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18 Virtual Games to Play on Microsoft Teams for the Ultimate Friday Fun

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By Preethi Jathanna

Senior Writer for HR and Remote Work

Reviewed by Chris Fajou

Senior HR consultant

18 Virtual Games to Play on Microsoft Teams for the Ultimate Friday Fun

Communication channels have helped teams stay connected better and have bridged the gaps that exist when teams work remotely. Now it's easier to play games as well.  There are a variety of virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams available which provide a fun and interactive way to engage with colleagues or friends remotely.

These virtual competitions can be organized on Microsoft Teams as part of your Friday fun or happy hour. They are a great way to wind down a hectic week and prepare your team for the weekend ahead. Here are some of our top picks for virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams

1. Virtual Games to Play on Microsoft Teams

1.1. Kahoot! 

Kahoot

If you are looking for trivia games, this is one of the best. Registered users on Kahoot can play virtual trivia on Microsoft Teams. You can select the existing one or create an assignment with questions on Kahoot! and send it to the channel. Then, everyone can click on the assignment and play the trivia games with teams. Once the game ends, a message will be sent to the channel with a button to open the podium - highlighting the top three participants.

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1.2. Microsoft Teams Bingo

Microsoft Teams Bingo is a classic virtual game to play on Microsoft Teams or any platform, for that matter. You can use a free bingo card and number generator, distribute the cards to players beforehand, get together, and play.If you aren’t looking to play numbers bingo, you can even customize your bingo cards. For an office setting you can use prompts like “Can you hear me now?" technical difficulties”, “Team meeting runs over schedule” and “Casual Friday fashion faux pas” To increase participation, consider adding a small prize for the winners.

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1.3. Guess Who?

One of our favorite things about Teams is the Together Mode. It places the participants onto virtual auditorium seats, so it looks like you are in a lecture hall. You can play  Guess Who? or 20-questions about one of the team members. These are some of the most fun games for Microsoft Teams to play with coworkers. For both of these games, you need to ask your employees to submit some lesser-known facts about themselves beforehand. The moderator will then ask these questions during the meeting.

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1.4. Espionage

Espionage! is a great virtual game to play on Microsoft Teams. It is a 90-minute fully hosted spy-themed game for puzzle lovers. The best part is they provide accurate AV components through their app and live actors. They even involve your boss in the whole charade. This makes it one of the most super engaging virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams.

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1.5. Trello Truth or Dare

If you have Trello integrated, then Truth or Dare is a great game to play on Microsoft Teams through synchronous and asynchronous channels. Create a Trello board and assign one card for all the questions you would ask your team and another one to fill out all the dare suggestions.  You can then prefill each column with cards for truth and dare. If organizing this activity during a live meeting, each player can pick a card and immediately perform it on camera. Make sure to put in place a few ground rules to keep the questions and dares work-friendly.

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1.6. Microsoft Teams Family Feud

Microsoft Teams Family Feud

Most of us would love to be a part of Steve Harvey's Family Feud. So why not recreate that experience within your team? If you use SurveyMonkey, you can use their Microsoft Teams plugin and gather original data for your family feud questions. It is best to collect data from a pool larger than your team. If you don't want to go through the process of obtaining data, you can get free PPT templates with survey questions and data. 

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1.7. Microsoft Teams Pictionary

Virtual Pictionary is very popular, and it can be played easily if you are looking for team building games on Microsoft Teams. You can split the team into smaller groups or pairs, and use an online Pictionary generator to select a word. Then the players can use the Whiteboard feature on Teams to draw out the word within a set time limit. Not to mention, this greatly helps in improving their communication skills

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1.8. GIF Story Challenge

GIF story challenge is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to put their creativity and GIF prowess to the test as you and your teammates try and tell a story through animated images. Organize your group into teams and assign each a story (book, movie, song). Teams have five minutes to choose GIFs that represent their tale. In the chat, teams share their narrative using only these GIFs, challenging others to decipher the story. Creative and engaging storytelling earns higher scores in this visually entertaining activity!

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1.9. Virtual Talent Show Party

You know you are a great manager when you know what your teammates' hidden talents are and encourage them to showcase them when given an opportunity. So, organize a fun Friday activity and have them display their talents virtually on Teams showcase their talents. Though it does not exactly fulfill the criteria as one of the virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams, it is a fully interactive activity that employees can engage in and have fun.

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1.10. Spot the Difference

Spot the Difference

Remember those kids' magazines with similar images, and we had to spot the differences? You can now play them as a team. Gather up such images or manipulate your own illustrations and play a game of Spot the differences. You then play it as one of the virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams. You can even go up a notch and gather images made famous from the Mandela Effect and ask your teammates to identify which is real.

