Games you can play online with groups big and small
What’s a virtual get-together without some virtual games? Whether you have a competitive side or you’re looking for some new ways to team build with colleagues or relax with friends, playing online group games is a great way to connect virtually.
If you run a remote-first or hybrid workplace, or simply work from home and want to connect with friends, planning a game night is a great way to bond during a weeknight. Many people have used video conferencing tools, like Zoom and Google Meet, to run their game night. While these tools are great, there is something even better for hosting fun online games. Try using an immersive video chat platform.
What is immersive video chat? They are software products that more realistically mimic the real world virtually. Many companies use them to foster connections between team members by creating virtual company offices. These video chat products are perfect for organizing fun games to play online. Some, like Kumospace, actually have fun free online games built into the immersive video chat product.
Free online games
Make sure that the online game you play works well for users on mobile devices. If you are playing with friends, it's also essential to consider cost, so sticking to free online games is usually the best strategy. Below are 15 fun online games that can be played for FREE.
The Online Code Names Game
This is an online version of a very popular board game, Codenames. You can play the game directly in Kumospace; here is a how-to guide.
Codenames within Kumospace is called Word Guess. To get started, simply click the object, and the game will begin. It is an online multiplayer game where players are divided into teams. The game centers around team-based play between two designated teams, so first divide your group into two (i.e. the red team and blue team), and then choose one person on each team to be the secret agent/clue giver. The secret agent's objective is to try to get their team members to correctly guess all the Codenames cards that have been displayed for them.
Essentials to the Game: Each card has a word on it (i.e. your secret code), so the players have to associate all the words on their virtual team's cards using other words. It’s way less complex than it sounds. One of the biggest challenges of the game, however, is that your clues can only be one word and can't be proper nouns.
How do you win? When your team is first to guess all the cards/words.
For all the Chess enthusiasts or wannabe Queen's Gambit characters, we’ve got you covered. You can play Online Chess directly in your Kumospace. Gameplay can be done by versing another player or a computer.
To access online chess, simply click the chessboard object within your Kumospace. Here is a supporting help article that teaches you how to play chess.
Once you have selected who you are playing, it's game on. And for those of us who are not Chess masters, here is a Chess 101 guide.
Brief History. The version of Chess we play today has been around since the 1400s, but its predecessor first immersed around 300 A.D. It’s classified as an abstract strategy game; put simply, it's about military strategy. Given its longevity, it's easy to consider it one of the world’s favorite games.
Gameplay. Each piece in Chess has specific movement characteristics. Players try to strategically attack the other player’s pieces while avoiding their pieces being attacked. Once a piece is attached, it is removed from the board for the rest of the game, and the attacking piece takes its place on the board.
Chess is all about strategy. For this reason, it can be one of the most fun games to play online. Playing Chess virtually adds to the excitement since players can not only see the board, but they can see one another’s faces and hear their audio.
How Do You Win? Similar to a real war, the game comes to an end when a player’s most important piece, the King, is unable to move without being attacked. This is called checkmate and concludes the game.
Everyone loves a good puzzle game! If you have ever played Tetris, this is a free online version, and it's available right within Kumospace. To access the Puzzle Game, just click on the blue video game object or the video arcade object.
The puzzle game is an online multiplayer Tetris. It was one of the most popular and fun games of the 1980s but has remained a favorite game amongst people around the world.
How to play. Each player is trying to create a solid connected line with a set of randomly varying pieces. Each piece can be rotated, moved from side to side as well as accelerated into place. Here is an animation of the gameplay.
How to Win? Progress in the game is scored. When playing multiplayer, players who clear a row can give the row to other players, making their gameplay more challenging. A player loses when he or she’s bricks reach the top of the screen.
Tried-and-true trivia games are some of the easiest and most fun games to play with colleagues or friends. Just like in real life, virtual trivia games are centered around your team's general knowledge about various topics. Here is a free trivia generator from the imaginative folks at Let's Roam. They are a company that organizes physical and virtual team-building activities. Many of these activities include playing virtual games.
Their generator compiles info about you and your peers and lets you personalize your own trivia questions. This is particularly good for groups of work colleagues, friends, and family members.
