12 Best Virtual Or Online Games To Play With Family

12 Best Virtual Or Online Games To Play With Family

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Games are a great way to lighten the mood. There are several games you can play on a family game night. But most of them are board games or games that require you to be at the same place. So what do you do when you have an extended family scattered in different places? Even for multigenerational connections, online games can do away with the awkwardness and have everyone mingling effortlessly. Here we have come up with some amazing family games you can play online. Do not let distance be a deterrent to your plans of having a great time together.

12 Family Games To Play Online

No matter where your family is, technology has brought everyone closer. A FaceTime or Zoom call can bring your family right into your living room. Here are some online family games to bring your dear ones closer.

1. Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunt is a classic game you can play both offline and online. It is an interesting game because it gets the players moving through their homes.

No. of players

Three or more

Age group:

Five years and above

How to play:

  • Make a list of all the things you want the other players to hunt.
  • You can screenshare and ask the players to get the items within a specified time limit.
  • You can also announce each item one by one and see which player gets it first.
  • You can also use online scavenger hunt apps to play the game.
  • The player who wins the game gets to host the next scavenger hunt.
  • Include quirky items such as “hand-me-down,” or “something blue and sparkly.”

2. Monopoly

You can play this popular board game online with your extended family and friends. There are detailed instructions provided on the website so that even new players can participate.

No. of players:

Two to six

Age group:

Seven years and above

How to play:

  • Just as in the board game, each player gets to toss the dice and move their piece over the virtual board.
  • As they go around, they can buy, sell, or rent a property.
  • The aim of the game is to bankrupt other players.
  • You can play this game online with family and friends, offline with robots, on one phone with friends, and over Bluetooth and Facebook.

3. Name that tune

This is a perfect game to lighten the mood. No matter how old the players are, everyone loves music. And this game will bring a lot of laughter.

No. of players:

Three or more

Age group:

Six years and above

How to play:

  • Play the opening music of a song for a few seconds.
  • The other players have to guess the song.
  • Make sure you consider the ages of all the players before playing this game. For example, if there are young players, you can exclude older songs.

4. Charades

This is another classic game that will engage all players. Just like the offline game, it is super fun to play and bond with each other.

No. of players:

Four or more

Age group:

Six years and above

How to play:

  • Divide the players into two teams.
  • Announce a category.
  • A player from each team has to enact something or somebody from the category.
  • The other team has to guess the answer.

5. Two truths and a lie

This is a popular game that can be played online with your family. If all the players are adults, you could turn it into a drinking game too.

No. of players:

Three or more

Age group:

Eight years and above

How to play:

  • Each player says three things about themselves out of which two things are truths and one is a lie.
  • The other players have to guess which one is a lie.
  • If other players do not guess the lie, the player gets another turn. If the lie is spotted, the next player gets their turn.

6. Trivia

Online trivia is one of the easiest and exciting games you can play with your family. It is a game where everyone will have fun and learn something new.

No. of players:

Three or more

Age group:

Six years and above

How to play:

  • Divide the players into teams.
  • Ask the trivia questions one by one and award points to the team who answers a question.
  • You could also use breakout rooms in Zoom and assign a Google Form to each team.

7. Family bingo

Most of you already play bingo in your minds every time a particular family member starts recounting an old anecdote. This time, everyone gets to join in the fun.

No. of players:

Four or more

Age group:

Eight years and above

How to play:

  • Make a family bingo template with randomized options and share it with your family.
  • Every player has to mark the squares when they see something written in the boxes.
  • The person who crosses out the maximum boxes is the winner. If someone manages to cross out all boxes, they win the Full House.

8. Avo

Avo is an avocado who is all set to go out on an adventure. This is an interesting game, especially for children. You can download this game on the App Store.

No. of players:

Two to Six players

Age group:

Four to eight years

How to play:

  • Avo is the crime-fighting avocado who goes through different quests and solves puzzles.
  • Each player gets to play with Avo and navigate the avocado through the game.

9. The alphabet game

Whether the players are young or old, they will surely enjoy this game. This game gives players a chance to improve their vocabulary.

No. of players:

Four or more

Age group:

Six years and above

How to play:

  • Make a list of categories. Write each alphabet on a slip of paper and drop them in a bowl.
  • Read out the category during the game before picking out one slip of paper. Read out the alphabet on it.
  • The players have to name things from the category starting from the selected alphabet.
  • You can also announce a category and go round from A to Z, letting each player name something from that category.

10. Minute to win it

Minute to win it games require physical and mental exertion to win the challenge.

No. of players:

Three or more

Age group:

Five years and above

How to play:

  • Make a list of different Minute to win It games. Use a combination of physical and mental exercises.
  • Some examples of the games are Cookie Face, a game where the players have to place a cookie on their face and move it to their mouth without touching it or Fill the Bucket, a game where the players have to fill a bucket using plastic cups.

11. Pictionary

Pictionary is one of the easiest and most popular virtual games. You can play it with your family and extended family on game nights for endless fun.

No. of players:

Two or more

Age group:

Five years and above

How to play:

  • Add all the players to a private room and start playing.
  • Each player gets a turn to draw something.
  • The others have to write their answers in the chatbox.

12. Most likely to

“Most likely to” is similar to bingo and is a great game when there are many players. It is often played as an offline game and can be played online too.

No. of players:

Four or more

Age group:

Five years and above

How to play:

  • One player reads out a prompt that starts with “Most Likely To…”
  • The other players name the family member who matches the description.
  • Some examples of the “Most Likely To…” prompts are:
    • Play a prank
    • Go to sleep mid-conversation
    • Take the last slice of pizza
    • Call you by the wrong name
    • Confuse you with your sibling

With the popularity of the internet and smartphones, conducting a great family game night has become easier. The above games will add fun to your online gatherings. As the popular saying goes, the family that plays together stays together.

Play these online family games and have a fun time with your family.

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Nisha Bharatan

Nisha Bharatan is a freelance writer with experience in writing health and finance content for various Indian and international clients. An engineer by profession, she also did content marketing courses to complement her interest in writing. Nisha writes articles centered around kids’ development, their activities, crafts, games, and fun elements that keep children and families entertained. Her research skills and experience... more