Nothing spices up a boring party like a great video game. The problem is when large groups of people gather there is bound to be someone who has never picked up a controller before. And let's face it, as cool as you think it is, no one wants to watch you play The Witcher for hours on end.
To make your party a true success you need the right blend of casual, humor-filled, and easy to learn games that anyone can jump into and have a great time. If you own an Xbox One, you're in luck! There are a ton of great games out there that will be sure to make your party a night to remember. We sorted through them all to bring you the 10 Best Xbox One Games For Parties.
#IDARB began as a simple program. Its name literally means: “It Draws A Red Box” because when developer Mike Mika created the game, that’s all it did. He then turned to the internet for inspiration and what we got was an amazing, 8-bit, 2D platformer that will be a huge hit at your next party.
In #IDARB, you and up to 8-players fight to score on the opposing team's net. This is much harder than it sounds, as the game throws numerous curveballs at you based on internet suggestions. Sometimes the lights go out, other times you will be attacked by clowns. You will need to be on your toes to come out on top. #IDARB borrows from amazing games like Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and old-school arcade fighters while still carving out a niche of its own. We guarantee that within minutes of turning on #IDARB, your party guests will be shouting with delight at this frantically-fun indie game.
9. Infinite Mini Golf
If you think golf is boring, you’ve certainly never experienced Infinite Mini Golf. This putting party game is a cornucopia of innovative level design and customizability. Up to 8-players can battle it out across a seemingly endless supply of courses. Infinite Mini Golf is the Fortnite of putting simulators. Part of what makes this game such a joy is the fun and exciting challenges that you can complete to earn coins and unlock things like new character costumes. There is also an easy-to-use level editor, so the community can design and create their own levels as well. This game foregoes realism in favor of wacky gameplay mechanics, power-ups, and fun course themes. This is the type of game you will pick up for a few minutes and get lost for hours without even realizing it.
8. Fruit Ninja Kinect 1 & 2
You’ve all heard of Fruit Ninja. The fruit slicing mobile game took the world by storm when it launched in back in 2010. Since then, the game has been downloaded close to 1-million times. Microsoft wisely saw this trend as an opportunity to bring the game to their platform in a new and exciting way. Thus, Fruit Ninja Kinect was born and living rooms will never be the same. Integration with the Xbox One's Kinect camera means that rather than using their fingers, players will need to use their whole bodies to slice up fruit and avoid bombs. Your body is the controller, which means onlookers will have just as much fun as they watch their friends dance around in front of their television sets like ninjas. With the release of Fruit Ninja Kinect 2, the game introduced new modes and fresh takes on this fantastic party game.
7. Mount Your Friends
Mount Your Friends is certainly one of the strangest titles on our list. From the first view, you may be left asking: "What have I gotten myself into?" You and your friends will play as scantily clad men attempting to climb ever higher. This is far easier said than done, however. Movement in this game is mapped to the 4 face buttons on the Xbox One Controller. Each limb has its own button and in order to move (and climb) you will have to coordinate them individually. This will inevitably lead to you flopping around like a rag doll as your friends laugh and cheer you on. Each turn will freeze your character in its final position and your friends will need to climb on top of you to get higher. This cycle continues until time runs out and your max height is recorded. There are a variety of modes with different takes on the need to climb higher but in the end, this game is all about the laughs.
6. Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Keeping with the same theme, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a physics-based indie game with a big heart. Players are put in control of an octopus who is trying to masquerade as a human and live a regular life. Much like Mount Your Friends, you will need to control each of Octodad's limbs separately through environments littered with things to topple and destroy. It's as ridiculous as it sounds but the real joy is that you and up to 4-friends can play together. Each of you will be responsible for one of Octodad's limbs so you will need to work together to make it through this heartfelt and hilarious story. You won't be able to fight the laughter as you flip and flop your way around these colorful levels and with new ones being created regularly by the community there is a lot to see!
5. Strikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
If you and your friends have fond memories of gym class and the feeling of whipping a rubber ball at your classmates then Strikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure might be for you. This new take on the classic game of dodgeball involves a hilarious rescue mission and tons of adrenaline-fueled fun. You and your friends can play through a variety of zany courts including a beach, a dock, and even hell itself. The controls are simple: move, aim and throw your way to victory. Matches are first to five points but the game will constantly throw hazards at you to keep things interesting. You may have to dodge waves, battle monsters, or avoid holes in the floor to survive. There are even boss battles here that will challenge even the most seasoned dodgeball player.
4. Full Metal Furies
Full Metal Furies is a throwback to the retro games of old. This side-scrolling beat-em-up can be played by up to 4-players. Each of the 4 characters in the game plays differently and has their own unique style. You can play as the engineer, tank, sniper, and fighter, each having their own set of abilities to chose from. As you make your way through this colorful world, you will blast countless enemies, gather loot, and level up your characters. There is some true depth to be found here and this title is certainly a more involved and less light-hearted game than some of the others on our list. If you and your friends want to dig into some solid action and combat than Full Metal Furies is for you.
3. Rock Band 4
No list would be complete without Rock Band 4. This series took the craze that Guitar Hero started back in 2005 and hugely expanded on it. Adding new instruments and vocal lines, Rock Band 4 became the ultimate answer to karaoke and means that everyone at your party (even if they can't carry a tune in a bucket) can get in on the fun. Rockers will be able to choose between drums, lead or rhythm guitar, and vocals and must try and hit the correct notes as they fly by on separate tracks. The song list for Rock Band 4 is extensive and includes over 65 songs meaning there is something for everyone. Why just play music at your party when you can actually PLAY the music yourself!
2. Just Dance 2018
Just Dance is another game that was designed with parties in mind. Even when you're not playing you still get to listen to great music and as an added bonus, get to watch your friends flail around. The latest version for the Xbox One uses the Kinect camera to simulate the gamer on the screen. Players will need to follow the on-screen dancers and attempt to match their movements as closely as possible, earning more points for accuracy. The popular pop-tunes on display here will have you toe-tapping along as your friends battle it out. The formula hasn't changed much in the past few years but that's mostly because it just works.
1. Jack Box
Jack Box is infectious. Without fail, every time I have busted this out at a party everyone immediately asked where they can get it (and then runs off to buy it themselves). The developers were ingenious when they decided to create a game that uses a controller that everyone already has: your phone. Jack Box is aptly named by "Party Packs" with the most recent edition being Jack Box Party Pack 5. Included in each pack is a collection of games that can be played on your phone while using the television as the main screen. It's a bit like being on a game show, complete with a charming host. The games vary from trivia to drawing and guessing facts about each other. My personal favorite is Quiplash, where everyone needs to answer a series of questions and then vote on the best answers. If you can only afford to get one game on this list, you can't afford NOT to get Quiplash. You will be glad you did.