Staying in on a Saturday night but still want to be social? Here are 10+ 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.
Games to Play on Zoom with Friends
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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!
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 betweens apps.
Cards Against Humanity
This is not a game to play with your grandparents.
The infamous Cards Against Humanity can now be played online through Playing Cards.
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.
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.
I’m not joking! There are hundreds of karaoke songs on YouTube.
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.
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 who can’t do in-person lessons.
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!
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.
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.
Quizmasters ready? Contestants ready?
It’s time for the weekly virtual pub quiz.
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.
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.
Here are a few:
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*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’re said.
We used to do this at uni during 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
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!
Me, Gemma, winning at bingo and a tad tipsy!
Try a Trivia Game
Create a game at 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.
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!
→ My friends Megan and Scott have some fun quizzes on their travel site. To find out which animal you are, play the game here.
Video Call Software
There are lots of video call software options and some you may already have on your phone.
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 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
- 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 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’
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
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
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Note: we can’t guarantee the safety of apps discussed in this guide.