Eat, sleep, study, game, repeat.

Lockdown has meant we’ve had to get creative with finding fun ways to hang out with friends. Luckily, with a large number of online games readily available to play, the search for fun has never been easier!

Virtual games make for a great way to spend some time with your friends or family – from home. Getting together virtually is the next best way to have fun with your loved ones when you can’t physically be together.

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A lot of online games can get quite pricey and, as students, buying virtual games might not be in your budget. Not to worry, there are plenty of FREE ones as well that are just as great or even better!

Whether it’s for a fun game night or a spur-of-the-moment mid-day gaming session between classes, we’ve put together a list of free online games that can be played virtually with your friends. Check them out to make some memories with your loved ones from the comfort and safety of your home.

Here are nine FREE virtual games to play with friends:

Among Us

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If you haven’t already heard of this one, I’d personally like to ask: where have you been for the last couple of months?

Among Us has taken the gaming world by storm and become one of the most popular games of 2020 with even people like American congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (a.k.a AOC) streaming live and posting videos of herself playing on YouTube! Play with four to 10 players as you attempt to prepare your spaceship for departure but beware – players among the crew are impostors set on killing everyone!

Although the game can be played with strangers, it’s even more fun with friends! We suggest that your group starts a voice call on Discord or another platform to chat during the game instead of using the text feature. Trust us, this makes the game a lot more fun but be warned – it might get a little heated when someone is trying to plead their case as to why they aren’t the imposter. Seems sus to me.

Apex Legends

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Apex Legends is a free-to-play first-person shooter/battle royale game where legendary competitors battle for glory, fame, and fortune on the fringes of the Frontier.

With multiple awards for the best multiplayer game, we’re sure you and your friends are going to love playing together. Find this award-winning game available to play on On PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Origin and Steam. Pick your character, round up your squad and show everyone what legends are made of!

Fortnite

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Chances are you probably already know about this one but we thought we would give you a friendly reminder that Fortnite is a great free game to play with your friends!

Fortnite is a world of many experiences. Drop onto the Island with your friends and compete to be the last team standing. Even catch a concert from artists like Travis Scott, Diplo, Noah Cyrus and more! The game has numerous game modes for every type of game player, so you can find your favourite one and enjoy.

Snap Games

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A recently added feature to Snapchat that you might not be aware of is Snap games! This is a game-changer, no need to download anything new if you’re already a Snapchat user.

To play, open the search bar and look under the ‘Games & Minis’ category. From there, you can choose from options like Aquapark, Ready Chef Go! and many more. You can compete in these games with your friends or against other random Snapchat users. Who knew Snapchat also could double as a fun gaming platform?

PlayingCards.io

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Channel your inner “Queen’s Gambit” and play the classic game of chess virtually on PlayingCards.io! If you’re not a chess prodigy like Beth Harmon, not to worry. Other classics like checkers, dominoes, crazy eights, backgammon, go fish, euchre, and match up are also available along with virtual versions of Joking Hazard and Trial by Trolley. Create your own custom room with friends and use another app or your good ol’ cellphone to chat while you’re playing and enjoy endless hours of virtual fun!

Deceit

For those of you who like horror and first-person shooter games, this free online game is for you!

Deceit tests your instincts at trust and deception in an action-filled, multiplayer first-person shooter game. You wake up in unknown surroundings to the sound of the Game Master’s unfamiliar voice, surrounded by five others. A third of your group has been infected with the Game Master’s deadly virus and you are tasked with taking down the other innocent players. Innocents must stay alert, traverse the three zones and escape as the infected try to kill you off one by one.

Houseparty

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With this free app, you can play the games you would typically enjoy while at a house party, but from the safety of your home!

After everyone downloads Houseparty, choose from a variety of games like trivia, UNO! and even Ellen DeGeneres’ Heads Up!. The app is available for iOS, Android and Google Chrome so that almost anyone can join.

Scribbl.io

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This free multiplayer drawing and guessing game makes for a fun adrenaline-fueled, fast-paced activity where you can show off some of your virtual drawing skills – or lack thereof if you’re like me. The game can be played with strangers or you can create your own private room with up to 12 players where you can also customize your game settings to choose the number of rounds, your drawing time, add custom words to your selection and change the game language. Draw fast, type faster and win it all!

Start a video or voice call with your friends to have some extra fun and interaction with each other!

Mario Kart Tour

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The classic favourite Mario Kart is not only available on Nintendo but also as the free app Mario Kart Tour! Race your friends or random players in this simpler, more accessible free-to-play version of the classic game.

Find it on iOS, Android and Nintendo platforms, invite up to seven other friends, choose from favourite characters like Mario or Princess Peach and race to the finish line.

Check out these fun games with your friends and get ready to play!

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If you’re still itching for more games to play, make sure you check out the IGNITE Games! Test your skills in a variety of different categories – like this month’s Football minigame. The top three contestants will be awarded an Amazon e-gift card and you can rack up your points all week until Sunday, Feb. 7!

As an added incentive to participate, all contestants will be automatically entered into our tournament grand prize draw for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. And, for more chances to win, don’t forget to complete our survey at the end of your winning streak.

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Have fun and stay tuned for next month’s minigame! Let us know how it goes @shareignite.


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