As we enter into month eight of the longest lockdown in the world (*insert distinct wailing*), many of us have already settled into our own virtual hangout routines. Video call screenshots have become common sights on Friday night Instagram stories, as online movie nights, quiz nights, and kwentuhan e-numans take the place of any usual socialization.
Lately, we’ve been discovering that there’s way more to the online multiplayer game universe than just PvP shooter games. Take it from the friends who got hella creative on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the sudden mainstream boom of battle royale-type games like Fall Guys, or mafia/werewolf genre whodunnits like Among Us and horror games like Phasmophobia.
During a time when nothing seems to make sense anymore and uncertainty looms, these games offer a break in time, whether it be through working together to reach a common goal, or to best each other in a series of puzzles. Simulate the vibe of board game nights pre-pandemic, but instead of sitting around screaming at each other IRL, you’ll be screaming at each other from the comfort of your own rooms, over a Discord call. Possibly deafening; still fun.
From breakout room-style adventures to the endless fun of the newest Jackbox Game pack, here are some other online multiplayer games that might help fulfill your need for social interaction, internet connection forgiving.
Communication is key in this two-player puzzle adventure. You and your partner are lost in a frozen wasteland, and split up in an abandoned castle. Complete a series of puzzles to lead you to each other. Recommended if you miss the thrill of breaking out of physical escape rooms with friends and are ready to channel some big brain energy. For more fun, you can also try out the game’s paid sequel, We Were Here Together.
Number of players: 2
Available on: Steam (PC/Mac), XBox One
If you’ve always wanted to engage in an exercise of espionage, human behavior, performance, perception, and deception, Spy Party might fit your taste. It’s a 1V1 game that takes place during a high-society cocktail party, with one player taking the part of the Sniper, and one the Spy. The Sniper has to figure out the identity of the Spy, while the Spy must hide in plain sight and complete missions before the clock runs out.
Number of players: 2
Available on: Steam (PC)
Gather your friends to survive in the wilderness as you enter a strange and unexplored world. Your only mission: Don’t starve. With three different game modes and player hosted servers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Get two copies for the price of one from now until Oct. 30 on Steam.
Number of players: 2-6
Available on: Steam (PC/Mac) , PS4, XBOX One
While this game was designed to be played with everyone in the same room, it’s still possible to play it remotely as long as you can all get on a voice call with each other. Player 1, the “Diffuser” is alone in a room with a bomb while other friends are “Expert” who have the manual needed to defuse it. Experts can’t see the bomb, so they’ll have to talk the Diffuser through it. Each game is fast-paced, with a five-minute time-limit, so expect high tensions and loads of screaming.
Number of players: 2-5
Available on: Steam (PC/Mac)
True to its name, Jackbox Party Packs have been party staples ever since the first one was released in 2014. The newest pack is Jackbox Party Pack 7, which features five mini games, including battle of wits Quiplash 3; collaborative chaos game The Devils and the Details; drawing fighting game Champ’d Up, and the on-the-spot public speaking game Talking Points. A big pro for this is that only one player needs to own the game to stream the screen through Zoom or Discord for the other players, so your friend group can split the price.
Number of players: 3-8
Available on: Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), Playstation 4, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV & iPad, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV
Got any other online multiplayer game recs? Let us know in the comments below!
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