This page includes a list of fun games to play on Zoom with coworkers.
Zoom games are fun activities and exercises played over the video conferencing platform Zoom. These games tend to involve unique Zoom features like breakout rooms, white boards, screen sharing and reactions. Zoom games are a subcategory of video conference games, and can be used for team building online.
This list includes:
- games to play on Zoom with coworkers
- Zoom games for work
- Zoom team building games
And other fun things to do over Zoom with colleagues.
So, here is a list of games to play on your next virtual conference call.
List of Zoom games
From scavenger hunts to word games and more, there are many games you can play over Zoom.
1. Lightning Scavenger Hunts ⚡
Real world scavenger hunts usually have elements like teamwork, collaboration and problem solving. The work from home equivalent you can play on Zoom is more independent. Our favorite format is Lightning Scavenger Hunts.
For Lightning Scavenger Hunts, create a list of items or characteristics. Then, on a Zoom call, challenge your remote employees to gather the items and show them on screen to earn points.
Here is an example of items to find:
- Something red.
- Your favorite mug.
- Whatever is in the pockets of your winter jacket.
- The thing you have had the longest.
- A book that you did not enjoy.
You can get creative with your hunt; the more obscure the objects the better.
2. Online Office Games (Popular)
Online Office Games is a series of competitive games and challenges conducted over Zoom. For example, game types include “Can You Hear Me Now?” which is like Pictionary with a Twist, virtual trivia, and rapid Bingo.
The event is 90 minutes and fully facilitated by world class hosts, which means it is optimized for fun, engagement, and team building. We’ve run Online Office Games for folks at Google, Amazon and hundreds of other organizations.
Learn more about Online Office Games.
4. War of the Wizards (New)
War of the Wizards is a collaborative storytelling game with elements of RPGs and escape rooms. Basically, a group of wizards have been at war since ages past; you and your colleagues become the wizards’ minions, gathering resources and magic items to bring the war to a peaceful end.
The game is 90 minutes and conducted over Zoom. Throughout the activity, you and your colleagues will join breakout rooms to develop your strategy and stories and then return to the main room to take action, spin the “Chaos Wheel” and work through the results. War of the Wizards is a powerful game that promotes creativity, collaboration and problem solving.
Learn more about War of the Wizards.
3. Zoom “Conference Call” Bingo
Zoom “Conference Call” Bingo is a version of Online Team Building Bingo.
Bingo has a number of advantages for team building on Zoom, including a familiar format, fun game mechanics and the potential for prizes. Your team will love it 🙂
Here is a free Zoom Bingo Board you can use:
To play Bingo games over Zoom, distribute the game board and then encourage your coworkers to track their progress throughout the virtual conference call. The first player to complete a row gets a prize.
5. Five Things
Five Things is an improv game you can play over Zoom to help encourage team bonding. Here is how to play the game:
- Bring your team members onto a Zoom conference call.
- Name a topic and a person. That person has 15 seconds to name five specific items within the topic.
- That player then choose another topic and player to continue.
For example, you could name a topic like “aliens” and choose your coworker, Peter, to answer. Peter would have 15 seconds to name five aliens, which could be “ALF, Marvin the Martian, Spock, Yoda and Ford Prefect.”
6. Something in Common
Something in Common is an icebreaker game you can play for team building over Zoom. The purpose of the game is to help improve employee engagement by connecting people over similarities.
For round one, challenge your team members to find the most unique thing they have in common.
For round two, challenge your team members to find the most unique thing, while excluding physical traits and places.
For round three, challenge your team members to find the most unique thing in a specific category, like high school.
Pro tip: One of the most powerful Zoom features to support games is breakout rooms. For this game, organize your people into breakout rooms with four or five people each to encourage participation.
7. Zoom Pictionary
Pictionary is a classic team building board game that is easy to adapt online. To play, you will need to share screens and select the whiteboard app in Zoom. The drawing teammate will receive a prompt: you can use an online Pictionary generator to easily choose a word. The playing team will have one minute to guess the drawing. If the team does not guess before the minute expires, other teams will have a chance to steal.
8. Murder Mystery
Folks love a good whodunnit. Teammates can solve an engaging virtual murder mystery right in Zoom. Players can work in teams and use breakout rooms to swap clues and unravel the case together. A facilitator can guide the game and entertain attendees while propelling the story forward. Here at TeamBuilinding, we offer murder mystery options like Murder in Ancient Egypt and Murder in the Queen’s Court.
Learn more about virtual murder mysteries.
