Playing games is a great social activity to do with your friends and family. Although video games are a very popular choice, there are plenty of games that don’t involve a controller, like social deduction games. A social deduction game is any game that involves hiding information and trying to convince other players of your viewpoint. They’re great fun to play with people you have known for years, but they are equally as good if you are trying to get to know a new group of people.
Social deduction games have become so popular in the last few years and there are some great ones that you can play online or in person. These are some of the best social deduction games to play right now.
The Werewolf Game
The Werewolf Game is an old kids game that is simple to play and great fun for all ages. One player is the werewolf and each turn, they choose somebody to kill. It is then up to the rest of the players to discuss and work out which of them is the werewolf. There are many variations on this game and a lot of people play a version called Mafia, which is a similar concept. It has also been made into a board game with an app, called One Night In Werewolf, which expands the rules and makes it easy for beginners to get to grips with.
Among Us is the most popular game of the moment right now. It’s actually quite similar to werewolf, it’s just more advanced. A group of players are aiming to complete simple tasks to fix a spaceship, but one of them is an imposter, secretly trying to kill the rest of the crew. Each time a body is discovered, the group all discuss to see if they can vote out the imposter. You can get the app for free on your phone and play with friends or even with strangers online.
Poker is one of the oldest social deduction games there is, but people often forget to put it into this category. Even though the luck of the cards is important, the real skill is in bluffing and hiding how good your hand is, and trying to work out what the other players have got. There are plenty of great online poker sites where you can set up games with friends or join random tables. However, it’s important that you follow the advice on this Responsible Gambling Guide before you start playing. When played casually, poker is a great social deduction game that gives you the chance to win a bit of money. However, some people get hooked and then it becomes a real problem.
Chameleon is the perfect board game for people that have not played social deduction games before. Each player is given a card with 16 words on, except the chameleon, who is given a blank card. A random word is then chosen with a dice roll and each player takes it in turns to give a clue related to the word. The chameleon then has to pretend that they know the word and give their clue as well. It’s up to the rest of the player to work out who the chameleon is. This is ideal for young children or people that haven’t played these kinds of games before because it’s quick to set up and easy to learn.
These social deduction games are all great fun to play with friends and family and they make a nice change from video games or standard board games.