Video Conference Call Games For Friends

25 Fun Games You Can Play On Zoom + Other Conference Calls

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Staying in but still want to be social? Here are 20+ games you can play on Zoom and other conference call apps. All you need is a video calling device, audio, a pal and the occasional prop. Let’s take a look at how to play games on Zoom and similar video call sites. 

For Zoomsgiving (Thanksgiving), Zoom lifted the capped 40 minutes time on free accounts so you can spend lots of screen time with your loved ones playing our virtual games!

It is likely that it will be a recurring offer for special holidays. 

We’ve created a series of puzzle packs so all you have to do is purchase, download and play!

Check out our new quiz store for 80s, 90s and 00s trivia packs including rounds on general knowledge, music, movies and TV. Plus our newest challenge – the Scotland Trivia Quiz.

80s, 90s, 00s trivia quizzes advertised inside a laptop, desktop screen and cellphone against a blue background.

Note: I (Gemma) will keep adding to this post when I discover more lighthearted activities to play over the screen so bookmark this page and keep coming back. Have any online games to play on Zoom that you want to add to our guide? Email us gemma[at]twoscotsabroad.com.


Fun Games to Play on Zoom with Friends

1. Name in the Bag/Guess Who?

You know that popular Christmas Day game where you put the celeb names on post-it notes and stick it on someone’s head?

Then your loved one has to guess who it is?

Well, Name in the Bag is not just for Christmas!

You have to be creative and turn the game around a little by choosing a celebrity for the player. 

Don’t let the player see who they are until they’ve guessed correctly or run out of guesses!

There is the popular app version called Heads Up which you can download on Android and on Apple but it might be a little fast-paced for video call software.

While all of the below ideas are not specifically Zoom games for adults, we do have a dedicated guide for kids.

A screenshot of a Zoom game for friends. Four adults and two dogs looking to Zoom screen.

2. A Day In Paris For Paris Fans 

This game has been hugely popular with families looking for an alternative group virtual tour.

This unique virtual tour is aimed at groups of people who are looking for a fun way to build their team skills.

The one-hour Zoom tour is led by an experienced guide who whisks the group off to the City of Lights and throws in challenges along the way.  

I got my pals together and joined a call to test it out and it is a hoot. Our virtual guide was Herbert (‘erber), not only was he knowledgeable about Paris he knew lots about our home countries which made us feel really connected.

The famous restaurant, La Maison Rose in Paris. Pink building with green shutters and door at the corner of a Montmartre street.

He plays on the typical stereotypes but also tears them and throws in local tips for your future itinerary.

He’s not a fan of Emily in Paris, the Netflix show, as it is too cliché he says. I feel you all judging our cliché outfits below!

You can ask your guide anything about Parisian culture, no question is too out there.

Sacre Coeur Paris

If you want to learn more about Parisian culture, visit the city’s beautiful attractions and have a laugh with your coworkers or friends and family then this tour is for you.

It lasted just over 60 minutes, you book the best time when you sign up and it is delivered via Zoom and Zoom breakout rooms. Book your spot here.

Companies have been using this team building game for onboarding new members of staff when they can’t meet in person. A lighthearted icebreaker!

Herbert and the team also tell me that their Paris tour is being used as an option for a Zoom conference virtual after party so if you are in charge of the social activities after your virtual event, this could be it!

So whether you are planning a night in, virtually, with pals or a work event, it relevant to both audiences.

Here’s me, in the hat, and my pals pulling our best ‘Parisian smile’. Get ready to strike a pose! Are you booking a tour? Tell me in the comments below.

Zoom game Paris for a day. This Zoom game can be played with friends or coworkers. Experience what life is like in Paris during this one-hour virtual tour.

3. The Trip

The Trip is a puzzle game created by 100 Point Challenge.

If like us you are dreaming of faraway places that you can’t get to right now, then The Trip is the game for you!

The Trip is about connecting, collaborating and solving your way around the world – one puzzle at a time.

The game begins with a master puzzle and then ten smaller mind bending problems to solve – a fun mix of visual problems, word puzzles, riddles, and number games.

Each of the problems gives you a clue towards reaching the final destination and completing the game.

Honestly, the final master puzzles are crafty!

This is the perfect group game for those who like puzzles, riddles, and other kinds of challenges that require a little bit of wit and some friendly competition.

It can be played on Zoom but also on other platforms like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Webex and Skype.

