17 of the best online games to play as a family
- Families spending time at home together or living in different places can stay entertained and connected with a plethora of online and mobile games.
- Many classic board games, such as Monopoly and Scrabble, have digital versions that are fun for all ages.
- Parents can even play a variety of virtual games with their younger kids.
- From apps that make trivia nights accessible and interactive, to online activities that inspire creativity, here are games that the entire family can enjoy.
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Heads Up makes for hours of laughs with the whole family.
The charades-esque game is a surefire way to entertain a family. Kids, teens, grown children, parents, and grandparents alike will find something enjoyable with a round (or many) of Heads Up.
The ever-popular game Animal Crossing has a mobile version.
Animal Crossing, a game that's typically played on Nintendo devices, has a mobile version that's free to download and start but offers in-app purchases.
Players can design their own imaginary world and choose from up to 100 animal characters. Family members who both have the game can connect with each other on the app.
Family trivia night is made easier with the "Jeopardy!" app.
Family members can team up and compete against each other with the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" app.
The game show's mobile app is another great trivia night option for families. Family members and friends can compete against each other, use the same lifelines seen in the TV series, like "50:50" and "Ask the audience," and unlock new (virtual) cities to visit with each win.
"Wheel of Fortune" also has a multiplayer app that makes for a fun game night.
Families who like puzzles and word games will be delighted with the mobile version of the popular TV show.
UNO! has a digital version that's just as exciting as the real card game.
When scrolling endlessly through social media or even having virtual hangouts on Zoom gets old, it doesn't hurt to go back to basics. A classic game of (online) UNO! with friends might be the ideal boredom cure.
Parents can join their kids in playing virtual Lego Duplo World games.
Fans of Legos can let their imagination run wild, even on the go or virtually. The Lego Duplo World game is made for ages 5 and up, and it has a "multi-touch" function that lets family members solve puzzles and play together.
British art institution Tate has a variety of free, family-friendly games that work on a desktop or tablet.
Artists of all ages can use Tate's art games to make masterpieces like Van Gogh or make their own digital street art. Tate's digital art canvases could even be used for fun family games like Pictionary.
It's hard to go wrong with a virtual twist on a classic board game like Monopoly.
The Monopoly app brings the board game to any mobile device. Once the game is downloaded, users can play the mobile version of Monopoly with family and friends who also have the app.
Families who love word puzzles might enjoy Boggle With Friends.
The game challenges players to find all the possible word combinations after the board has been shuffled. Boggle With Friends has a multiplayer function that allows family members to play against each other.
The game Ticket to Ride is a travel-themed board game with a family play option.
Ticket to Ride is a board game that takes players on magic railway rides. The winner gets to the destination faster than its competitors, thanks to strategic decisions (and luck).
Mario Kart Tour can lead to endless family rivalries that are all in good fun.
The beloved game Mario Kart has a version that lets family and friends race against each other on their phones. Once players have the app, they can connect with each other if they're in the same room or by adding each other as friends.
There are plenty of virtual ways to play Scrabble and similar games with family.
The timeless word game has lots of digital variations.
Scrabble GO is another app dedicated to the classic word challenge. The app also contains other types of timed games and multiplayer activities. It's available for free on the App Store and Google Play Store.
The party game Scattergories is meant to be played with multiple people.
In Scattergories, players are challenged to brainstorm words that fit a specific category - and the more people in the game, the more fun it is.
The mobile app lets users invite their friends to a virtual "room" and play for hours on end.
Yahtzee With Buddies makes the beloved dice game easy to play with others.
Yahtzee With Buddies lets users play the foolproof dice game against people in their contacts.
Kahoot! is a quiz maker that could be entertaining for siblings and parents.
Kahoot! has become a popular tool for teachers to create engaging quizzes for students, but the website and app can also be used as a fun way to have virtual trivia sessions with family members.
Users can create their own quizzes for free and send the link to as many people as they'd like.
Families with younger kids might enjoy the game My Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is based on the popular Eric Carle book.
In the game, users take care of their very own caterpillar, bringing the famous picture book to life in an interactive way.
The free app is available on the Google Play Store.
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