Like many other activities, hosting an in-person game night with your friends i-yankees.com/ is likely not going to happen in the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the experience virtually from the safety of your own home. Whether you’re a fiercely competitive Scrabble type or are just missing your monthly pub trivia hangout, you can play versions of these games through apps on your iPhone or Android phone. Better yet? Most of them are free to download. Here are some of the best multiplayer app games to play with your friends right now.
Die-hard Mario Kart fans may scoff at playing this classic Nintendo game on a phone, but the mobile app version is still plenty of fun and can be played remotely with a group of friends (just be sure to call dibs on Yoshi before anyone else does). To organize a match, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops first. After downloading the app, you’ll need to create a Nintendo account and play a few games on your own. Once you clear the first level, the “Friends” icon will appear when you tap the hidangan button at the bottom of the home screen. After selecting the “add friend” option you’ll be able to enter your friend’s Player ID or Nintendo Account into the empty field and challenge them to a match.
The board game Scrabble has been around for more than 80 years and various knock-offs have existed in the app game space for over a decade. But since video game developer Scopely relaunched the official mobile game as Scrabble GO in March 2020 with Mattel and Hasbro, more than 2 million people have played the game each day. This new version offers an experience much closer to the original board game and can be played remotely with friends by adding them through your phone or by connecting the app to your Facebook account.
If you’d rather host your own trivia night, Kahoot allows you to create your own quizzes with multiple choice or true or false answers. After you are done creating your the quiz, the app generates a unique game pin code, which you can share with your friends. All they have to do to join in on your live quiz is add the code via the “Enter Pin” button on the home screen. You can invite up to 10 players per game with the free version of the app, while Kahoot! Plus lets you invite more people for $9.99 per month.
Devotees of the original Scrabble game will prefer the new Scrabble GO, but since the Scrabble-like Words With Friends has been around since 2009, it’s more likely that your friends have this version downloaded on their phones already. If you’re willing to look past some discrepancies when it comes to scoring, it’s virtually the same game.
For those looking to participate in a videogame-like experience without having to purchase an entirely new gaming system, the social adventure game Sky: Children of Light is now available to download for free on both iOS and Android phones. Apple named it its iPhone Game of the Year in 2019, and it’s easy to see why. This enchanting game immerses you in the gorgeously animated kingdom of Sky, where your objective is to fly through seven realms solving mysteries with your friends in order to return fallen stars to their constellations. You can easily play the game alone, but it’s more fun with friends. To add a friend, you can create and send a QR Code Friend invite to them (find more step-by-step instructions on how to do that on thatgamecompany’s website).
You may have played the regular Heads Up! app with your friends in person before and you may have used the Houseparty recently to keep in touch with them, but did you know that there’s a way to play this charades-like game within the video chat app? All you have to do is invite your friends to a chat in Houseparty, then select the small dice icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen and select Heads Up! to launch a new game. There are a handful of free decks to choose from and dozens more themed decks that you can purchase for about a $1 or so.
If you grew up obsessed with this classic Hasbro game, the mobile version will quench your thirst to play it with your far-flung friends and family until you can throw the dice in person. To play a friend, click over to the “Social” tab at the bottom of the screen and either enter their username—if you know it—or click the green circle icon on the bottom right to connect your Facebook friends to your account.
While this colorful app offers multiple variations on this popular card game, you can still play the original game in “classic mode” with a class of friends remotely. To invite your friends to a match, click on the “social” button on the bottom right of the screen and then click on the yellow “invite jje-boutique.com friends” button. From there you’ll be able to send invite links to your friends via text or another messenger like WhatsApp or Slack. The game also comes with text and talk functions so you can speak to each other through the app while you’re playing.
Created by the same company as Heads Up!, Psych! Is a Balderdash-like game that you can play on your phone with your friends. Each person takes turns creating fake answers to various trivia questions—those who guess the correct answer among the false ones earn points. You’ll earn points for each player you “psych” into choosing your made up answers. To play with a group, one player will need to choose “start a game” on the home screen and then share the secret game code so others can add it to their app from the “join a game” screen.
Recreate a night playing pool with your friends at the local pub with this impian version of billiards. The app allows you to play one on one with anyone using the app at secara acak, but you can also link your account to your Facebook halaman so you can challenge people you know.
This mobile trivia app features themed rounds of questions just like in Trivial Pursuit. You can choose from a number of topics including Game of Thrones, Disney, or world geography, just to name a handful. The app can match you up with secara acak opponents from around the world, but you can also invite your friends by clicking on the “invite your friends” button on the homepage and texting them links to play the game with you.
The mobile version of this classic game is played just like the one you know and love. After shaking lettered dice into a grid, you earn points for all the word combinations you can spot in the letters. The best part about it is that the app keeps score for you. You can play secara acak opponents online, but to challenge people you know, click on the Friends tab at the top right corner and select friends from your contacts who already have downloaded the app or text invite links to others to join.
Hasbro’s classic board game in which players make their way through various stages of life is now an app that you can play on your phone. It includes a multiplayer mode where you can invite your friends to play against each other and race your way towards the ultimate goal: retirement.
The goal of the app version of this murder mystery board game is the same: discover who the murderer is from a list of classic characters. Was it Miss Scarlet in the ballroom with the rope, or perhaps Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? You can either play the computer alone or create a private multiplayer game with your family or friends.
If the Monopoly set you dug up in your mom’s basement is missing a few pieces, don’t worry. This mobile app version lets you recreate the game online in several different ways. You can either play solo against the computer or online with friends located in other places. There’s even an offline multiplayer option where you can play with your family in person passing the phone between turns.
Lyndsey MatthewsFreelance WriterLyndsey Matthews is the Destination News Editor for AFAR; previously she was a Lifestyle Editor across all of Hearst Digital Media’s brands, and a digital editor at Martha Stewart Weddings and Travel + Leisure.
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