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1.11. Virtual Murder Mystery 

This is another classic virtual game to play on Microsoft Teams. Create your own murder mystery story, or get one off the internet. Gather your team, assign them roles, and have them identify the murderer. You can even go an extra step and dress up in the story's theme – say you plan the murder of the chef, and then you can have your team dress up like people at a party. 

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1.12. War of the Wizards

Most fans spent our 13th birthday waiting for a letter to arrive, which sadly did not happen. But you can be a witch or wizard for a day with this game. War of the Wizards is a 90-minute fully hosted game that can be integrated into Microsoft Teams. The participants tell stories, complete challenges, and earn items. The team then gathers all these items to cast spells to win the game.

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1.13. Can You Hear Me Now?

One of the inspirations for our organization – "Sorry, I was on Mute." You can play this in teams or the entire group as a whole. One person describes an image only using geometrical shapes, and another/other participants must draw it out. The one who gets it right or close to the correct image gets the point. You can use this image generator for image ideas. If you are looking for Microsoft Teams games, you should give this one a try.

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1.14. Virtual Scavenger Hunts

 If you wish to have an adrenaline-filled Friday fun, virtual scavenger hunts are the perfect virtual game to play on Microsoft Teams. The best thing we like about scavenger hunts is the simplicity of it. Just give a list of items to be found from around the house and the first one to get back with the item gets the point. If you prefer traditional scavenger hunts, you can check out this article for ideas.

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1.15. Best-looking Cocktail Contests

Have a perfect boozy fun Friday happy hour with these virtual cocktail kit ideas. Gather your team and have each brew a drink along with others. The best-looking cocktail is the winner, provided you can judge well by the end of the game. This is less like one of the virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams and more of an activity, but that does not make it any less fun. Make sure to include options for mocktails to ensure the event is inclusive to co-workers who may not drink alcohol.

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1.16. The Imitation Specialist

This game always takes us back to our school days when one of our prime entertainment sources was watching the class clown imitate other students and teachers. You can play it as one of the virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams. Pass on a player's name to the one enacting out at the time in a private chat, and then have the rest of the team guess it.

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1.17. The Awkward Virtual Storyteller

Based on the in-person game The Awkward Storyteller – you can create your pile of story prompts and modify it to become one of the virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams. One player picks a prompt and starts a story. Other players ask them questions, and the storyteller has to include the answers as part of the story and keep building on them. The game ends when the player cannot provide an answer or responds in a way that contradicts what they previously said.

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1.18. Try Not to Laugh

Everyone has seen at least one iteration of this on  YouTube. So we tried it out and it was an immediate favorite as one of the virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams with coworkers. Team members take turns telling bad dad jokes, making silly faces, or funnily delivering the joke. The other person or the other team should not laugh. If they do, they lose a point. Alternatively, you can also play funny video clips. The last one with points wins the game.

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More of a Google Meet company than a Microsoft Teams company? We’ve got a list of games for that platform as well, plus a guide to games on Zoom. If you’re looking for virtual ways to celebrate annual events like Independence Day, take a look at this article on online fun. We also have a post on virtual games you can play with large company groups.

2. FAQs

2.1. What are Microsoft Teams games?

Games and activities that can be played on Microsoft Teams are generally known as Microsoft Teams games. They are great for team bonding experiences and work as excellent icebreakers, closing or re-energizing activities during meetings.

2.2. What activities can you do on Microsoft Teams?

Since Microsoft Teams is a video conferencing platform there are several activities that you can conduct on the platform. Fun virtual team building platforms like Hooray Teams can help you organize these for your team. The platform offers a number of engaging hosted activities for teams of all sizes. Some of our top picks include Cooking Pasta at Home, Virtual Trivia, and Murder Mystery Games.

2.3. What are some team-building games to play on Microsoft Teams?

You can also play any virtual team-building activity on Microsoft Teams – like scavenger hunts, Pictionary, talent shows, etc. Here is an article that will provide you with over 40 ideas for team-building activities.

2.4. Do I need a gaming app that integrates directly with Microsoft Teams?

No. While it might be easier to have an app that connects directly to Microsoft Teams, it’s not necessary. There are other gaming sites that can easily be shared on Microsoft Teams. For example, online multiplayer card games are popular for building camaraderie among coworkers. 

2.5. What are some fun things to do on Microsoft Teams?

Some fun things to do on Microsoft Teams include virtual coffee breaks, emoji reactions, themed meetings and virtual team-building games.

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