Staying Connected Through Games

by Aubrey Hamilton
Published November 9, 2020

Stay connected with your friends and family while having fun and socially distancing.

It’s not always easy to spend time with friends and family these days, especially with social distancing precautions in place. We want to be safe and keep others safe, but we also want to be able to still have fun and socialize. A great way to do that is by playing games online together. Here are fourteen games you can play online with family and friends.


Jackbox Games

Jackbox is one of the best resources for playing games with family and friends. With 35 available games, there’s something for everyone. Games range from trivia, elimination, drawing/Pictionary, and funniest statements similar to Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity. A couple of my favorite games are Push the Button and Trivia Murder Party. In Push the Button you are part of a crew on a space ship, but some of your crew members are alien invaders. The goal is to figure out who is an alien and eject them into space before time runs out. In Trivia Murder Party, you must answer trivia questions correctly in each round or you’ll find yourself on The Killing Floor, where you compete in minigames to determine if you’ll survive another round or become a ghost.

Available on: Windows, macOS, Linux, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV & iPad, Amazon Fire TV, Steam, Humble, Fanatical, Epic Games, Mac App Store, Android TV


Ticket to Ride  

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows, macOS, Steam


Among Us  

Among Us

This one has been blowing up all over the internet lately, especially on social media and YouTube. Among Us is a multiplayer game where a crew must discover which players are imposters who seek to assassinate each of the innocent crew members. They must figure this out before the imposters are able to kill the majority of the innocent players. The roles alternate each game so everyone gets a chance to be both imposter and innocent. Among Us can be played with a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 10 players.

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, Steam





Virtual Werewolf

This is a classic game many of us played as kids. It goes by so many names, including Werewolf, Murder in the Dark, Detective, Murder Mystery, etc. To play, one person will be the narrator who will randomly distribute the following roles to the other players via private message/email:

  • Werewolf: a werewolf has two jobs: eat villagers and survive to eat more villagers.
  • Villagers: these are the common folks in the game who have no special powers, but desperately hope to survive the night.
  • Doctor: the doctor can save one villager each round.
  • Hunter: If the hunter dies, the hunter can point a finger at any other player and take that person down with them.

Once you’re ready to start the game, the narrator declares that “night has fallen” and all players must turn off their cameras and microphones. After a few seconds the narrator says “werewolves wake up”, and any players who are werewolves must choose a single victim via private message.

The narrator then puts the werewolves back to sleep and has the doctor and hunter wake up in sequence. During the doctor’s turn, he/she can point to one player to save them from the jaws of the werewolf. If the doctor selects the same player as the werewolf, then nobody dies during the night. When the hunter chooses a player, the narrator can answer yes or no to whether that player is a werewolf.

After everyone has taken their turn, the narrator declares “the sun is coming up” and names the player(s) the werewolves ate or that no-one was eaten if the doctor chose correctly. All players can turn on their cameras/mics, and then debate on who the werewolf might be. To end the round, all players vote on one player to eliminate from the game or can pass and wait until the next round. Any player that is eliminated by werewolves or by vote becomes a friendly ghost who is not allowed to speak for the rest of the game. Repeat until the only remaining players are werewolves or villagers.

Available on: All you need to play this is a video chat. Zoom is preferable because of the private messaging function, but you could also use Google meet in conjunction with Slack or some other private messaging app.



Don’t Starve Together

Don’t Starve Together is an uncompromising wilderness survival multiplayer game full of science and magic. Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Work with other players to survive the harsh environment or strike out on your own. There are two modes of play: game mode and player vs player, as well as 4 categories for servers: social, cooperative, competitive, and madness.

Available on: Windows, macOS, Linux, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV & iPad, Amazon Fire TV, Steam, Humble, Fanatical, Epic Games, Mac App Store, Android TV



We Need to Go Deeper

Dive, discover, and try not to die. Crew a Submarine with friends. We Need to Go Deeper is a 2 – 4 player cooperative submarine rogue-like set in a Verne-inspired undersea universe.

Available on: Windows, macOS, Linux, Steam


Ultimate Chicken Horse  

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platform game where you build levels as you play, taking turns placing traps and hazards to keep your friends from scoring a win while trying to avoid costing yourself the win.

Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, macOS, Windows, Linux, Steam, Origin


Fall Guys  

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Fall Guys is a massive multiplayer party game with up to 60 players online in a free-for-all struggle through round after round of escalating chaos util one victor remains! Dash through a dizzying array of obstacles, balance across massive see-saws, dodge swinging arms, thundering boulders, and spinners to reach the finish line.

Available on: PlayStation 4, Windows, Steam




Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for 1 – 4 players. Working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook, and serve up a variety of tasty orders before the clamoring customers storm out in a huff. Take part in an epic journey across the Onion Kingdom and tackle an increasingly challenging and bizarre gauntlet of kitchens which will push your skills of co-operation and co-ordination to the very limits.

Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Steam


Mario Kart  

Mario Kart

It’s the game everyone knows and has loved since the first rendition was released in 1992. Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are excellent ways to play with fellow Nintendo loving family members and friends. Compete in races while using various power-ups to gain the advantage in this go-kart-style racing game.

Available on: Nintendo Switch, Wii U


Golf with Your Friends  

Golf with Your Friends

Golf with Your Friends is an entertaining, challenging, multiplayer mini golf game for up to 12 players. You’ll find plenty of fun across the 11 levels containing 18 holes each with vibrant themes including Candyland, Haunted, Pirate Cove, Forest, and more. You can also choose from classic, dunk, and hockey game mode, or customize your own.

Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Windows, Steam




Fortnite is a world of many experiences. There are four major game modes, Battle Royale, Party Royale, Creative, and Save the World, offering something for every kind of player. Drop onto the Island and compete to be the last player or team standing, hang out with friends to catch a concert or a movie, create a world of your own with your own rules, or save the world by taking down hordes of monsters with others.

Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, macOS, Windows




Slow down time, rain destruction from above in a jet-powered armor suit, or pilot a superpowered hamster ball: in Overwatch, every hero has a unique set of devastating abilities. Overwatch is a colorful team-based shooter game starring a diverse cast of powerful heroes. Travel the world, build a team, and contest objectives in exhilarating 6v6 combat.

Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows




Just about everyone has heard of Minecraft at this point. It’s been extremely popular since its launch in 2011. Minecraft is a sandbox game in which players explore a blocky, procedurally generated 3D world with infinite terrain. Players can discover raw materials, craft tools and items, and build structures and earthworks. Depending on the game mode, players can fight computer-controlled mobs, as well as cooperate with or compete against other players in the same world. The possibilities are endless!

Available on: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Fire TV, Oculus, Windows, macOS, Linux,


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