Your guide to the best online games to play with friends during quarantine

One of the toughest parts of coronavirus lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders for many people has been the inability to see family and friends socially as you normally might. Luckily, a number of online games are available for you to play with others, even from a distance.

Whether you’re looking for old-school favorites, party games, escape rooms or hard-core board games, there’s likely a virtual option for you, as people have turned to tech for creative socializing during social distancing. (Watching movies and shows together through extensions like Netflix Party and Airtime for YouTube have also become popular ways to hang out virtually.) Here are some of the best online gaming options available, whatever experience you’re looking for. 

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Jackbox

For me, Jackbox Games is the holy grail of social distance gaming: The party games are incredibly simple to learn but are still very entertaining, and it’s also easy to stream or screen-share games from one device to a group. Everyone plays through a web browser on their phones, so no apps or consoles are needed. You can even mirror your Android or iOS device to your TV.

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