Boredom Busted! 20 Relationship Games to Get to Know Your Partner Better

Classic Games

Life

The game of Life is a fun board game for any type of game night, but it can be an especially fun game to play to get to know more about your partner. As your board game characters advance through the game, you can have discussions about how you see your individual futures going, as well as the future of your relationship.

Twister

Don’t underestimate how fun Twister can be as an adult! If you are like me, you haven’t even thought about, much less played Twister in the past 10 years, but that should definitely change! Even if you’ve lost all your childhood flexibility, Twister can be a super fun game to play with your partner, just don’t take yourself too seriously. Try it out, have lots of laughs and revel in the fact that you and your partner can make total fools of yourselves in front of one another and still have a good time.

Monopoly

The next time you have a couple hours and are in the mood to play a boardgame, try out a game of Monopoly together. Monopoly, for competitive people like me, can get extremely heated and stressful. So when playing this game together, you will potentially see your partner at their worst (bankruptcy is stressful even in a board game!), but, hey, it’s good to know what you’re in for. In all seriousness though, Monopoly can be very fun to play together, and its long AF which means that you will spend a lot of time together while playing it. And quality time is an important way to maintain your connection as a couple.

Clue

Interested in playing a board game together, but want to try a little less popular classic out? Try Clue! Clue is fun for anyone that likes trying to solve riddles/mysteries. It’s also fun because it has a bit more of a narrative storyline than other board games. While you play the game you can work together, or be competitive to try and solve the mystery. Spending time together in a fun, game setting can help you feel closer to one another, while having fun!

Two Truths and a Lie

For those of you that have never played, Two Truths and a Lie is exactly what it sounds like. One person tells two truths about themselves and a lie, while the other person tries to guess what is true and what isn’t. Playing this can help you test how well your partner knows you and all the obscure facts of your life. It’s a great icebreaker game, but it's also great to play with your partner or people you have known for a long time. People can always surprise you!

Poker

Poker is a super fun card game that can be played with just two people, which makes it a fun game to introduce to your relationship. While playing poker together, you can learn if your partner is a good liar, if they’re prone to bluffing or if they have a super spotable tell. Poker is also a fun relationship game because you can make bets about things like who does the dishes or, other, spicier things....

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Bedroom Games

Staring contest

A staring contest is one of the most approachable games out there. After all, you don’t need any kind of board or game accessories to play. To play, all you have to do is look into each other’s eyes. While this may seem like a super simple task, it ends up being way harder than you might think. Staring into someone’s eyes is a deeply intimate experience, but also a great way to reinforce your connection to one another, and maybe even spark some intimacy...

Blindfolding

Okay, this may not be for everyone, because it can involve a significant amount of trust, but if both you and your partner are down, introducing a blindfold to the bedroom can be a really fun way to get to know your partner better while exploring new things together. One person can try out the blindfold at a time, and you can figure out the rest from there.

Truth or Dare

I’m sure that most everyone has played a game of truth or dare at least once in their lifetimes, whether it was at a sleepover, sometime in college, or sometime after. Truth or Dare is a great way to find out specific things you’ve always wanted to ask your partner, that is, if your partner picks truth. If they pick dare, you can get creative with bedroom/foreplay friendly dares. If you’re having a hard time thinking of good truth questions or creative dares, check out the app store/websites online to find exhaustive lists.

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is another great example of a classic sleepover party game that can be adapted for the bedroom. During a typical Never Have I Ever game, people go around the room and state things they have never done, if you have done that thing you have to speak up and accept the penalty (which can range from gaining a point or taking a drink/shot). In the version I play, the first person to reach five of whatever the penalty loses. In the bedroom adaptation, you and your partner can decide on the penalty ;) then take turns stating ‘never have I evers’ to get to know each other a bit better.

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Made for Couples Games

TableTopics: Couples

Super fun and popular games like TableTopics, also have couples editions that you and your partner can play together. TableTopics: Couples offers an extensive list of questions that will prompt conversation between you and your partner. Questions include things like “for what reasons were you disciplined when you were a child” and “if we could quit our jobs what would we like to do”. The prompts are super out of the box, and inspire interesting conversation that might not naturally come up. This game will help you learn more about your partner, no matter how long you have known them! This game can also help you learn more about yourself as you reflect on the super thought-provoking prompts.

