Mario Kart – Nintendo Wii There’s nothing better for bonding with new people than the tried and tested mix of nostalgia and intense competition. Mario Kart delivers on both fronts. There’s nothing more satisfying than smacking your new flatmate with a red shell – then laughing about it afterwards. Although you can go for the new Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch, the classic Mario Kart Wii comes in at nearly half the price and certainly stands up to the test of time.
Quiplash – PS4 This hilarious game is the perfect icebreaker, following a Cards Against Humanity style format in which up to eight players are asked random questions. The players then answer anonymously, and the rest of the group votes on the funniest answers. This game will truly reveal the dark sides of your new flatmates and, at only £8.99, you get so much entertainment for your money. You can also have up to eight players, as well as having two audience members who still get to vote on the funniest answers, making this a perfect game for pre-drinks or getting to know big groups.
Super Mario Party – Nintendo switch Although this is one of the pricier games on the list at around £42.99, Super Mario Party provides hours of entertainment. The board-game layout of the game is supplemented by loads of mini-games, which you can play in pairs or groups, making this perfect for tournaments with your flat. The board-game sessions on this Super Mario Party can last up to two hours, so make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks for a fun night in.
Evil Apples – Mobile Not everyone can afford a PS4, and with Cards Against Humanity coming in at around £30, Evil Apples is a great alternative. This mobile game is 100% free and follows an almost identical structure to games like Cards Against Humanity. This is a great one for pre-drinks with your flat, as anyone can download it and join in! Also, because this game is online, you don’t even have to be in the same room to play – so if you’re missing out on the flat fun because of an intense library session, you can always join in wherever you are.