What do you think are good games for playing over a video chat?
Sir Monkeypants and I recently did a Trivial Pursuit night with two other couple friends of ours. It worked pretty well. One couple had the board and set up a phone pointing at it, while dialing into our Zoom call on a laptop as well, so we could all see them and see the board. We each had our own die to roll at home, and the other couple also had the same TP game so were able to share in asking questions. We all brought our own dessert and beverages of choice.
(Also: we lost. But we didn’t embarrass ourselves, so we’re calling that a win, and we’ll see how we do at the rematch scheduled for tomorrow.)
It worked fairly well, except that there can’t be any side chit-chat because the Zoom tries to focus on just one person talking at a time and when we’re all talking at once it’s hard, so you had to sit and wait quietly when it wasn’t your turn. But otherwise, success!
I started to think of other games that might work remotely like this. I couldn’t come up with many, so I thought I’d throw it out there for ideas.
Things that could work if everyone has their own copy of the game:
- Guess Who
- Snakes and Ladders (head to head speed races, perhaps?)
- Cranium, maybe?
- Bananagrams, maybe, if everyone used a smaller letter stockpile, and played until their own letters were gone?
Things that could work if one person/group has the game, and the others just instruct the home team on how to move their pieces:
- Connect 4
- Forbidden Island
Okay, that’s all I can think of. I know there’s others where you can maybe all play together online through an app, like Scrabble and Ticket to Ride, but I was looking for things that could be a little more interactive and have a little more human component.
Got any other ideas of games that might work remotely?