Do you miss your friends during quarantine? Luckily, virtual platforms like Zoom, Skype, Houseparty, and Discord make group video calls easier to plan, access, and enjoy. Virtual events are the way of the world these days. With a great group of friends, host a virtual game night.
The only problem with these platforms is that it’s nearly impossible to hear more than one person talk at a time. Conversations with more than four people are difficult because, in a natural party atmosphere, multiple conversations are happening at once. The solution is to host a virtual game night instead! Give everyone something to participate in. In this modern digital age, you don’t have to be in the same room as someone to play party games. For you gamers out there, we’ve compiled a list of games to play during a group call that is certain to make your virtual game nights unforgettable.
Fun Virtual Game Night
1. Traditional Card and Board Games
Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned round of Hearts, Nertz, or Crazy Eights? If you’re feeling retro, platforms like playingcards.io and DKM Games provide several free traditional gaming options from checkers to backgammon to solitaire. Both websites allow users to create private game rooms to share with their friends so that everyone can join in on the fun. Many vendors online also offer a wide array of traditional card and board games for when it’s safe to gather again.
2. Cards Against Humanity
Feeling edgy? The popular party game Cards Against Humanity is available for online play through several platforms. You can download the game on its official website, or you can play on your own by selecting cards in its online lab. It might be cheaper to get it on the official site rather than buying it on Amazon. Websites like All Bad Cards and Pretend You’re Xyzzy act as imitation Cards Against Humanity servers, where users like you can create private rooms with links to share with friends. The game is easy to play during an online call since your friends aren’t supposed to see the cards in your hand anyway.
3. Jackbox Games
Jackbox Games have become increasingly popular during quarantine. Their games are extraordinarily easy to play online through a video call. Games like Quiplash, Drawful, and Tee K.O. require partygoers to respond to off-the-wall prompts and suggestions. They usually lead to hilarious reveals that are sure to be unforgettable. This is the only game option we have listed that is not free, but we can assure you it’s worth the investment.
Although popular in retirement homes or the classroom, bingo can be a great game to play with a group of friends remotely. All you need to play is a pen and paper, a random number generator, and the honor system. Each guest creates her own bingo sheet with predetermined dimensions (say, numbers between 1-100, with five rows and five columns). The bingo caller then shares their screen and operates the number generator. If you all decide to bet, winners can be rewarded through money-sharing platforms like CashApp or Venmo. The possibilities are endless.
Feeling especially close to your friend group? Create your own Jeopardy game about topics only your friends could know about. A website called https://jeopardylabs.com/ allows anyone to make their own Jeopardy game for free. Choose the categories, write your answers and questions, and share it with your friends by sharing your screen during your call. The answer-first format is sure to create some unforgettable moments. Jeopardy has been around for a long time, and has many editions and variations that you can look forward to shopping to once you no longer need to go virtual.
Following the same idea as a personalized Jeopardy board, you can also create a personalized quiz for your friends using Kahoot! The platform is commonly used in schools, which makes its application in a game night all the more hilarious. Quiz your friends on anything from your favorite TV show to the number of times that one friend threw up that one eventful night. Share the quiz on your screen and let the fun commence!
Last is perhaps the most traditional game option on this list – charades. Provided your internet connection is solid, a game of charades translates well to video calls. Everyone has an equal chance at guessing what you’re supposed to be. Sites like PlayCharades.net give you randomly generated prompts according to skill level. It comes with the addition of an online timer that can give the game a sense of urgency and competition.
Game nights are the perfect way to bond with friends while staying safe during this strange time. The next time your Zoom call seems especially bland, try suggesting one of these games! Your friends will certainly thank you later. Enjoy your Virtual Game Night!