Gameplay. One person in the group, often the organizer, is the moderator. This person’s job is to ask the questions and manage the team scores. Participants organize into groups. The groups don’t have to be a specific size, but if the moderator is concerned about fairness, they should have a specific team size or range for the team size. The moderator then asks a series of trivia questions, and the team writes down their answer. Each correct answer is worth one point.
Pro Tip: When playing virtually, it's good to choose a video chat platform with either spatial audio or breakout rooms so that team members can quickly brainstorm answers to the question without the other team's eavesdropping.
Deciding the Winning Team. The team with the most points wins.
This is an age-old classic great for all ages. It’s one of the best online group games to play. The classic game involves Bingo cards with numbers on them and a mechanism for randomly picking a number.
How to Play. The Bingo caller, the person organizing this fun online game, gives each player a Bingo card that contains their numbers. The caller then selects a number at random and calls it out to the group.
To play Bingo virtually, we recommend this free Bingo cards website that handles much of the gameplay. As the caller, you can let the computer do the hard work for you, and you simply just have to start the game and distribute the link to your colleagues, friends, or family.
How to Win at Bingo. The game ends when a player successfully connects five spaces in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line.
Virtual Team Building Pro Tip: If you are looking to kick up the fun, you can create your own virtual Bingo cards. There is a website, Bingomaker, that helps you get creative. Kumospace, a remote-first company, recently organized a remote team building event where we played virtual Bingo using custom-made cards. Some of the questions included 'had more than one tattoo,' 'got kicked out of an establishment,' 'danced on a table,' or other adventures that team members had done during their lives. Bonus! Ask players to share the stories behind the adventures. These kinds of fun games and socialization help build remote company culture. Looking for ideas to improve your remote and hybrid team culture, check out these seven fun activities. — and it was crazy fun.
Calling all wordsmiths and Scrabble fanatics, this virtual game is for you. Word Scatter is similar to Boggle but all online and free to play. The game can be played in online multiplayer or single-player mode.
Rules to the Game. The goal of Word Scatter is to find words within the scattered letter on the game board. Each word will give you points based on the letters, similar to Scrabble. If you “find” a word that isn’t listed in the game library of over 265,000 words, you receive a 10-point penalty. If a player misspells a word, they also automatically lose 10 points.
Picking the Winner. The player with the most points, meaning they found the most words worth the most points, at the end of the game is the winner.
If you love to draw, then, this may be the online game for you. Even if you just have fun doodling from time to time, you will enjoy this virtual game. Skribbl is a free online game that centers around drawing and guessing games. It is super accessible and easy to use with Kumospace’s video chat software.
Online Gameplay. This is an online multiplayer game that is one of the best online group games companies and families can play. When it's a player's turn to draw, they must pick a word from the three available options. They then have 80 seconds to visualize that word.
For players who are not drawing, it is the opportunity to rack up points. When somebody else is drawing, you have to try and guess what is being drawn. The earlier you guess a word, the more points you receive.
Who wins? The player with the most points. It's just that simple.
Is a game show-style activity your jam? Then you and your pals will want to give You, and your Jackbox a spin. It’s one of the more popular online games that mimic a game show. Originally designed for IRL parties where people gather 'round a screen, Jackbox can also be played as a virtual game. One player has to buy a game (or a Jackbox Party Pack), and they can share it for free with their friends on Kumospace or using a video chat app.
How to play. When the game begins, all the players will see a four-letter room code pop-up. To get started, players go to jackbox.tv on their web browser and enter the "room code" and a name — and voila — you have joined the game. During the game, players see a question and two options. They select their favorite option, or more accurately, the one they think the group will be more likely to select. Points are allocated based on the majority votes. Here is a video of Jackbox gameplay.
How to Win? The person with the most points at the end of several rounds is the winner. Good luck!
The virtual game Among Us got mega-popular during quarantine. Even a member of the U.S. Congress famously showcased the game on Twitch in 2020. It's a great game to play virtually with friends or work colleagues using video conferencing software or in a virtual office.
Game Mechanics. Have everyone join us in your Kumospace and share the link for them to download the Among Us app on their mobile devices. Then create a private game for the whole group. When you enter the online game, one player will be dubbed the "imposter." Their goal? Slyly killing off their fellow crewmates one by one. The surviving crew members meet up after each death to hash out theories about the imposter, and then they vote for who they think the imposter is. This is an online group game that can be played by 4 to 10 people. It's great to connect with pals and remote team building.