Love Language: The Card Game

Similar to TableTopics: Couples, Love Language: The Card Game is a card game specifically made for couples to get to know each other better. The game comes with a set of 150 question prompts that are meant to make you think really hard about yourself, your partner and the relationship in a fun, but serious way! The cards are divided into five categories: family, intimacy, couple, individual, and past & future, which allows you to pick an area to focus on, or to mix it up! Depending on your relationship dynamic, it can sometimes be difficult to bring up serious topics; this card game can facilitate important conversations about your past and future in a fun and easy-going setting. The questions are specifically designed to inspire these types of conversations and they can be played over and over again, as you and your partner change as people.

{THE AND} Couples Game

{THE AND} Couples Edition is another card game crafted just for couples! This deck comes with 199 question cards that will spark interesting conversation between you and your partner. The cards are super versatile and can be played during a fun date night, or to help explore sensitive relationship topics. Card prompts include questions, like, “why do you love me” and “when do you feel closest to me”. This specific game also has a charitable component, 5% of the net proceeds from the profits are donated to different non-profit organizations, chosen by the creators of the game. So, get to know your partner more, and feel good while doing it, knowing that you’re helping support small organizations!

You Think You Know Me

You Think You Know Me is another conversation card game to play with your significant other. The card game playfully tests how well you know each other, with prompts like “I know your favorite pizza topping is ______” and “I know you do/do not believe in luck”. This is definitely the most light-hearted of the conversational card games. With 500 different cards, it’s a great way to learn more about your partner. This game is also not necessarily couple specific, feel free to play with your significant other, your close friends and your family!

Marital Bliss

Marital Bliss is another card game that is made specifically for couples. Unlike other card games that can be played over the course of an hour to two, Marital bliss is a week-long ordeal that involves individualized missions with different point values and reward cards at the end like a foot massage, or something more intimate. The game was created by a game-loving married couple, so it was definitely created with similar couples in mind. But you totally do not have to be married to partake! Most of the missions involve doing something for your significant other, as do the reward cards. Playing this game can bring you closer as a couple by engaging in little acts of service throughout the week in a fun and competitive setting. You can also learn exactly what reward cards motivate your significant other!

The Newlywed Game

The Newlywed Game was a popular TV show on air from 1966 to 2013. The show featured four newly married couples in a competition to see how well they knew each other. Even though the show is no longer on air, you can still enjoy the premise by hosting your very own Newlywed Game with a few of your favorite couple friends. Plenty of websites have written rules and lists of questions so that you can play the game yourself. The website Parade, for example, has 250 question prompts you can use to host your very own game show night. While the game was initially geared towards young, new married couples, this game can be adapted for any couple married or not, newly partnered or not. Inviting other couples to play can also help keep the game night environment competitive, but fun!

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Creative Games

Charades

Okay, I feel like this one doesn’t need much of an explanation...everyone’s played charades at least once before in their lives! Charades can be a fun way to get to know your partner better. What kind of things do they choose to act out? How do they try to explain things? What do they do when they’re totally stumped? Are they over-the-top competitive? Playing a game like charades can give you insights into these things and will let you get to know your partner a little better. Not everyone is into two-person charades, but not to worry! Charades is the perfect party game to play with other couples. Invite some people over and play on teams either with your significant other, or against them! Involving other people in your charades playing can make it more fun, and it will not take away from getting to know your partner better.

Grocery store games

Who said you can’t make chores fun? For many people, trips to the grocery store can be a total drag and something that you really dread doing. So change it up! Turn a trip to the grocery store into a competition between you and your partner to shop the quickest or find the best deals. You can split up the list equally and go from there. You can knock out a not-so-fun errand together and try to make it fun. Though this game is very light-hearted in nature, it can help you get to know your partner better by seeing how they shop and interact with people in the store.

Scavenger hunts

Scavenger hunts can be a fun way to test how well your partner knows you and your relationship milestones. Create a list of clues about where you first met, your favorite ice cream spot, and things of that nature, then go along with them as they try to solve it! Scavenger hunts can be super fun for you to plan and for your partner to play! If there are clues that they don’t know, they’ll learn along the way, which will bring you closer together. Scavenger hunts can be a great way to get out of the house and revisit some of your favorite places! Don’t forget to include a good prize at the end, hard work deserves a reward!

Blind Date Game

The blind date game is another fun way to break up your routine and try something new. You and your partner both write down five possible date night ideas (these can range from a movie night in/Netflix and chill to a fancy dinner out) and then select one at random whenever you are feeling spontaneous and can’t decide exactly what to do. Spending quality time together is one of the best ways to get to know your partner better. Having a fun date night activity will facilitate this time together, which will make you feel closer to one another.

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