The Trip puzzle game by 100 Points Challenge

There are two ways to play The Trip.

The facilitated game is hosted for you by experienced online game facilitators from the 100 Point Challenge.

This is ideal for virtual work events and meetings where you can bring in an external facilitator who will lead you and your team through how to play the game, and take care of all the event logistics for you.

Prices start at $189 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”) and they can cater to large groups. Find out more here.

The 100 Points team has facilitated games for 6 and 200 people at one time, using multiple facilitators.

However, most people play in teams of 4-5 with the added time-based competition, where large groups play together.

The Trip 100 Points Puzzle Zoom Game Group

Although it costs slightly more than the self-facilitated version, they take care of all the event logistics which take the pressure off you and you can also play the game yourself.

Then there is also a DIY version which requires you or someone from your group to take charge.

The self-facilitated version of The Trip is priced at $49 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”).

With this, you get access to an online game platform with a video walkthrough explaining how to deliver the game and all the instructions needed. Find out more here.

100 Points Challenge Games

I have played three of 100 Points Challenge online games, The Puzzle (review below), The Riddle and now The Trip.

We managed to smash through the challenges that The Puzzle and The Riddle presented at around the 40 minutes mark but The Trip beat us!

Slightly embarrassing considering what I do for a job.

Nonetheless, the night was a success and my friends enjoyed the travel-themed rounds. Can you do it in under 40 minutes?

Girl looking at a map with river in background

4. The Puzzle

The Puzzle is a challenge game created by 100 Points Challenge.

The game is predominantly a team-building challenge played among friends and colleagues in remote settings.

There are ten rounds of puzzles and a ‘master puzzle’ which teams have to work out to win.

The Puzzle can be time-sensitive (40 minutes) if you want to add some heat.

The Puzzle game for Zoom and other conference calls. Image shows an eye and lots of different colors.

There are two ways to play.

Firstly, self-facilitated (DIY) where one member of the team takes the lead, records the scores and keeps the time.

This is the cheapest option at $49 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”).

Click here to purchase.

All you need is an email address where the instructions and documents are sent to.

The facilitator needs around 20 minutes before you play to read over the information and to get preapred to host.

Use the share screen function on the likes of Zoom to explain the game and then share a unique link to the puzzle game page with all the players.

This DIY option is popular for companies wanting to keep their event in-house or families and friends looking for a virtual gathering.

The Puzzle Self Facilitated Zoom Quiz


The second option is to pass the host responsibility over to the 100 Points Challenge team.

This costs from $179 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”), depending on your group size. To purchase you just need to reserve a date here.

The facilitator will talk all team members through how to play the game and ensure everyone gets involved.

This is most popular with companies, since there is a team building element making it one of the best games to play on Zoom with coworkers.

100 Points Competition The Puzzle Facilitated Game


I played The Puzzle with six friends so we decided to take the team element out of it and work through the puzzles together.

It took us around 45 minutes to complete and although a few puzzles were worked in within seconds, the team still struggled to figure out the mater puzzle for a long time.

I’m keen to play again with the team element and time constraint added.

100 Points Challenge know what they are doing having worked with giants such as Google, Spotify and Ikea.

Customer service is speedy too, I had to ask a question about the master puzzle an hour before we played and the team got back to me quickly.

This was a welcomed change to our normal pub quiz style Zoom chat and I think it would be one of the better online team games for work too.

Player+roles The Puzzle

5. Online Cook Club

If you are looking for more than just virtual games to play on Zoom, set up your device in the kitchen and chat while making a dish.

Why not learn from an actual chef?

There’s a two-hour pasta making class online with Nonna Live.

Nona Live Pasta Making Classes Teacher

Just select a date for your live stream lesson with an authentic Italian cook.

Not only are you learning new skills and creating a meal to eat, but you are also supporting a local business that can’t do in-person lessons.

Nonna Nerina is an 84-year old grandmother offering virtual cooking classes. How cool is that?

Nona Live Pasta Making Classes. Nona with her granddaughter making pasta in the kitchen in Italy.

When Nonna is not available, her granddaughter, Chiara, takes the class so you are in good hands regardless.

Each day there is a specific meal in focus so if you enjoy making live lasagne why not try gnocchi?!

Here’s a review:

“I am a Chef from the USA and this is exactly what I wanted. I specialize in pasta and even I got to learn about how to make pasta by hand. This is geared towards people who have never made pasta from scratch but it’s a fantastic experience nonetheless.” ~ Zachery, USA.

