Can't have an old-fashioned Christmas party with your buddies yet? Even if you can't plan a gathering for the holidays, there are alternative ways for you and your friends to have a fun night online while staying safe within the comforts of your homes.
Aside from the usual catch-ups, make your virtual parties this December a night to look forward to with online board games that you can play while you're on Zoom. Here are a few games that are easy to learn and play—any pal of yours can join simply on their browser. No need to download a separate app.
1. Drawful 2
Drawful 2 challenges players' imagination to create art on their smartphones and tablets in a short amount of time. You and your friends will be given different ridiculous prompts for artwork, then you will each give a guess on what each drawing is supposed to represent.
Players: 3 to 8
Platforms: Windows, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch
Price: P159.97 on Steam
In Codenames, two teams—composed of a spymaster and an operative—will take turns guessing words on a grid of cards, which is assigned to specific teams. The spymaster will be giving their teammate one-word clues so they can guess words/codenames that belong to their team. If the operative guesses a word assigned to the other team, they lose their turn.
Players: 4 to 8
In this online drawing game, each player will get a prompt for what they're going to sketch. And as they're drawing, others will try to guess what the prompt is.
Players: up to 12
4. Jackbox games
The Jackbox Party Pack, which now has eight installments, each contains five games that you can play on your phone. You can play a wide variety of games ranging from doodling to joke contests and trivia like Quiplash, Fibbage, and more.
This year's Jackbox Party Pack 8 (currently on sale on Steam) features all-new games including sketching game Drawful: Animate, trivia game The Wheel of Enormous Proportions, icebreaker Job Job, voting game The Poll Mine, and detective game Weapons Drawn.
Players: 2 to 10
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and iPad App Store.
Price: P659.51 on Steam
If you're into social deduction games, Spyfall is a fun one to make you feel like a detective. In this game, each player receives a card of a role at a certain location except for one player who will be the spy. The spy has to guess the location while others have to seek out the spy.
Players: 4 to 10