Update time：2021-08-14 19:12Tag: sexy games to play on facetime
To get started: If you’re playing the online version, get everyone set up on video chat and choose one person to host. The host will go here and share their screen with the group. (Everyone will need a pen and paper to record their answers.) From there, hit the timer and start playing!
Jackbox Party Packs are bundles of zany party games (like Drawful, which is Pictionary-esque but more ridiculous, and Fibbage, a bluffing game) that you can play on just about any device (phone, tablet, PC, gaming consoles). Although these games are intended to be played by people in the same place (using their devices to input answers, draw clues, et cetera, which then show up on one big screen everyone is looking at), you can do it remotely too. In fact, Jackbox Games recently published a blog post explaining how to easily play their games remotely (along with a video tutorial). Only one person in your group has to own the game; everyone else just goes to jackbox.tv and inputs a code sent by the host, and you’re good to go. Also: The Party Packs are on deep sale for just about every platform right now.
To get started: Whoever is hosting the game will choose their platform (PC, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4, et cetera) and buy the corresponding version here. From there, the host will start a video chat (just use an app that allows screen sharing; Zoom and FaceTime are both great options) and open the game. The host will then provide players with a code that they’ll use to join the game by going to jackbox.tv on their device (you can use a smartphone, tablet, or computer—whatever is easiest and most comfortable for you). The host will share their screen and, once everyone is ready, start the game. Step-by-step video instructions are available here.
This game—which can be played with four to eight players—is one of my favorite party games. It’s a guessing game where teammates give each other coded hints to get them to correctly guess the words on the board. Again, the barrier to entry is relatively low in terms of rules to learn, and it’s equal parts challenging and fun. Thanks to developer jbowens, you can now play Codenames online by going here, choosing your language, and then firing up a video chat. The online version doesn’t come with the rules, so if you’ve never played the game before, read up on the rules here before getting started.
To get started: Once you’ve reviewed the rules of the game, just set up a video chat with all participants. The host goes here and creates the session and then shares that link with participants. From there, you start up a video chat, divide into two teams (red and blue), and use the virtual game board to start playing.
This app (which you can download on your computer or mobile device) is basically a video-chat app with built-in games. You can choose from trivia, guessing games, and drawing games, and play them with up to eight people. Once you download the app and create an account, starting games is easy and quick. This is a great option for people who want chill, fun party games without too much prep or infrastructure to make it happen.
To get started: Download the app and sign up for a (free) account. From there you can find or invite friends. You can start a game by connecting with a friend and choosing a game once the chat begins, by opening up a room that you invite participants into, or by tapping on the dice icon to choose a game and then invite participants to it.
If you’re down to get a little experimental or perhaps bring out the role-player in you, you should definitely check out #ZoomJam, which is a collaboration of the game-design program at University of Southern California and Situation Lab. For this game jam, game designers create games specifically to be played over Zoom while we’re social distancing. It’s actually a game-design competition, but until it’s over and the best of the best have emerged, browse the archives and find a fun game to play, like the goofy drawing game Masterpiece, or the Messenger, which makes use of Zoom’s breakout-rooms feature for a collaborative storytelling game. Check back often, because designers are submitting games all the time.
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