The typical college hangout is a little different after the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of congregating at a friend’s house, we were forced to congregate on FaceTime and Zoom. While it is nice to be able to chat with friends online, it can get tedious when the coronavirus dominates most conversations.
Fortunately, technology also offers plenty of online games to play with friends that distract from the chaos of the outside world. Here are five exuberant online games to play with your quarantined friends.
Similar to Pictionary, Skribbl.io is a drawing game where each player takes turns sketching a chosen word from a bank while the other players guess what the word is. A player receives points based on how quickly he guesses the pictures of others as well as the number of people who have guessed which picture they drew. Seeing how terrible your friends are to draw makes everyone laugh.
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While serving as a physical board game, Codenames also has a free online version. This strategy word game divides everyone into two teams. One player from each team is the Spymaster, who connects as many words assigned to their team’s color on the five by five board made up of random vocabulary. In turn, the Spymaster will say a word that connects several words on the board. It challenges players to connect words that have nothing to do with each other.
Evil apples against humanity
Cards Against Humanity is an adult card game that has infiltrated its dark humor and taboo phrases into many gatherings of young adults. The card game is an Apples to Apples rated R in the most hilarious way possible. While there is no direct online platform for Cards Against Humanity, there are some online alternatives that are pretty much clones. The Apple app “Evil Apples vs. Humanity” and its Android counterpart “Evil Apples: You Against Humanity!” allow friends to play the game online for free.
TabletopiaTexas Hold ‘Em
Tabletopia is an online gaming platform with over 800 games that you can play for free. Texas Hold ‘Em is just one of many you can choose from. For those who do not know the game, the online version is an opportunity to learn with friends. It requires betting and bluffing – if you’re a fan of high-risk deceptive competition, check it out. Don’t bet real money.
Home party games
Houseparty is an app that works the same as other video chat apps, but there are games included that anyone on the call can play. There are anecdotes, the intense charades game Heads Up! and its own version of Apples to Apples called Chips and Guac. These interactive games save you the trouble of having to use two separate devices to have fun with your friends while video chatting.