Table of Contents
- Fun Games to Play on Zoom with Friends
- 1. Name in the Bag/Guess Who?
- 2. A Day In Paris For Paris Fans
- 3. The Puzzle
- 4. The Riddle
- 5. Online Cook Club
- 6. Virtual Escape Rooms Challenge
- 7. Seasonal Craft Making
- 8. Tasting Party
- 9. Houseparty
- 10. Jackbox
- 11. Harry Potter Virtual Locations Tour
- 12. Outlander Virtual Tour of Scotland
- 13. Cards Against Humanity
- 14. Psych!
- 15. Just Dance
- 16. Caribu
- 17. Karaoke
- 18. Dine Together
- 19. Film/Book Club/Netflix Party
- 20. Yoga With Yours Truly
- 21. Pub Zoom Quiz Ideas
- 22 *Insert Word* Bingo
- 23. Try a Trivia Game
- 24. Hat’s All Folks
- Video Call Software
- How to Use Zoom
- Zoom Tips
- How to Start a Zoom Call
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.
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.
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.
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!
While all of the below ideas are not specifically Zoom games for adults, we do have a dedicated guide for kids.
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.
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.
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!
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.
3. 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.
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 under $69. 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.
Use the share screen function on the likes of Zoom to show the PDF of puzzles or the provided password for team players if you want them to access the puzzles online.
This DIY option is most popular for families and friends looking for a virtual gathering.
The second option is to pass the host responsibility over to the 100 Points Challenge team.
This way costs $179. To purchase you just need to reserve a date here.
The facilitator will talk all team members through the puzzles so everyone can get 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.
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.
4. The Riddle
Played The Puzzle already? What about The Riddle?
The Riddle begins with a master puzzle and then ten smaller mind bending riddles that teams have to solve to figure out the master riddle.
Like The Puzzle, there are two ways to play this.
The facilitated game is hosted for you.
Prices start at $189 and can cater for large groups. This is ideal for online social gatherings or virtual work events and meetings. Find out more here.
Then there is a DIY version which requires one team member to take charge and follow the guidelines created by 100 Points Challenge.
The self-facilitated version of The Riddle is priced at $49. With this you get a video walkthrough explaining how to deliver the game and access to the online game and score sheets. Find out more here.
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.
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?
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.
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 prison escape, find the gold, or recover a stolen painting in a 60 minute adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A calming seasonal or Christmas virtual event!
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, create a drinks wish list on your preferred shopping site for the group to buy or pay for a connoisseur to host the virtual tasting party.
Need something seasonal? Team it up with cheese, chocolate, nibbles and a naff Christmas jumper or fancy dress competition!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
13. 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. One of the free games to play on Zoom which is magic because times are tough for some.
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.
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.
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?
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.
18. Dine Together
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.
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.
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
My friend Janice has created this Scotland quiz that you could adapt.
**NEW** – here’s my guide to 53 pub quiz round ideas because after two months of quizzes, things are getting stale!
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.
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
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!
23. 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.
24. 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 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
- 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
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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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.
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Note: we can’t guarantee the safety of apps discussed in this guide.