Whatever your level, you can improve your language skills while having fun by playing French games. In this list, you will find French learning games to master every type of skill while playing alone, with a partner, or in a group.
French Card Games
A trick-taking game played by two people, Piquet dates back to at least 1535. If you enjoy card games, purchasing a Piquet deck is a good move, as the cards are needed for many other French games.
A derivative of Piquet, Bezique requires two decks and offers additional scoring opportunities.
One of the most popular French games, Belote requires two, three, or four players, depending on the variation. Rules vary around the world, but you should try the French version for an authentic experience.
4. French Tarot
After Belote, the most popular card game in France is Tarot, also called Jeu de Tarot. It typically requires four players, but three or five can play when you use a variation.
This quick game only takes five minutes to complete. Once again, it uses a Piquet deck but with just 20 or 24 cards, depending on the number of players. Bouillotte involves betting, calling, raising, and dropping out, much like poker.
Also called Loo, Lanterloo is a trick-taking game originating from the 17th century. Today, there are many variations, all of which are quite like the English game All Fours — and Lanterloo even uses the same 52-card deck. You can play with 3 to 8 players but it is best with 5 to 7.
Rams is similar to Lanterloo, except you can play with up to nine people. In the U.S., a version of Rams is often played as Rounce with a 52-card deck, but the traditional French game calls for Piquet cards.
Polignac also goes by the names of Jeux des Valets and Four Jacks. Although it is related to Hearts and Black Lady, it uses a Piquet deck. Games usually require three to six players, but it is possible to play with more by using a 52-card deck.
For a larger group, Commerce is ideal, as you can play with up to 10 people using either 52, 40, or 32 cards. Much like Thirty-One, the aim is to finish a round with the best three-card hand.
10. Mille Bornes
Meaning “thousand milestones,” Mille Bornes is an easy game to play in French, as you only need to learn a few words and know the numbers.
Yet another option for the Piquet deck, you can play Manille with just two people, but it is best to have four players competing in pairs.
KidSpeak is a package of interactive computer games that introduces children to the French language, covering a variety of topics across three levels of difficulty.
Crosswords, word searches, and other puzzles are ideal for teaching kids French words and simple sentences. You can find plenty online or in puzzle books.
14. Tongue Twisters
There are a huge number of tongue twisters in French. Use them to learn new vocabulary and push your kids’ pronunciation to the limit.
Think of a French word and ask your child to determine what it is by playing hangman. This is an ideal opportunity to practice the alphabet and some basic vocabulary.
Meaning “snail,” escargot is a game like hopscotch featuring 15 to 20 numbered squares in a spiral formation.
Kids play in a group, each taking a turn to hop on one foot to the center of the spiral and back without stepping on any lines. Kids who succeed write their initial in one square.
Subsequent players must not land in marked squares, making it increasingly difficult to reach the middle as more squares have initials.
17. Role Play
Practice the vocabulary that your child recently learned by creating a situation and role playing in French.
Video Games in French
18. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
You can switch the language of Wind Waker to French to practice your reading. With ample text, you are sure to encounter new vocabulary in this game.
19. Indigo Prophecy
Available with full audio and subtitles in French, this game has an extensive script and dialogue.
20. Heavy Rain
Another story-heavy game, Heavy Rain will push your French skills to the limit as you work hard to make fast decisions.
21. Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls is another game from Quantic Dream, the French developer. Many gamers agree that the voice acting is actually of better quality in French than in English.
22. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Although all the Assassin’s Creed games are available with French audio, Unity is a top choice purely because it is set in Paris at the time of the French Revolution.
23. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
If you have difficulty understanding French audio alone, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a great choice, as you can set the audio to one language and subtitles to another.
Minecraft is an ideal way to learn vocabulary you may otherwise not pick up. Play online in French servers to practice your conversations skills with French natives.
25. Mario Party
If you grew up playing Super Mario Bros., you’ll love the challenge of turning one of your favorites into French. Mario Party and some others are available as French games.
26. World of Warcraft
To interact with French speakers, you will need to purchase the French version of World of Warcraft. However, it is certainly worthwhile, as the large amount of communication needed provides you with an excellent opportunity to practice.
French Board Games
27. Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk
This complex game involves passing through dungeons to defeat the sorcerer Zangdar and recover the last of Gladeufeurha’s statuettes. To win timed battles and skill checks, you will need to push your French skills to the max.
Use a regular Scrabble board and create only French words or purchase a French Scrabble set for a better mix of letters.
29. Race to Paris
Race to Paris is designed to help players learn French. You will need to build sentences to earn points — the longer the sentence, the more points you receive.
30. French Bingo
Work on your speaking skills as well as recognition of words by playing French bingo. You can purchase a game or make your own by printing out cards.
Fief is a strategic game set in the Middle Ages. It is best to play with at least four people to form alliances and see a greater number of wins each round.
32. Spot It!
For beginners looking for simple French games, you can’t go wrong with Spot It! Match cards while learning basic French vocabulary with up to eight players.
Djam is slightly more challenging than some of the other board games, as it requires a greater knowledge of vocabulary to create words beginning with a certain letter on different themes.
34. Mundus Novus
Set in 16th century Spain, Mundus Novus is available entirely in French. The game involves accumulating enough doubloons and resources to beat your opponents.
Play during the French Revolution, collecting clues to gather details about the lost treasure and free Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Monopoly comes in a huge number of editions, including Paris-Saint Germain. The board and all the cards are in French, allowing you to practice your comprehension skills.
37. Off the Dead: Chapitre 1 – Morts à Venice Beach
The first chapter of the board game Off the Dead is available in French. Use your language skills to kill zombies while avoiding the loss of human lives.
38. Jeu du Nain Jaune
One of the classic French games, Jeu du Nain Jaune combines skill and luck. Rack your memory to create sequences in your favor and win rounds. This game is simple enough for kids but involves enough skill that it is fun for adults, too.
French Games Online
39. Spelling Game
Identify the correct spelling of words and phrases, using a picture for help. In this Spelling Game, you can choose from numerous topics to practice different aspects of French.
40. Languages Online
The French section of Languages Online features 35 topics to learn, accompanied by several interactive tasks to practice each.
41. Lingo Hut
Featuring 109 lessons in French, each category has fun activities and French games to learn vocabulary.
In Whack-a-Word, you must act fact choose right English translation of words in French.
This memory game will help you learn vocabulary for increasingly difficult topics.
French Party Games
All you need to add karaoke to your party are French songs with lyrics and microphone. You can easily find karaoke versions on songs on YouTube.
Compile a list of categories and pick a letter at random. Participants need to think of as many words as possible beginning with that letter for each category. Award bonus points to those who come up with words no one else does.
Make up your own questions or find some online. Play in teams to help each other out with understanding questions and figuring out answers.
47. Qui Suis Je?
You can easily turn the classic Who Am I? into French. Everyone receives a card with the name of a famous person (it’s even better if you use French celebrities). Stick the cards to your foreheads and ask questions in French to figure out who you are.
48. Maman, veux-tu?
Mother, May I? is a great game to enjoy practicing French in a group. Add complex commands that will be difficult to understand to make it a challenge for players to reach the finish line.
49. Sabine a dit
Sabine a dit is Simon Says in French. Start easy, gradually increasing the difficulty until only one player is left standing.
Take your daytime party outdoors to play pétanque. Keep score by calling out numbers in French.
Playing French games will only get you so far. If you want to master the language, avoid mistakes, and learn proper pronunciation, you need to learn with a private tutor. Search for a qualified teacher in your area to gain more from playing French games.