There’s no doubt we all miss IRL hangouts with friends and colleagues. But, believe it or not, you don’t need to be face-to-face to have fun with the crew. All you have to do is stock up on drinks (preferably tequila) and hunker down at home for a night of virtual games with friends via apps or Zoom. Whether you’re in it for the laughs or serious competition, we’ve rounded up our eight favorite games that will get the good vibes going from afar.
Ah, poker. What now seems like a relic of the past. Not to fear, though — you needn’t physically sit around the table with friends to set up a competitive game. The World Series of Poker has modernized with an online version that lets you compete in real Texas Hold’em tournaments and win free poker hands, with bonuses galore.
Three Truths and a Lie
Is your team due for a virtual bonding session? Get everyone on Zoom for a fun game of three truths and a lie. The rules are incredibly simple, just keep the lies realistic enough so they’re not easy to sniff out. This one’s especially fun if you’ve onboarded any newbies during quarantine.
Nothing quite beats the hilarity of drinking a few glasses of wine and trying to conjure up words during a game of Scrabble Go. The app allows up to four players, allowing you and your loved ones to argue for hours on end about whether quixotry is an acceptable word or not.
Everyone’s favorite board game is now online. Simply download the Clue app, connect with your pals and try to solve the classic murder mystery while (virutally) making your way around the mansion. There’s a reason why this game has stood the test of time.
Heads Up! on Houseparty
Houseparty has become a total pandemic mainstay. Now you’re able to spark up a game of Heads Up! through the stellar group video chat service, which means you don’t even need a separate FaceTime set-up to play the modern game of charades with buddies.
Words with Friends
Even pre-pandemic, Words with Friends was an SBP fave. The multi-person word game is highly addictive, allowing players to exchange turns forming words horizontally or vertically. Whoever racks up the most points claims sweet, sweet victory. null
Catan players rejoice — the competitive, multiplayer board game is now online and even stays true to the original game. Get a group together (up to four can play at once) and see who can create the largest settlements, roads and army, with a few new features that’ll put a fun spin on your typical Catan game night.
What are your go-to online games? How are you staying engaged with the team while working remotely? Let us know at email@example.com. Better yet? Let’s spark up our own game.