Online games night during lockdown
A lot has been written on advice for during lockdown and so I thought this would be a good way of introducing some online games I’ve found useful – especially ones you may not have considered.
1. Ticket to Ride https://www.daysofwonder.com/online/en/play
I first played this on Christmas day with the family as a board game and after losing track of time during the game, the free-online version couldn’t miss this list.
Description: Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world.
If you’re a strategic thinker and have up to 5 people to play with, I highly recommend this game. Also, with the online version, learning the rules is made very easy with their guide. As a warning it can get very competitive… even more competitive than Monopoly.
2. Codenames https://codenames.game
Codenames is one I was introduced to over the summer and the great thing about this game is how little time it takes to learn and the number of in-game combinations.
Description: Two teams compete by each having a “spymaster” give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. The other players on the team attempt to guess their team’s words while avoiding the words of the other team. In a variant with 2–3 players, one spymaster gives clues to the other player or players.
3. Pictionary https://sketchful.io/
The charades-inspired word-guessing game of Pictionary is a must for any online games night. I can assure you that you don’t need to be artistic for this, although I find it more difficult to draw with the computer mouse than the phone.
4. Psych (App Store/ Google Play Store)
My favourite Psych mini-game is “The Truth Comes Out” which is best played alongside close friends or between family. The game requires some creativity but is bound to get some good laughs out which can really brighten up lockdown.
Description: Answer fun and hilarious questions about your friends, like, “What’s the last thing Phoebe googled?” and “What’s the biggest secret John is keeping?” Pick your favourite answers, and score points when your friends choose your answer.
5. Make an online quiz https://crowd.live/
There are many platforms to do this on, but a friend of mine recently used crowd.live and it seemed to work very well. Adding a few personal jokes and specialising certain rounds for particular people taking part (a charitable way to help those without good general knowledge like myself) can make the quiz a highlight of any games night.
Hopefully, I’ve included some games you haven’t yet heard of, and I’m certain that like me, you’d be very surprised at how fast time flies when you add some of these games to the itinerary.