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All the best online games to play with your friends during quarantine
(image: http://a.rgbimg.com/cache1nMuv4/users/j/jo/johnnyberg//300/mjA7WKM.jpg)id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> The coronaviruspandemic has put a damper on being social with your family and friends over the weekend due to shelter-in-place orders and various forms of lockdowns, but one social activity that you can engage in with pals is playing online games together, even from far away. Whether you're looking for old-school favorites, party games, escape rooms or hard-core board games, there's likely a virtual option of a multiplayer game for you, as people have turned to tech for creative socializing during social distancing.
(Watching movies and shows together through extensions like Netflix Party and Airtime for YouTube have also become popular ways to hang out virtually.) Here are some of the best online games to play with friends that are available, no matter what type of experience you're seeking. Read more: Video games we're playing during the coronavirus lockdown Best for easy online party games Jackbox Games Jackbox For me, Jackbox Games is the holy grail of social distance gaming: The party games are incredibly simple to learn but are still very entertaining to play, and it's also easy to stream or screen-share games from one device to a group.
Everyone plays through a web browser on their phones, so no apps or consoles are needed. You can even mirror your Android or iOS device to your TV. Here's how it works: One person has to purchase either one of six Jackbox Party Packs, or one or more individual games, on Steam (for PC, Mac and Linux). The packs contain five games, and usually cost $25 each, but are currently on sale for $12. The packs are also available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and other devices. After purchasing, you can hop on a video chat through Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts or wherever you prefer, start the game on your laptop, and use the screen-share option so that all the other players on the call can see the screen too.
As mentioned, everyone plays along on their mobile device by using a browser and going to Jackbox.tv, where you'll be asked to enter a room code. Other options include using Steam Remote idn play poker Together, Discord screen sharing, sharing through your gaming console, or just setting up a webcam in front of your TV. Jackbox provides information on how to stream its games, too. Each pack includes a variety of different games that might ask you to answer trivia questions, draw weird doodles or write the best joke.
The games are light and humorous, and include clear instructions, so they're easy for the most novice players to pick up. Read more: 11 things to do in quarantine when you've already made 3 loaves of banana bread See at Jackbox Best virtual escape room The Escape Game The Escape Game Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test with a virtual escape room.
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