For many people, social calendars have been changed for the foreseeable future. This has made services like Zoom more crucial than ever when it comes to having face time with loved ones and friends. However, did you know that you can use Zoom to do more than chat?
Because of its ease of use and the ability to play games while using it, Zoom is becoming a popular virtual hangout spot for both adults and kids.
From card games to trivia, Zoom has no lack of games to enjoy virtually with family and friends. Below are a few examples of great games that you can play during your next social-distancing game night.
Do you enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity? If so, you might be happy to know that PlayingCards.io has made its free version, which you can enjoy on your smartphone or computer the next time that you video chat using Zoom. It's called Remote Insensitivity, and it plays just like Cards Against Humanity, which means that it's a game you can play on Zoom with adults.
Starting up a game is simple. Visit PlayingCards.io and create a Remote Insensitivity room. Once you do, you'll receive a room code that your friends can enter into the website and join your room. Then, simply video chat with Zoom like you usually would.
Of course, PlayingCards.io has many games beyond Remote Insensitivity. You can not only make a custom card game using a standard deck of 52 cards but also choose from premade games such as: - Crazy Eights - Checkers - Go Fish - Match Up - Euchre
Cards Against Humanity is a super fun party game, with a twist. In this game, players fill in the blanks in their cards with offensive or politically incorrect words.
One game that's kid-friendly to play on Zoom is 5 Second Rule, which is very similar to Scattergories. The idea behind it is simple: One person calls out a topic, and the next person has five seconds to call out three items that fit into that topic.
After that person names three items, the next player has to name three different items within that same topic. If you're playing with multiple people, it's a good idea to set up an order before you start playing. When someone can't come up with three items or can name an item that someone else already named, he or she is out of the round.
The only thing that you'll need to play this game is a timer. Thankfully, you can easily download one on your smartphone if you don't already have one. Do you need help coming up with categories? It can be anything from Disney movies to types of candy.
Unlike other games on this list, this one isn't free. However, it might be the most entertaining option. Jackbox Games makes a variety of games that you can remotely play with friends. Once you buy one of its titles, you can easily create a room and have others join for free via their smartphones.
The great thing about Jackbox Games is that there are tons of games to choose from. Some of them include Fibbage, Quiplash, and Drawful. You can also buy a bundle of games at a discount. The individual games can cost as little as $4.99, while the bundles go for just $12.49. It's a small price to pay for a great collection of games that you can play on Zoom.
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Scattergories, not to be confused with my thought process, is a creative-thinking party game where players name objects within a set of categories.
This fun game started as a drinking game, but you can play it on Zoom too. The idea is simple: Each person creates a specific scenario. Then, it's up to all of the players to choose whom in the group they think is "most likely to" be in that scenario.
At the start of the game, everyone should give themselves five markers, which represent life points. Every time that you're voted the "most likely to," you lose a marker. When you lose all five, you're out of the game.
For example, let's say that someone asks, "Who is most likely to text an ex?" Everyone will write down on a piece of paper who they think it is. When they're done, they reveal their choices at the same time. If you have the most votes, you lose a marker.
Everyone loves sitting around and answering trivia questions together. Thankfully, this is something that you can do on Zoom even if you don't have an official trivia game. All you need to do is visit the Random Trivia Generator. This site creates a bunch of random trivia questions that are separated into categories.
You can sit around and take turns answering questions, or you can turn it into a game. Ask a question to everyone in the video chat. They can write down their answers and show them in the Zoom chat at the same time. For each question that they get right, they earn a point. Whoever has the most points at the end wins the game.
In this game, players have to identify as many names, places, animals, and things they can with a given letter.
Pictionary is a charade like game where two teams compete against each other. The teams compete by drawing a picture for their teammates who then need to guess what the player is drawing.
In Heads Up! You hold a card, or phone, up to your forehead so the other players can see it. The other players have to act out what's on the card and then you have to guess what it is.
Have you ever heard of the game Heads Up? If so, you might want to check out Psych, which is made by the same company. It's a game that you can download on your smartphone and play with people via Zoo.
In Psych, people take turns making up fake answers to real questions. The goal is to choose the real answer out of the fakes. For example, let's say that there are five people playing Psych. Each player will create a fake answer, and the game will add the real answer. As a result, there will be six answers to choose from five fake and one real.
If you choose the right answer, you earn a point. Also, you earn points if you trick someone into picking your fake answer. Thus, the more believable that your fake answer is, the better chance that you have of getting extra points. Additionally, correctly answering the questions is important because it keeps the other players from getting points by choosing the wrong answers.
Charades is a popular game where players act out something for their teammates to guess.