From Scrabble to Pictionary: 10 games to play over Zoom on New Year’s Eve

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– Staying connected while staying apart is important now more than ever.

There are many virtual games made for multiplayers so that friends and families can use to keep in contact and combat boredom during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Through video meeting programs like Zoom, participants can share their screen with friends and invite multiple online users into their calls.

Here are some suggestions for socially-distant fun on New Year’s Eve.

PICTIONARY

Zoom has a Whiteboard feature that allows members of the meeting to draw and share their screen. A game of “Pictionary” is perfect for this set up, so participants can guess what the other member is drawing. A random word generator is available online to help the game along.

FIBBAGE

If it’s name wasn’t an obvious clue, “Fibbage” is a multiplayer bluffing game played typically at parties and social gatherings. It’s a fib-’til-you-win trivia party game from the makers of “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK!” Participants can purchase the game and play remotely by visiting jackboxgames.com/fibbage.

AMONG US

Over the past year, the multiplayer game “Among Us” has gained massive popularity. The game is centered on four to 10 crew mates aboard a space ship. Each crew mate is assigned tasks, and to win the game, all the tasks must be completed. One to three of the players, however, are deemed “Imposter” and must sabotage tasks to take out the crew mates aboard the ship. They are not identified as an imposters until they are caught, or they win the game. If an imposter kills all of the crew mates without getting caught, he or she wins. When a body is discovered, fellow crew mates deliberate who they believe the impostor is.

This may require Zoom meeting participants to be on mute with their cameras off until a meeting in the game is triggered for deliberation. For more information, and to find ways to download the game online, visit innersloth.com/gameAmongUs.

DRAWFUL 2

“Drawful 2,” similar to Pictionary, challenges players to draw ridiculous prompts on their smartphones and tablets. The game is available for purchase at Jackboxgames.com/drawful-two, and can host three to eight players.

CHARADES

No purchase necessary with this one. “Charades” consists of a two-person team finding the toughest and goofiest challenges to try and stump opponents. The team must try to relay a word or phrase to the others without using their voice. There is no cap on how many people can participate in this game.

ZOOM BINGO

BINGO! Find some cards online with your friends and let the games begin. Online Bingo options are also available on platforms like Facebook Messenger, Youdagames.

TRIVIA

Nothing beats a good round of trivia, and thanks to online apps, trivia games are easy enough to stumble upon. Randomtriviagenerator.com offers a wide variety of questions, and those who wish to personalize their trivia can visit TriviaMaker.com. Houseparty includes a video-chatting feature in-game for players who do not use Zoom.

SCRABBLE

Yes, even Scrabble has gone virtual. Those who wish to play the witty word game can find it on Google Play and the App Store. The name of the game, entertaining two to four players, is to score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto a game board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares.

JEOPARDY!

Multiplayer “Jeopardy!” games are available online for those in video meetings to play. The online game — just like the classic game show — features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. Check out .jeopardy.com/games for more information.

SCATTERGORIES

The classic word game many grew up with is virtual and free to play. Create the game and send a link to all the players to join. If you’re the last person standing with words to add to the category, you win! To play online, visit scattergoriesonline.net.

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