That’s not all! For every class, Nonna Live will provide a warm meal to a child in need.

They have partnered with local non-profits to provide underprivileged children access to nutritional food.

Millions of children face hunger every day, and Nonna Live is committed to ensuring children everywhere don’t go to sleep hungry.

So you can book your online pasta-making class live from Italy here and know you are donating to charity too.

Looking for an international tour? Check out these tours from home around Rome, Venice and New York.

→ Schedule your cooking class here.

Nonalive Italy Cooking Class

6. Virtual Escape Rooms Challenge

Remote Adventures Escape Room challenges you and your coworkers or friends to get out in under 60 minutes via Zoom or your preferred conference call!

There are a number of virtual escape room challenges such as a prison escape, find the gold, or recover a stolen painting during a 60 minute adventure.

Remote Adventures Virtual Escape Game Group Images

My friends and I (above) got together to play the heist escape game and a few things surprised me.

Firstly, this was my first experience at an escape game and I was actually pretty good at it.

The game involves getting through different rooms and solving different kinds of puzzle using forms of communication and numbers.

Secondly, it was way funner that I thought it was going to be.

Sure, it was a challenge but we were all full of energy and smashed it!

We only used one of our three lifeline tips and managed to find the art in under 48 minutes.

Remote Adventures Virtual Escape Game Group Image. A group of players smile at the Zoom screen with The Heist written underneath the image.

TEG Remote Adventures uses its years of experience building 19 physical escape rooms across the USA and has moved the challenge online so players can participate from anywhere in the world!

Prices start at $30 per player (plus tax) and games can accommodates up to eight players per game. Minimum purchase is four players.

If you have a bigger group, they can accommodate up to 500+ by splitting the large group into teams of eight.

To start the game, reserve a time slot here and you’ll receive an email with the video call information.

Get the group on the video conference call at the agreed time and The Escape Game host will guide you through the virtual escape game challenge!

One of the guides will be the escape room with a live camera feed waiting on your instruction.

Online Virtual Escape Room Games-2


Work with your team to direct your guide through the adventure.

Pick up clues in your digital dashboard to solve puzzles and complete your mission in 60 minutes!

Sounds fun, right? Reserve your booking here.

Read our new guide for more online team building games.

Online Virtual Escape Room Games

7. Seasonal Craft Making

  • In charge of coming up with the Christmas Zoom party and not sure where to start?
  • Wondering what on earth the family can do to celebrate Easter together?
  • Struggling with spring break at a social distance ideas?

Consider a calming yet festive wreath making party or similar for other seasonal events.

Contact a local maker workshop and ask about their online options.

Easter egg background

It is likely they will provide a list of items or post items that you need to make the craft in question out to you.

The workshop is most likely executed over a group video call such as Zoom.

Alternatively, ask attendees to purchase a wreath making kit such as this one (US / UK) or similar and take charge of the craft.

A calming seasonal or Christmas virtual event!

Wreath making craft table

8. Tasting Party

Wine, whisky, beer or gin! What’s your tipple?

Contact a local drinks company and request a delivery of specific drinks items the team has to test.

Or create a drinks wish list on your preferred shopping site for the group to buy.

Then let the friend/coworker who sees themselves as a connoisseur host the virtual tasting party.

Niagara Wine Tasting_

Alternatively, let these professionals from France host the wine and cheese tasting remote party event for you!

60-90 minute virtual wine and cheese tasting sessions can be booked as part of a Zoom call with a Parisian.

The French delicacies are delivered overnight so you can book last minute if you’ve left the planning a little too late…

During the session your group will learn about food history, cheese science and the cultural impact of wine in Europe.

Sagrada Familia Reflection in Wine Glass

The tasking session includes four cheeses Chèvre, Camembert, Ossau-Iraty and Comté which are paired with three different wines.

The wines include Château Bourbon La Chapelle Médoc 2012, Château Gillet Bordeaux Blanc 2017 and Alchimie Côte de Brouilly 2015.

This wine and cheese tasting event is brought to you by the same company that hosts the Paris tour (above) so it is sure to be a hit with family, friends and work.

The only downside is that this virtual alcohol tasting Zoom game is only available in mainland US.

Need something seasonal? Team it up with a naff Christmas jumper or fancy dress competition!

A sophisticated yet fun virtual happy hour!

