The Canopy Collection: Game-Night Edition

The cofounders of the Amazon-curating website Canopy have tracked down the perfect games to play while staying up late with friends on summer nights.

If you're finding that you've played one too many games of Cards Against Humanity, these unique games should be a welcome respite for you and your friends.

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Study the delicate process of one color slowly becoming another with this challenging gradient puzzle. When you're done, hang it on your wall as a piece of art.

Gradient Puzzle Red/Yellow by Areaware, $23,
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Fans of Jenga and Operation will appreciate Suspend, a high-wire balancing game that favors those with calm nerves and steady hands. As with the most addictive of games, this one is easy to understand and nearly impossible to master.

Suspend by Melissa & Doug, $14,
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Test your memory with cards featuring distinctive, folky designs and illustrations by Alexander Girard, of Herman Miller fame. Each game comes with 72 pieces and a limited-edition wooden box.

Alexander Girard Memory Game by Ammo Books, $16,
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The Perplexing X in a Box by Monkey Pod Games, $9,

The name of the game says it all: an X-shaped piece of wood is trapped inside a box. The question is, how do you get it out gracefully and quickly? It seems simple enough, but this one will have your puzzle-solving neurons firing.

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See how well your mind works under pressure in this fast-paced card game. Players pick cards from a deck and face off once they have pulled cards that display matching categories. The first to utter a correct answer wins both cards. Polish up on your general knowledge—the game covers everything from dinosaurs to doughnuts to tennis players.

Anomia by Brybelly, $25,
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Embrace your sneaky side with this beautifully designed party game for the more, yes, devious among us (no false advertising here). Your mission revolves around the village—you will attempt to save it or destroy it, depending on your role.

Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People by Up Down Left Right, $15,
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A minimalist, lightweight, and compact set of dominoes makes for the ideal travel game. Stash this set in your purse, backpack, or even your glove compartment to have fun at the ready at all times.

Travel Dominoes with Muslin Bag by Walnut Studio, $35,
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When your (sadly, fictional) spaceship malfunctions, you have to team up with your fellow interstellar travelers to figure out what's wrong before you find yourselves down a black hole or meeting some other unseemly intergalactic demise. Adapted from the award-winning indie mobile game.

Spaceteam: A Fast-Paced, Cooperative, Shouting Card Game by Timber & Bolt, $25,
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Provide your teammates with creative and carefully worded clues to get them to guess words. But be careful: obvious clues are not allowed. A few rounds of this classic game will make for a night of unspeakable fun.

Taboo Board Game by Hasbro, $12,
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In a modern take on a classic form (see Taboo above), Monikers tasks players with describing various characters to their teammates without the use of the very words that would be most helpful—all while staring at adorable imagery contributed by artists like Gemma Correll, Grace Danico, and Jason Kottke. Expect to hear outbursts of glee, confusion, and frustration throughout the evening.

Monikers by Palm Court, $25,
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