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10 FREE Virtual Game Ideas – For an Epic Competition With Friends

10 FREE Virtual Game Ideas – For an Epic Competition With Friends

For these games, distance does not matter! Virtual game nights are a fun way to mix up online Zoom calls and create lasting memories no matter how far apart you are. Plus, who doesn’t love winning?

1. Scattergories

This online scattergories generator is perfect for your next Zoom party. Share your screen, and you’re ready to go. The generator puts up a letter, a list of categories, and a timer. You and your friends each have 120 seconds to come up with a word that starts with the designated letter in that category. When the time is up, everyone shares their answers. You can play as many rounds as you like by clicking the re-roll button. If you want to up the stakes, you can customize the game by lowering the allotted time to answer and by increasing the number of categories.

2. Family Feud

Survey says! For a fun night of friendly competition, create your own Family Feud game using the best FREE Family Feud template out there! The game uses PowerPoint and it includes sound, round timers, and scorekeeping features that are the real deal. If you’re playing on Zoom, share your screen, enable sound, and you’re ready to go! Check out our Valentine’s Day Family Feud game that is free to download and ready to play.

3. Head Lines

This game is HILARIOUS! For every round, each person needs a non-coated paper plate and something to draw with. If you don’t have paper plates, you can always find something else to draw on. Each person puts the paper plate on their head with the bottom of the plate facing up. The host then gives a series of instructions (let’s say 5-6 steps in order) that each person draws on their paper plate while it is still on their head! Make sure to wait for everyone to finish each step before moving on to the next.


  1. Draw grass.
  2. Draw someone standing in the grass and throwing a ball.
  3. Now, draw a dog jumping to catch the ball.
  4. Draw a sun.
  5. Draw a collar on the dog.

When all the steps are done, have everyone reveal their one-of-a-kind artwork. HILARIOUS! The host then chooses their favorite drawing and declares a winner. The winner now becomes the host and gets to give out instructions for the next drawing. This fun idea comes from this original Christmas version from Happy Home Fairy.

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4. Catan

Calling all true board game fans! Catan, previously called Settlers of Catan, is a classic board game from Germany and can be played online with friends for free! You can even download a free Catan Zoom background. It’s a game of trade and development and is one of the best-selling games of all time. If you’ve heard of Settlers of Catan but don’t understand the hype, here are 12 fun facts about this game.

5. All Bad Cards (Cards Against Humanity)

This game is for adults only! All Bad Cards is like an online version of Cards Against Humanity. The site is well-designed and easy-to-use. It allows you to have up to 50 players per room. Start a new game and choose “invite-only.” Send the invite link to friends and you’re ready to go. For each round, one person is designated as the “Card Queen” who reads the prompt aloud. Each player then has a chance to choose a response card from their hand that they think the Card Queen will choose as the funniest entry. After the round is over, the next player then becomes the Card Queen and gets to choose the funniest entry. The player with the most cards chosen at the end wins.

6. Not All Bad Cards (PG Apples to Apples)

I personally prefer the PG version of All Bad Cards! It leads to endless laughs and fun. From the All Bad Cards website, click the “New Game” button and select the “Family-Friendly” version. While it’s not quite as G-rated as Apples to Apples, it’s similar in concept. Choose a player to be the first judge. Once you click play, the judge reads the prompt card that appears on the screen. Players (except the judge) choose a card from their hand that best fits the prompt card. The judge then selects the card they like the best. The next player then becomes the judge to start the next round.

7. Scavenger Hunt

Compile a list of items prior to the Zoom call for players to hunt for. It can include things like a roll of toilet paper, something green, something loud, something you love, or a selfie with your pet. Start a countdown timer, and send the scavenger hunt list in the Zoom chat when you’re ready to start. Watch as others frantically run around in search of the items on the list. The person who returns with the most items on the list wins!

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8. Word Builder Scavenger Hunt

Come up with a list of 3-5 items prior to the Zoom call that players will recreate using random things from around their house. When you’re ready to start, pick an item from your list and let players know that they will have 90 seconds to recreate it using whatever they can find. When time is up, have everyone show off their masterpieces, and the person with the best one wins the round!

If you’re celebrating something specific like a birthday, graduation, or retirement, you can choose themed items to make the game more special. For example, if someone is graduating and going to study music in college, the items could include things like a musical note, a diploma, and a piano.

9. Pictionary

Pictionary is a great game that can also be played online. You can use Pictionary cards you have at home or use this random word generator that any of your ‘artists’ can access from their devices. The generator even lets you choose a level of difficulty. The goal of this game is to guess the word being drawn. To draw, use Zoom’s online whiteboard or draw on paper and hold it up to the screen.

10. Classic Card Games

Nothing says game night like a classic card game! CardzMania has over 40 games including Gin Rummy, Euchre, and Texas Hold’Em. After choosing a game, click on multiplayer mode to host a private game with family and friends. No account or registration required.

For more a guide on how to plan a virtual game night across different time zones or for more fun activities, check out our virtual party ideas page.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for visiting our page! If you’re looking for party icebreaker questions to spark conversation at your next gather, check out these 170 icebreaker questions to get people talking. Are there any virtual party games you enjoy that aren’t listed above? Comment below.