Beer Flight Lazarus Austin Craft Beer Brewery_

9. Houseparty 

Free, fun and fast to set up, Houseparty is a game available on IOS, Android, Chrome and Mac.

Coined ‘Facetime plus games’, the software is a video call software and quizmaster rolled into one. 

Play Heads Up (like Celeb in the Bag), Pictionary and Quick Draw. 

I’ve found the Android app works better than the IOS on my Macbook.

Sometimes my friend couldn’t start a game but I could.

Be patient and you’ll get there!

I never hook up free apps to other apps like Facebook etc. Don’t want to share content between apps.

Houseparty app downland screen. Yellow waving hand on red screen.

10. Jackbox

Once everyone has exhausted HouseParty they move on to Jackbox!

Jackbox Games has a variety of individual games and games packages for sale.

Packages include bluffing games, drawing games, fill in the blank, sound effects and trivia.

Jackbox can be played over every device going from laptops to game consoles, phones to desktops.

Jackbox Games to play on zoom-

We played Fibbage using Zoom.

Fibbage is really similar to the Psych! (see below) where the identified person secretly shares the truth to an answer and other players create believable lies.

Points are awarded for finding the truth, fooling others and bonus points for being funny.

Everyone answers their own secret question then the game commences.

Quiplash is another popular option.

The game throws up a statement and players reply with witty answers.

Players then vote on the best answer.

Jackbox Fibbage

11. Harry Potter Virtual Locations Tour

All aboard Hogwarts Express.

Next stop is Edinburgh!

Take a virtual tour of Scotland’s capital as you follow in the footsteps of JK Rowling.

Find out which cafes Rowling wrote it, wander through the very graveyard the award-winning author took inspiration from and visit Edinburgh’s very own, Diagon Alley, the colourful Victoria Street.

The Potter Trail Virtual Tour

Dive deep into Potter trivia during this private 1-hour virtual video tour over Zoom.

The tour is priced at £40 but we have an offer for you…

Quote ‘twoscotsabroad5’ at checkout you will get 5% off!

Any referral commission received will be added to The Potter Trail’s donation to Scottish Trans Alliance in reaction to JK Rowling’s recent actions.

Sign up here and reserve your spot here.

Harry Potter steamtrain going over Glenfinnan Viaduct

12. Outlander Virtual Tour of Scotland

Want to follow in the footsteps Jamie and Claire Scotland without leaving your home?

All you need is access to Zoom and 1-2 hours to devote to Jamie. Not hard, right?

Mary’s Meanders have been running award-winning tours including their Outlander classic tour for six years.

They know their stuff and you can join them!

In this online Outlander tour, you join the guide and fellow Outlander fans via Zoom.

For more information and the booking form, click here. Tell them Two Scots Abroad sent you.

Highland Explorer Outlander Tour

13. Cards Against Humanity

This is not a game to play with your grandparents.

The infamous Cards Against Humanity can now be played online.

Set it up over the likes of Zoom (see below) for multi-person virtual play.

Cards Against Humanity is a dark card game where players match ridiculous statements which are often close to the bone!

Hours of fun and cringing. One of the free games to play on Zoom which is magic because times are tough for some.

Cards Against Humanity Online

14. Psych! 

Psych! is a game app by The Ellen Show team which Ellen describes as the game ‘where you make up fake answers to real trivia’.

The way we describe it is Cards Against Humanity with you, and your friends, being the stars of the show.

Psych Game App

This is a 3+ person game and best played with friends you know well.

It’s meant to be an in-person game but can be played over video call to keep pals connected.

One of the funniest Zoom games for friends.

Did you know that Ellen owns the popular game Heads Up? Take to the stage, Ellen!

There are a couple of free games on the app including And The Truth Comes Out.

During it, the app throws up a statement about one member which you and your friendly privately create answers for.

The first one we were asked was ‘What is Gemma T’s most annoying habit’ – this game is not for sensitive people!

The system then gathers all the answers and you vote on your fave but you can’t vote for your own.

Points are then added up.

Psych Game

15. Just Dance

Thanks to my sister-in-law for this recommendation!

Download Just Dance to your laptop or desktop and also add the app to your phone.

The phone then acts as the controller.

Play over Zoom to enter ‘party rooms’ and dance together.

There’s a huge range of music from disco to Disney.

Now obviously there has to be an element of competition!

Points are gathered and the winner takes home the glory.

So whose handbag is going on the ground during this perfect zoom party game?!

