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The best virtual games to play when you can’t be together


Try a virtual escape room for your next lockdown game (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Tired of yet another PowerPoint presentation Zoom quiz? Read on and thank us later.

Lockdown has forced people to get creative about how they socialise and keep interaction going with friends, family and love interests.

The thought of yet another quiz on Zoom might make your skin crawl, so why not play a different kind of game to invite a sense of togetherness?

Our top picks also don’t come with the prep a home-made quiz requires. What a relief.

Jackbox.tv

Jackbox.tv is full of mini games that allow for you to play in either a very PG13 style if younger people are playing along, or you can amp it up and play with crude humour if that suits everyone.

We particularly enjoy Tee KO, a game that let’s you design whatever T-shirt you like, then is put up against other players’ designs and points are given for funny slogans and drawings. Cue crudeness.

One person in the group needs to buy a party pack or a single game, then everyone joins the game by entering a four-letter code that’s issued on Jackbox.tv.

Escape Rooms

For Harry Potter fans, Hogwarts Digital Escape Room is a solid choice that can be played in a group (or as an individual if you’re bored).

The game starts with first-year witches and wizards who have just found out what house they belong to.

This free game will test your Hogwarts knowledge. Play here.

If Harry Potter isn’t your thing, fair play – there are plenty of other escape rooms that have moved online, like The Panic Room.

Murder mysteries

Have a quick Google and you’ll see a range of virtual murder mystery games come up. Some are scheduled for specific dates and require advanced tickets in order to play.

We like The Digital Murder Mystery Co. who have a range of themes to choose from for groups of up to 12 people. Themes include Alice In Wonderland and Studio 54, so you could make the event fancy dress too for a grander affair.

Games have to be purchased and come download-ready, but the larger your group the smaller the cost will be per head.

Macmillan have also set up a ‘whodunnit’ version that allows you to be the host and raise money for charity at once, making it a win-win.

Old school games

If traditional card and board games are what you’re missing, there are a couple of options.

Sites like PlayingCards.io let you pick from a selection of games and provide you with a link to share with the other person you want to play.

Alternatively, classics like Monopoly are available to play virtually on apps, though you’ll have to pay to download them.

TikTok games

TikTok is full of game suggestions, but one we stumbled across and enjoyed playing only requires you to text one other person – so it’s a good low-pressure game that can be sustained over a period of time.

The game is all about dream visioning. Person one picks a category such as ‘your dream wedding venue’ and sends it as a text to person two, then both people have to find an image to represent what they think the other person dreams of.

Then you send each other the picture, and person two picks a new category. It’s a game that will help two people get to know each other better too.

YouTube quizzes

If quizzes really are your thing but you want it ready-made without any organisational faff, we enjoy the variety of questions that come up in Jimmy Carr’s The Little Tiny Quiz of the Lockdown which is a free YouTube series dashed with moments of comedy.

Though Jimmy uploaded this playlist during the first lockdown, there are 60 videos with questions to watch through so even if you dabbled in this back then, most won’t have gotten through the lot. Watch here.

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