Virtual Games for a Physically Distant Game Night

Family game nights are rewarding for all ages.

As Covid keeps everyone in lock down it might seem like an impossible task to keep yourself and your family entertained. Luckily, that game industry is trying to help via these virtual games they are perfect for a physically distant game night.

Virtual Murder Mysteries A night of crime and chaos in the Caribbean or murder and mayhem in the Wild West? You choose the riveting night of murder and mystery for you and your friends to solve. Guests are assigned a character ahead of time, and they arrive to the party in character where the host explains how the night will proceed. Then they are provided with a folder of details. As guests begin to mingle and sleuth, a murder occurs — and that’s when the night gets really interesting! To create your night of mystery, head to nightofmystery.com

Virtual Scavenger Hunt Scavenger hunts are a favorite American pastime — and with a little ingenuity — the fun can be captured in an online version of the game. A virtual scavenger hunt is played best when you have a “team” of a few players in each household. Each player makes a list of items. The more creative you get with your list the more fun the game will be. (For example, rather than just listing an object like a “cup” or “pen,” make an item more interesting like “something your first girlfriend gave you,” or “something your mom saved since you were a kid.”) Once lists are complete one household team shares their list with the other household(s) and the hunt begins! If you can’t think of your own lists, you can try a print out that’s already created.

Virtual Escape Room Live-hosted online escape rooms are all the rage right now. From being trapped underwater in a shipwreck with 60 minutes to get out, to making your way backstage in time to see Bruce Springsteen, grab friends or family for a virtual adventure. Your senses must be sharp to figure out the mind boggling clues that will (hopefully) lead to a successful escape. A live-host guides your team every step of the way to provide answers to your questions that will ultimately lead to victory or defeat. Can you escape? To schedule your virtual escape room experience, visit paruzal.com.

Virtual Casino or Poker Night: Know when to hold ’em in a sit and go tournament you can play virtually with your friends. No download or registration necessary. Just send the room link and play! And if you would like to experience the thrill of a casino, create your casino music playlist and let Fun Casino Nights provide an exciting evening of blackjack in the comfort of your own house. A professional croupier explains the rules and allows players to put chips forward before dealing the first game of blackjack

Nostalgic Online Games: If you are more into classic board games, you can find nostalgic game choices like Monopoly, and Scattergories online. And if you are a Pictionary buff with a stylus, you can try your hand at Sketchful.io and Skribbl. These online versions of old classics bring us back to a day when we could actually socialize in the same room!

Meagan J. Meehan is a published author of novels, short stories, and poems. She is also a produced playwright and an award-winning modern artist.