15 Zoom Birthday Party Games That Bring Quarantine Fun

Another month, another quarantine birthday party. What else do we know at this point? Most of us can say we celebrated at least one birthday virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. And luckily, Zoom has come to the rescue again and again. There are different ways to host a Zoom party, but now is the time to amp up the fun, or should I say Zoom have fun with adventurous and witty games that will give your next virtual birthday party the makeover it deserves.

Although video calls are a thing of the future, one of the great things about virtual birthdays is that it’s still easy to incorporate the nostalgia. Games like Scattergories, Guess Who?, Bingo and escape rooms have all been modified for online play so you and your friends can still share the good times. Once you’ve had your fill of the old ones and are craving something different, there are a ton of new games out there that will provide just as much fun. Jackbox party packs, for example, are packed with fun group games that will keep everyone entertained for hours.

Here are some of the best Zoom games for virtual birthdays.

birthday bingo

Bingo is a classic and fun game that is perfect for entertaining your guests. You can choose random or themed bingo cards with an online generator or add some fun to the birthday and create a personalized bingo board that relates to the person whose birthday it is.

Virtual Wishing Jar Game

Just because it’s just one person’s birthday doesn’t mean you can’t all make a wish. In this fun guessing game, ask each of your guests to write down a wish (like “I wish I had a home on every continent”) and submit it to someone in the group who will then read the wishes aloud for let everyone find out whose wish it was. The more outrageous the wish, the more fun you will have guessing.

virtual escape room

Virtual escape rooms are a perfect way to escape reality and have a fun team-based adventure with your loved ones. Work with your friends to solve the clues to successfully escape the virtual room before time runs out or risk being locked out always (or until you accept defeat). Check out these virtual escape room ideas.

Jackbox Party Pack Games

Jackbox games are one of the most fun ways to get the party hype going and keep it that way. Each Jackbox pack contains a variety of games perfect for groups. Games like Drawful 2 and Quiplash will challenge your guests’ minds while providing fun and creative ways for everyone to share a laugh.

scatters

Scattergories is that nostalgic game that never gets old. Play the game by having someone go to a Scattergories letter generator website and then share their Zoom screen with the other contestants. The automatic timer will count down as soon as your press plays. Then you and your guests will have to race against the clock to complete as many categories as possible using the given letter.

Psycho!

If you’re good at lying, this is a game you’ll have fun with. Psycho! is about outsmarting your friends in a way that combines both Heads Up and Cards Against Humanity. You and your friends will use false answers to answer real trivial matters. You can choose from a variety of categories, from movies to animals, to see who gets to take care of who first.

Cards Against Humanity

It’s not a party without Cards Against Humanity. Although there is no official online version of the famous board game, there are copycat versions that are just as fun.

Name, Place, Animal, Thing

In this game, everyone will see how smart and quick-witted they are. The group will be given a letter of the alphabet and each person must find a name, place, animal and thing that starts with the given letter. Use your Zoom’s chat box to write all your answers and the first to return their words wins.

charades

Charades is a classic that will get everyone moving. Use an online word generator to decide which words will be played.

Treasure hunt

After getting everyone moving in their seats, it’s now time to get up. Send your birthday guests on a wild ride through their own homes as they search for household items like a can opener or a VHS tape. Bonus points for those who still have one.

I spy

I-Spy will have the gang put on their monocles, as they try to figure out which is the Zoom Screen containing the hidden item. Have each of your friends take turns picking something to spy on one of the other guests’ screens. Whoever spies the most objects once everyone has a turn (or two), wins.

Guess who?

Instead of playing with the traditional board game, if your party is big enough, use your guests! Give subtle traits to a certain person in the party and have your guests try to figure out which of them it might be.

The lip reading game

Quite simple but also very fun. For this game, only the person performing the lip sync will mute their microphone and say a word or phrase while the other guests guess what it is. Everyone will be surprised by phrases like “peas and carrots” which are surprisingly similar to many other things we say. Good luck!

Sitting, Standing, Lying

Another blood-soaking game that can be played all night long. The birthday person will start the Zoom call either seated, standing or lying down and all other party guests must follow suit throughout the night. Whoever gets to the end of the party after copying all the good deeds, wins.

Drinking birthday pun

If you’re celebrating with libations, then a drinking game is in order. Use this list of birthday terms to decide which birthday-themed words are off-limits for the duration of the party. Every time someone says one of the forbidden words, they have to take a sip.

Joseph K. Bennett