As annoying as virtual meetings and email chains are, the same technology powers one of our favorite things about living in the modern age–playing online games with friends. It’s the best anti-social way to stay social and one of the safest ways to “hang out” and reconnect with people during a pandemic. In a post-vaccinated world, an invitation to a virtual game board lets people know you’re thinking about them without having to make an actual phone call. From free online play and downloadable apps to the best game system for social gaming, here are our picks for the best online games to play with friends.
You can play with strangers, but it’s just more fun deceiving your loved ones. It is much more fun to visit online pokies to play with friends for real money , where you will receive not only psychic income, but you can also obtain a reward. You can play this online multiplayer game with friends on your computer while you’re avoiding answering some work emails or on your smartphone while you’re in line to get vaccinated. As the game host, you create the gameboard, the number of players, imposters, and other in-game settings.
Then share the access code with your friends, so they can log in and act sus.
It’s not as much fun as playing Mario Kart on a Friday night in middle school while your parents order Dominos for you and your friends. But in terms of things you can do on a Tuesday night in the middle of a pandemic, you could do worse than playing Mario Kart on your phone with friends while you binge some Netflix.
You have to clear a few game levels on your own before you “unlock” the ability to challenge friends. But the hassle is worth it the first time you hit a friend you haven’t seen since 2019 with Spiny Shell.
Instead of texting friends to say, “how’s it going?” (no one has a good answer for that question), nudge them into a quick hand of Uno every once in a while. Play this online game with friends and hit them with the Draw 4/Skip combo.
If you’re missing in-person game nights with friends, Tabletopia lets you play your favorites; Scythe, Clans of Caledonia, Wingspan, plus over 1600 more. There are classics like chess, poker, and backgammon and a Workshop to develop and play test your own game creations.
You can either link up with friends in the virtual tabletop setting or join open seats with strangers. Sure, it doesn’t have the same tactile quality of game pieces on a table, but it prevents table-flippers from ruining the game.
This classic game from the 1960s doesn’t feel relevant anymore–except maybe the 2017 update that includes options for acquiring pets instead of children. Playing this online game with friends is a great way to fantasize about the different courses your life may have taken. Race your friends to the finish line and try to become a millionaire. The high-quality graphics almost make up for not being able to fling the spinner wheel.
It was the app of the year in 2019, but it’s time to shine was 2020 when the idea of flying through magical worlds took on a whole new appeal. The developers describe it as a “social adventure” where you and your friends work on puzzles together to find lost stars and return them to their constellations.
If you’ve wanted to get into tabletop role-playing games, Sky: Children of Light offers the same social quality with beautiful graphics and challenging gameplay.
The best board game of all time? We think so. And while it’s not as much fun without the little toy murder weapons, it’s one of the best online multiplayer games to play with friends as you rush to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy at Tudor Mansion.
If you get sick of the original mansion (blasphemy, but–it happens), there are ten different themes you can play–either solo or with friends.
Bigger than even Among Us was Animal Crossing: New Horizons that was the preferred form of escapism during the depths of quarantine. It’s only available for Nintendo Switch, so you’re limited to hanging out with friends who also have the same system as you.
In the game, you’re living among adorable anthropomorphized animals, transforming a deserted island into your personal paradise. During 2020, visiting friends’ islands was the only form of travel most of us got to enjoy.
Best Online Games Featured Photo Credit: Meghan Schiereck on Unsplash