Want some super fun social games that require skill, precision and energy? Have we got some sweet picks for your next backyard, tailgating or park excursion. Beer pong is dead. Try these instead.
Hook N’ Ring ($25, Viva Sol): It's a leisurely game for people who want to chill porch-side. And if it sounds simple, it’s because it is; you toss a strung-up ring and try to catch it on a hook for a “Ringer” point. But in the simplicity lies the pleasure: an all-wood target with walnut veneer finish and an oil-rubbed bronze hook and ring .
Quick Rider 15-foot Zip Line ($142, Zip Line Gear): No longer for just the Costa Rican canopy or Adirondack mountaintops, this is a zip line kit for your very own backyard. Okay, you caught us. It’s not a game per se, it’s more of a “who can feel the exhilaration of being a kid the most contest.”
Bolaball Ultimate ($57, Sears): Grab your ‘bolas’ (like the slick Chilean gaucho you are) and try to wrap or hang them around the highest post (lower posts are worth less) to get to 21 points first. Sounds easy, but it’s not. It is perfect for shaming the most obnoxious of flip cup masters, though.
Spikeball Combo ($60, Dick’s Sporting Goods): Volleyball is great, but you need to find an open space, then have to set up a gigantic, unwieldy net. With Spikeball you just throw down the mini trampoline-sized net and start spiking like a maniac (or master depending upon skill level). Just do us a favor and put your beer down first.
Quest 3-Hole Bean Bag Toss ($30, Dick’s Sporting Goods): With fun, self-explanatory game play, this is a total classic. Indeed, a good three-hole bean bag toss can get even the laziest backyard barbecue attendee off their posterior and on their feet for some good, clean fun.
Kan Jam ($40, Kan Jam): Score by throwing the frisbee toward the goal and having your partner deflect it through the top in this fast-paced two-on-two game. The rare and hard-fought ‘Instant Win’ occurs if you throw the disc directly into the goal slot with no assistance. And since it’s ultimate frisbee without the running, everyone wins!