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5 sexy games to spice up date night

Let these help you get to know each other better.

red and black Kinky Truth or Dare game and purple Domin8 game on a color-block background. Credit: Reviewed / Creative Conceptions / Chronicle Books

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Physical chemistry and emotional connection are the foundations of most romantic relationships, but even the most sexually compatible couples need something to help them come together more frequently—or more intimately. Sexy games are a great way to break the ice about hidden desires, fantasies, overcoming sexual taboos, or to remind you that there's a reason it's called foreplay.

Whether you're looking to connect on a first date, explore new sides of a long-term partner, or discover new fantasies for yourself, grab one of these top-rated foreplay games and see where it takes your sex life.

1. A sexy card game for better communication

Where Should We Begin: A Game of Stories game on a beige background.
Credit: Reviewed / Where Should We Begin: A Game of Stories

Sexual card games like Where Should We Begin can be a potent tool for exploring your sexuality.

Where Should We Begin: A Game of Stories is a card game for two to six players that creates opportunities for connection through personal storytelling, created by renowned therapist, and podcast host Esther Perel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this adult game, players draw and read prompts from a card of their choosing that tease what the storyteller could share (such as "The last time I felt free..." or "A myth about sex I've had to dispel..."). The storyteller in the "hot seat" for each round also flips a prompt card to guide story direction and encourage lively conversation (such as "Share something you've kept secret"), and has the option to decide which story to run with.

Each player is given a limited number of tokens that "require" players to tell a particular story—the rules usually dictate that they can choose from any of the story cards—or to help fellow players take a pass if they don't feel open to sharing.

Because the context of each prompt changes when paired with another story card, there's variation in the types of stories you can tell. Consider the possibilities of "Share something that's changed your worldview" versus "Share something you wouldn't tell your mother." Depending on your company, rules can be changed to suit the comfort level of other players. You can also control the intimacy level by deciding whether or not you want to include questions about sex (those cards are differentiated with a pink symbol).

$40 at Uncommon Goods

2. A sexy game for setting expectations

We're Not Really Strangers game on a cyan background.
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Available in its original version or with one of several expansion packs, We're Not Really Strangers can facilitate deeper connection.

Spice up game night with this Instagrammable and/or TikTok-worthy red-and-white card game to play with two to six players. We're Not Really Strangers is ideal for when you want to get to know someone new or connect more deeply with casual acquaintances.

The cards are divided into three categories of questions, designed to be completed in order: "perception" and "connection," which prompt you and your partner to ask each other and answer in person; and "reflection," which prompts you to write and exchange handwritten notes.

Wildcards get you out of your comfort zone by breaking up the question-and-answer format of the game with actions that invite a deeper level of connection, such as looking deeply into your partner's eyes for 30 seconds, or getting "permission to go there" before asking any question you want.

Though the sequence of questions might not seem important, proceeding through the levels in order provides a great arc to conversations that might otherwise fall flat. A perception card might ask, "What do you think my type is? Describe in detail," while a connection card might ask, "What's non-negotiable in your life?" A reflection card might serve as a natural bookend when it's time to wind down, such as, "What song should I listen to on my way home?" Regardless of the types of questions that appeal to you, We're Not Really Strangers is great when you want to explore connections without expectations.

And what if the outcome of your game-inspired conversations leave you wanting more? The Honest Dating Expansion Pack is appropriate for a first date or double date, while the Relationship Expansion Pack is for when you're ready to talk about big but potentially scary feelings, like fights, past relationships, and reasons for continuing to love each other. Both are meant to be played as part of the original game, but because each is the size of a regular deck of cards, they can fit discreetly into your purse as a conversation starter on your next night out.

Depending on your relationship status and the type of energy you want to create, you can also select Couples or Friendship. Finally, Breakup and Self-Love editions are intended for solo use, unless you feel exceptionally bold.

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3. A sexy dice game that gets you in the mood

Sexy 6 dice game on a beige background.
Credit: Reviewed / Creative Conceptions

To create scenarios for playful, spontaneous touch, roll the dice.

Transitioning from your daily routine to a more sexual mindset doesn't always happen instantaneously. That's where Sexy 6: Foreplay Edition comes in.

Players take turns rolling six dice that say who is doing what to which body part and how, in which part of the house. It's a little like Clue, if instead of Miss Scarlet in the library with the candlestick it was, Miss Scarlet in the library with the candlestick. Or to use a gameplay example: 1) You, 2) Receive, 3) A massage, 4) On the inner thigh, 5) Roughly, 6) In the kitchen.

Each roll creates an opportunity for different types of touch—it's a handheld generator of sorts for physical arousal, no vibrator required. The actions and body parts named on each die can work for any gender and are clearly intended as a game for couples, though with a little creativity could be adapted to suit more daring fantasies.

$10 at Amazon

4. A hotter version of truth or dare

Kinky Truth or Dare: Pick-A-Stick game on a cyan background.
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Encourage your partner to reveal fantasies with this gently kinky game.

Ready for Truth or Dare taken to its logical conclusion? In this gently Kinky Truth or Dare game, players take turns drawing one of 50 sticks printed with a leading question on one side and an act to complete on the other.

Truths involve questions that help potential lovers share fantasies, such as, "Truth: Have you tried any blindfolding, bondage, or S&M? Did you like it?" or, "Tell me the part of your body I should get to know better."

Dares are based in sex- or play-related action, from scenarios such as, "Fire up the vibrator. Let's find three new ways to use it," to the more kinky like, "Let's get back to nature. Pick a nearby place and give me an outdoor orgasm."

Craving more intimacy—or feeling less physically frisky? There's also the Sexy Truth or Dare Game, which is more about probing, provocative questioning than pushing the sexual envelope in an action-based way.

$14 at Amazon

5. A foreplay game to ease into kink

Domin8 game box on a pink background.
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Domin8 encourages players to experiment with consensual kink and light BDSM.

For players looking for something a little more risque, Domin8 is a tile-based board game that offers ways to introduce kink into sexy time.

Game play includes elements of light bondage, spanking, sensation play, and role play, making it potentially a good fit for newcomers to BDSM, or for those who want an excuse to incorporate different elements of it without having to plan out a scene in advance.

Players—the rules suggest two—divide the tiles and alternate placing them down until someone plays one with two tiles featuring the same icon, which triggers an act. Depending on the icons, one player might handcuff the other to furniture for three turns, play the rest of the game in only a shirt and tie, or administer a brief over-the-knee spanking, and so on.

The rules of this sex game emphasize consent and any partner's ability to veto any act at any time, along with suggestions for safewords. At the end of the game, the winner chooses a scenario card for role play, along with who will take a dominant or submissive role. (Note that some players may want to review the deck in advance to remove any scenarios they may not be comfortable with.)

Though you can play Domin8 with DIY kink items from around the house, take it to the next level with the toys mentioned on the tiles: restraints, a feather tickler, a blindfold, and a lap-appropriate flogger.

$21 at Amazon

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