With innumerable remote workers using Zoom to connect, every other person has become a “Zoom expert.” In fact, 3.3 trillion meeting minutes are hosted on Zoom each year. That many meetings do tend to get monotonous and repetitive after a while. Which is why there are many virtual games to play on Zoom, and they are used in between meetings and even as standalone activities for happy hours.
Here are some of our top picks for virtual games that you can play on Zoom.
1. Best games to play on Zoom Marketplace
1.2 Heads Up!
We have all tried replicating this dopamine-boosting game called Heads Up! from the Ellen DeGeneres show. The Zoom version of it involves one player guessing the words on the screen while the others shout out creative clues. The one with the most correct guesses wins this fun twist on the game of charades.
1.3 Gaggle Party
Our favorite game to play on Zoom Marketplace. It has multiple games within it like Drawtini classic, Flipping the bird, Crazy eights, and Swan. These are a fun mix of classic card games, drawing and acting, to bluffing and deception.
1.4 Team Games
If you want to take your team out on a virtual team outing, this is the game for you. Like Gaggle Party, it has fun mini-games like Mini Golf, 8-ball, Unblock It, Hangman, and Match 3. The participants are randomly assigned into teams, so it saves you the trouble of splitting the team.
Funtivity by Hermis provides various activities and games to play on Zoom. It provides specially curated activities for a wide variety of occasions, including Team building, Conference breakout sessions, Cultural events, and more. It also allows you to play games like Trivia, Bingo, and Escape Room with the participants.
1.6 Werewolf Friends
Werewolf Friends is a perfect game to play on Zoom for action and arcade lovers. The participants are split into werewolves and villagers anonymously. The werewolves must eat one villager per night, and the goal of the villagers is to find out who the werewolves are and vote them out. The game ends when the last werewolf or villager is eliminated.
Dive is more like a fun place to hang out while conducting your meetings. You can add fun emojis and sounds to your video conferences, or play games like Poker, Scattergories, Draw Party, etc.
1.8 Just Say The Word!
This is one of our family’s favorite games to play on Zoom, but equally fun with co-workers too. Players have to get their team to guess the word as they describe it without using a few prohibited words, like “Describe a ‘shark’ without using the words jaw, bite, or tornado.
Bring in your poker nights with friends to your virtual workplace. Live Game Night (LGN) Poker is an online Texas Hold’em poker game to play on Zoom. You can play the classic game of poker, chat, bluff, and read their tell, all in one virtual place.
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2. Free games to play on Zoom with your co-workers
2.1 Online Jeopardy
The classic game of general knowledge can also be a game on Zoom. Just download a jeopardy template; add your questions and answers. You can either play individually or assign to groups. These groups can meet in individual breakout rooms to discuss.
2.2 Co-worker Feud
Yes, we transformed everyone’s favorite game on TV – Steve Harvey’s Family Feud as Co-worker Feud. Run a survey or multiple polls beforehand, including people outside your team to have a larger answer pool. Consolidate the answers, then split the team into two groups and ask the questions. Groups can use a private channel to discuss the answers.
Bring out the artist that’s sleeping in each of your teammates. Pictionary is a classic game to play on Zoom with the help of its whiteboard feature. You can divide the team into groups or pairs, use this image generator and ask one player to draw and the rest can guess.
2.4 Scavenger hunt
Virtual scavenger hunts are a fun way to bring out the competitive spirit within each team member. You can give your team members an item to find or a challenge/puzzle to complete. The first one to get back with the correct item the most number of times wins.
2.5 Murder mystery
To say it in the words of Jake Peralta of Brooklyn 99, Murder Mysteries are our “classic Whodunnit” game to play on Zoom. So get inspired by these virtual murder mystery games and find that ‘perp’ in your team.
2.6 Cards Against Humanity
This is probably the wackiest yet funniest game to play on Zoom. Just go to Cards Against Humanity website, and download their free version or purchase it. Each player takes a turn to read out an incomplete statement from their cards while the others complete the statement from their card prompts.
2.7 Online Bingo
Online Bingo has become every virtual worker’s go-to game. Download a Bingo template and cards, distribute it among your team beforehand, then get on Zoom during your team building activity time and let the numbers roll!
3. Quick games to play on Zoom for virtual office parties
3.1 Minute to Win It
As the name suggests, Virtual minute to win it games are challenges to complete in sixty seconds – like virtual snowball fights, chopsticks typing, the ol’ fashioned flip the bottle, etc. Check out this list of Minute to Win it games to play on Zoom and get inspired!
3.2 Dungeons and Dragons
If you love role-playing games, then Dungeons and Dragons are favored by many. There are many online versions available like this DnD website. They have great simulations that will bring alive all your roles in the game – a perfect way to wind down a Friday evening.
3.3 Never Have I Ever
Virtual Never Have I Ever can easily be your very own Zoom Happy Hour. It’s a classic drinking game wherein a player says “Never have I ever” and something they have not done before. If somebody else has done it, they take a sip. You can also play a non-drinking version of the game where you just put your hands up if you have done it or play with juice or mocktails.
Psych! is a hilarious trivia game where you can choose from various fun categories in which each player makes up fake answers to real trivia questions. Free versions of the game are available on PlayStore and AppStore.
3.5 Two Truths and a Lie
We love this game as a team-building exercise as well as an icebreaker. A player states 3 facts about themselves – 2 true statements and 1 lie. The others have to guess the lie correctly. The team gets the point if they guess correctly, and the player gets the point if they didn’t guess correctly. The one with the most points at the end of the game wins.
3.6 Virtual Casino
If card games are your thing, head on to this virtual casino and play your virtual stakes here. It is a wholly hosted game, and they have classic games like Blackjack, Three-Card Poker or Texas Hold Em’, or even Roulette and Craps.
- What games can I play using zoom?
Depending on the time limit you have and the size of your group, you can choose to play any virtual game over Zoom. Quick games like Minute to Win it, 2 truths and a lie are great as a break in-between long meetings, while games like murder mysteries and scavenger hunts work great for Friday evening fun.
- How do you make a zoom meeting fun?
The key is not to keep it monotonous. Have an interactive session and get every participant involved. You can also include icebreakers, team-building activities, and games to keep it lively. Find something everyone in your group will like and incorporate that activity as part of your meeting.
- How do I choose the right zoom activity for team-building exercises?
If you are used to a certain kind of team-building activity during in-person meetings, you might as well play the same virtually. Most of the games have gone virtual, and they can be adapted to be played over Zoom. Check out this list of virtual team-building activities for inspiration.