February 19, 2021
Strike up some friendly competition with a virtual game night.
Navigating social interaction during the pandemic can be challenging for many people. But there are still plenty of ways you can stay connected with family and friends – like hosting a virtual game night. Playing games online is a great way to interact with friends and loved ones while following the rules of social distancing. From classic card games to trivia, online games can help you spark some friendly competition. All you need is high-speed internet and a reliable videoconferencing service, like Zoom, to get started. Below are seven games that can provide hours of entertainment at your next virtual game night.
Jackbox Games: It’s time to call your friends out on their bluffs! Use a videoconferencing service to host a competition with up to eight friends and choose from a variety of standalone games. Packages include drawing, bluffing, fill in the blank and trivia games.
Cards Against Humanity: Are you ready for some adult humor? Thanks to Playcards.io you can now access a free version of this hilarious game on Remote Insensitivity. Just log on to a video chat and send everyone the link to your personal game room to get started.
UNO: If you’re a fan of this classic card game, you’re in luck. You can now download UNO! On Google Play or the App Store for free. Play one-on-one using teamwork or get a group together in the app’s Fun Room. Just don’t forget to yell “UNO!”
Mario Kart Tour: Get nostalgic by racing against your friends in a game of Mario Kart. Don’t have a gaming console? No problem. You can download it for free via the App Store or Google Play. All you have to do is create a Nintendo account, get your friends to register and then challenge them to a race.
Bingo: Keep things classy by hosting Bingo night. Visit Bingomaker.com to get started with a virtual game. You can even make custom cards with numbers, words or phrases – and can even add images for an added personal touch.
Charades: This guessing game is easily played online. Just split your game crew into two teams and act out the phrases given by a charade’s generator. Remember to set a timer for one minute to let everyone know when time is up! Prefer to draw out the phrase versus acting it out? Pictionary is also available online.
Trivia: Are you a trivia night aficionado? Keep your win streak going with this random trivia generator. You can host weekly trivia nights and take turns asking the questions. You can even include prizes, like a free meal delivery, to get everyone excited.
Before starting a virtual game, you'll want to make sure all players have a strong internet connection. If your internet is slow, fix your home wifi network for faster speeds. The last thing you need is for your internet to freeze as you’re yelling out the right answer.