The Best Online Games To Play With Friends Right Now

Stay connected to your loved ones with these 18 fun picks.

Temi Adebowale |

Online games have always been a fun way to pass the time and connect with friends, but in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic, these games have also become a lifeline to our loved ones—I mean, what better way to bond with your BFF than by beating them in your favourite game three times in a row?

But as we enter another month of social distancing, you might be tired of the same old games, and want some new picks to play with your friends. To satisfy your game craving, here’s a list of the best online games, apps, and websites that’ll keep you and your pals occupied for hours.

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Scrabble GO

The childhood word game you know and love is now available on your smartphone, and you can play against friends, the computer, or even yourself when your buddies aren’t available.

Download Scrabble for iOS or for Android.

Words with Friends 2

Similar to Scrabble, this word game will help you challenge your friends and your brain. You can also train in solo challenges and compete as a team in lightning rounds.

Download Words with Friends 2 for iOS or for Android.

Trivia Crack

Have a friend that knows a ton of random facts? Challenge them to a game of Trivia Crack. You’ll have to answer questions about subjects ranging from entertainment to science, and it’ll keep you occupied for hours.

Download Trivia Crack for iOS or for Android.

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Trivia Crack Kingdoms

If you prefer a more specialized trivia game, Kingdoms allows you to battle about specific topics, like Breaking Bad or French cuisine.

Download Trivia Crack Kingdoms for iOS or for Android.


Houseparty is a social networking app that also allows you to play games as you video chat with friends, and options include Heads Up, Trivia, Chips and Guac, a word association game that’s similar to Cards Against Humanity.

Download Houseparty for iOS, Android or Chrome.


There are a ton of chess apps and sites out there, but this one adjusts to your skill level to help you improve, and it also includes tutorials and interactive lessons from top Grandmasters.

Download Chess for iOS or for Android.


The online version of Battleship is basic, but it works, and you already know the rules: place your ships, guess where your opponent placed theirs, and try not to get sunk.

Play Battleship online.

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While Checkers is a two-player game, this app allows you to play up to 16 simultaneous games against different people. Invite the whole squad.

Download Checkers for iOS or for Android.


Pogo offers a free version of Monopoly on web, but they’ll be retiring it later this year. You could also pay R59.99 for the app version of the classic real estate game, or opt for the Monopoly game that’s available on the Nintendo Switch.

Download Monopoly for iOS or for Android.


Everyone loves a good murder mystery. Now you can figure out WHO killed Mr Bobby, with WHAT and WHERE.  Play this classic game as a single player against the games AI or join a group of random players or set up your own private room for your friends.

Download Clue for Android or for iOS.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You’re probably already playing New Horizons already (or at least heard about it), but the laid-back Nintendo Switch pick is the perfect way to pass the time. If you don’t have a Switch, you can download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on your phone.

Download Animal Crossing for iOS or for Android.

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There’s almost no other card game that gets as heated as Uno!, but this version also lets you team up with your friends to play against other duos.

Download Uno for iOS or for Android.

Draw Something

Feel like just drawing something pretty? Go ahead. Feel like competing with your friends and making fun of the creepy giraffe that they drew? You can do that on Draw Something too.

Download Draw Something for iOS or for Android.

Cards Against Humanity

While this online version isn’t the real Cards of Humanity (it’s called Remote Insensitivity to avoid copyright issues), it’s still the same game concept you know and love. The site also has a ton of other card games you can play with friends, including Go Fish, Backgammon, and Crazy Eights.

Mario Kart Tour

The popular racing game finally released a multiplayer version just this past January, and you can race your friends instead of just the computer.

Download Mario Kart Tour for iOS or for Android.

Golf Battle

It’s going to be a while before you and your friends can gather to play a round of mini golf. In the meantime play a virtual game. Play with up to six friends or challenge people from around the world. Move through over 70 courses and difficulty levels.

Download for Android or for iOS.

PUBG Mobile

The game which launched in Africa last year has been a worldwide phenomena and for good reason: you don’t need a console, just a smartphone and internet, it also takes little data (we tested 30 minutes of gameplay and used just 16 mb!) and brings incredible first person shooter gameplay. With PUBG Mobile having over 100 000 daily active users, from beginners to pros.

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100 players parachute onto a remote 8×8 km island for a winner-takes-all lockdown showdown. Players have to locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a graphically and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone. Get ready to land, loot, and do whatever it takes to survive and be the last man standing!

Download for Android or for iOS.

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