Revert Back to Your Middle School Slumber Party Self with These 19 Truly Fun Zoom Games

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From Cosmopolitan

Quick reminder: Even though vaccines are becoming more available to eligible groups and there’s hope on the horizon for a “normal” existence once again, Zoom is still the safest (and most considerate) place to chill. Yes, I am fully aware that pre-planning a virtual cocktail hour with your best friends doesn’t compare to hanging out IRL.

Thankfully, by now, we’ve all mastered the skillful art of Zoom! Between fun backgrounds and that corner on your couch where the sun hits your glowing face juuuust right, what new information could you need about the Art of Zooming™? Surprise! It's a lot.

While we're counting down the days till we can just freakin' hug our frands again, we've gathered up a bunch of games you can play over Zoom to keep that friendship spark alive. That's a real thing, ya'll!

NGL, Most are traditional games you've def played before but never realized actually work via Zoom. Plus, we found a few new ones that could totally spice up your night in. And if you’re really looking to have a ~night~ (or day, no judging) you can easily incorporate booze into the mix, if that's your thing!

Quarantine’s changed us all, man. So, here are easy peasy games you can play in your next scheduled Zoom hangout.

1. Bingo

There is nothing like this ye olde Bingo! Websites like My Free Bingo Cards make it super easy to play this traditional game remotely. You can even customize your board to a specific theme (Harry Potter bingo, pls and tyvm). The winner gets to Uber Eats their food of choice and the rest of the players split the cost, or the next IRL drink is on ze losers! (Be sure to put that in your notes app.)

2. Alphabet Challenge

If you ever experienced the joys of a long car ride as a kid, you likely played the “Picnic Game.” You know, the one where each person says what they would bring to a picnic in alphabetical order? Let’s raise the stakes. Pick any category or theme (like, celebrities or things you need on a first date), and all players name something that starts with the respective letter. The first person who runs out of ideas loses or drinks!

3. Quiplash

Time to get witty! Players answer prompts like, “Something you’d be surprised to see a donkey do __” and “A double rainbow doesn’t have gold at the end of it. Instead, it has __.” Everyone votes on the most creative, funny or weird response. Trust, this can get rowdy v fast. Up to eight people can play, but someone does need to purchase the game. Have the owner share their screen so all players can see and laugh at the final answers together!

4. 20 Questions

No phones needed for this one, just your wild imagination. IKYK this game, but read on for a refresher. One person chooses...just any good noun and the other players ask 20 questions until they think they know what the noun is. The game is as simple as it sounds, so use your imagination, children!

5. Among Us!

This free app allows five to 10 players to prep and fix a spaceship for departure. The twist: there is one imposter hell-bent on killing the rest. Crewmates can win by identifying the imposter and voting them off ship. But if *you're* the imposter, you gotta put your best poker face on and convince your friends of your innocence. Speaking from experience, this gets heated.

6. Truth or Dare

*Insert diabolical laugh here* Someone’s bestie will be dared to text their crush tonight, reverting to classic middle school sleepover behavior. In all seriousness, when did truth and dare stop being a thing? A funny truth question always calls for someone to explain an embarrassing story. Similarly, a good dare pushes the limits and has everyone either holding their breath or uncontrollably laughing. Tip: Prank calls are the best dares, prove me wrong.

7. Karaoke

Okay, technically this isn’t a game. However, I know you miss singing your heart out at the bars as much as we do, so blast your fav tunes and let it out, bb. A Zoom hangout is a good enough reason to scream Taylor Swift’s entire Fearless album at the top of your lungs. No headphones necessary.

8. Never Have I Ever

Other than a computer or phone, all you need to play this game are your fingers! You know how this goes: Hold up five or 10 fingers and share something you have never actually done. If someone HAS done that thing, they put a finger down. Take turns sharing until someone has no fingers left to play with. Alternatively, you can swap your fingers with sips from your wine glass.

9. Pictionary

Before you play this iconic game, you're going to have to split up into teams. (Pro tip: keep it to two teams for minimal stress.) Assign one person on each team to be the *artiste*, mediocre, Van Gogh-type art skills are a plus. Oh, and use this random Pictionary word generator to round up ideas, so you don't have to do the extra work.

10. Two Truths and a Lie

Jot down two real facts about you and one that is totally fake. Read them to your opponent and they have to guess which one is the lie! It's a great way to see which of your friends are gullible as hell.

11. Heads Up!

If you've never played Heads Up!, it's time to change that. First, download the app. Then, pick a category like celebrities, movies, music, whatever. When it's your turn, hold the phone to your forehead so other players can describe the word on your screen to you. Shouting will inevitably happen, you'll like it. The person with the most correct guesses wins!

12. Cards

I never knew how much I'd actually want to play some Go Fish with my pals until I couldn't. With PlayingCards.io you can choose from a series of virtual versions of your fave games, like go fish, crazy eights, and 500.

13. Scattergories

There's nothing like Scattergories to really get the people GOING. The rules are simple: Randomly choose a letter and five categories. Then, players have 60 seconds think of things related to each category that start with the assigned letter. You get a point for every category you get right and double if you do more than 0ne. Here's a generator to help you choose categories and letters.

14. Psych

It's like two truths and a lie, but with more lies thought up by your frands. With this one, everyone has to download the app onto their phone. Don't fret, it doesn't cost a dime! The host chooses a question. Then, the app sends the players the Q and they'll think of an answer that's, well, outrageously fake. But, the thing is, the real answer also *sounds* outrageously fake. So the host will have to try to choose the correct one and sus out the frauds!

15. Charades

Split Zoom attendees into two teams. Then, one person from each team will select a word or phrase using this Charades words and phrases generator. That person has to act out (no talking or sounds permitted!) their assigned phrases for their teammates to try to guess. Each team takes turns guessing, and the more words and phrases a team guesses correctly, the more points they receive. The team with the most points wins!

16. Scavenger Hunt

It's time to take this childhood game to the next level. Compile a list of 10 or so items that you want your friends to find in their homes. Get creative and weird with it. Have them search through their closet for their first-ever concert tee or their middle school diary. Don't make this easy for them!

17. Cards Against Humanity

Okay, so, it's not exactly the OG Cards Against Humanity in interweb form, but it's pretty close. If you and your squad are in the mood to play the raunchy game (but obviously can't do it with the actual cards because of quarantine), the website All Bad Cards is your move! Create a new game, share the link, and lol forever.

18. Trivia

Challenge your friends to a classique game of trivia! Either come up with your own set of questions beforehand or use this supes simple question generator that has them prepped and ready for Zoom game night. Designate someone to lead the question asking and have everyone drop their answers in the chat or just say them out loud.

19. Most Likely To...

So you're definitely going to need more than two people for this one. Gather up a bunch of friends and family, then come up with questions like, "Who's most likely to run for president? or "Who's most likely to do something embarrassing in public?" Take turns asking Qs and whoever gets the most votes on a question has to drink pickle juice or something weird in their kitchen.

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