in the way of many a vic­tory, a new way to exper­i­ence Rain­bow Road with friends was immensely appre­ci­ated.

34. Wii Sports Resort

If you went bana­nas for ten­nis and bowl­ing, Wii Sports Resort must have blown your mind with its inclu­sion of the Motion Plus access­ory and its new set of dynam­ic activ­it­ies and altern­at­ives to tra­di­tion­al sports, like fen­cing and arch­ery. Good stuff indeed, espe­cially when you toss fam­ily into the mix.

33. Left 4 Dead

What with all the buzz sur­round­ing the zom­bie apo­ca­lypse and the zom­bie enthu­si­asts’ pock­ets being rife with money, Left 4 Dead’s pop­ular­ity at a party only makes logic­al sense. Kill all the zom­bies by any means neces­sary: nap­alm, SMGs, you name it. Keep the pills flow­ing and the party going and see who’s the first to hit the infam­ous “Cr0wnd!” achieve­ment first.

32. B.U.T.T.O.N. (Bru­tally Unfair Tac­tics Totally Okay Now)

If you have to ask why this makes such a par­tic­u­larly amaz­ing party game, you’ve prob­ably nev­er played it. We won’t ruin the sur­prise.

31. Bomber­man

You may not be expect­ing this clas­sic to find a place on the list, but keep that blas­phem­ous opin­ion to your­self! You should know how much fun blow­ing up your oppon­ent is through well-placed explo­sions. If you don’t, we need you to stop read­ing imme­di­ately and pro­cure a copy of Bomber­man so you can edu­cate your­self.

30. Wii Sports

The little pack-in that could attrac­ted droves of new buy­ers with the prom­ise of bowl­ing and ten­nis alone, and for good reas­on — it was super addict­ive. It still is. Every­one wants a piece of Wii Bowl­ing, espe­cially when there’s room to show off. It’s easy setup, and easy to drop in new play­ers. Plus — hell hath no fury like an eld­erly Wii Sports play­er­’s high score being sur­passed.

29. Kin­ect Adven­tures

It may have been a Kin­ect pack-in, but it knew how to attract play­ers. If someone spots a game where you’re using your body to pop bubbles and go river raft­ing, they’re guar­an­teed to beg for a turn. Human logic. And if you bought a Kin­ect, you got it for free. Easy enough, right?

28. Wari­oWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games

We return to the GameCube for the Wari­oWare party that got us talk­ing before we ever thought about motion con­trol. It shuffled some of the greatst micro­games included on the game for a fast and furi­ous party mode that found play­ers knock­ing turtles away from a turtle tower to crown a vic­tor on their last leg. Yeah, we’re not sure either. All we know is it’s an abso­lute blast.

27. NBA Jam

So baller it got a re-release. Even if you’re not into bas­ket­ball there’s some­thing to love here. Come for the fren­et­ic, silly take on the tra­di­tion­al sport but stay for the trash talk­ing, because there’ll be a ton of it.

26. Tet­ris

It’s easy to gath­er a crowd when someone’s on an epic Tet­ris run. Extremely simple. Every­one wants to be a part of the magic. It’s the thrill of the combo — you’ve gotta find a place for that one last piece. You’ve gotta! Bust out the Tet­risin any iter­a­tion and it’s pretty much guar­an­teed you have a full liv­ing room for the night.

25. Just Dance 4

The latest Just Dance is more simplist­ic than Dance Cent­ral, and that makes it dan­ger­ous. It will recog­nize most moves with the Wii remote, so even more mis­dir­ec­ted flail­ing is in order. But as long as you’ve got a booty, you can shake it. That’s the beauty of the Just Dance series, and what makes it the party game that attracts so many wan­nabe dan­cers.

24. Dance Cent­ral 2

The party con­tin­ues from the Kin­ect killer app with Dance Cent­ral 2, allow­ing for more play­ers, more dance moves, and more ways for less seasoned play­ers to humi­li­ate them­selves — think Dance Dance Revolu­tion, only requir­ing a boat­load more con­fid­ence and coördin­a­tion. Plus, it takes pho­tos. Gath­er a gaggle of friends and watch out for the drunk ones.

23. Mor­tal Kom­bat

With all its spine-rip­ping joy, Mor­tal Kom­bat is a fine com­ple­ment to the Street Fight­ers and Mar­vel vs. Cap­coms for party-goers who need some­thing a little more viol­ent to work with. Who has­n’t sat in a room full of con­tenders and pulled a “GET OVER HERE!” to the clam­or­ing of an excited crowd? That’s the good stuff.

