5 Different games to play over Zoom

We’re over two months into lockdown now and we thought you might be struggling for ways to keep connected and have fun, so we’re going analogue with some games that you can host over Zoom (or any video chat). Have a read through and try something new with your pals or family this weekend.  

 

Scattergories

Especially good for outside the box thinkers, this Pointless meets ‘the everyday’ game is easy to do with groups of all ages (i.e. the family Zoom chat).

What you’ll need:

How it works:

Simply read out 3 or 4 of the random categories and then a random letter. Then give everyone a couple of minutes to come up with one submission for each category. For example, if the category is ‘foods you’d find in a submarine’ and the letter is J, they could go for jellied eels.

Once the time has been called and everyone is near enough ready you go round and give your submission for each category. Points are scored if you get a reasonable submission (it’s up to you whether you think ‘Goats; A Definite Guide’ is a real book or not…) AND no one else said the same thing as you. That’s the tricky bit – naming a vegetable that begins with A that isn’t an aubergine!

How to get max fun:

Think outside the box, panic over what should be easy categories and take some liberties!

 

Quizzes

It’s the year of the online quiz night! Quizzes are an easy online social and great fun too. You can make them personal to your mates or family and tailor them so everyone feels included.

What you’ll need:

How it works:

Host it over zoom and allow plenty of time for breaks and general chat. You might want to run through the answers every couple of rounds or at the end – do what feels right and keeps the pace.

How to get max fun:

Get creative with your rounds! Try face-mashing your friends and using that as a picture round, do speed rounds where your mates have to be the first to find an object from around their house, act out film scenes… The possibilities are endless – mix it up!

 

Countdown

It’s an age-old favourite but it’s making a come back!

What you’ll need:

  • Either a random letter/number generator or the letter tiles from that old Scrabble game sitting at the back of the cupboard
  • A pack of playing cards
  • Everyone will need some pens and paper

How it works:

Y’all know how countdown works! But to recap, 8 letters (your mates can choose how many consonants/vowels they want). Set a timer – we tend to go for a minute. Longest word wins!

You can do the maths round too by choosing random playing cards (4 small numbers between 1-9 and 2 big numbers: Jack = 25, Queen = 50, King = 75, 10 = 100). Then generate a random 3 digit number from the playing cards. Closest to that number wins.

How to get max fun:

This one is more for the puzzle-solver, academic types but you can always do bonus points for funny words or switch it up to do most words made rather than the longest word.

 

Taskmaster

If you haven’t seen Taskmaster then watch it asap! But to clue you in, it’s all about setting weird and mundane tasks and watching how people come at them differently. Check out the Home-Tasking series on Youtube to get some ideas before you get cracking.

What you’ll need:

  • You’ll need to come up with a series of tasks that your mates can complete at home.
  • And whatever you need to have handy for these tasks (if anything)
  • It’s a social evening so we recommend encouraging snacks and drinks!

How it works:

Set your mates challenges one by one and then get them to show off what they’ve done each round so everyone can share their efforts. Then assign points, e.g. 6 for the best, 5 to the 2nd, down to 1 for the poorest effort. Try to reward funny attempts and new perspectives so no one feels disparaged. 

Ideas for challenges:

  • Build the tallest tower in 2 minutes
  • Make a self portrait without using pens, paper or pencils in 2 minutes
  • Dress as a pirate and create your pirate name (3 minutes)
  • Do the most impressive thing in 2 minutes

How to get max fun:

Make it silly, interactive and reward out of the box thinking!

 

Balderdash

You might be familiar with this popular bluffing board game and it’s great fun to play with people that have a creative imagination!

What you’ll need:

  • Some prompts. You’ll need some true but not well-known facts to start with, which could be odd acronyms, people who are famous for some weird stuff, absurd events or obscure words. Here are some examples to give you an idea of what sort of thing works well.

How it works:

Each person gets a true prompt (or finds some themselves in advance) and they then have to come up with 2 alternative prompts. For example, does the word ‘fudgel’ mean a) pretending to work when you are not actually doing anything at all b) a collective noun for a group of armadillos c) the act of tying ones shoelace in the middle of the street?* Then everyone guesses which they think was the real answer. You get points for getting the correct one and points for fooling people!

How to get max fun:

The sillier the answers the better! (* The answer was a by the way).

 

You’re able to tweak all these games so that they work best for you and your mates – just try some out and experiment! Happy gaming :)