You can't go wrong with the classics, and there's 51 of them to enjoy in the appropriately titled Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. With a wide variety of card games, board games and other games (including some golf and bowling), you're sure to find at least one activity that everyone will dig, whether you want a few rounds of poker or some target practice. It's not the most raucous of party games, but perhaps you're not throwing the most raucous of parties. Sticky floors and broken porcelain aren't prerequisites for a good time, you know! Crack out the (digital) cards, grab yourself a drink and enjoy.
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A stand-out party game, Cake Bash deserves a place on your Switch menu. As with all games of its type, it benefits from having your friends alongside you, but online play with matchmaking (here called "matchbaking") works well, and you can play with bots if you really feel like you need to. It's only the eventual repetition that brings down Cake Bash, and that's really in the pie of the beholder. Far more than a mere trifle, Cake Bash belongs in the upper crust. Geddit?
Overcooked 2 is a fantastic sequel to a co-op classic, building on the gameplay ideas from before in meaningful new ways while polishing up what was already there. There is a lingering sense that this is more of the same, but it’s such a blast to play that you’ll hardly be focused on the lack of any major innovations; overall, this feels like a stronger execution of the original vision with the added benefit of some hearty DLC that's been added to the menu since launch.
The organisation and co-ordination required to run a kitchen effectively may be beyond the abilities of your guests if the party's been jumpin' for a few hours, but Overcooked 2 is bubbling over with personality and heart, and we’d recommend this one to anyone looking for a fantastic party game.
WarioWare: Get It Together! is a triumphant Switch debut for the subversive series that makes some daring changes to core gameplay, resulting in the best entry in the franchise to date. With a generous roster of playable characters, lots of solo and multiplayer modes to dig into, and stages that cleverly adapt to your choices on the fly, this is a superb compilation of hilarious microgames that delivers more ways to play than ever before.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll dodge bird droppings on a skateboard. So grab a few friends or family members, break out the controllers, and gather round the TV — WarioWare: Get It Together! is essential stuff.
Kirby's Dream Buffet is a bright and breezy party game that sees a whole field full of Kirby characters roll at speed down sweet treat-laden tracks where the only objective is to get to the bottom first and lay claim to the largest mountain of strawberries when you get there. What results is a colourful and chaotic slice of slapstick party game action that's friendly to beginners, young gamers, and adults alike.
The sheer verve of Just Shapes & Beats is infectious. It injects pure joy into the oppressive, pulsing panic of Super Hexagon and creates a celebratory explosion of the audio-visual in video games.
Grab three friends (plus more to watch in awe at your rhythm game skillz) and hook your Switch up to your sound system to turn this game from a good, fun time into a fantastic party atmosphere that your neighbours will definitely love.
Some party games — like Jackbox — are suitable for all audiences. Others — like Smash Bros. — are for the gamers. TowerFall falls (ha) into that latter category, but don't let that fool you. This precision fighting-platformer can support 6 characters, and the more chaotic, the better — it's an easy recommendation to anyone looking for a great party game for their Switch; the easy to understand mechanics and near-bottomless depth will ensure that this one will be a house favourite for years to come.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime caught us by surprise; we were expecting a great multiplayer party experience but ended up with something much more than that. If you have a great bunch of friends and the necessary controllers, be sure to gather everyone round for some challenging but hilarious teamwork.
But even when the party's over, load the game up anyway and enjoy an intense, strategically-minded campaign with a warm and welcoming exterior. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime deserves to be played and should most definitely be on your eShop wishlist – we’re in love, for sure.
As a group, Abba sits alongside only a handful of the world's biggest acts — The Beatles, Queen, and perhaps only a couple of others — with the cross-generational, mainstream appeal to support a multiplayer music game like Let's Sing Abba.
As a party game, it will work well whatever the enthusiasm levels of your attendees; unabashed karaoke lovers can get stuck right in belting out the classics, but there's also 'Jukebox' mode, which just slaps the videos to the songs you've unlocked on screen with the lyrics. This makes for perfect background noise at reserved British parties where nobody wants to stand with a mic in their hand, but they'll happily spend several hours staring at a screen while nursing a drink and realising how few Abba lyrics they actually know. Everyone's a winner!
Mario Party Superstars is a love letter to the parties you remember attending 20 years ago. A disappointingly slim selection of boards takes the shine off things somewhat, but it’s hard to argue that this is the best Mario Party has been in over a decade.
No new ideas absolutely feels like a missed opportunity, but by the same token we’d much prefer to have all these classic ideas intact rather than potentially tainting them with unwanted and unnecessary inclusions only added for the sake of being new. Grab a can of Tango and a fistful of 10p Freddos — you’re going to party like it’s 1999.
The Venga bus is comin' and everybody's jumpin'... ahem. That's it for our picks of the best party games on Switch. Have you had a blast at your hip, sexy rooftop party with something that isn't featured here? Let us know below and we just might add it to the list. Until then, party on Wayne, Garth, and all you lovely people.
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