Social distancing guidelines that were implemented nationwide as a result of COVID-19 have caused a massive change in day-to-day life. Workplaces are shut down, parents are homeschooling their children, and many activities have come to a halt.
So it’s no surprise if you’re stuck at home and desperately seeking interaction. The good news is that you can stay connected with friends during COVID-19 thanks to online games.
They’re a great way to distract yourself from all the negativity going on in the world right now. And there’s a chance your friends need a breather just as much as you do and wouldn’t mind taking a load off.
Unsure of where to find online games worth playing? Below are some great free and low-cost options that both you and your friends will enjoy. This makes it easy to connect with friends.
Cards Against Friends
Cards Against Friends is a spinoff of Cards Against Humanity, and for adults only. You will use pre-written responses or craft your own answers to amusing questions. The objective is to make the selector and other friends playing the game laugh. This game can be played on your Android device or on your mobile browser if you’re an iOS user.
Play on iOS
Club Penguin Rewritten
Based on the original Club Penguin from Disney, this game allows you to play in a virtual world with other penguins. It’s free to join, and you can customize your penguin, play games inside the virtual world, purchase limited edition items from the online store and so much more.
Solve murder mysteries with friends in an online game of Clue. Download the game on Google Play or from the Apple App Store for only $3.99, and choose from 10 themes to start unraveling the clues. You can also select the level of difficulty, which makes the game even more exciting if you’re a seasoned player.
Unleash your inner youth with a thrilling game of Fortnite. You can play online for free without all the skins and other pricey upgrades. Just be sure to keep your matches a secret or the kids may want to join in. The game is also available on Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox.
Dubbed the top face-to-face social network, Houseparty makes it fun to connect with friends both near and far while social distancing measures are still in place. Plus, you can play a host of fun-filled games. The social network is available on Android and iOS devices. You can also connect and play games on Chrome or macOS.
It’s not necessary to invite friends over and break social distancing guidelines to play a game of Monopoly. Consider the free online version from Pogo.com, which is just as fun. Or you can download the mobile app version of Monopoly to your Android or iOS device.
Are you a gamer and basketball fanatic? Recruit your friends and family to join you in a game of NBA 2k20. It’s easy to engage in a heated battle as long as you have the same game console.
Pogo is an online platform that’s loaded with classic games you can play with friends. Choose from several fun-filled greats, like Bejeweled 3, Chess, Dominoes, Scrabble, Solitaire, Sudoku, Yahtzee and more!
Sharpen your knowledge with a virtual trivia game through QuizUp. You can choose from thousands of categories and topics you find most intriguing to make the games even more exciting. The QuizUp app is available for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Town of Salem
The objective of this game is to be a convincing liar while calling others out when they’re not telling the truth. You can play this game of deception with 7 to 15 players.
How about a good ol’ game of Uno? The online gaming platform, Poki, makes it easy to play Uno Online with your friends. Even better, you can make your own rules to add even more flavor to the game.
Virtual Escape Room
Call up your friends on video chat and invite them to join you on an escape room adventure. You will be tasked with escaping the midnight express. But don’t get too relaxed as this is a time-sensitive mission.
Words with Friends 2
Test your word smarts with a little game of Words with Friends 2. You’ll be given a batch of letters, and the objective is to create as many words as you can. The person with the highest number of points wins.
Staying Social While Social Distancing
Consider these online games to get the party started in a whole new way. You can also hop on Zoom and host a themed online party. It’s time to get creative with how we see our friends and families so you might as well have fun while doing it!