13 Zoom Super Bowl party games to play on Sunday

Are you ready for football themed games? Once you’ve packed your snacks and sent your invite link, all you have to do is figure out which Super Bowl party games to play on Zoom next Sunday. Think of it this way: even if your team loses, you can still walk away with bragging rights.

While you can’t celebrate in person as usual, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Super Bowl with friends from a safe distance, a Zoom party being the easiest. And you don’t have to make the day less about all things sports. Choose the perfect Zoom background for the Super Bowl party. Wear all your athleisure at the same time and say it’s for sports! Prepare the most perfect distribution of Super Bowl snacks, even if you’re the only one who can enjoy them in person. Honestly? A spreadable snack for one looks like a win. No one to hoard the guacamole or call party fouls for a double dip.

Whether you’re a football knowledge pro or just here for the chips, you’ll find something for you on this list of 13 Zoom games to play while you watch the Big Game.

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1. Evaluate ads

For those who are team salespeople, turn commercial breaks into the game themselves. You can rate ads on a self-appointed rating system (e.g. Bad Commercial But I’d Still Buy It, Good Commercial But I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead With It) or sites like Studio DIY have downloadable panels that you can print before the commercial event of the year.

2. Football quiz

If you’re looking for something to sprinkle throughout the game, Trivia is for you. The Moms and Munchkins lifestyle blog has a bunch of questions about the Super Bowl’s past, as well as printable games like “Match the Mascot.”

3. Fill in the Super Bowl blank

For those who want to watch the game (mostly) without distraction, a pre-game filler activity is for you. Our Craft Life has a printable version that allows guests to guess how long it will take Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan to sing the national anthem, which team will win the toss, and whether the game’s first points will be a touchdown, goal in the field or security.

4. Super Bowl Scatter

You can play a regular game of Scattergories online with your Zoom group or download soccer-specific cards from Etsy.

5. The football taboo

You have options if you want to play Taboo on Zoom. Want to play a standard game online? PlayTabooGame.com is for you. Want to do a Super Bowl-centric version? Check out this Google Slides Taboo template. Bonus points if your Taboo buzzer is a referee whistle.

6. Catchphrase

Want a cleaner version of Taboo? Catchphrase is what you are looking for. You can use a sports-themed pack from Heads Up!, which is basically just Catchphrase as an app, or check out The Game Gal’s general word generator if you want a break from football.

7. Half-Time Guessing Game

Make assumptions about what the halftime show will entail. Will there be special guests? How many? Who will they be? What songs will The Weeknd perform? Will he wear bizzaro prostheses?

8. Super Bowl Bingo

A Super Bowl party classic! It’s as easy as printing downloadable cards like these shopping themed cards from Flamingo Toes. Or you can create your own set of BINGO cards with whatever criteria you think is appropriate (e.g. one square indicates “touchdown!”, another indicates “cried during commercial”).

9. Pictogram

Backyard.co should be your go-to for all your Zoom gaming needs. It has its own mic and on-site camera, so you don’t have to worry about screen sharing. If you don’t want to use their general version of Pictionary, check out their whiteboard feature which just gives you space to draw as you please.

10. Character Design

Craving something artistic, but tired of Pictionary? Backyard.co also has a game called Figure Drawing. To play, you’ll create a few categories and ask guests to enter a word that matches each. For example, if you have a football category, a guest might suggest the word “helmet”. Then you’ll take a picture of yourself on the site and compete to see who can draw the best helmet. This is where all that time spent doodling on your Snapchats will pay off.

11. Super Bowl Squares

This is a version of football pool where you absolutely don’t have to know anything about football. Essentially, you’ll fill out an 11 x 11 grid with the names of your guests, repeating as needed. The top and side of the grid will be labels with each team and will have the numbers 0-9 written out randomly – that will make sense in a bit. At the end of each quarter, you will find the box that corresponds to the current score based on the last digit. So if the score is Tampa Bay 14, Kansas City 21, you’ll find the place at “coordinates” Tampa Bay 4 and Kansas City 1. That person then gets a prize, a round of applause, or just bragging rights. As the more detailed explanation in The New York Times notes, you want the 0-9 to be written randomly so that people can’t choose numbers that are more likely to occur like 4 or 7.

12. Super Bowl Drinking Game

The Super Bowl is a drinking event in itself, so why not gamify it even more. Drink when they show a celebrity watching the game. Drink if an ad uses the phrase “new normal” or “unprecedented times.” Delish and Fanside each have a long list of rules if you need some starting ideas.

13. Who owns Instagram?

It takes a bit of prep work, but most of that prep work is scrolling through Instagram. Go through your friends’ Instagrams and choose a handful of photos from each. Crop each photo so that any super-identifying imagery disappears. You can zoom in on someone’s nostril or focus on a strange object in the background. Then present the images as a slideshow, with the reveal photo coming after the cropped/zoomed version, and have your friends try to figure out who owns Instagram.

If you want to make it Super Bowl specific, find a bunch of throwback photos or random, nondescript photos of player accounts. At the very least, it’s an excuse to browse Instagram if you’re bored with the game.

Joseph K. Bennett