Just Dance Over Zoom

16. Caribu

Looking for a fun way to connect with the kids in the family?

Caribu is an app was awarded the ‘best invention of 2019’ by Time Magazine.

This app allows absent parents and grandparents to read to and interact with children for a monthly fee.

17. Karaoke

I’m not joking! There are hundreds of karaoke songs on YouTube.

Grab a Bluetooth mic UK / US or a hairbrush and let the battle commence. 

Karaoke on YouTube

18. Dine Together

Pre-agree on ingredients or see what’s in the store cupboard and choose a recipe from Jack Monroe, Bootstrap Cook UK / US

Stress out together while you cook and then chill over the meal. 

You are definitely sitting two metres apart during this dining experience!

Perfect for date night too. 

I’ve now seen so many dates do this. Super cute and no taxi home required!

19. Film/Book Club/Netflix Party 

Saturday nights in don’t have to be boozy. 

Grab a gang, pick a book and discuss the main themes. 

I’ve recently taken part in the Femspectives weekly film review.

We privately watched the film on Netflix before the chat, then spoke about the themes for an hour via Zoom.

Each week the organisers will put up films for us to vote on.

You can keep up to date with new callouts here on their Facebook.

What about a Netflix Party?

With this addon, you can watch a movie or show with friends and have the option to write comments to each other.

Zoom Meeting Example

20. Yoga With Yours Truly

Move over Adriene, we’re all YouTube stars during this testing time!

Place your device so you can show off your Cat-Cow while others follow along.

Or you could all just follow Adriene because she’s the best. 

Alternatively, sign up with a local trainer. Many PTs and instructors have flexed their flexibility skills during this crazy time and are now offering lessons online.

Yoga with Adriene_

21. Pub Zoom Quiz Ideas

Quizmasters ready? Contestants ready? 

It’s time for the weekly virtual pub quiz. 

This is one of the most popular Zoom games, easy to create and gets everyone involved.

Rounds may include:

  • General knowledge
  • Guess what the emojis spells (films, terms etc)
  • Picture round: closeups of photos, chronological order, odd one out
  • Music intros
  • Zoom has a whiteboard functionality for a Pictionary-style round
Emoji Round Quiz

Or check out my free guide to 53 pub quiz round ideas because, after months of quizzes, things are getting stale!

Alternatively, let us create the quiz for you. All you need to do is choose your quiz, purchase, download and host.

Topics include Scotland, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Selection of devices showing trivia quizzes

Each of our quiz packs includes:

  • 6 rounds of general knowledge, music, movies and TV
  • 2 bonuses to keep you on your toes
  • 1 fancy dress lookbook for a themed night
  • 1 hour long Spotify playlist to send attendees to get ready to
90s Quiz Callout Cellphone with 90s Quiz text against pastel coloured background

Remember the round of drinks to go with the rounds of questions. 

See our section on How to Use Zoom below for a quiz round idea using virtual backgrounds.

From experience, if you are the host and marker, it is best to have the answer written or printed out before the quiz.

I felt a tad overwhelmed and did the count the next day.

There’s a number of local pub quizzes going virtual.

Check Twitter or do a quick Google search for your favourite pub. 

Know of a pub quiz online? Tell us in the comments below.

This is the perfect option for Zoom games for large groups.

We played it with the whole family for my brother’s birthday.

Pub Quiz Zoom

Here are a few:

Christmas Trivia Quiz

Looking for a Christmas Zoom quiz? I created this festive quiz which you are free to use.

The link will prompt you to create your own copy.

The quiz has four rounds and includes:

  • Christmas Movie Round
  • Christmas Song Emoji Round (my fave)
  • Christmas Songs Double Speed Intro
  • Christmas Charades, Pictionary or Act It Out

Let me know you if you use it!

22 *Insert Word* Bingo

Like the traditional game of bingo?

You will need cards and a dabber but unlike the normal game, you put on a TV show, film or maybe a crap political speech that currently happens daily and using your pre-arranged bingo boards you cross off words as they are said.

We used to do this at uni during election party leader televised talks. Aye, I’m cool. 

How to win

  • Complete a line – cross off an answer in each box in a line across you card
  • Full House – cross off all boxes on you card

Or just play everyday bingo. Here are the cards UK / US.

Pinterest has printable cards for lots of themes here

Quick Do It Yourself Bingo 

I used to play this with the kids at school to start a lesson or test knowledge. 

Create a box with three up and three along. 

