Online Social Games That Kept Me Sane During The Lockdown
Online games did us a solid
On February 28th, 2020, I ordered everybody commuting via public transportation in my company to go into remote work. A week later, we did not allow for two-person offices, and by March 15th, 2020, only four people were allowed in the office.
My friends and I went into lockdown all over the world. The majority of my friends are in the United Arab Emirates; some are in France, Canada, USA, Egypt, Jerusalem, and Jordan. I am located in Germany.
My friends suggested downloading an app called “Jawaker” to play together. Jawaker is a mobile app that allows you to play cards with others across the globe. The app is tailored towards the Arabic audience, and it includes all card games popular with Arabs and others in the MENA region.
Jawaker offers a voice chat, but the quality of the voice chat is not excellent, and the game sounds override the voice chat. We decided to call each other on Zoom or Google Hangouts and play Jawaker.
A maximum of 4 people can play together on Jawaker, and in the beginning, it was fun. However, our digital hangouts became popular among our friends, and our digital living room was now full of up to 12 people at a time.
We had to find new games to play to accommodate our increasing numbers. A friend purchased The Jackbox Party Pack, and now we had a new set of games that we can play remotely. It was easy to play as well, one player needs to share their computer screen with the other players, and everybody can join the virtual room from their smartphone using this link here.
The games are pretty sweet and fun to play. It is intended as couch games in front of the TV when you have people over, but we had to adapt to survive the lockdown.
The party back includes Fibbage, Draweful, Quiplash (our favorite), and many others. We played the following three games extensively:
- Fibbage: This game is easy. All players receive a question, and they need to answer this question with a lie. Afterward, the right answer and all the lies are presented on the screen, and the players are asked to chose what they believe is the correct answer. The player gets points for finding the right answer and for every other player tricked by his lie.
- Drawful: Each player gets a prompt, and they need to draw the prompt on their phone screen. The prompts are weird and straightforward in a way. It is also entertaining to see people’s artistic side. Then each drawing will be shown to all the players, and they have to guess the prompt and write it down. Like Fibbage, the players eventually see the correct prompt and all the other answers, and they have to guess the write one and gather points to win the battle.
- Quiplash: When the round starts, players will get two random questions on their screen, which they need to answer funnily. Each question will pop up only for two players (The players’ identities have to remain a secret), and therefore, each question will get two funny answers. After the players have answered the questions, each question is presented on the screen with the two answers, and all players need to vote for the funnier answer. The answer with more votes wins the round.
Investig in Jackbox Party Back was a fantastic decision. The loud laughs and funny answers were priceless.
We also played Cards Against Humanity over the internet during the lockdown.
If you are not familiar, “Cards Against Humanity” is an adult card game in which one player picks a question card, and all others need to submit their answers by choosing cards from their deck. The player with the question chooses then the funniest, crudest answer. The player with the chosen answer gets the point for this round, and then a different player chooses the next question card. The game can get very crude and dark — be advised that you will most probably be offended by a specific question/answer combo.
A website called “All Bad Cards” lets you create a virtual session of the popular cards game. Players can play easily from their phones, tablets, or laptops.
You do not have to be in a video or voice char toom to enjoy the game; doing so, however, makes the game much more fun and social.
The three social online games kept me sane during the lockdown. My friends and I were preparing our drinks and snacks, joining zoom calls, and playing games for hours, while talking about the world and the universe. It was a fun experience for us.
Some countries are going into a second round of lockdown, as the COVID-19 numbers are rising worldwide. Maybe these games will help you stay sane.
Walid Al Otaibi -WAO- is a top writer in Gaming. He works at an engineering company in Germany as a Project Manager. He comes from a multicultural background and is located in Germany since 2003. He is writing about Arab Culture, Multiculturalism, Finance, and Trending topics.
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