By now, you’re hopefully days into social distancing and need a break from your well-thought-out Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO streaming rotation. Sure, you could play solitaire on your phone and start another rotation through every single-player game—or you could enlist your friends and family for a virtual game night. The latter seems much more entertaining, if you ask me.
As the host, you should definitely cater the games you play to your crowd. Luckily, we’ve laid out the best games to play, from the tech-savvy to the bare-minimum basics. Whether you’re playing with the whole fam or your ride-or-die group of friends, you’ll know what games to choose. May the odds be ever in your favor!
For the tech-savvy bunch:
Heads Up! on Houseparty
Ellen Degeneres’s popular Heads Up! game, which involves one player guessing a word that only the other players can see, is now available on the video-chat app Houseparty. Who doesn’t love a good guessing game? Bonus: It’s free.
Mario Kart Tour
Technically, you don’t need to see your friends’ faces for this nostalgic multiplayer game. As you take on courses inspired by real cities all over the globe, you can race against up to seven other players. This one will surely satisfy a bit of your wanderlust. And if you want to
smack-talk chat while you’re playing, you can always fire up Zoom or FaceTime.
Words with Friends
This word game had a huge moment a few years ago. Let’s get back into it, shall we? It’s only a two-player game, but that makes it the perfect one to challenge your parents to. Who needs Scrabble when you have this, which definitely won’t accept any sort-of-maybe words that are likely not recognized by the dictionary.
For you and your besties:
Cards Against Humanity
I’m highly convinced that it’s impossible to play this epic game without laughing. On PlayingCards.io, you can play Cards Against Humanity just as you would offline. It’s another option you can engage with on a truly virtual level, without having to actually speak words to your friends. But a video call would make it waaaay better. As would a glass or two of wine.
Take this classic board game virtual. Start a private Monopoly game with your friends or family, and experience the animated 3D city that comes to life as you play. That’s something you can’t get with the trad board. Plus, you won’t have to deal with organizing all of the fake money.
Never Have I Ever
This verbal game will bring you back to your youth. It’s incredibly easy to play over a video call. For a refresher: After saying “Never have I ever,” one person admits something they have never done, and if anyone in the group has done that thing, they have to take a drink. You can tweak this game and take it in any direction you want. Make it travel-themed, make it dirty—either way, you’ll learn at lot about each other!
For the gaming rookies:
Everybody knows the rules: You have to guess the word your team member is acting out from a pool of suggestions they pick from at random. Whoever guesses the most words correct wins it all. You might want to put one trustworthy person in charge of keeping score. How will you choose the words over video chat? There are multiple word generators online that specifically exist to help you out with that.
Would You Rather
There are no losers in this game, and it can be tailored to all ages. Would you rather drink Coke or Pepsi? Would you rather fly or be invisible? Would you rather lose your car or all of the pictures you’ve ever taken? It’ll surely spark some debates, and you can get creative with it.
You can only ask someone how they’re doing so many times when everyone is confined to their homes all day long. So if there’s nothing left to say, turn to this question game. Not only will you learn more about whomever you’re playing with, but the convo will keep going strong!
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