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8 Online Games for Teams in the COVID-19 Era

Noa Danon
Noa Danon
Sep 30 · 6 min read

Fun, zero preparation activities for remote teams

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In the very early days of COVID-19, I met with Benny Schnaider whom we are lucky to have as one of our incredible investors, who is also an entrepreneur himself. He mentioned that their HR team had organized an online game session for their team. How didn’t I think of it? I quickly picked up on the idea and got to play quite a few online games with my team since then. It turned out to be a great success.

Some of the games I will list below only allow for a small number of players per group, others are paid, but all are super fun. Most of the games here require almost no preparation — which makes it an excellent fit for busy leaders ;-) though I do recommend trying them out by yourself first, of course.

Our team has doubled in size over the last couple of months, and games turned out to be a great help in team building. It let us take some time off and appreciate how that growth made us a more powerful and multi-talented group — not just in getting features developed but also in having some pure fun.

So if you also have a team working remotely like I do, and looking to have some fun, here’s a list I’ve gathered of some of the games we had the pleasure to play together.

Before we go into that list, I do want to talk about preparing for team games in general for a second. Almost all games require that each participant has their own device, which is fairly obvious. Yet, you may not want to miss out on a few of the games which require printing stuff out. And while not strictly required, it’s best to have an online video session open (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, and the like) so everyone can see each other, talk, shout and get excited — as close to having everyone physically is in the same room together.

Now that we’re all set, here are my suggestions. I’m not associated in any way with any of these game publishers. We just like them :-)

1. Curve Fever

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Curve Fever

Price: Free!
Website: curvefever.pro
Number of players: 2–6

2. Haxball

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Price: Free! It’s as indie as it gets.
Website: haxball.com
Number of players: 2–6

The next four recommendations are created by the same company, Jackbox. They’ve released quite a few party games over time — below are a few of those we had the most fun with.

3. Fibbage

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Price: currently sold for $4.99
Website: jackboxgames.com/fibbage/
Number of players: 2–8

4. Fibbage: Enough About You

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Price: it can only be purchased as part of the “Party Pack 4” bundle, which also includes my next item in the list.
Website: jackboxgames.com/party-pack-four

(5) Civil Doodle

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Civil Doodle by JackBox Games

Website: jackboxgames.com/party-pack-four

6. Drawful 2

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Drawful by Jackbox Games

Price: currently on sale for $4.99
Website: jackboxgames.com/drawful-two/
Number of players: 2–8

7. Escape Team

It is the only game on this list which we played while being all in the same room, but I’m sure it can still be great fun even when fully remote as the puzzles can be done in parallel and with video cameras on you are good to go. The game works best in small teams of 3–4 people, so for larger teams it’s best to split into groups and have each one its own virtual room.

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Cost: there’s a free version, and then it’s $0.99 for each additional mission.
Website: escape-team.com
Number of players: groups of 3–4 players

8. This is Quebec

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Cost: per player, depends on group size
Website: travelandquest.com/en/player-explore-quest?questId=1XF8ZaRPZJsAkgTltg72 (you’ll also find a bunch of similar geo-experiences on this website, created by various individual creators)
Number of players: groups of 3–4 players are best

Do you have your own recommendations for us? We’re always looking for new games to play, so please share yours in the comments!

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An entrepreneur obsessed with people experience. Co-founder & CEO @everafter.ai

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Noa Danon

Written by

Noa Danon

An entrepreneur obsessed with people experience. Co-founder & CEO @everafter.ai

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Sharing our experience from the day to day of the startup life at EverAfter

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