Zoom is a platform widely used by all kinds of people for various purposes. Some use it for work, others for school, and there are those who simply turn to it to connect with their loved ones.
One of the best ways to spend quality time together is to play games. Zoom lets you take your game night to the next level, entertaining you and your friends wherever you are.
Let’s see some online games you can play with your friends using Zoom.
1. Chess with a friend
Chess is one of those board games that everyone knows, but finding someone to play with is often much harder than you expect. And even if you find an opponent, sometimes you can’t play because you don’t have access to a board. That’s why online chess is awesome.
As long as you have an internet connection, you’re good to go. There are many websites that you can find. Some, like Chess.com, let you play against a computer, and others, like MathsIsFun, give you the choice of playing against the computer or against a friend. Usually, you can also choose the difficulty level, time, and coins you play with, to make sure the game is set up exactly the way you want.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert player, playing chess online is a great way to pass the afternoon. If you set up a game date with a friend, you can use Zoom alongside your game, so you can chat through the game and spend face-to-face time together.
Escape rooms are a relatively new addition to the realm of in-person gaming, but they’ve become hugely popular since their introduction in 2007. And they’re also online.
So you no longer have to make the gesture of getting all your friends together for a night out and trying to find an escape room close enough to everyone, so it just works. Instead, you can have fun online.
Beat The Lock is a great option for people who want to enjoy an escape room entirely virtually. You book a single virtual room that seats between four and 12 people, and you play over Zoom with a game master who is there to engage with the group and enhance the experience.
Zoom offers a simple way for everyone to interact by joining the video conference from home. Once the game starts, you will see various videos and images, everything you need to have a satisfying gameplay.
3. Whodunnit (virtual murder mystery)
Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery, even more so if it’s virtual? You can have fun without leaving your home, and Whodunnit is a fantastic option to explore.
The Whodunnit website provides a detailed explanation of how to play the game, so you can always turn to them if you need help following the rules and gameplay expectations.
You can play Whodunnit as a host or guest. To play, all participants must download the app. The Whodunnit app is free and available for Android and iOS devices.
As a host, you buy the theme from the in-app theme store, and guests play for free. All themes allow up to seven characters, but if your party is larger, you can pay to add more character packs. You then add details and invite your guests. It’s a much simpler process for guests: they just show up after the host sets the scene.
It’s a fun and involved game. You can dress up to match your character, decorate your location, and try as much or as little as you want. And with Zoom, everyone can see what each other looks like and act on, and you can all get the most out of the gaming session.
4. Edgar Allan Poe Murder Mystery Dinner (Virtual Murder Mystery)
If the idea of murder mysteries appeals to you, but you’re not exactly keen on playing, there’s an option for you: be a spectator instead of a participant.
You can enjoy Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party on YouTube. It’s an easy way for your friends to get together, and you can all be included in the viewing.
You can host a Zoom call with you or a friend by sharing your screen via Zoom and playing the YouTube playlist while everyone enjoys the story unfolding.
You can make guesses and bets on what will happen next and who will be the murderer and have a good time without any pressure. You can focus on having fun together rather than playing because, let’s face it, some games can be quite stressful, and it’s a relaxing way to play together without actually playing.
While bingo can be fun, online bingo is even better. It’s more convenient, and you can do it with your friends from the comfort of your respective sofas.
My Free Bingo Cards has a ton of instructional videos on how to run your virtual bingo game, use the bingo card generator, send virtual bingo cards, and more. Every part of the game process is explained either through videos or through a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section.
You can play bingo online with up to 30 friends, and if you want to add even more players, you can purchase additional slots. Paying together at online bingo is another fun way to have and enjoy game night with friends using Zoom.
If you all video call and play bingo together, it’s easy to follow each other’s progress and reactions and make the most of your time together, chatting and having fun.
6. Board games with friends on zoom
With Zoom, you’ll have all your friends in one place, able to talk to and see each other. It gives you the awesome opportunity to play board games together on Zoom, the old-fashioned way.
Someone can make a board game, like Monopoly or Pandemic, and move the pieces around for everyone. If you all have the game, then everyone can do it. Other easy-to-play Zoom games like this include Dungeons & Dragons or even something as simple as Charades or Pictionary.
Game night just got so much easier
Video conferencing services have made connecting with people much easier. You can see friends and forget that you are all in different places, far from each other.
Using Zoom, you can play different types of games with friends, which makes for lots of fun and event-filled sessions. So pick a game and dive in with friends, wherever you are.