How is your summer body looking? Mine looks like I have a great personality and I blame it on this quarantine! Rona is clearly not playing any games and has us all stuck indoors..luckily for us we can play games too!

After binging on non-stop gaming sessions for my employers (I charge hourly) I have ranked the ultimate games to play online with your friends! Here are my picks for the best Video Game, Website, App experiences worth your time: 

The Party Games

 

1. Riotz.io - Online Party Games over Video Chat

What is it?

This is the penultimate social distancing gaming experience. An easy to access web-app with in-built socially powerful games like Werewolf, Mafia, Trivia, Charades, and more. The games have been digitally enhanced, are completely over video chat and make for a riot filled journey that’s memorable. Think of us as the virtual living room to play party games but without the clean-up.

How does it work?

A video-chat room is started on your web-browser after your register (You click register on the top right corner and bam!) You’ll be in your own video chat room in which you can invite your friends and family. Choose a game to play and lead everyone on an adventure through digitally enhanced versions of games like Werewolf, Charades, and more! The games are fully built into the video chat and are built completely around interaction with other players.

Who is it for?

Those looking for a social and memorable experience with friends and family over video chat. 

How much does it cost?

Free!

2. Jackbox  

What is it?

Full-on highly social video games that come in party packs! Rap battle as robots or play creative versions of Trivia with your friends and family!

How does it work?

After your purchase the game all of the players can interact with it via the link provided from the game and an app that converts you cell-phone into a remote. Answer you wacky answers and watch the hilarity.

How much does it cost?

The party packs contain five games, and cost $25 each and are available on all consoles as well as PC!

Who is it for?

Those looking to combining the video game and party games experience in one.

3. Tabletop Simulator

What is it?

Sometimes we crave playing a good old fashioned board game. But what’s the fun if you can’t flip the table out of rage in loosing? Well now you can! 

How does it work?

With real-world physics applied it all seems like a real tabletop game! Tabletop Simulator allows you to play and also create tabletop games. From classics like Chess and Mahjong to weird concoctions thought-up by others.

How much does it cost?

$19.99 for PC.

 

The Video Games

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons 

What is it?

This game has earned an average of a 90% rating from over 108 critics! It’s also our #1 video game pick! Why? Play in a highly customizable world in a laid back pace. Collect and build cool items and do fun activities like fossil hunting, fishing and more. Best of all, invite your friends to your island to partake in the fun together! The game has quickly become a favorite of many as it allows you to invite and visit friends on their island for more adventures. 

How does it work?

Create a digital character, who arrives on their own small island alongside a bunch of raccoons. It’s pretty much up to you what you want to do. Build your house, gather resources, partake in fun activities, invite friends to your island or don’t. Pretty much like real life!

Who is it for? 

The casual gamer looking for a relaxing paced game. 

How much does it cost?

The game costs a tidy $59.99 + $3.99/month membership fee with Nintendo Online. You will also need access to a Nintendo Switch which can be purchased for $299.99. 

2. Final Fantasy XIV Shadow Bringers 

What is it?

Looking for something a little bit more intense and engaging? FF XIV has been hailed as the best massively multiplayer online role-playing game of 2020 by some of the staunchest critics and it’s our #2 pick. Partake in a beautiful world with a rich story alongside your friends. It will require hours of devotion but it may be worth it for the inner adventurer in you.

How does it work?

You get to choose from a number of magical races, some specific to a gender. Then enter a world of Chocobos (chonky giant baby chicks), breathtaking scenery, and a lot of battling monsters in an expansive world filled with quests, monsters and oh, did we mention the Chocobos? 

Who is it for?

The advanced gamers that are long-time RPG players looking for a more social experience. Fans of LOTR series and those that enjoy science fiction. Weebs. etc.

How much does it cost?

The game costs $39.99 + $12.99/month subscription fee. You will also need a PS4 that can be purchased for $299.99 or a graphically strong PC. 

3. Fortnite 

What is it?

The penultimate and most popular battle royal game enjoyed by over 250 million players (teen boys) across the world. To me this game is a quick fun blast that you can pick up or drop at anytime. The fact it only costs me mental sanity and not my money makes it even more worth it.

How does it work?

A player is dropped off onto the world along with 99 other players. From there it’s a quick race to collect weapons and items and be the last man standing within ever shrinking map. Talk live with your friends to coordinate and be the last man standing while 12 year olds yell at you.

Who is it for?

High-school boys and grown men that act like high-school boys.

How much does it cost?

Free! Available for free on all consoles, PC and Mobile. 

The Mobile Games

1. Snap Games

What is it?

Zucks better watch out because Snapchat has just released it’s secret weapon! A series of highly social in-built games into it’s chat function! 

How does it work?

Swipe to chat with your friend in the app and just click on the new gaming icon at the bottom right. Now pick from multitudes of games like Flip the egg to Toss a pizza. 

Who is it for?

Gen-Z, the meme generation.

2. Words with Friends 2

What is it?

The best word puzzle game in the market! Show off what a smart cookie you are by demolishing your friends in a head-to-head word crafting battle.

How does it work?

It’s like scrabble mixed with a concoction of social elements in a mobile app! Players can team up with their Facebook friends, or be randomly assigned via a smart. 

Who is it for?

Do you still love solving crossword puzzles? Well I do too! Add me for a battle on Words with Friends 2!

3. Uno & Friends!

What is it?

The wonderful card game that’s the reason my cousins don’t talk to me anymore. Are you ready to destroy your relationships too? Well boy, do I have the card game for you! 

How does it work?

Be the first to get 500 points by playing as many of the right cards of the same color in a turn. Use tricky cards like reverse, skip, and draw 4 to ruin the chances of your opponent winning. Scream Uno at the right time and argue about it for months afterward. See official rules here: https://service.mattel.com/instruction_sheets/42001pr.pdf

Who is it for?

Families that still haven’t discovered Exploding Kittens the card game.