Being at home every day for far longer than most of us are used to, with all social interaction confined to just the people living in our households, is leaving many of us feeling disconnected from our friends and family – not to mention the boredom that comes from not being able to leave the house for more than a jog or driving to the supermarket.
In times like this, we need to find new and inventive ways to keep ourselves entertained as well as feel connected to those we can’t physically be with right now. Online games are the perfect way to do this – not only are they a great way to pass an evening, you get to interact with your nearest and dearest and have fun at the same time.
Here are nine of the best, from classics you know and love to fun new ideas you might not have tried before.
The best online games for long-distance friends and family
Cards Against Humanity
If you’re a fan of the hilarious, incredibly non-PC fill-in-the-blank card game, there’s an online version called Remote Insensitivity that you can play with your friends.
A favourite childhood card game for so many, UNO! is available to be played online and you can play against your friends virtually. Boredom be gone!
Tell your friends to download the Monopoly app on the App Store or Google Play Store and you can engage in a game of the classic buying and selling board game. Even better, with the mobile app there’s no board to be angrily flipped in frustration.
Words With Friends
Words With Friends is a free mobile game (available for Apple and Android devices) that replicates the idea of Scrabble for virtual wordy fun. You can only play against one other person per game, but you can have as many games on the go as you like. A great way to bring a bit of healthy competition into your day-to-day life.
Mario Kart Tour
Race your friends around the track with Mario Kart Tour, the mobile version of the beloved Nintendo game. Whether you play as Princess Peach, Mario or Luigi, you can challenge up to seven friends to race around the adventurous courses. Download on the App Store or Google Play Store (players must have a Nintendo account).
The video calling app Houseparty allows you to chat with up to eight family and friends at the same time and you can all engage in on-screen games such as Heads Up!, Quick Draw! and trivia challenges. Grab the wine and it’s a great alternative for an girls’ night in.
Originally developed as an online education tool for teachers and students, Kahoot! is a free platform for creating online quizzes. But it can just as easily be used to create fun virtual quiz nights with your estranged friends and family.
The creative-thinking category-based party game is brought to the virtual world with the app version (available on Apple and Android app stores). The perfect alternative to the real thing, you and your friends can play in a virtual ‘room’ for hours of fun.