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Playing games with friends is great fun regardless of how close you physically are to your friends. And having fun isn’t only for kids. Studies show that playing online games as an adult can do everything from help you to tackle your stress to boost your overall well-being—something that we all need during these heavy times.
“The right games can bring families and friends together during this time in a really positive way,” says Arkadium CEO and co-founder, Jessica Rovello. She says that teenagers separated from friends are probably already connecting in games like Fortnite, younger kids can collaborate on Minecraft and Roblox, and adults can keep their brains sharp playing an online word game or relax by getting lost in a hidden object game. And if you’re looking for a little friendly competition, Rovello explains that you don’t even need to get into a complicated online multiplayer game: “Just play on your own, text your friends a screengrab of your score, and challenge them to do better!”
Here are some of the very best online games to play with friends that are guaranteed to bring you and your clan together for some fun.Best Online Games
1. Words with Friends dua: The name of the game says it all “words, with, friends.” Rally together your mother, father, aunt, distant cousin, coworker, boss or neighbor and challenge them into taking you on as you scramble to create words out of the letters that you are issued. Whoever gets the most points wins. And your brain will get a workout as well because let’s be honest—there are only so many words that you can fit the letter Z into. Don’t you hate when you draw that letter in Scrabble?
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2. Best Fiends Stars: Best Fiends Stars is a puzzle game that challenges you to “match and blast your way” through a series of “explosive” puzzles, collecting adorable characters and teaming up with your friends along the way. Challenge your friends to race to collect fallen treasures and stars before they get snagged by a team of slimy slugs.
3. Fortnite: Epic’s family-friendly battle royale game continues to draw in millions of daily active users. While some gamers focus on winning their next Victory Royale, the game offers dozens of challenges for gamers to take on and overcome. “The game continues to evolve with frequent changes to the map, so the current game world won’t be the same by the end of an eight-week self-quarantine,” says Chris Erb, gaming expert and founder of Tripleclix. He adds that the cartoon graphics appeal to gamers of all ages, “but be aware you do use guns to shoot other players in the game.” Fortnite is free on Xbox One, PC, Switch, PS4 and mobile.
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4. Jackbox Games: This just might be the official game of the lockdown, as new account creations for the platform have been surging since more and more people have discovered that it’s popular trivia game You Don’t Know Jack can now be played with friends. The company posted a recent tutorial on how to do so here. The game will keep everyone on their toes as it tosses pop culture trivia questions as fast as you can answer them. Host Cookie Masterson walks you through the routine, while the occasional celebrity may pop up to lend a hand.
5. Minecraft: Erb deems this “the ultimate collaboration” and notes that the popular online game saw a resurgence last year and continues to grow with every new generation of gamer. Up to eight friends can join an online game on different computers and build whatever they can imagine in creative mode, or maybe they join up to see how long they can last in survival mode. “And if parents have a youngster in the house that’s never tried it, being stuck at home might be the perfect time to introduce them,” Erb adds. Minecraft’s building mechanics tend to turn children into budding construction engineers. All ages can play Minecraft on Xbox One, PC, Switch, PS4, and mobile for $20, and it’s available for free on Xbox Game Pass.
6. NBA 2k20: This is a favorite among many fans who live for the NBA, as players can have the chance to portray their favorite team and players on screen. “Gamers can finish the season and even play through a run of the playoffs while waiting for the season to start again,” says Erb. All ages can bring a full squad to the courts and play as a single team in online matches. NBA 2k20 will set you back $60 on digital marketplaces and $30 for physical versions on Xbox One, PC, Switch, and PS4. The game is also available for free on Xbox Game Pass.
7. Decurse: “Dedazzle, craft and farm your way through enchanted lands and see if you can reverse the curse!” This game allows you to connect with Facebook friends or make some new friends in-game. Players can join a clubhouse and collaborate on special challenges, earn club points, achieve a spot on the leaderboard and earn prizes! You can also exchange materials with your friends to help on your journey. It can be played on iOS, Google Play and Amazon. Ages Rating is 4+.
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8. Sea of Thieves: Looking for a game to take you away from current events to beautiful beaches, and maybe a grand line of pirate adventure? Sea of Thieves, says Erb, is just that game. It’s a massively multiplayer online experience where you play as a pirate in an open world of possibilities. Online gamers seek treasure, back down skeleton hoards and discover the tall tales the world holds. Gamers are also free to engage in battles for each other’s hard-earned pirate booty. All ages can take up to three friends with them on their voyage as you skirmish with other pirate crews on the high seas. Sea of Thieves costs $50 on Xbox One and PC, and is available for free on Xbox Game Pass.
9. Pokemon Go: Walk around your house, yard and neighborhood with the mission of collecting hidden Pokemon that could be lurking everywhere from your kitchen to back patio. The game enlists the use of your mobile GPS and clock, allows you to interact with your friends, and even lets you track their activity in the game. You can create a friends list and engage in some in-game trading and gift-giving. And since news of the COVID-19 outbreak, the game’s manufacturers have made some adjustments that allow you to find more monsters closer to home and features that make the game more consumable in “individual settings.”
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10. Mario Kart Tour: Grab Mario, the princess and all of your favorite childhood classic Nintendo pals, toss them in a go-kart, and you’re off! This fun version raises the stakes even higher, putting you face-to-face with courses that take you underwater and even hang gliding. And the mobile version allows you to bring your friends along for a little friendly competition. It’s the game that Justin Holmes, an emergency medical technician in Rochester Hills, Michigan, has been using to get him through his retreat. “It’s a blast!” he says.
11. Exploding Kittens: This game gives you the ability to play online with friends or strangers. It’s a highly strategic, “kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” where players draw “cards” up until the point where someone ends up with an exploding kitten. When this happens, they explode and are out of the game—unless that player has a “Defuse card,” to defuse the kitten with tricks such as a laser pointer, catnip sandwich or belly rub. Meanwhile the other cards in the deck can be used to, mitigate, or avoid the exploding kittens.
12. Fairway Solitaire: The original puzzle solitaire game is a good online game choice. “Hit the fairway” and complete daily challenges, earn rewards and find collectables! While playing, you can join a club, meet new friends, play together, get your club on the leaderboard and win incredible prizes! Clubs unlock at level 14 and anyone can join. Work together to earn club chips to unlock incredible prizes! The game can be played on iOS, Google Play and Amazon. Ages Rating is 4+ and the average player age range is 40-65. Complete clever solitaire puzzles, master the course and earn prizes!