Provide more terms than boxes so in this case, more than nine terms.

Individuals choose terms and add to boxes.

You call out the definition (not the term) and the contestants then score off when they’ve guessed the correct term. 

♥ News just in! The world-famous Bongo’s Bingo is kicking off bingo in the house! Check for dates and times here.

I went with pals to a Glasgow event and it’s wild. 90’s music + bingo = fun!

Gemma playing Bingo

Me, Gemma, winning at bingo and a tad tipsy!

23. Host a Kid’s Zoom Party

How do I keep a group of toddlers entertained through a screen? How do I stop them all speaking at the one time?

Are you having a panic attack thinking about how to host a kid’s party on Zoom?

You are not alone! I’ve even had a professional kids entertainer get in contact asking for ideas.

I asked around my social circle and here are the top tips for hosting.

  • Make use of the waiting room before allowing everyone into the main Zoom chat party
  • Speak to every kid individually to create a quick connection before the entertainment kicks off
  • The mute button is your best friend, ask another adult to help you out
  • Keep the games short
  • Use the “spotlight” function on Zoom to highlight kids

Fun Games to Play at a Kids Zoom Party

  • Musical statues
  • The Hokey P/Cokey
  • Teach a simple dance
  • Karaoke
  • Scavenger hunt with clues
  • Alphabet scavenger hunt where kids find items beginning with letter A and so on

For more ideas, check out our post games to play on Zoom with kids.

24. Try a Trivia Game

You don’t have to manually create virtual games to play over Zoom. 

Let the software do most of the work with Trivia Maker.

  • Launch the game 
  • Start the call
  • Share a screen
  • Get your game face on

Games can be work-related, child friendly, themed or general knowledge.

You can try it for free but it’s a premium game. 

25. Hat’s All Folks 

One last suggestion, make a call fabulous with a hat.

Thanks to my pal Kirsten and The Union team for that one!

The Union Edinburgh on Conference Call

→ My friends Megan and Scott have some fun quizzes on their travel site. To find out which animal you are, play the game here.


Zoom Conference Call


Video Call Software

There are lots of video call software options and some you may already have on your phone.

Group Call Facebook Messanger

How to Use Zoom

Now a household name, Zoom is keeping people connected outside of the office! Talk about doing more than your day job, eh Zoom team?

  • Download the app
  • Open and click ‘join a meeting’ – you don’t have to sign up to enter
  • You can also sign in or sign up at this stage on mobile
  • Type in the meeting ID which the person who has set it up will have. Add your screen name
  • The arrow on the desktop version shows the people you’ve spoken to before
  • Type in the meeting password
  • Say yes to audio if you want to go in speaker on
  • Say yes to the video if you want to go in with video on
  • Use earphones if you can to help with sound quality
  • If you are having issues with connectivity try getting closer your router, switch off all other WiFi connections, use the LAN cable to directly plug into the laptop if the model allows it
Join a Zoom meeting

Zoom Tips

  • It’s nice to switch your audio off unless you are speaking
  • This stops others having to listen to you take a drink, sniff and other natural bodily noises!
  • To do this hit the mute button/picture of the microphone at the bottom of your screen
  • You can also hover over your image on desktop and select mute
  • If you need to leave the meeting temporarily you can block your screen off by hitting the stop video button next to the audio
  • If you click ‘chat’ a column appears where you can type to people in private or to everyone in the group
  • On mobile, this is probably accessed by hitting the three dots [Apple]
  • How does Jim have a jazzy background?!
  • Click on the arrow next to ‘stop video’ and select ‘choose virtual’ background
  • Upload your image of choice, this function could be used in a quiz
  • You can also share your screen so it shows what you are looking at, just hit ‘share screen’
  • Zoom has a whiteboard so you can draw/play Pictionary
  • If you require more than the free 40 mins, you can pay for a one-month subscription

Check out our free Easter Zoom backgrounds which you can download for free!

Zoom Meeting Screen
Setting interactive backgroun on Zoom

How to Start a Zoom Call

  • Sign up and confirm email activation in your inbox
  • Complete personal details and create a password
  • Here you will be given a personal meeting URL
  • You can also invite others at this stage and an email will hit their inbox with details
  • Starting a meeting later? No problem
  • Sign in, select ‘schedule a meeting’
  • Complete the details and take note of the meeting ID

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Final Words 

Basically any game can be transformed into a virtual version with a little bit of imagination. Knit club, fight club, dance club whatever your vibe just please remember to include everyone, especially those who are vulnerable to loneliness during this challenging time and don’t assume the loudest in the group is fine. The extroverts will be finding this change hard too. Stay safe, have fun, tag me @twoscotsabroad 

Many of these Zoom games for adults can be adapted to for kids too! Tell me below if you’re using them.

