Get back your family time with a traditional game night! The easiest and most time-tested game for a multi-age and -stage group has always been charades. Our list of the best iPhone apps for charades takes the time-honored game further with many hilarious bells and whistles, from impersonating celebrities to name that tune. Most are free, or super cheap, so there is something for everyone.
The best iPhone apps for charades
17 Dec 2016, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Charades Guess Words! is a hilarious twist on the traditional game Guess Who? game. Instead of just answering questions until the player has figured out your word, Charades Guess Words! includes acting, accents, drawing, dancing, song and many more for maximum fun. The app features 30 themed decks with unique categories, but you can also add your own categories, which makes play with even the youngest of kids simple and fun. Tap to select a card, tilt down to pass, and tilt up when you guess the word. You can play with two or 200 hundred players!
- Similar to Guess Who?
- 30 themed decks
- Add your own category
- Adaptable for very young kids
- Draw, dance, sing, act to offer clues
Warm up for your big night out with Pregame! Charades. Hilarious and naughty, and full of nostalgia for millennials, Pregame! Charades is more than just a drinking game. The gameplay is similar to Guess Who? where you hold up the phone to your head and guess based on clues. It’s the amusing categories that make this game fun. Selection from Drinking, Babes, Socially Unacceptable, Deal Breakers and many more. The app comes with an age warning, so users must be at least 17 to download. The fact is there should be an upper age limit too, because this is not your parents’ old-time charades game.
- Hilarious and naughty
- Similar to Guess Who?
- Must be 17+ to download
- Free iPhone app for charades
- Hold your phone to your head and guess based on clues
Here’s a fun little game that will certainly be amusing among friends or at a party. It requires users to have excellent teamwork, quick thinking and even quicker reflexes. There are 4,000 cards with 20,000 words to act out. The app has HD graphics and cool sound effects, which just add to the overall experience. Another cool feature is that 4 teams can play at a time. Whether it’s a pairing or 10 people per team, having 4 teams play against each other just brings everyone together and adds more excitement to any gathering. Other options allow users to toggle through round times and score limits to make the game longer or shorter. There’s an in-app purchase for the Full Version.
- A fun app to have at parties or family gatherings
- There are 4,000 cards and 20,000 words
- 4 different teams can play at the same time
- Set round time and scoring limits
- In-app purchase for Full Version
Boba adds a little twist to the game of charades. Instead of the group guessing what the person is acting out, all the members of the group acts out while one person guesses. It’s fun whether you are playing with just one other person or a larger group. There are over 5,000 clues to act out and they cover a wide range of topics. Additionally, this app lets you create and add your own clues. It literally makes this game of charades feel limitless. If that wasn’t cool enough, the app also has instant replay so that you can laugh over and over again. There are in-app purchases for more coins.
- A game of charades with a twist
- The group acts out clues while one person guesses
- Over 5,000 clues, Add your own clues
- Instant replay for more enjoyment
- In-app purchases for more coins
Hands Up! is a terrific party game that mimics the traditional Taboo style game, but with a twist. Rather than ask questions and get answers, clues can take virtually any form! Place the device on your head, and tap for your word. You’ll soon find yourself figuring out what your word is by watching interpretive dance, or charades! Tap the screen to pass. If you get a point you collect Gems. The more Gems you collect, the more categories you can unlock. This cute little game boasts 150 categories, so it won’t ever get old.
- 150 categories
- Dance, hum, sing, quote or act out clues
- Tap to pass
- Taboo-style game
- Collect Gems to unlock categories
America’s leading word card game, Charades! is another twist on the classic charades game. Players can play with traditional charades or take a trivia challenge. Players can do a word association lighting round, dance, or impersonate a celebrity! There is no limit to the number of players, so this game can be useful over many social situations, from car trips to parties. The game offers player 45 themed decks, each with unique and humorous subjects. Choose from movies, science, nostalgia, television, and so much more. To play, simply tilt your phone to draw a card, and tilt up to pass. Once the round has ended, tilt down if you guessed correctly.
- No player limit
- 45 themed decks
- Tilt the phone to play
- Charades, trivia, and more
- America’s leading word card game
With Move-it adults and children can both get in on the party game fun. Specifically designed to be used by families and multi-age groups, Move-it encourages social interaction rather than the typical isolation caused by screen time. The game is highly customizable, with users able to select the number of teams, the number of rounds, and the length of time for each round. Features include various game modes such as basic, board game, rush, and infinite. Decks include objects, actions, people, cartoons, food, places, media, and many more. The price is right for the budget-conscious too, because this app is free.
- For adults and children
- Encourages social interaction
- Customize the game play
- Various game modes
- Free iPhone app for charades
Acting out! is a video charades game that has won numerous awards. Players get a word and try to get their online friends to guess the word through clues which they must act out. It’s really a great solution for people who can’t stand the versions of the game which require drawing. The twist on this game is that players play with each other remotely. The game is played on an invite-only basis, so it’s always safe. Players record up to 60 seconds of video for other players to view. Features include push notifications to let you know when you’re up next.
- Video charades
- Play with friends online
- Invitation only for safety
- Record up to 60 seconds of video
- No need for drawing skills
Classic Game Night is the way to use those screens to get back your family time! With five different game types and 23 different decks, there is endless fun! Games include Charades, Guess It!, Hum a Tune, and more. Many categories means lots more laughs. Categories include films, nostalgia, music, professions, holidays and more. The games are highly adaptable for small or large team play. Take the app on a road trip, to the beach, or to your next Christmas party. The family who laughs to together stays together! The free version has lots of playability, but you can also add to it with an in-app purchase.
- Five different game types
- 23 different deck
- Small or large team play
- Useful for many social events
- Free with in-app purchases