n. 1 A game played at a party, such as musical chairs or charades. 2 (context video games English) A multiplayer game, usually consisting of a series of short minigames, that can be easily played in a social setting.
n. a game to amuse guests at a party
Party games are games that are played as a part of a party, to facilitate interaction and provide entertainment and recreation at social gatherings. Categories include (explicit) icebreakers, parlour (indoor), picnic (outdoor), and large group games. Other types include pairing off (partnered) games, and parlour races. Different games will generate different atmospheres so the party game may merely be intended as an icebreaker, or the sole purpose for or structure of the party. As such, party games aim to include players of various skill levels and player-elimination is rare. Party games are intended to be played socially, and are designed to be easy for new players to learn.
Party Game was a Canadian television game show in the 1970s, produced by Hamilton independent station CHCH-TV from 1970 to 1981. It aired throughout Canada in syndication, broadcast on 32 stations at its peak.
Hosted by Bill Walker, the show featured two teams of three players in a charades competition. The Challenger Team was composed of a contestant joined with two guest star players who appeared either for a single day or for the whole week, while the Home Team consisted of series regulars Jack Duffy, Dinah Christie and Billy Van. Using game play similar to the American game show Pantomime Quiz, answers were usually jokes or complex phrases involving a pun or some other form of word play (example: "Tiny Tee Hee.... "I didn't come here to be fiddled with" said the pussycat as she rescued her offspring from the violin factory"). Viewers at home were also invited to send their own joke or phrase, which if used, could win them a small prize.
Party Game was produced by Riff Markowitz, the executive producer and star of The Randy Dandy Show and executive producer of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. It was taped in a double suite at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. The set was a simple living room type with couches and a few wall pictures and pieces.
The voice-over announcer who announced each charade was credited as "Gardiner Westbound", a nod to a stretch of the Gardiner Expressway in Downtown Toronto heading toward Hamilton, but was actually producer Markowitz.
Usage examples of "party game".
Jenny hadn't been there since the day of Tom's birthday, the day she'd walked there to buy a party game.
A watch list was made up, a General Staff appointed, all in the spirit of a new party game.
He wished it were possible to know all these languages, even though the latest generations of AI translators were really pretty good: voices well modulated, vocabularies large and accurate, grammar excellent, phrasing almost free of the errors that had made earlier translation programs such a great party game.