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Have an Epic Virtual Family Game Night

Perfect for social distancing, kids away at college and spending long-distance quality time with grandparents, try one of these game night ideas, near or far.  

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For times when you can’t be together in person, multi-player game apps and group video chat services like FaceTime and Zoom make it possible to have a fun virtual family game night wherever you are. From word searches to trivia, these eight games will challenge and spark friendly competition across households.

Words With Friends 2

Looking to learn a few new words? If you’re not already hooked on Words With Friends, chances are you’ve heard of this timeless word game. The “world’s most popular social mobile word game” is a fun way to expand your vocabulary and challenge your brain. The latest version offers a variety of game modes for users to play alone, against family and friends, and random opponents around the world.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a feline game of chance that involves cards, bizarre humor and cute kittens. Players draw cards and whoever can avoid drawing an exploding kitten wins the game. The rules are simple to learn and game play is fit for all ages. Available as both a digital app ($1.99) and as physical cards, Exploding Kittens is a great way to bring family and friends together for an exciting virtual family game night.

Quiplash

Among the many popular games produced by Jackbox Games, Quiplash is one of the best games for family game night because it is simple and easy to pull off virtually. Similar to Mad Libs, players fill-in-the-blanks in phrases that are sure to create some funny sentences. The winner of each round is decided by the group vote for which anonymous answer is best. Get a group of up to eight people together and have yourself a hilarious virtual game night.

Drawful 2

Meet Pictionary’s weird cousin, Drawful 2, another virtual game by Jackbox Games. Each player is given a prompt and has to draw it the best they can – no erasing allowed! The players then have to guess what each drawing depicts and it can get pretty silly. The app is available on most platforms including consoles, tablets and computers.

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Quiz Up

Bring trivia night to your home with QuizUp, a free virtual trivia app. This online multi-player game allows you to test your knowledge on thousands of different topics. Whether you’re competing against family, friends or strangers, it’s a sure to be a battle of the brains for any trivia fan.

Heads Up! 

Many people may recognize this charades game from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Race against the clock to guess a hidden word based on the clues provided. In addition to the mobile app, you can also play it online with up to eight friends in the Houseparty video chatting app for free. It’s guaranteed to make your virtual family game night one to remember.

Scattergories

Think quick! Scattegories is a trivia-based game that challenges players to get creative in a true battle of the brains. The unique word game is a great way to pass time for parties of all sizes. Try the free app, the classic game or Scattegories Categories.

Mario Kart Tour

Buckle up for an exciting game that’ll have your friends and family racing to get together. For those who know Mario Kart from Nintendo, you will be happy to know this game can also be played on your phone or tablet. Challenge up to seven people as you take on courses inspired by real cities across the world.

Looking for more virtual fun? Check out these video games.  

Do you have any other virtual family game night ideas? Share them with us in the comments. 

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