Best online board games to play with friends

KEY POINTS

  • Many board games are available online
  • “Gartic Phone” and “Jackbox Party Pack” games are great for people who don’t have dedicated PCs or game consoles
  • “Pico Park” and “Pummel Party” are perfect for players looking for cooperative and competitive mayhem

Playing a board game or two online is one of the best ways to spend time with friends and family, no matter how far apart they are. Unlike the typical cooperative or competitive games that dominate the industry today, board games are simple and easy to learn and provide hours and hours of action-packed fun.

For those looking to spend some quality time with the people who matter most, here are some fun board games to play with friends online that everyone can enjoy.

“Part of punches”

“Pummel Party” is a game for four to eight players that takes the “Snakes and Ladders” style of board game racing and mixes it with a wide variety of last man standing minigames. The goal is to be the first to reach the end of the board while surviving the myriad of mini-games and sabotage attempts by other players.

Pummel Party is a chaotic party game that mixes board game races with various mini-games Photo: Rebuilt Games

It’s a fun and chaotic experience for groups of friends, providing plenty of slapstick moments that can easily make a Saturday night memorable. Additionally, the game has a family mode that removes blood and gore effects.

“Gartic Phone”

This telephone game is ideal for players who do not have a PC available. “Gartic Phone” can be played on both desktop and mobile device browsers, allowing more people to join in the fun. The game is also completely free.

Gaming is all about creativity. Players are tasked with drawing the original phrase that other players provide them. There are no stakes, no winners or losers, and the only real prize is the friendship players form at the end of each match.

Pico Park

“Pico Park” was recently released on Steam to positive reviews. This platform and puzzle game for two to eight players gives players a very simple objective: to move from one stage to another. However, each stage is filled with obstacles that can only be overcome with the power of teamwork.

This is a simple yet incredibly fun game for people who want to experience the basic joys of cooperation or revel in the chaos of miscommunication.

“Jackbox 7 Party Pack”

The games included in “Jackbox Party Packs” are perfect for all audiences, with quiz games, drawing games and more.

The biggest appeal of Jackbox games is their accessibility. Players can join via PC or mobile device, and only one person needs to own a Jackbox product to host a game for up to eight people (or more, depending on the game).

Joseph K. Bennett