22. Call of Duty 4: Mod­ern War­fare

You may laugh, but don’t dis­count the power of Mod­ern War­fare. The excel­lent ori­gin­al Mod­ern War­fare that star­ted it all packed its fair share of mul­ti­play­er hav­oc. All you really needed was a room full of play­ers, knives, and a private match. Let the insults fly! When you’re play­ing a Mike Myers match, you’re going to need that kind of cha­risma.

21. Halo

Drop everything and round up some friends for some good, old-fash­ioned SPARTAN-slay­ing! Lasers, energy swords, and needlers, oh my! The ulti­mate in frag­ging at parties back upon its ini­tial release (and con­tinu­ing today as the series has evolved), Halo turned friends into the fiercest of enemies and tore a rift through even the closest of rela­tion­ships — and that was noth­ing com­pared to the emo­tion­al trauma the losers had to go through. Not us. We’re kill­tacu­lar.

20. Street Fight­er IV

The latest iter­a­tion of Street Fight­er changed the game com­pletely, and it’s now very much one of the bench­marks oth­er fight­ers are meas­ured by. Icon­ic char­ac­ters, silky smooth matches, and the brand new strik­ing art style act as ven­er­able gamer cat­nip. One more match, just one more match! We know. We’ve been there.

19. Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2

There may have been a sequel to the pop­u­lar cros­sov­er, but we still can­’t get enough of the Dream­cast clas­sic. Ser­vbots, Wol­ver­ine, and all he oth­er wacky com­ic and arcade selec­tions were icon­ic pieces of our youth and integ­ral to the fight­ing scene as a whole. No scrubs allowed, bro.

18. Mario Ten­nis

Ten­nis was­n’t fun until it received a video game adapt­a­tion, and we’re here to say no one does arcade‑y ten­nis fun like Mario. Watch­ing the gang fumble around the court with power serves and hil­ari­ous play­ers like Birdo and Waluigi is so much more fun than Venus and Ser­en­a’s digit­al like­nesses buzz­ing around the court. Impromptu ten­nis tour­na­ments also make a great reas­on to declare your gam­ing skills bet­ter than your friends’.

17. Mario Kart

Before the tech­no­lo­gic­ally advanced racers we had Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the gang, zoom­ing around Rain­bow Road, and it was good. It still is. The blue turtle shell is still evil. And we’re still own­ing kids at get-togeth­ers after we’ve eaten our fill and have exhausted time with our fam­il­ies. Best believe it.

16. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adven­tures

Solo Zelda is an adven­ture in itself. Adding three friends to the mix only seemed like the next logic­al step. Four Links means four times the role­play­ing and in our book that means four times the party — that’s some­thing we can get behind.

15. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Mêlée’s older, updated broth­er made a splash on the Wii, act­ing as a step up fromMêlée in terms of char­ac­ter selec­tion, graph­ics, and mech­an­ics. Though many of us were still par­tial to Mêlée’s clas­sic sens­ib­il­it­ies, we flocked to Brawl for new char­ac­ters and new ways to bash our oppon­ents’ faces in.

14. Super Smash Bros. Mêlée

The brawl before Brawl pit so many of our favor­ite Nin­tendo char­ac­ters togeth­er in battles for suprem­acy, and acted as the première beat-’em-up for fight­ers itch­ing for a new chal­lenge. Remem­ber drag­ging your GameCube to a friend’s for a night full of move-spam­ming? We do.

13. Castle Crash­ers

What bet­ter way to party with friends than sum­mon­ing a few to go adven­tur­ing? We’re wager­ing there aren’t many bet­ter options. Castle Crash­ers allows for online and loc­al chaos between four col­or­ful war­ri­ors who know wreck­ing enemies and scour­ing each land­scape for loot bet­ter than the back of their own hands, and if that does­n’t make for a party, we don’t know what does.

12. Ray­man Rav­ing Rab­bids

Ray­man’s plat­form­ing roots made a major depar­ture with the intro­duc­tion of the Rab­bids, a zany pack of rab­bit-like creatures who, as it turned out, loved get­ting into all sorts of shenanigans — most of which involved oth­er play­ers. Simon Says, races, and a caval­cade of oth­er sil­li­ness awaited play­ers who dared take the plunge, and they were rewar­ded with a high-ten­sion, access­ible party game with plenty of options. And thus, the Rab­bids marched on.

11. Sing­Star

Sing­Star was Sony’s answer and fol­low-up to Karaōke Revolu­tion, with tons of releases and plenty of songs and their cor­res­pond­ing music videos, much likeLips. A slick inter­face and a couple of mics included with each pack made for an instant sing-along that even non-gamers wanted to get in on — espe­ciallySing­Star ’80s, and we don’t blame them.

