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Many students are moving back home or living off-campus due to the growing number of positive cases of coronavirus on college campuses. They have limited options for entertainment due to the current government restrictions and the threat of contracting the virus. In a time when it’s only possible to hang out with a few people at a time, a face-to-face game is a great option to pass the time with friends. Here is a list of games I have played with my friends, which I can assure you were incredibly fun and addicting!​

Unstable Unicorns (14+)


This game is by far the best but most addicting game I have ever played. Unstable Unicorns is a game of strategy, betrayal, sacrifice, and destruction. The goal of the game is to place seven unicorn cards in your stable while simultaneously using upgrades, downgrades, and magic cards to help yourself and harm other players. Plus, you start with a baby unicorn card in your stable at the beginning of the game. All players also have the choice to “neigh” other players if they have the appropriate card, which automatically sends a card to the discard pile right after being placed. I highly recommend this game. Unstable Unicorns is a great way to pass time with your friends!

Bonus: Unstable Unicorns also has optional drinking and stripping rules, as well as multiple expansion packs.

Exploding Kittens (7+)


Probably the most well-known game on this list, Exploding Kittens is a cute and chaotic game of chance (and maybe some strategy). The cards are placed face down on a table as players take turns drawing cards. If someone draws an exploding kitten card, they explode and are out of the game. The exploding kitten cards are able to be canceled by a diffuse card, saving you from being out of the game. There are other cards in the deck that allow you to peek at the next cards, attack other players, and more. Exploding Kittens is a fast-paced and simple game to play with your friends during some downtime.

Kan Jam


If you and your friends would rather get together outdoors, Kan Jam is a great game option! It is a two versus two frisbee game, where the objective is to reach 21 points. Large cans sit opposite of each other as players try to throw frisbees, gaining points if your partner hits it into the can, is a direct hit, or goes inside of the can. There is also a small slot on the front, which would grant a team an instant win if they throw the frisbee through there. Kan Jam is easily adjustable to players’ skill levels and an enjoyable game to play outdoors. 

Awkward Hugs (16+)


Awkward Hugs is… well, awkward. But, once you and your friends embrace the strangeness of this game it becomes incredibly hilarious. Two players each put on a hug belt, which they also lock to each other in the front. While the players hug, a third player asks awkward questions that the hugging players must give the same answers to in order to be unlocked. If they answer differently, they have to perform consequences while remaining in an embrace. 

Sydney Weiland

Kutztown '21

Currently, I'm a senior at Kutztown University majoring in English with minors in professional writing, social media theory & strategy, and music and a writing intern with HerCampus. Outside of classes, I love to play my oboe, go thrifting, and cook.
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