The current pandemic and lockdown have changed the concept of socializing with our family and friends. We have to think of new ways to stay connected regardless of where we are. Luckily, today’s technology has made that possible, and many of us use online social games to keep in touch with our loved ones.
No matter what kind of game you enjoy — an old-school classic like Monopoly or Risk, a real-casino card game, or a strategic or guessing game — you’ll be happy to learn there are virtual forms of almost any of them.
So, if you want to practice social distancing but still keep in touch with others, here are some of the best social games that will help you stay connected in these trying times.
Virtual Board Games
If you miss arguing with your friends over traditional board games, not all is lost. Many websites offer the possibility of playing virtual board games. Some of the most popular choices, aside from Monopoly and Risk, are chess, Backgammon, Go, Halma, and even some card games.
Most of these games are available on both PC and mobile devices, so you should be able to play anytime and anywhere. These games are excellent for family fun, so even if you’re isolating yourself in the other room, you can still join the party.
2. Online Casino Games
Online casino games are a typical choice when you want to stay connected with friends and coworkers. Bear in mind that some of these games don’t require multiple players, like Vegas Downtown Slots, so you can still have fun without finding a partner in crime.
On the other hand, there are plenty of casino games that require multiple players. So, if you prefer to play against your friends, why not try it out? You can even find some opponents from all over the world in case none of your friends is available. Some of the most popular choices include card games, like Vegas Strip Blackjack, Poker Heat, European Roulette, Texas Hold’em, and many more.
After all, almost everybody knows how to play at least one casino game, so why not try your luck?
3. Association Games
Association games are known to bring out the competitiveness in people, so get ready for some action. There are plenty of online games based on the classic game of associations. Almost all platforms — iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows — offer some form of this game. That means you will be able to play with your favorite people regardless of the devices all of you are using.
Some of the most popular forms of this game include Cards Against Humanity, Pictionary, Heads Up!, Trivia: Finish the Song Lyric, and many more. You can also find numerous variations of the classic association game, where you have to guess the names of the items from your favorite categories, such as countries, animals, celebrities, kitchen items, etc.
4. Simple Games
These games don’t fall under a specific category, but they do have a common trait — they are all simple to master. So, if you’re pressed for time and looking for a simple game any of your friends can play, stick with this section, as these games are almost always available on all devices, and you should be able to access them without any issues.
These games are so easy to master you’ll be able to explain the rules even to your technophobic grandparents. Some of the most recognizable names here are Words with Friends, Draw Something, UNO, UNO and Friends, and Scrabble. These games will help you keep in touch — plus, they won’t take up a lot of your time during the day.
On the other hand, if you want to play a solo game, you should take a look at what Apple Arcade has to offer. There are plenty of single-player games that will let you get back to work when you need to while still finding ways to engage you.