While we are in quarantine, we are all the MacGyvers to find things they can do. Trying to play a game with friends from a distance becomes a challenge in itself, positioning cameras, laptops, and smartphones so that everyone can hear and see the board, deck, beer table tennis, or screen. When you’re done, you’ve often lost the steam and enthusiasm to play at all.
That’s why I’m here to recommend the games in the Houseparty video chat app. If you haven’t used Houseparty yet, this is like video chat with a social feed. Open the app and you can see who is “available”. The app is also shown when friends are chatting with friends, so you can get on a slope without being called or invited yourself (Get it? Like a house party!).
I really like the app̵
The house party games are really simple, but I prefer building a jackbox TV game across multiple screens in zoom. That’s because the games are in-app and just work. Really good, I could add. They’re simple and silly, and all you have to do to play is push a button. If you are bored in a conversation, you can play a little thing.
When Trivia initiates a conversation, you can just go back to video chat and so on. The whole experience is less an annoying production than a slight distraction. And like pulling out a deck of cards at an actual house party, the ease helps make it fun.
The games don’t have the largest catalog of content, but there are expansion packs – available for purchase, of course. I haven’t felt the need to expand my heads-up categories yet. But hey, we’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future, so never say never.
Now get to work!