- Jackbox Games offers a variety of party games that involve trivia, drawing contests, and fill-in-the-blank style guessing that can easily be played remotely with friends.
- All you need is a laptop and a smartphone to participate, and only one person needs to own the game for everyone to play.
- The host will run the game from their laptop and share his or her screen with everyone else via a teleconferencing app like Google Hangouts.
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You don’t have to see your friends in person to host a game night.
If you’re looking for a good way to connect with friends while remaining indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, you might want to check out Jackbox Games.
From the same company behind the “You Don’t Know Jack” series popular in the 1990s, Jackbox Games offers packs of party games centered on challenges that involve trivia, fill-in-the-blank-style guessing, and drawing contests that can be played across smartphones, TVs, computers, and video game consoles.
Since players can participate in Jackbox games simply by navigating to a website on their smartphone’s web browser and do not need to have the game installed, it’s a relatively easy option for hosting a virtual game night. The only person who needs to actually own the game is the person hosting it.
You don’t have to worry about using the same game console or platform to play together remotely — all you need is a smartphone and a laptop or desktop computer.
Here’s how to do it.