Games to Play Online with Friends While Social Distancing

Dear Icebreakers Family,

This has been a challenging time for everyone. We hope you and your family are doing well — staying safe and healthy. 

Do you need activities to play while you are isolated at home? Games can be one of the best ways to connect with friends as a social experience and to enjoy quality time with family and others who you might not be able to see face-to-face.

During such a difficult time, we wanted to provide a collection of some of the best FREE activities that are fun, social and engaging.  We recommend using a videoconference tool like Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.) while playing the game so that you can more easily talk and see faces.

In no particular order, here is our list:

  1. Drawception (drawing game similar to Telestrations) https://drawception.com/
  2. Charades online (Act out clues – http://www.playcharades.net/ 
  3. Codenames: https://www.horsepaste.com/
  4. Codenames Duet : https://www.codenamesgreen.com/
  5. Secret Hitler (Deduction game)  https://secrethitler.io?
  6. Werewolf Online: https://werewolf-online.fandom.com/wiki/Werewolf_Online
  7. Spyfall: https://spyfall.adrianocola.com/
  8. Sporcle (custom quiz game to challenge friends), for example:
    Name That Tune Game
    https://www.sporcle.com/games/AuroraIllumina/do-not-press-pause
  9. Jigsaw Puzzles online: https://jigsawpuzzles.io/
  10. Risk: Global Domination https://store.steampowered.com/app/1128810/RISK_Global_Domination/
  11. FreeCiv (Free Civilization 2 game) : https://fcw.movingborders.es/
  12. GeoGuessr (Guess where you are in the world based on a series of 360 images) : https://www.geoguessr.com/
  13. Board Game Arena – You can play board games together with friends or strangers online. https://boardgamearena.com/gameinprogress?game=1025&all

Special thanks to our friends at Learning Theories for providing this guide.