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5 games for your next virtual happy hour

May 20, 2020

Do you have to avoid (another) uncomfortable silence? Get ready with one of these games next time.

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5 games for your next virtual happy hour
5 games for your next virtual happy hour


Despite the fact that some states have reopened their businesses, most Americans appear to follow the pattern of social detachment in the summer (and possibly in the fall). A positive aspect of this situation is that people take the opportunity to reach “lost” friends and family members through virtual calls and Happy hour (Happy hour).

My extended family actually started monthly virtual quiz nights long before we all started to become socially alienated, which of course we continued through quarantine. I also had game nights with different groups of friends across the country.

At a time when no one has really exciting news to report, playing something can be a great way to spend time with friends without the pressure to entertain everyone. I’ve tried some gaming rigs in the past two months. Below are five of my favorites for zoom calls and Happy hour virtual. I also noticed which platforms are easier for each group type.

1. Jackbox games

Jackbox has been around for years, but its popularity has increased, at least among my friends, in the past few weeks. You can buy single games for $ 4.99 or buy a party pack with multiple games for $ 12.49. The person hosting the game shares their zoom screen or another conference call and everyone else logs into jackbox.tv to play.

The group I play with has the Jackbox Party Pack 2, which contains five games. My favorite is Fibbage, a game where everyone completes a sentence (for example, “The Mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky is a ___”) with a lie that is believable enough that the other players can fall into the trap. You get points for other people believing your lie and discovering the truth. There is a slight learning curve in some games, but you’ll find out if you’re playing multiple rounds.

2. Kahoot!

If you like curios, Kahoot! It is the easiest platform my family found. One person receives and sends a challenge, and the rest of the callers do trivia rounds in the app. The other games on this platform also tend to learn: puzzles, scientific tests and many different trivial topics. You can play on kahoot.it, but most players use the app. So make sure everyone in your group is tech savvy (my grandma can usually figure that out for reference).

3. Scattergories

Are you more of a classic board game? There is an app called Scattergories that could be perfect for your group. You can play alone or create a group to play against your family and friends.

It is suitable for children from 4 years. So this is good if you have young children in your group, although they need a smartphone or tablet to download the app.

4th house party

For tech-savvy groups, the House Party app lets you see your friends and play at the same time. To play, download and open the application. Then invite friends to share with you on your “room“Once everyone is inside, close yours”room“So that other people cannot accidentally take part in your game.

You can use the application to play heads up, useful information, a game called Chips and guac and Pictionary, that is Fast drawing. To use this application, you need a smartphone or tablet and all group members must be able to download the application.

5. Low-tech trivia

A few weeks ago, a group of my friends played a trivia version that is perfect if your group is large or if you have people who are not very good at technology. I call it low-tech trivia: Before logging in, everyone in the group creates a list of 10 trivia questions that can relate to any topic (sports, history, current events, general knowledge, etc.). Read your lists alternately and qualify according to the honor system. Just make sure that one person keeps an eye on the results of each round. I like it because everyone thinks about game night earlier in the day when putting together their question lists, and it’s more interactive than a game master.