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Looking to try something new for your next date night? How about a round of “Sexy Jenga” or “Strip Twister”? We rounded up 23 expert-approved games, from romantic to raunchy, that couples can try to have some fun, explore each other’s minds (and bodies), and get to know each other better.
Why you and your partner should play games.
First things first: Bringing play into your relationship is so valuable. As AASECT-certified sex therapist De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson, LCSW, CST, “I think a lot of times people underestimate the power of play within their relationship.” It’s easy to take ourselves too seriously, she notes, so incorporating elements of play and giving yourself space for imagination can really enhance your relationship.
As adults, we don’t always give ourselves enough space to play, says licensed psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist Megan Fleming, Ph.D. But having the structure of different games, whether they’re more romantic, kinky, or somewhere in between, gives couples a chance to explore in ways they may not have considered.
“It creates curiosity in a safe way,” she explains, “because it’s something outside of you that’s giving you the guidance, and giving direction to try things you may have never thought of on your own.”
Board & card games to play at home:
Use Your Mouth is a card game created by sexologist Shamyra Howard and is a favorite of Blaylock-Johnson’s. They’re conversation starter cards, making them great for people who are looking for new ways to explore conversations and ask questions you may not normally ask, she says.
If you really want to get into play mode, Blaylock-Johnson also suggests breaking out your old Twister box. This throwback game is sure to get your bodies entwined and help you be in the moment, she says, adding, “We don’t often give ourselves a chance to be mindful.”
This bestselling adult board game for couples comes recommended by Fleming. The Monogamy Adult Board Game allows for plenty of conversation—and fun. It’s got over 400 ideas for inspiration, and Fleming says it’s an excellent way to get out of a sexual rut.
Fog of Love is a two-person board game that involves you and your partner navigating a made-up relationship. You each have two characters who fall in love—and it’s your job to keep them together. Playing as this couple, you’ll face ups and downs, laughs, and a fair amount of difficult conversations and compromise. Are you up for the challenge?
5. 52 Weeks of Sexploration
This deck of cards, recommended by Fleming, is a great way for you and your partner to explore new things, both romantic and raunchy. Each card in the Sexploration Vouchers deck has a different task on it, with half leaning more cute and romantic and the other half being a bit dirtier.
6. The Ultimate Game for Couples
Truly a couples’ game, there’s a reason this deck of cards (recommended by Fleming) is called the Ultimate Game For Couples. You can play one-on-one or with other couples, and the 200 cards range from questions to challenges and competitions.
7. Welcome to Your Perfect Home
Any Mad Men enthusiasts out there? In Welcome to: Your Perfect Home, you can let your imaginations take the reins as you build the best New Town in the United States during the 1950s. You’ll build estates, parks, and pools; hire employees; and more.
Kind of like a kinky mix of Truth or Dare and Would You Rather, Fleming recommends Kinky Confessions. You can play with up to five friends or just one-on-one, with each card presenting you with a “would you rather” prompt. If you don’t want to answer the question, you have to forfeit (aka take a shot or a sip of your drink)! You can also make this a nondrinking game, and the “forfeit” take can be anything you want.
9. 20 Questions With a Twist
Remember playing 20 Questions with your crush back in the day? Give it a drinking twist by asking your partner questions about yourself rather than you asking about them. Say you ask them, What was the name of my high school? If they get it wrong—they take a sip. If they get it right, you take a sip. Alternate asking each other until you’ve each asked your 20 questions.
(P.S. Fleming recommends sipping rather than shots for the longer games, for obvious reasons.)
And for the beer pong lovers out there, this classic drinking game can easily be curated for couples by adding truth-or-dare-type questions or tasks under each of your cups. Arrange cups on either end of a table in a pyramid shape, just like normal beer pong, and place your pieces of paper under the cups. When you get a ball in that cup, your S.O. has to answer the question or do the dare underneath.
Fun games to get to know your partner:
How well do you and your partner really know each other? You’ll definitely find out with a few rounds of two truths and a lie. And the best part about this game is you can make it into more of a challenge by adding tasks, if you or your partner get the answer wrong. Whether you turn it into a drinking game, where you take a sip for every question wrong, or come up with tasks like a massage or a household chore, the options are endless.
Blaylock-Johnson loves Never Have I Ever, both for one-on-one date nights, or a couples game night with friends. “You can make it themed,” she adds, whether the theme be sexual, travel-related, etc., and come up with tasks or challenges for whoever puts five fingers down first.
14. The Gottman’s Couples’ Quiz
The Gottmans are two of the world’s leading relationship experts, and their How Well Do You Know Your Partner quiz will cover all the essential questions. Take time going through them, whether guessing each other’s answers or simply allowing them to be conversation starters. If you want to test your knowledge of your partner, and improve it, Blaylock-Johnson says this is a good option to check out. (And here’s mbg’s couples’ quiz if you want another one!)
The And by Skin Deep is another recommendation from Blaylock-Johnson, with a deck of lots of deep questions. They also have editions for new couples, long-term couples, and even friends. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions you may normally never think to ask, and you’re sure to learn more about your partner.
If you’re looking for a sexy game with a touch of competition, Blaylock-Johnson suggests “Sexy Jenga.” Take some time to think out fun commands and tasks for each of the pieces (i.e., take off an item of clothing, take a shot, kiss your partner, etc.) and have fun as you take apart the Jenga tower, piece by piece.
Fleming and Blaylock-Johnson are both fans of sex dice, which offer inspiration in the bedroom and help you two explore each other. One of the dice has locations on the body, and the other, commands (i.e., kiss neck or massage thighs). Some sets also have a third die for a location throughout the house.
Remember Mad Libs from when you were a kid? Blaylock-Johnson says they’re a great way to explore your fantasies and tell them to your partner. You can find free printables of sexy Mad Lib outlines online, or you can go the extra creative mile and totally create your own, adding in your adjectives and nouns for one tantalizing story.
Certified sex therapist Michelle Herzog, LMFT, CST, previously recommended this game as a favorite. It’s called Jar of Desire, and both people write out 10 to 15 sexual-based questions, topics, or likes/things they’d like to try, then put them in the jar. Throughout the week (or night), pick randomly from the jar. Whatever card you pull is what you and your partner can explore—whether verbally or physically.
20. 52 Weeks of Role Play
Interested in role play but not sure where to start? Put on your best acting performance and try this deck of role-play cards. Fleming notes each card gives you practical advice for different role-play scenarios, with everything from beginner to kinkier suggestions.
For a sexy spin on Truth or Dare, Fleming likes Talk, Flirt, Dare, a card game that includes fun conversation starters and questions, flirtatious tasks, and sexy dares. One nice thing about this game is the “Talk” cards are great for a group of friends or couples, while the flirty and dare cards can be kept for the two of you.
This board game, called Nookii gets increasingly intimate. It’s all about the tease and building anticipation, Fleming says, as you’re prompted to explore each other’s bodies. It even comes with a little timer, if you’re into a little clock-induced pressure. Or of course, you can leave the timer out and take your sweet time.
This DIY sex game for couples from sex and relationship therapist Courtney Geter, LMFT, CST, is simple—but potentially messy. Place honey (or chocolate syrup or whipped cream, etc.) somewhere on your partner’s body and then blindfold yourself. Then, using only your mouth or tongue, find the honey.
Whether you’re newly dating or have been together for years, every couple can make a little more room for play in their relationship. With so many games to choose from, you can have fun, spice things up in the bedroom, and learn more about each other as you play.