While the country is back in lockdown and we are practicing social distancing, regular communication with friends and family is vital.
One of the most important reasons for video catch ups with your loved ones is to keep them in the loop regarding how you’re doing and vice versa.
However, using platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty and FaceTime can also help you let off some steam and take your mind off the goings-on of the world. Here are some of our favourite free online games for you to share with family and friends during these weird times. If you’re lucky enough to be an ISH Resident our super Events Department have some online game chaos coming your way very soon : )
PlayTaboo.com. (2+) Everyone visits the same site, no connecting. Just generates new words.
Out of Context OutOfContext.party. (2+). Features various “Build the Story” type games (read the rules for each one). Share game code, no sign up involved.
F ishbowl / The Hat Game Fishbowl-Game.com. (4+) Share game code. No sign up involved.
Scatagories ScattergoriesOnline.net. (2-34)
Just One OneWord.games. (3-7) Share room name. No sign up.
Scrabble isc.ro. (2-4) Sign up, send game invites.
Bananagrams Anagrams.JonMarkGo.com. (2-8) Create a room and share the link, sign ups to have a name.
Pictionary Skribbl.io. (2-12) Create room,
share a link, no sign up involved. Similar include Sketchful.io (2-64) and Drawasaurus.org (2-20). Sketchful and Skribbl can have custom words, Drawsaurus has other slightly unique settings.
Telestrations DrawPhone.tannerkrewson.com. (4+) Simplest and best, just share game code. You can adjust timer, can’t draw in colour.
BrokenPicturePhone.com. Simple, share room code. No timer, people’s “books” visibly backlog.
Drawception.com. (6, 12, 15) Sign up first. Create private games and share a link. Can only have 10 min or 90 sec turns, can’t have simultaneous goes.
Wavelength Longwave.web.app. (2+) Share a link, no sign up involved.
Decrypto whoawhoa.github.io/decrypto/. (3-8) No connecting, only gives new codes.
Codenames CodenamesGame.com (4+) is the official site. Share link, no sign up involved. No cheating possible.
Hanabi Hanabi.Live. (2-5) Sign up and join game from lobby. Simply laid out.
Dixit Isolant.Games/en/. (3-16) Register and sign up, then share room code.
Skull Skull.games. (3-6) Just enter the room, no sign up involved.
Protobowl Create a room and share the link. “Buzz in” and type answers to the questions being read.
MultiplayerTrivia.com Players need to sign up. Share link to join a private game room. Type in written answers.
Kahoot Host signs up on Kahoot.com and streams screen, others connect with their devices to Kahoot.it. Can create your own quizzes.
Jeopardy Labs Host needs to stream screen, and other players watch and play along. Don’t have to sign up.
Mattle.online Sign up or easily join as nameless guest from the lobby. 6 games: Azul (2-4), Blokus (2-4), Splendor (2-4) Go (2), 7 Wonders: Duel (2), Century: Spice Road (2-5)
Monopoly Webopoly.org (2-4) Share game ID or game name. No sign up involved. Pogo.com (need to sign up) and PlayRento.com (don’t have to sign up) are both more complex with joining up but have traditional aesthetics.
Uno Play.UnoFreak.com. (2-10) Share link don’t have to sign up. Most sites don’t allow playing with friends. Can also use Uno app.
Tak PlayTak.com. (2) At least sign up as a guest. “Join game” to vs friends.
Dominoes Dominoes.PlayDrift.com. (2-4) Just share a link, don’t have to sign up. Features Draw, Block, All 5s, All 3s.
Dominion Dominion.games. (2-6) Sign up and join “table”. Pay for expansions.
Set SetWithFriends.com. (1+) Just share a link, no sign up involved.
Diplomacy Backstabbr.com. (2-7) Sign up, create a game and share a link to join.
Chess LiChess.org or Chess.org. (2) Share link, don’t have to sign up. Chess.com – Has more features, sign up needed first, also on mobile.
Risk Warzone.com. (2+). Need to sign up. Can customize maps and rules. ConquerClub.com and WarGear.net are among similar sites, though none of these are as simple as playing on Steam/mobile or Pogo.com (2-6). There are variations of Risk called “Dice Wars”. At QDice.wtf (2-8) you don’t have to sign up, at KDice.com (2-7) you do.
Catan Colonist.io. (3-4) Create a game and share a link. Catan Universe on Steam and mobile is free but more glitchy.
Quiplash QwiqWit.com. (3-12) Quiplash from Jackbox. It’s free and can have more players than Quiplash. Share room code.
Agricola Play-Agricola.com. (1-5) Join the same game room, don’t have to sign up.
Monopoly PlayMDeal.com. (2-5) Sign up and join game from lobby. Covidopoly.io (2+) is a COVID-19 themed version, share game code, no sign up involved.
Advanced Civilization Civ.Rol-Play.com. (2-8) Sign up, then add friends and create a game.
Air Console Website with many different games and video games. Players join with their phone as a controller, going on the app or the site airconsole.com. This site functions best with everyone in the same room, but if you can withstand the lag then the host can stream the screen and others can join and play.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Fun co-op game that involves one person describing a bomb and others instructing how to defuse. Platforms include Steam, mobile, and consoles. Only the host with the bomb buys the game (ranges $12-$22 depending on platform). Other players just need the bomb manual found at bombmanual.com. Anyone playing remotely can’t have turns with the bomb unless they also buy/install the game.
Jackbox Collections of different party games. The host pays for it (ranges $12-$30 per pack, different per pack). Platforms include Steam and consoles. Someone with the game streams. Other players don’t need to sign up or buy anything, instead they simply watch and join game with their devices to jackbox.tv.