Technology is often used to conduct business virtually but these days, it is used by everyone. Now that we are dealing with a pandemic, the reality of virtual gatherings is hitting home in the family as well.
Although we would love to visit our friends and family and see them face-to-face, it is not always practical nor safe to do so. Keeping up-to-date means visiting them virtually and Zoom is an option we should not overlook. It is one of the most popular options for virtual gatherings.
This has many people wondering if it is possible to play games on zoom. Here is the long and short of it:
Yes, you can play games on Zoom and the options are endless. From team-building games to family fun, Zoom games can be used to spice up any virtual gathering.
Once you see the different options that are available, you might be overwhelmed by how many choices you have. In some cases, you don’t even have to be creative, they are custom-tailored for the virtual experience.
What Kind Of Games Can You Play On Zoom?
A variety of games are available, including some that you could play at a face-to-face gathering and others that were designed specifically for Zoom.
Some of the most popular party games, such as card games, are not as easy to play on zoom unless you use an electronic format. On the other hand, you can use electronic games such as ‘Jackbox Games’ or Scattegories in new and creative ways.
Some of the games need to be screen shared and others can be played on your individual devices but the experience can be shared over Zoom. In fact, any game that you can play head-to-head on your electronic device, from virtual checkers to Risk can easily be played on your phone or tablet but the experience is best shared while seeing and hearing each other real-time over Zoom.
Let’s take a look at some of the specific games you may want to play.
Which Games can be Screen Shared?
There are a wide variety of games that were specifically designed to be screen shared and many others that can be screen shared, due to their nature. Perhaps the easiest of all of them, however, involves the whiteboard feature in Zoom.
After you enable the whiteboard feature, you can play any game that involves drawing and it is loads of fun. You can even share the ability to draw on the whiteboard with others, adding to the experience. One popular whiteboard game is Pictionary.
If you own Jackbox Games, these can also be screen shared easily on Zoom for hours of fun. Some of the games offered through Jackbox are better suited for screen sharing, such as Drawful. The only drawback with playing Jackbox Games over Zoom is that the sound can get in the way. There are some ways to get around it, but it requires some technological finesse.
Virtual Escape Rooms are Great Fun
One popular option for people of all ages is a virtual escape room. There are a number of these set up online, many of which you pay to play. On the other hand, some free virtual escape rooms are also available that are advertiser driven.
If you really want to take things to the next level, creating your own virtual escape room is sure to be loads of fun. It can be challenging to create it, but with a little patience and the right tools, you can be up and running in no time.
The great thing about virtual escape rooms, especially those you create is that they seem to continue going. One group may enjoy doing them so much that they get you involved with another group. It can work well for teambuilding, for family fun, and even as a school project.
Some people have even made money by hosting a virtual escape room. This isn’t going to be something that everybody wants to do, but it may be something to consider if you enjoy doing it and are looking to put some extra coin in your pocket.
Getting the Kids Involved with Zoom Games
Although anyone can be involved with Zoom games, it seems as if they are especially popular among children. They can typically play many of the games that were described above but there also options for kids that many adults will have fun with as well.
Here are some of the most popular Zoom games for kids:
1. Guess Who – If you have a fairly large gathering, this is a game that is extremely popular. The person who is hosting the game will select one person from the group and it is necessary for the others to try to guess who was selected.
Each person is going to have an opportunity to ask the question about the person without being direct in asking who they are. It continues to go from one person to the next and as individuals are eliminated from the game, their camera is turned off. Eventually, the final character will show, and then the game can start over again.
2. Pictionary – We discussed this game briefly when using the whiteboard, but Zoom really is designed for this type of fun. In the game of Pictionary, you share the whiteboard and you have to draw a picture to allow others to guess what phrase is associated with what you are drawing.
This game can either be played as a single or in teams. One of the easiest ways to use this game is by using an online word generator on your mobile device, although you can also use cards from a physical Pictionary set.
3. Charades – What party would be complete without a fun game of charades? As long as everybody’s video is of high enough quality, this game can be hours of fun. A charades generator can be used to come up with the seeds for the game or you can just have the performer pick the idea for themselves.
4. Scavenger Hunt – Although this is a game that is commonly selected for children, it is also very popular among adults as well. You start out with a list of items that are found around the home and then you call out each item, one at a time, to see who can go find it and bring it back to their device first.
In order to avoid any confusion, you can send the current item they are looking for through the Zoom chat feature. They can take their device with them as they are hunting if it is a mobile device, but they have to return to the original location with the item in order to win the round.
5. Monopoly – I had to throw this one in there, just because it is one of the most popular games of all time. This one can get a little tricky because you have to have the board set up at each location and everybody’s pieces need to move around the board in both locations as well. You also have to have a banker in each location. Some of the cards are going to be duplicated, but it’s still a lot of fun to play. If you have a few hours to kill, you may want to consider trying it.
Virtual Team Building Games
As more and more people are working from home, the benefits of working together as a unit are slowly being lost. Many companies are now turning to Zoom in order to get the employees together and to bond with some team building games. There are many opportunities available, including these gems:
Virtual Gaming – There are many gaming platforms that allow for virtual play, but they are somewhat limited because you only have audio. In addition, you may not be able to connect with each other on a personal level.
Virtual gaming has always been a popular choice for a teambuilding exercise. Remember The Office, when they were playing Call of Duty? That game and others have been played by many in order to foster increased collaboration, creativity, and communication. Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to that game as there are many that can be played remotely and the experience heightened by being together on Zoom at the same time.
1. Virtual Escape Room – Although we discussed the possibility of a virtual escape room earlier, it is well worth noting that this is an excellent teambuilding exercise. You may even want to consider assigning someone or even a team to design a virtual escape room that is custom-tailored to your business.
2. Virtual Tours – There are locations around the world that can be visited over Zoom. Many of these virtual tours are interactive, so you can learn something and collaborate with your team at the same time. Some of the most popular virtual tours include museums, theme parks, and zoos.
Don’t Limit Yourself – Try Them All
At this time, many of us are staying home and staying safe. We find that we may be limited, to a certain extent, as to what we can do with each other as a family and as a group. Fortunately, we have Zoom so that we can at least get together and have more than a basic phone call.
Eventually, the pandemic is going to end and we will go back to life as normal, whatever that happens to be. Even during that time, however, we may find that the technologies we are using today continue to offer us opportunities to have fun and build relationships in new and unique ways.