Online games to play with friends: multiplayer apps for a virtual game night

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There are only so many Parks and recreation episodes to watch and online fitness classes to try out on your living room floor before you need a little more human interaction. Whether you’ve been on social distancing for two or ten days, we’re all bound to feel restless and bored. But as we do our part to flatten the curve, we need to rethink our IRL hangouts.

Order alcohol, set up FaceTime group calls, and sit down with friends for a (virtual) game night. Both Apple and Google Play stores have all kinds of apps to make yours a reality. Overly competitive friends and lots of wine are always encouraged.

Here is our list of some of the best games to play with your friends remotely:

Apple App Store

Psych!

If you’ve played Balderdash before, you’ll understand the basics. Join the game remotely with your friends, choose from a number of categories and start making up fake answers. You are legitimately encouraged to lie. Fun! Basically, you will be fabricating fake answers to real questions and your friends will have to guess what is real. The goal is to get them to choose yours. You will score points by guessing the correct answer and making your friends guess yours. Requires a minimum of two players.
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Scrabble Go

Nothing pisses me off like three glasses of Cabernet and a friend trying to pass fleek as a valid Scrabble word. Again, isn’t this all part of the fun? Download the Scrabble Go app and get ready to chat for hours with your loved ones. A sense of normalcy is a good thing in these difficult times, right? The game allows up to four players.
Get it on the App Store
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8 ball pool

We can’t go to real bars anymore, so drinking cheap beer on your favorite dive and betting with your friends that you will sink the 8 ball is off the table. But there is a virtual version that allows you to participate in one-on-one or eight-player tournaments. You can register via Facebook and challenge your friends from the comfort of your sofa.
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UN

Of course, it won’t be as much fun to gloat over your “UNO” on FaceTime as it is IRL, but we have to make some sacrifices here, folks. And the classic card game virtual app has all kinds of cool twists. You can play with friends from anywhere, team up for 2v2 mode, participate in tournaments and more.
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Heads up! on Houseparty

Instead of downloading the Heads Up! app, you’ll need Houseparty, which, in case you haven’t already used it for your virtual happy hours, is a group video chat service. Essentially the game is a modern take on charades and can be used as an addition to your appeal. That way, you don’t even need a separate FaceTime setup, you can play, chat, and drink all in one place.
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Yahtzee with friends

Nothing sparks a bit of nostalgia like a good deal of Yahtzee. Now you can play it on mobile with friends and avoid any dice-related injuries. Simply download, go to the “social” tab and connect with your Facebook friends for a lively game.
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Boggle with friends

Another classic board game turned virtual, Boggle With Friends lets you play solo, with random opponents and friends. You can even participate in live tournaments if you’re feeling particularly competitive, try out daily challenges, and more.
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Scattergories

The main thing is the same – roll the dice and create an answer for each category that matches your starting letter. Corn the app version offers many more features than the IRL board game. Try out multiplayer, duel, get bonuses, rank up and play with all your friends.
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Apple App Store

Mario Kart Tour

You may have removed your Gamecube some time ago, but luckily you can still challenge your loved ones in a fierce Mario Kart competition through your phone. Race up to seven other players.
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Houseparty trivia

Heads up! is not your only Houseparty gaming option. In fact, there are quite a few, including anecdotes. Compete against your friends on a variety of topics, like “Finish song lyrics” or the app’s all new Fortnite spin-off. There are a total of 18 different trivia games, so everyone has a chance to show off.
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Monopoly

Monopoly is a classic for good reason. And although I can admit it’s remarkable less fun when i can’t cheat (don’t take it out on me, you did too), for rule-lovers the game is the same. You can have a private game with friends and steal Park Place right under your boyfriend’s nose, just like you would IRL. The game allows up to four players.
Get it on the App Store
Get it on Google Play

Drawn 2

Drawful is like Pictionary’s weird cousin. “Terrible Drawings & Hilarious False Answers Game” lets you use your phone or tablet to sketch your best “scary tiger”, “paperclip death”, and more while everyone makes their best guess to decipher your, uh, work of art. The app requires a minimum of three players, but allows up to eight in your crew.
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Chips & Guac on Houseparty

Chips & Guac is a bit like Cards Against Humanity Where Apples with apples in that it’s a word association game. You’ll get a random word, such as dangerous or sneaky, and your friends will have to play a card they think matches the phrase.
Get it on the App Store
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Quick drawing on Houseparty

Houseparty’s Quick Draw feature is basically a Pictionary that you can play while on a video call. The word or idea will appear right there on your screen and you have to make it your best sketch. And considering drinking while playing is encouraged (mainly by me), there is no doubt that you will get some… interesting works of art.
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Kahoot!

Kahoot! is a quiz-style game that twists off classic anecdotes. Instead of testing your friends on the 12th President of the United States or the capital of Montana, you can create your own on more important things (like, I don’t know, yourself!).
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Would you prefer

The game is about as simple as it gets, but somehow it never stops entertaining the crowd. The app version is the same. You’ll get a variety of “do you prefer” questions so you can really see where your friends are at on the topics that really matter.
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Megan Schaltegger is a writer for Thrillist.


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