Seemingly the backbone of working life for so many people over the last year or so, it’s certainly fair to say that Zoom has been a staple of everyone’s currently enforced anti-social diet. However, despite its seemingly workmanlike applications, Zoom also allows you to chill out a bit and play some games with your acquaintances and loved ones. After all, all work and no play makes you dull, or something like that. So without further ado, here the top 10 best Zoom games you can play right now to keep your sanity (somewhat) intact.
10) Charades – The original classic party game. Split your Zoom room into two teams and take turns trying to guess what the other team is acting out. Tis’ fun, I promise.
9) Trivia – Head over here, pick out some trivia questions, split your room into teams and away you go!
8) Word Scatter – Basically the online version of classic word-twister Boggle, head over here to get started.
7) Pictionary – Like Charades, Pictionary is a fantastic game of artist interpretation. You can use this random Pictionary generator to kick things off.
6) Codenames – A classic take on the Minefield board game, Codenames is a spy game all about trickery, subterfuge and maintaining a straight face. Navigate your way here to get started.
Emboldened by the recent release of the excellent Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit, Chess has never been more popular and even better still, it’s a great fit for Zoom. Simply head on over to Chess.com, get the other person in your Zoom party to do the same, sign up for an account and then hit the ‘Play A Friend’ button and away you go. Additionally, Chess.com also has a range of tutorials and helpful strategies to shape you into the next Beth Harmon! Maybe.
4) Playing Cards
For the card-sharks among us, there’s nothing quite like giving your mates a good thrashing over your favourite card game and PlayingCards.io is here to help you do just that. In addition to allowing players to customise their own card games, PlayingCards.io also allows you to play other games such as Checkers and Backgammon too.
Another game that’s very well suited to Zoom’s video functionality is Skribbl – and it couldn’t be simpler to set up. Head over to Skribbl.io, set up a private room for up to 12 players and get sketching whatever it is you have in mind. As your sketch becomes more complete, other players will be writing into the chat with their guesses as to what it is. Those that guess it quickest score the most points, with the winner taking over as chief skribbler!
2) Among Us
An absolutely brilliant game to play over Zoom, Among Us’ evolution of the Clue board game has gone from strength to strength since launch. It translates extraordinarily well to Zoom too, as players must work with one another to discover the saboteurs aboard their spaceship, while the saboteurs are doing everything they can to bring destruction to all and sundry. With Zoom being used as a means to discuss among yourselves who might be a saboteur and who isn’t, Among Us is a great game to play over Zoom.
The Best Game To Play On Zoom – Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop
Honestly, what else was it going to be? With Dungeons and Dragons parent company Wizards of the Coast making a whole heap of tabletop resources available at no cost for players during the pandemic (including a mini campaign to get you started), there’s no better time to get an epic Dungeons & Dragon campaign going. Of course in the absence of actual physical materials, the Dungeon Master will have to spend that much longer describing the scenario and environment, but honestly, it’s a small price to pay to take part in a thunderous fantasy campaign that will last hundreds of hours and set the imagination aflame. This is what Zoom was made for.