Being home every day for far longer than most of us are used to, with all social interactions confined to only the people living in our homes, leaves many of us feeling disconnected from our friends and family. family – not to mention the boredom that comes from not being able to leave the house for more than a jog or drive to the supermarket.
In times like this, we need to find new and inventive ways to entertain ourselves and feel connected to those we can’t physically be with right now. Online games are the perfect way to do this – not only are they a great way to spend an evening, but you can interact with loved ones and have fun at the same time.
Here are nine of the best, from classics you know and love to fun new ideas you may not have tried before.
The best online games for distant friends and family
Cards Against Humanity
If you’re a fan of the hilarious and incredibly non-PC card game, there’s an online version called Remote Insensitivity that you can play with your friends.
For just £3.99 on the App Store and Google Play Store, you can play detective with your friends with an online version of the classic murder mystery board game, Cluedo.
A favorite childhood card game for many, UNO! is available to be played online and you can play against your friends virtually. No more boredom!
Tell your friends to download the Monopoly app from the App Store or Google Play Store and you can join in on a round of the classic buy-and-sell board game. Best of all, with the mobile app, there’s no board to flip in anger out of frustration.
Words between friends
Words With Friends is a free mobile game (available for Apple and Android devices) that replicates the idea of Scrabble for virtual wordy fun. You can only play against one other person per game, but you can have as many games in progress as you want. A great way to bring some healthy competition into your everyday life.
Mario Kart Tour
Race your friends around the track in Mario Kart Tour, the mobile version of Nintendo’s beloved game. Whether you play as Princess Peach, Mario or Luigi, you can challenge up to seven friends to race the adventurous courses. Download from the App Store or Google Play Store (players must have a Nintendo Account).
The Houseparty video call app lets you chat with up to eight family members and friends at the same time and you can all participate in on-screen games such as Heads Up!, Quick Draw! and quizzes. Grab the wine and it’s a great alternative for a girls night out.
Originally developed as an online educational tool for teachers and students, Kahoot! is a free online quiz creation platform. But it can just as well be used to create fun virtual quiz nights with your distant friends and family.
The category-based creative board game is brought to the virtual world with the app version (available on Apple and Android app stores). The perfect alternative to the real thing, you and your friends can play in a virtual “room” for hours of fun.