10. You Don’t Know Jack

If Scene It is the crown­ing glory of the movie trivia scene, then the clas­sic You Don’t Know Jack fran­chise should be con­sidered the king of all trivia games. Quirky hosts, graph­ics, and irrev­er­ent mater­i­al ensures a good time is had by all, no mat­ter their trivia spe­cialty. And Cook­ie Mas­ter­son will go down in his­tory as one of the greatest hosts of all time.

9. Mario Party 9

This indom­it­able fran­chise has been around for quite some time now, and as it reaches its 10th iter­a­tion, it only gets bet­ter. The latest Mario Party takes the show on the road for the Wii and packs even more ridicu­los­ity, cheat­ing Shy Guys, and minigames to gloat about win­ning to your friends. The most col­or­ful release yet, things still feel the same as they did back on the Nin­tendo 64, only much bet­ter-look­ing.

8. Wari­oWare: Smooth Moves

Wari­oWare, Inc. brought its unique brand of micro­games to Wii own­ers with a non­stop assault of flick this, mim­ic that chal­lenges to get every­one up out of their seats and shakin’ it through snot-wip­ing micro­games, dan­cing, and a host of oth­er fren­et­ic events that put any oth­er minigame col­lec­tion to shame.

7. Lips: Party Clas­sics

For those of us who pre­ferred a slew of new con­tent rather than drop­ping cash on DLC tunes for addi­tion­al songs, Lips: Party Clas­sics was cre­ated. It went back to basics with Lips scor­ing and addi­tion­al mics for those of us who could­n’t get enough of the LCD-lit good­ness. Party Clas­sics rocked famil­i­ar bal­lads and pop tunes to get even Grandma in on the fun, and it’s a shame the fran­chise did­n’t grow fur­ther.

6. Lips

Microsoft threw their hat into the karaōke ring with Lips, bundled with two gor­geous mics (one black, one white) and song choices com­plete with the authen­t­ic music videos and a diverse selec­tion of tracks for listen­ers with vary­ing tastes. It has­n’t exper­i­enced the longev­ity that was likely pro­jec­ted for it, but it was a fant­ast­ic, more real­ist­ic attempt at karaōke that even picked up on vibrato and oth­er singing styles. It’s a shame the pro­ject was dropped — the hand­ful of sequels it spawned does­n’t exactly whet our appet­ites.

5. Scene It: Box Office Smash!

If you’re a Nic Cage addict like me or go to the movies far more often than should be nor­mal, Scene It should be your go-to party game. Movie poster trivia, ques­tions about com­mon ties between act­ors, and even ador­able pixel illus­tra­tions of your favor­ite movies round out the fest­iv­it­ies, with a gaggle of achieve­ments and in-game chal­lenges to tempt your inner movie nerd.

4. Gui­tar Hero

Chances are you likely have sev­er­al of these mul­ti­colored plastic peri­pher­als littered around your bed­room or liv­ing room and they’re rem­nants of an age long past, but don’t dis­count the power of a Gui­tar Hero party. They can be some of the wild­est with the most com­pet­it­ive par­ti­cipants you can ima­gine. You don’t need vocals, drums, or key­boards — just be ready to rock and/​or “Bark at the Moon.”

3. Rock Band 3

The quint­es­sen­tial Rock Band now since Har­monix seems to have shif­ted focus,Rock Band 3 is the latest iter­a­tion of the wildly pop­u­lar party game, with key­boards, a huge new selec­tion of songs, and massive improve­ments to the inter­face to make drop-in and drop-out co-op play even sim­pler than before. We don’t know where the fran­chise will end up, but we like it where it was.

2. Rock Band 2

Rock Band got the party star­ted, but Rock Band 2 per­fec­ted the art of fant­ast­ic song selec­tion and party play. Improved visu­als, cho­reo­graphy, and note paths were only a few of the aug­ments made to ensure Rock Band 2 took what made the ori­gin­al so ridicu­lously addict­ive were markedly improved. Plus, it improved upon the ori­gin­al gui­tar as well. Party in a box!

1. Rock Band

You’ve got groupies, alco­hol, and karaōke already, why not add plastic instru­ments to the mix? Rock Band goes back to basics with the very first answer from Har­monix to RedOctane’s gui­tar odys­sey where a few friends could get togeth­er and play said plastic instru­ments to the tune of suck­age as loudly as pos­sible at 3 AM. The game that star­ted it all, Rock Band will forever hold a spe­cial place in our hearts.

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