From the moment we heard host Alan Cumming’s mischievous voiceover, we were hooked. The traitors. Perhaps it was the mystique of its Scottish castle setting, the charms of its handsome host, or the intense vibes around the banishing table. Probably, it’s that we love disorder, and there is no better disorder than that caused intentionally by a traitor bent on sabotage and subterfuge.
In the new reality TV competition Peacock, a team must work together for a quarter million dollar prize. But among the Faithful, there are secret traitors, determined to sabotage their efforts to compromise the pot. if you loved The mole either squid game, you just might get another chance to watch a dangerous deception unfold from the safety of your couch. But if you want to get in the game, well, we’ve got just the thing for you… 10 of them, actually.
Here are the best video games and board games for when you want to play sabotage. Lies, disguises, poisons, but whatever happens, go for the victory!
Looking for a quick game that lets you lie to your friends? Verify One Night Ultimate Werewolf, a game of hidden identities that moves at a breakneck pace. The presumption is simple: the villagers are trying to find the werewolves that live in their town. Players get only one round, made up of a night phase and a day phase, to catch them.
Each player receives a card that assigns them a secret role, such as a werewolf, a normal villager, or a specialized role like the seer. During the night phase, these roles wake up in a specific order and wreak havoc, such as looking at other players’ cards or secretly switching roles. When the day phase arrives, the players voice their suspicions and vote on who they think the werewolves are. You’ll have to rely on your wits and, if you’re a werewolf, your lying skills, to stay alive. Belén Edwards, entertainment reporter
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Caveat: Faking it It’s not for the faint of heart, and it can make you hate your friends for up to two weeks after playing the game. Here is the gist. At the start of each round, each player is assigned a role, either “the faker” or just an unsuspecting participant. All players will then be sent an identical task to their respective mobile devices, such as “Raise your hand if you ever ate food from the trash”: except for the faker They will have to blend in as best they can without revealing their identity and hope that they will respond in agreement with the rest of the group. Otherwise, the counterfeiter will have to convincingly explain away their most recent meal in the dump or risk getting caught. It’s extremely stressful, but in a fun way. And as a bonus, you’ll learn which people in your friend group you should never tell your darkest secrets to again. —Dylan Haas, Senior Purchasing Reporter
Of course Among us(Opens in a new window) would be on this list. Released in 2018, this 2D sleeper hit toured the world in 2020. Its simple gameplay and reliance on communication made it an attractive option for socializing during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also excellent fodder for live streaming collaborations(Opens in a new window).
In Among us, players take on the role of small, chubby, multicolored astronauts who run through an enclosed area to complete a variety of tasks. However, some crewmates are actually impostors who are tasked with sabotaging the group’s efforts and stealthily killing them one by one. Therefore, the crewmates must work together to figure out who the impostors are and eliminate them before they are all killed, which inevitably leads to a lot of lying, cajoling, and general shenanigans. —Amanda Yeo, reporter
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Forget dying of dysentery in the 8-bit hellscape of the oregon trail. This story-driven board game offers a wild twist. Four to 10 players place character tokens around the campfire on the board. Each round, they collect three “hunt” cards to anonymously contribute to the group meal: either fish, squirrel, poison, medicine, or empty-handed. If there isn’t enough food to go around, someone has to “die,” and that decision is made by group voting. The pioneers aim to drive out the cannibals, but first they have to guess who these cunning people-eating saboteurs might be. Meanwhile, the cannibals have the upper hand, they know who is who and they take advantage of lies, paranoia and suspicion to survive.
Let me assure you that this game of sabotage and investigation is a lot of fun. While the content of this game means that it is aimed at adults, I can confirm that elementary school kids will be thrilled with the excitement, debate, and free pass to lie. But how you will explain what a cannibal is, well, that’s up to you. —Kristy Puchko, film editor
If you already passed Among us(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab) and are looking for a similar social deduction experience, first class problems it may be the move for you. The setting is a luxury space cruiser, which sounds pretty good, until you add the small fact that this particular ship has been the victim of a “kill all humans” AI uprising. You’ll have to cooperate with the other guests to survive the night and try to get the AI on board back to a non-killing state, but there’s a problem: some of them are part of the robbery rebellion and you may not. find out who they are until it’s too late. —dh
winter project is a delightfully fun mix between a survival game where resource gathering is key (see games like the long dark(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab), valheim(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab)and even animal crossing(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab)) and a social deduction game like some of the other picks on our list. Stranded in a frozen desert with no means of rescue in sight, your group will have to repair, harvest, and craft their way to salvation, all while trying to discover who the traitors within their ranks are. Unique features like proximity-based voice chat and private channels only add to the paranoia of it all and make it even more of a challenge to figure out who you can truly trust as you battle the elements. Be careful, that teammate who said he wanted to “brave the wilderness” together might actually be leading you into a cave full of angry bears.—dh
Do you want to test your social deduction skills? Y stop the rise of fascism at the same time? After secret hitler is the treacherous game for you. Year? 1932. The place? Germany. As members of Germany’s fragile liberal government, players are tasked with electing chancellors and approving policies. Unfortunately, a group of secret fascists, including the incumbent Secret Hitler, are working to sabotage parliamentary proceedings right under the noses of the liberals!
The game revolves around secretly voting and choosing between liberal and fascist politics. If the fascists approve more policies either if they choose Hitler as chancellor, they win. This means that the TRUE the battle is fought in the discussions between rounds. Here, deceit and wild accusations reign supreme, culminating in tense government shenanigans with the stakes high. —TO BE
Regarding the gameplay, avalon shares some similarities with other social deduction games like secret hitler. However, this one comes with a fun Arthurian twist: you’re playing as members of King Arthur’s court. Players vote on who can take part in missions, but watch out! Mordred’s minions lurk among you, hoping to fail each mission without getting caught.
To enhance the Arthurian legend vibes, you can play as a number of additional roles like Merlin, Percival, and Morgana. These hidden identities change the information you can learn about others, such as who is on the side of good or evil. Adds an extra layer of secrecy to a game already filled with treacherous intrigue, perfect for betraying your friends in style. — TO BE
Bluff your way to the top in Blowa game of social deduction, hidden identities and murder. Each player assumes the role of a powerful government official fighting for total power over his rivals. To achieve this power, players get two influence cards that represent specialized roles like Duke or Ambassador. Their abilities can help you earn money, steal from others, and even commit hits or murders. Once both of your influence cards have been removed, you are out of the game. The last one standing wins.
The capture? Only you know the truth about your influence cards, so you can lie about your roles in At any time. Of course, this means that other players can also call you at any time, so be careful. If you get caught, you lose one of your cards. But if you make a false accusation, you also lose one of your cards. It’s a double-edged sword, but for the chance to triumph over your enemies? It may be worth it. — TO BE
What’s scarier than betraying your friends? How about betraying your friends… in a haunted house? If supernatural betrayal is up your alley, Betrayal at House on the Hill gives you many opportunities. The game starts with all the players working together to explore an old mansion. However, at some point in the game, one player turns on the others and a manhunt begins.
One of the best things about Betrayal at House on the Hill It’s just different every time you play it. You build the mansion with a set of tiles that you explore as the game progresses, so you never play the same map twice. Also, the game offers you different victory conditions for each location. Truly a game with range and lots of fun scares. — TO BE