End of the Game. The game ends when the imposter is discovered.
The Hat Game
This game is for word-guessing lovers! The host needs to do some prep work before the serious fun begins. You also want to prepare the words that go in The Hat, hence the game's name! We recommend using Random Word Generator. You should choose the number of words you want; 5-10 nouns per participant is ideal for this virtual game. Write them down on small pieces of paper and put them in a hat.
The game can be played with most video conferencing software. Here are some helpful instructions for playing specifically inside Kumospace.
- Set the audio range in your Kumospace to Entire Floor.
- Make all the players co-hosts.
- Keep an eye on the timer and write down the score for each of the three rounds.
How to Play this Virtual Game. This is a free online game where the players split up into pairs, and alternate who describes and who guesses the words. Within Kumospace, pairs should sit near one another within the virtual space. The host draws one word at a time and sends it in Private Chat to the person whose turn it is to describe the word to their partner. When they guess a word, send them the next word per private chat. They have 60 seconds to guess as many words as possible. When their time is up, it’s the next pair’s turn. The host keeps the scores.
Once all the words have been used, the host puts them back in the hat, and so begins round 2 - charades. This time players need to act out the word to their partner without using a sound. For most amusement, players doing the charade should use the Kumospace Broadcast feature so that everyone can see them.
At the end of the second round, the words go back in the hat, and the final round begins - have your partner guess the word by just saying one word associated with it, e.g. if the word is a lamp, you might say lightbulb.
End of the game. The winners are the partners with the highest score, representing the most correct guesses!
Virtual games made specifically for group video chat
Spies & Assassins
A fun spy game that is perfect for playing with co-workers or friends online. Spies & Assassins takes place in a virtual space and involves team strategy play. It's one of the most fun games to play online, especially for large groups. This multiplayer game can be played by up to 100 people. The game was specifically developed to be played within Kumospace.
How to Play. The organizer assigned people to specific teams and roles within the Kumospace. Players then move around the space and once they get close to one another, try to discover if they are opposing team members, or friendly spies, via a special code word. If a player bumps into the roaming assassin during their journey, then they “die” and have to stay where they “fell” within the Kumospace. Many thanks to a city government official in Canada who actually created an entire playbook for playing Spies & Assassins.
Winning. Either the Spy Crew completes its mission of finding all its team members, or the Assassin successfully eliminates all players.
Rock the Basket
The Game Mechanics. Start by counting the number of players, then add one less chair than there are players into your Kumospace. This can be done by opening your Edit tab and adding or removing chairs as needed. Change the audio settings to the Entire floor, and the game can begin.
Everybody should take a seat, except the host, who can start the game off by doing the first “call out”. A call-out can be any statement that refers to the players’ lives, personality, achievements, attire — anything a person can identify with. For example, they can call out: “Everybody wearing white socks, rock the basket.” When the call-out is made, everyone who is wearing white socks, and the person who made the call-out needs to get up from their chair and quickly find a new seat.
The slowest player will be left without a chair, which makes them the new caller!
How Does Someone Win? There isn’t any winning or losing in this game. It's about having fun with friends, family, and co-workers. If everyone enjoyed themselves, then it is a win!
This action pack game is excellent for those who love a good mystery. The object of this virtual game is to find the killer. The game is specifically built for Kumospace and is an entirely free game to play online. A complete guide to Bang Bang, a Kumospace game.
Playing this Online Group Game. Start by changing your audio settings to Quiet and promoting all of the players to co-hosts. Here is an easy Kumospace hosting guide.
The game begins when the host sends a secret chat to one player at random, telling them that they are the killer. Since the host knows the killer, they must sit out the first round. But don’t worry, the host gets to play in future rounds.
The killer will move around the floor, and when the opportune moment arises, they need to get close to someone, making sure that nobody else can hear them, and say: “Bang bang, you’re dead!”
If you’ve been killed, you need to slowly and indirectly move towards “the morgue,” which is the plant-fenced square in the center of the floor. The killer continues killing the victims.
Winning the game. If you suspect who the killer is and you are still alive, you can use the Broadcast feature at any time and accuse the suspect of being the killer.
