As we enter phase four of the lockdown, our boredom and anxiety have reached an all-new high! Days are getting monotonous, and everyday tasks have started to seem more mundane than ever. Some are stuck back home without their beloveds, some can’t stop missing their friends, while some need a breather from work from home. We’re all experiencing a whirlwind of emotions currently. But, thanks to technology for keeping us sane and connected in these trying times. Yes, video calls sometimes don’t do justice to real-life experiences, but our current and hopefully temporary lifestyle leaves us with no option. However, to plug in some liveliness to your VC’s and up the fun factor, we have rounded up a list of exciting, virtual games you can play with your loved ones!

Ahead, we give you a list of 6 virtual games you can try during your routine video calls:

1. Charades

Charades is fairly easy to play over a video call. Essentially what you do is split the players into two teams. One of the teams then gives a movie title to a player from the opposite team. The player then has to act out a certain way to make his fellow teammates guess the movie. The playing team has to guess the movie in under a certain time limit. If managed to do so, the team gets a point. If not, it loses one. This can be a game of movies, songs, places, famous personalities etc.

2. HeadsUp

HeadsUp will assure that hysteria prevails throughout the game. To play the game, all players must have the HeadsUp app downloaded on their phones. Once everything is set, the group can decide on one of the topics of the game. The app has a whole bunch of categories to select from. Once a topic is selected, the person who starts the game or the denner has to hold their phone on their forehead with the screens facing the other participants. At the same time, ensure that the denner hides ‘self-view’ option so as to not see what’s on their screen. The screen will display a word, phrase, movie title, song name etc. The participants then have to make the denner guess the word/phrase in under the given time limit. If guessed right, the denner has to flip the phone downward. If crossed the time limit, the word/phrase on the screen changes automatically and you lose a point.

3. Never Have I Ever

Miss drinking with your friends? Don’t miss out on the famous Never Have I Ever game. All you need for the game is some alcohol, and you’re all set. The game begins with one participant stating something they have never done in their life by saying “Never Have I Ever swallowed a gum”. If any participant from the group has tried what’s stated, they must have a sip of alcohol. And so the game continues…

4. Housie

This game will keep you at the edge of your seats throughout. Housie is a number game that requires cards with 3 rows and 9 columns with random numbers. There should be a total of 15 numbers on each of the cards and all the cards must be different. Gearing up to play Housie on a video call? Make your own customised number card and assign one caller who will pick numbers at random. As and how the numbers are called, you can start marking them on your cards. There are 5 prizes: top row (when all 5 numbers from the top row get called out), same for the middle and the bottom row as well. Random 5 is when any 5 numbers on the card are called out and a full house is when all the numbers on the card get called out. There can only be one winner per prize.

Bingo Scorecards And The Hand Of A Woman Player By ChiccoDodiFC | (Source: Shutterstock)
Bingo Scorecards And The Hand Of A Woman Player By ChiccoDodiFC | (Source: Shutterstock)

5. 21 Questions

21 Questions is again a very interesting and easy game to play. Here’s how you play the game: any person can start the game by asking a question to the next person of his/her choice. That person has to then answer the question, followed by asking a question to the next person of his/her choice. This way, all the members have to ensure that in every round, each participant answers a question until 21 questions are complete. Each person gets up to 3 passes per round which you can use when you don’t wish to answer the question.

6. Antakshari

This game really needs no introduction. However, I am still going to go ahead and give one anyway. It’s a game played between two teams, where team A has to sing a song that starts with the ending letter of the song sung by team B. The game usually begins by reciting the famous couplet “Baithe Baithe Kya Karen, Karna Hai Kuch Kaam, Shuru Karo Antakshari Leke Prabhu Ka Naam”. Whichever team the letter M lands on has to start the game, therefore, commencing the song battle between both the teams. The songs have to be thought of within a few seconds of getting the particular letter or you end up missing a point for that round. The team with the maximum number of points is the winner.

We hope to give have given you a few ideas on what to play in your next video call. Which game did you like the most? Tell us in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow @missmalinilifestyle for more updates.