FAQs

What are Zoom games?


Zoom games are traditional or online games that you can play over a video conference calling software such as Zoom.

The software needs to have some form of screen sharing capability to allow the host to share the game with other players.

Some games are hosted by a professional, others are played among friends and family.

Zoom doesn’t have games built into its software, hence why we put this guide together.

What are the requirements to play games over Zoom?


Everyone can sign up for Zoom for free, however, your time on a conference call is limited to 40 minutes.

If you want to spend more time playing games on Zoom, one member of the group will need to sign up.

If your friends work from home, it is likely someone will have access to a premium account already so ask around.

If you do need to sign up, you can pay and cancel monthly.

Over the festive period, Zoom dropped the capped time to allow everyone unlimited access.

Everyone participating will need access to WiFi or 4/5G. The stronger the connection, the better the quality of the line.

You will also need one of the games above to pay!


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Note: We can’t guarantee the safety of apps discussed in this guide.

Disclaimer: I was personally invited to try my partner’s games to provide a first-hand experience for you. This includes Paris For a Day, The Puzzle, The Riddle, The Trip, Potter Trails, and The Escape Game.

Gemma and Craig are full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 40 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

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  1. Ah thanks so much guys, trying to stay in communication with my SEN pupils at this difficult time and do something fun this has really helped. Thinking hang man & possibly wink murder, charades? on zoom !? Ha ha will let you know how it goes.
    Thanks again
    Sammy

    1. Aw, I love both those games too! Pity Hands Down, Thumbs Up is out! Keep the spirits up, Sam and thanks for commenting ~ Gemma

  2. We recently hosted a virtual scavenger hunt. The host gives a common household item and the time allotted to retrieve it and bring it back. Items increased in difficulty including from a can of beans or a paper clip to a coin from a particular year, a baby photo, something with an expiration date that passed, or an obscure condiment. We even had one where you had to solve a riddle to figure out the scavenger item.

    1. That sounds like a lot of fun, Lisa. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be stealing this for my next quiz!

    1. Glad I could help!

      They were specific to my brother so they probably won’t make sense but the more generic ones:

      1. Fife Flyers [Ice hockey team]
      2. Football
      4. Celtic
      5. French toast
      6. Ibiza

      1. I work with seniors, and as a assistant manager, it has been difficult finding out things to do with them over zoom. I find your examples to fun creative games are what I was looking for. Alone with trying to get seniors to participate and finding ways to keep them entertained/ interested and wanting to join daily, You have made my train of thought much easier to handle the pressure of what to do to keep them active and happy. I too had to learn how zoom worked as a new user myself.
        So thanks a lot for the much needed examples and advice.

        1. Eleanor, this message is so lovely. I have tears in my eyes reading it. Thank you for taking the time to leave the comment and I wish you all the best from Scotland.

  3. I am planning an anniversary party for a Village where there will be 100 people. We want to collect information from the members like: How many languages do you speak? Have you written a book? Were you ever elected to a public office? are you a twin? etc and then create a game we could play in the break out room where people would guess how many members fill each of those categories. The break out rooms would compete against each other – and the one that got the most right answers would win a prize. Any thoughts about the best platform for that kind of game orhow to do it well?

    1. No idea, sorry Laura! To collect data from clients I use Google Forms and choose the setting that collates all the information on Google Sheets. Let me know how you get on. Sounds fun.

  4. Another fun game to play on Zoom with family and friends (and co-workers) is the 9 Truths Game. In the game, players anonymously answer True/False questions on their laptop, phone, or tablet, and then guess how many of the other players also answered “True”. Points are scored based on how close you are to the correct number, but the real fun of the game is the hilarious stories that go along with people’s answers. And the best part is that it’s free to play and there are no ads.
    9 Truths Game – http://www.9Truths.com

  5. Another game on Zoom is called The Verdict. Each player is a member on a jury and must examine evidence and question the defendant (who is a real actor). Once you’ve discussed the case with your fellow jury members you must decide on a verdict. It’s a bit more serious than other games but a really memorable experience and has been brilliantly made.

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