Virtual Game NightJust because you can’t be with your friends in person doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a fun and interactive game night with your friends! With so many great communication platforms at our disposal, and so many great games to play online or over video, you can still enjoy a fun virtual game night with your friends, even if you can’t be together in person! Here is how to have a virtual game night with your friends.

How to Have a Virtual Game Night with Your Friends

Play Visual Games

Visual games include games such as charades or Pictionary that don’t require a physical game board to be played. As long as you all have good webcams, you can easily play these games over Google Meet, Zoom, or Facetime. Hangman and a few other games can be played this way too, but the main focus of these types of games is that you don’t have to have a game board to play.

Play Games You All Have

If you regularly host game nights, then you probably have a large stack of games at your disposal! Use these to your advantage to make a game night virtually! Have each player move across the boards and play the game as if you were there in person! This one is not as fun, but if you are all craving a game of Clue, Life, or even Trouble, you might be able to make this work.

Play Online Virtual Games

These days, it’s not hard to find a virtual online game to play with your friends! There are so many different platforms and so many kinds of games you can play!

Here are some great places to find virtual games to play remotely:

All of these platforms have a variety of different types of games you can play! To talk with one another, all you have to do is have a conference call with all the people playing!

Worried about online safety? Talk to your teens about staying safe when online gaming before you host your first virtual game night!

Use Phone Apps to Play Games

There are so many great apps that you can download to your phone for free or cheap that make remote game nights just as fun as in person! These apps are designed so that you don’t need to be in-person to play!

Here Are 15 Fun Game Apps for Your Virtual Game Night

1. Heads Up

Heads Up is a hilarious game that’s fun for the entire family. It’s been called a “Sensation” by the New York Times. And, you’ll probably recognize this game from the Ellen DeGeneres show. It’s perfect for a game night when your friends want a laid-back, fun evening. To play, simply guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out!
Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: No

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

Scrabble-Go-app2. Scrabble GO!

Scrabble Go is the classic Scrabble board game in an updated digital format. And believe it or not, they’ve managed to make the digital version way more fun and engaging than the classic board game. Play with your friends or find new Scrabble buddies. Chat using the built in easy-to-use chat emojis & phrases to converse with family and friends during game time. There are 4 game modes: Dual, Word Drop, Tumbler, and Rush. Scrabble Go has plenty of options to keep your virtual game night rolling for hours.
Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

Ticket-to-Ride-app3. Ticket to Ride

Ticket to ride is a strategy game for all ages. If you are hosting a virtual game night with a mix of kids and adults, Ticket to Ride is a great choice. The app mimics the classic boardgame where the goal is to be the quickest to link up your cities and reach your destinations. Each game is different as players try different tactics, block your competitors’ lines and take over routes before the others do.
Cost: $6.99
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store    Kindle Fire Store   Steam Store 

Yahtzee-with-Buddies4. Yahtzee with Buddies

I love Yahtzee. It’s one of my favorite games. So, I was over the moon happy when I found YAHTZEE® With Buddies! The Play Store description says, “It is the fun, classic board game with a new look.” The game does look and play like the classic dice game version with one exception. The app version only allows for 2 players. You can challenge your friend and family to play for hours. But, you’ll really be playing them individually. It’s not like having 5 friends around the table playing one game together. That said, this is one of my favorite game apps.
Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store     Kindle Fire Store

QuizUp-game-app5. QuizUp

QuizUp is a trivia style game which runs questions in themes. What makes QuizUp so fun is that you can choose from a number of topics including Harry Potter, Disney, logos, or world geography, just to name a handful. Or, you can create your own quiz based on a topic you love. It’s easy for your friends and family to join in your virtual game night. You simply click the “invite your friends” button on the homepage and texting them links to play the game with you. And once your game night is over you can continue playing by matching with others playing QuizUp around the world.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

Word-with-Friends-2-game-app6. Words with Friends 2

This 2nd version of the popular Words with Friends game is updated to include all new game modes. Challenge your friends to word games, word puzzles as you expand your vocabulary and show off your spelling skills in the search for the highest scoring word. This new updated version comes with the biggest dictionary of words the game has had ever- 50,000!  Words with Friends 2 is Free. However, you can play without third party ads between moves if you previously purchased either Words With Friends Pro or no third-party ads in the original Words With Friends word game on any mobile device. Be sure to log in with Facebook or the email account you used to make the previous purchase to continue to play without third party ads between moves.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