If you are mistaken, you’ll be dead, and you need to go to the morgue. If you are correct, the game starts over. The old killer sits out the next round, but not before sending a secret chat to the new killer.
It’s a classic game with a virtual twist! We all played a version of “Tag” when we were kids. It's probably one of the favorite games played in school. So you may recall the rules. The version created within Kumospace has an added rule that you must stay on the virtual sidewalks. Here is a complete overview of this Kumospace game.
Rules of the Game & How to Play. The host should change the audio settings to Entire Floor so that all the players can hear everything. Talking and laughing with one another are more of the best parts of this virtual game. The host can then start the game by designating the first “It” person, who will start chasing the other players around the floor, all within the confines of the sidewalks, of course.
If you leave the sidewalk to escape getting caught, you’re “It”! But if the “It” person leaves the sidewalk to try to catch somebody, it does not count, and they are still the “It”. If you catch someone, you must shout: “[their name] is it!”
Who Wins? Everyone, lol. There is really no winning or losing to this game. It's rather about just playing a fun game with great people.
This is another virtual game that is exclusively available within Kumospace. It’s a fun online game that will for sure get everybody moving! It’s best when played with at least 8-10 people. If you have 16 or more participants, you can choose to split into two teams and compete against each other to see who can finish first. Here is a helpful overview video.
How to Play this Group Game. The game's object is to make the shape of the letter using your video avatars. A template space playing this free game is available directly within Kumospace. The host needs to change the audio settings to Entire Floor.
Pro Tip. Use the Map as it makes it easier to move around and get a better overview of your letter formations.
The host starts the game off by shouting out a letter at random. Here is a handy random number generator. The rest of the players need to try to get in a formation of that letter as quickly as possible in the middle of the floor. The last person to join the formation will have to shout out the next letter.
Winning. This game is about team building and collaboration. There is no winning, just a lot of fun.
Playing games online with Kumospace
Kumospace is a video chat application that works on the web and mobile devices. Millions of people around the world have used Kumospace. It's safe and secure with enterprise security. Notable customers include Google, AT&T, NASA, Amazon, Nike, Capital One, LinkedIn, Pfizer, Sony, and Wikipedia.
The product is uniquely suited to accel for those looking to host a virtual event or those looking to facilitate better communication and collaboration between hybrid and remote team members with a virtual office.
But Kumospace isn’t just about getting business done. It is about having fun, and therefore one of the most popular activities within Kumospace is playing virtual games. Here is how to play online games within Kumospace, broken down by the two most popular use cases.
Online group games for virtual office software
Kumospace’s primary uses are related to business. For many remote and hybrid companies use the product as a virtual office. What’s a virtual office? It’s a technology product that allows remote, hybrid, or distributed teams to foster collaboration, connection, and company culture.
A huge component of this is team building. Fun online games are one of the best ways to build positive company culture.
Fun online games for virtual events
The second most popular use case for Kumospace is organizing and hosting engaging virtual events. These events range from virtual family get-togethers to large corporate conferences. The reason event organizers choose Kumospace is because of its immersive nature. It makes attending fun!
“Doing something a little bit different really helps people's ability to explore and play” Bart Merrick, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Whether you're organizing a governmental conference like Bart, or just getting some friends together, playing virtual games can be a great way to connect people.
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Hosting an online game FAQs
Favorite games to be played online included Codenames, online Chess, puzzle games, and Virtual Trivia. Other popular games are Jackbox and Bingo.
Picking a suitable game is key to organizing a fun online game for large groups. Some classic group games are Bingo and trivia, which can be played with hundreds of people. Other fun virtual games are Kumospace’s Spies & Assassins, Rock the Basket, and Bang Bang. These games can be played by groups from 10 to 100.
Planning a virtual game night may feel overwhelming, but it’s actually relatively easy. First, you need to pick your video conferencing platform. We recommend Kumospace, an immersive video chat platform, as it helps make your online gaming more exciting. Next, just pick some games for your group to play.
Team bonding is critical to building positive company culture, especially for hybrid and remote companies. If you manage a hybrid or remote team, some fun socializing games to play virtually are trivia and Bingo. If you are looking for something more unique, then try (for free) Kumospace’s Rock the Basket, Bang Bang, and Spies & Assassins.