Virtually rejuvenate your routine with these games
Are you a Google Meet person using the app for your distance-bonding? If yes, you must be looking for ways to lighten the pandemic situation virtually by having some online recreation. These 15 games that you can play on Google Meet are here to save the day. Doesn’t matter if you’re a work-team, a group of friends, a teacher, or even lovers, Google Meet games have something for everyone.
This is an iconic game that you could play with any group, be it a work happy hour or an online class reunion, fam-jam, anything. Dumb charades is one of the most entertaining guessing games of all time.
How to play. Gather your gang on Google Meet and decide on a broad theme. Once that’s done, start the game by having one person enact something from that particular theme. The rest of the gang would have to guess what the person is charading about. You can also have a time limit of about a minute or two for the guessing bit.
Two Truths and a Lie
This drinking game is a fantastic way to bond with your close-knit office colleagues, because, come on, your close friends and your S.O would know all your lies. And family, lets not.
How to play. The game is as straightforward as its name. The first person in the team tells out three things about themselves, which would comprise of two facts and a lie. The rest of the gang would have to guess which one of those three statements is the lie. The more they know about you, the faster they can detect the lie.
Pictionary is a shape-shifting game. It’s true! The pictures you’re drawing get worse depending on whom you’re playing with. Also, it’s one such game you can play with any audience.
How to play. Decide a topic and the first player would have to draw something from that topic. The rest of the group would have to guess what the person has drawn. If thinking a topic and then drawing something is a bit of a mental cheat day, then you can use a Pictionary word generator. There are quite a few of those online.
If you’re thinking of virtually bonding with someone who loves to write or express themselves with words or just blabber, then Rhyme Haiku is a great ice breaker.
How to play. First, ensure all your teammates are verbally creative. It can be ‘deep thoughts’, puns, jokes, PJs anything, just verbally good to go. Remember to follow the rules of Haiku in the first place and add the rhyme scheme to it.
The first player says three sentences. The first sentence contains 5 syllables, the second, 7, and the last 5 again. The syllables can be less than the given numbers too. The last words of each of these sentences ought to be rhyming. You can always make it creative, embarrassing, or even pathetic. Just remember who you’re playing with.
No. Not the company. The name just fits the game and it is quite the reverse of the ‘Name Five’ game. You can play this game with a variety of groups, including your parents.
How to play. The first person names five things from a niche topic (keep it niche, because broad topics like flowers are borringg). The rest of the group would have to guess or rather ‘label’ the list of things the person just named. For example, if you just heard someone say ‘Chair, snow, nothing, swords, hair’, its not bullocks, its Jon Snow.
Kahoot is a wonderful game and it’s easier to carry out on Google Meet. It’s a great game to play with a classroom, by yourself or with any group. Besides, Kahoot can also be used as an educational recreation wherein teachers can inculcate bits of their own syllabus into the game. If you’re not interested in hosting an educational affair for anyone and want to have some relaxing Kahoot time for yourself, then that’s possible too.
Here’s more on how to play Kahoot on Google Meet.
Connect is another all-rounder. You can play this during an office Google Meet, a fam call, a friends virtual night out or even with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
How to play. There are no topics or themes required for this game. The first person says a word and the next person says another word that is connected to the previous one, and the cycle goes on. For example, if you said ‘Red’, then the next word can be ‘Apple’, then ‘Steve Jobs’, ‘Michael Jackson’ (er, what’s the connection? death. dark? yes. smart? of course).
Guess the Song
Isn’t this such a dad game more than anything else? Guess the song is such a great game to play with older people, and whats more? You can play this game in any language and it would always be fun to the fullest.
How to play. Simple! One person hums a song, and the rest of the group must guess the song that has no lyrics in it. It’s fun, trust us. The concept is not that great, but the game is an awesome time to bond with the fam. Remember to not utter a single lyric. You can hum, snap your fingers, anything. Just no words.
Yes I Have
One thing about these virtual games is that they can even be played over an audio call, but playing in person (through a video call, of course) is a whole new vibe. Now, Never have I ever is one of the best drinking games of all time, but how about we switch places a bit?
How to play. It’s best to play this game with a closed circle. All players need to have a drink in hand, and the first person says something he/she has done, and the participants who have not done it would have to sip their drink. Basically, the ones who haven’t done those nasty things get to stay hydrated! Orange juice for the go!
Simon Doesn’t Say
This is an engaging game with a twist.
How to play. The host enacts something on the video call and the rest of the participants ought to do the same. Come on, why leave Simon out of this? But no using words whatsoever. For example, if you want your participants to find you something red, you show them something red.
The latter’s understanding of what’s being shown by Simon is part of the guessing game here. If they think it to be the object you’re showing and not the color, then they need to guess harder. The one who guesses it right can be the next Simon.
This is yet another inclusive guessing game that can be played with any age group. You could also bend the rules here a bit and use this game as an ice breaker.
How to play. The whole team chooses a broad topic and one of the players must think of something from the chosen topic. The group needs to guess what the person is thinking by asking 20 questions. And these questions must be answered only with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’. (Silly, but it can get tricky after a point).
If you’re using this game as an ice breaker to get to know someone in 20 questions, then it swings both ways. If its your first online Google Meet date, ask smart questions that can bear the answers of a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’. Refrain from grey questions.
This is an interactive game especially for a large number of participants.
How to play. Onboard all your teammates onto the meeting and begin the game by describing something that you see in someone else’s video background. The more the backgrounds, the better it is.
Just vaguely describe what you see and the rest of the team would have to try and figure out the video in which the object is seen. Ensure that it is a discreet object and not very easy to spot. However, it must be clearly visible for everyone too.
Just for the record, this is an amazing Indian game, especially during wedding ceremonies. Not sure if it’s called Singing Charades, but the name fits just fine. This game requires a strong internet connection. If not, even the glorious bathroom singer in you would sound like a broken pipe.
How to play. First, ensure you are playing with a singing crowd (the more, the scarier). The first player sings a song (halfway through, please) and the next player sings another song starting from the last letter of the end of the previous song.
Confusing? Let’s break it down a little. If the last sentence of the half song you sang ended with an L, then the next player would have to start singing a song that begins with L. Its that simple. But remember, you ought to begin the song from the start. Cutting midway and trying to fit a random lyric with the letter is not allowed.
Whose Line is it Anyway?
No relation to the show. Just the name fits the game. This is a wonderful game to play with large crowds of ‘not that close’ people. A class get-together, a work team call, or maybe even a large family online call (with distant relatives and unknown cousins), it works great for such groups.
How to play. One of the players says a sentence, and the first participant would have to guess who said it. Simple and pointless? Nah. Far from it. Now, all players would have their videos turned off, except for the person who is guessing.
The speaker here would have to tell a sentence that has the least fluctuation in tone and character. You can collectively choose a simple sentence and take turns to say it. This is where the ‘not so close’ bit comes into the picture. The more distinct the relationship, the more confusing and exciting it gets while guessing. So, whose line was it anyway?
Read My Lips
Last but not least. Read My Lips is a great game to play with any virtual crowd. The levels of decency vary depending on whom you’re playing with.
How to play. One player says a sentence without words, just by moving their lips, and the rest would have to guess what that person is trying to say. This game is quite similar to the time when you had to silently scream out something to your husband on the other side of a crowded room.
It doesn’t matter which niche you fall into – movies, music, poetry, trivia, anything, these 15 games have a little bit of everything!