Uno7. Uno

I love classic Uno. And, all the additional fun versions of this popular card game. So what I love best about the Uno game app is I don’t have to decide which version to bring to my virtual game night. This one app offers a variety of variations as well as the original “classic mode”. Get a game started by clicking the “social” button on the bottom right of the screen. From there you can select the “invite friends” button and send and invite link to your friends via text or another messenger like WhatsApp or Slack. cool feature of Uno is the text and talk function which allows you to speak to your friends while you’re playing.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store     Kindle Fire Store     Steam Store

psych-outwit-yo-game-appur-friends8. Psych! Outwit Your Friends

Psych! Is a Balderdash-like game from the same company that created Heads Up!  To play each player takes turns creating fake answers to various trivia questions. Points are earned by guessing the correct answer among the false ones. You’ll earn points for each player you “psych” into choosing your made up answers. To get a group game started select “start a game” on the home screen. Then share the secret game code with the friends you want to join the game. They can join by add the code in the “join a game” screen on their device.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

Boogle-with-friends-game-app9. Boggle With Friends

If you love Boogle, you’ll love this mobile version. It gives you all the classic fun of the original game, right down to shaking the dice. But, the mobile version actually keeps score for you. There are 2 options for play. You can play randon opponents online. Or, you can invite your friends to join you in a game. If your friends haven’t downloaded Boogle with Friends, no worries. You can send them a text invitation to download the app and join you for a game.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

Game-of-Life10. Game of Life

Make your way through the classic Hasbro’s board game, Life without messing with those tiny blue and pink “people pegs”. The game app version inserts them for you! Multiplay mode allows you to invite your friends to join you. This is a great game to play with multi-age groups of people.

Cost: $2.99
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: No

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store     Steam Store

Clue11. Clue

The feel and play of the Clue app version is a bit different from the classic board game version. However, players win the same way: by solving the murder mystery. The game app retains the classic characters, weapons, and rooms from the board game. And it can be played on The goal of the app version of this murder mystery board game is the same: discover who the murderer is from a list of classic characters. Was it Miss Scarlet in the ballroom with the rope, or perhaps Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? You can either play  alone or create a private multiplayer game with your family or friends. Clue makes a great choice for kids who want to host an online game night with friends.

Cost: $3.99
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store     Steam Store

Monopoly12. Monopoly

Monopoly is a classic game that has brought generations of families to the game table . And, their mobile app version offers several options for you to play. First, you connect with your friends from where ever they are and host an online Monopoly game. This is perfect for a virtual game night of any size. Once you are able to gather with friends again, there is an an offline multiplayer option where you can play with your family in person passing the phone between turns. This version is perfect for those times you want to play Monopoly but don’t have the space to set up the board, or can’t manage all the pieces and money. If you also play solo against the mobile version which is a great way to brush up on your Monopoly game skills.

Cost: $3.99
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: No

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store     Kindle Fire Store     Steam Store

scattergories13. Scattergories

Scattergories is a fast-paced category game people of all ages can enjoy. It’s the perfect game for a family virtual game night. Just like the classic board game version, the goal is to type an answer that fit the category fast before the timer runs out! But, the mobile version also offers additional variations of play like multiplayer and duels as well. One feature that makes the mobile version of Scattergories such a great pick for a game night with kids is that the game uses auto-correct. Tiny typo won’t trip kids (or anyone) up. You can win even if you aren’t a perfect speller.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

14. Kahoot

Love trivia? Kahoot lets you create your own quizzes with multiple choice or true or false answers. Now you have your own custom created trivia game for family and friends. The app generates a pin code, Simply share that code to invite up to 10 players to join your live quiz.  Want to invite more than 10 people to your quiz? Upgrade to Kahoot Plus for $9.99/month.

Cost: Free
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: Yes

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store

pandemic15. Pandemic: The Board Game

Pandemic is a co-op strategy game adapted from the award winning board game. This is a great game for 2-5 players. You work as a team as you work to save humanity from the brink of extinction. Like the board game version, your team travels the globe to protect cities, contain infections from spreading, and discover the cure for diseases.

Cost: $4.99
In App Purchases: Yes
Ads: No

Available in the Apple Store    Google Play Store     Kindle Fire Store     Steam Store

All of these apps cost less than $10 to download, and some of them are even free! These can work for in-person games too if you’re looking for a quick game night without going out to buy a board game. It’s worth noting that some of these apps will require each person to download a copy of the app, so this can quickly add up.

Just because you can’t see your friends doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fun game night with them! You may not be able to use all of these tips, but you are guaranteed to find something here that will work for you and your friends.

Do you have a favorite game that would be perfect for a virtual game night with friends and family? Share it with us in the comments 👇🏽!

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