9. Rock, Paper, Scissors
Even if your teammates did not grow up playing rock, paper, scissors, the rules are easy enough to explain: scissor cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes scissors. You can give the game a modern update for Zoom by using the reactions feature to answer in place of hand gestures. The key is as follows:
👏 = Paper
👍 = Rock
Teammates cross arms = Scissors
To play, prompt participants with the classic rallying cry, “rock, paper, scissors, shoot!” Teammates will have three seconds to answer. When all players respond, count up the reactions: majority wins.
10. Bet on the Crowd
Zoom’s polling feature allows you to ask attendee opinions and instantly display the results. Bet on the crowd turns Zoom polls into a fun wagering game. First, attendees will vote on a question or series of questions. You can either stick to a two answer format, or allow for up to four answers for extra challenge.
Here are a couple of sample questions:
- Would you prefer to vacation in your own country or travel abroad?
- Cat or dogs?
- Summer or winter?
- Would you rather give up your phone or your car for a month?
- Work at night or in the morning?
- Emails or phone calls?
Before you reveal the responses, ask your teammates to guess which answer will win. Any player who correctly predicts the majority wins the round. You can play multiple games and keep score, awarding a prize to the highest-ranking teammates.
Bet on the crowd is a quick and easy game that you can prepare prior to the meeting, since Zoom allows users to pre-populate polls. Winning points depends on careful psychological analysis, and can help teammates learn more about each other.
11. Spot the Difference
Like many kids, I grew up reading the funny papers and Highlights magazine, and got pretty good at solving spot the difference puzzles. These riddles would show the audience two nearly identical illustrations and challenge viewers to find the variations. You can adapt the game to your Zoom meetings by utilizing the breakout room feature.
- The group will split into teams of two to five.
- All teams will have one minute to study the screen before entering breakout rooms.
- Within breakout rooms, the teams will decide one background object to change.
- Teams will rejoin the main room.
- Players will hunt for differences, and make guesses by typing in the chat box.
- The first player to spot the difference wins a point for the team.
You can play as many rounds as you would like. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.
Pro tip: Setting ground rules is helpful, such as that the moved object must be at least three inches large. You could also narrow the choices by asking the teammates who did not change to black out webcams one by one.
12. Guess Who?
Guess Who? is a Zoom game that challenges players to identify an opponent’s chosen person by narrowing down character traits. For instance, a player might ask, “does your person have glasses?” If the opponent says yes, then the player would eliminate the cards of any non-glasses wearers, and vice versa.
To play Guess Who? on Zoom:
- Choose a random attendee to pick a teammate.
- Allow all other players to take turns guessing traits.
- When eliminated as a possibility, the attendee will stop their webcam, but can continue to play.
- The game ends when only one teammate remains, and the turn-taker confirms the identity of the “person.”
Since you and your team members know each other, you do not need to limit guesses to physical traits such as clothes or hair colors. For example, a player may guess, “has your person been with the company for more than ten years?” or “did your person travel abroad this year?” Players should try to confirm the identity in as few questions as possible.
13. Read my Lips
Many of us have been in a Zoom meeting when a presenter’s audio cut out or the speaker forgot to unmute the microphone. Read my lips turns this awkward or frustrating situation into an intentional challenge.
To play, one attendee will mute the mic, and then speak a word or phrase. The other players must try to guess the word or phrase correctly. Players will have one minute to figure out the message. The turn-taker can also give clues by using the chat box, if necessary.
14. Blackout Truth or Dare
Blackout truth or dare is a game you can play on Zoom that will help the whole group get better acquainted. The rules are simple:
- One player acts as the dare-master.
- The dare-master calls out dares or truths.
- Players who do not wish to share must stop their webcam feeds.
- The dare-master will call on one brave player to respond.
The game continues for a certain number of rounds, or until only one player remains. Prompts can be personal or silly but should be safe for work, such as “change your display name to a childhood nickname,” or “sing Firework by Katy Perry.”
15. Story Races
Crafting a story one line at a time is a common teamwork activity. By using the chat feature on Zoom, you can turn the exercise into a race.
- Elect one team member as the story master.
- The story master will begin to tell a tale.
- At random, the story master will stop to let other attendees add details.
- The first answer in the chat box becomes part of the story.
The story master can either speak the story or type out the tale in the chat box. Furthermore, the story master has the power to veto the “first answer” rule in favor of one of the more creative options. To shake up the game even further, you could also switch story masters mid tale.
Pro tip: Record the meeting or copy and paste the story into a new document when finished so that the team can enjoy the finished story post-meeting.
16. Dare to Screen Share
Share your screen is a game that you can play continuously throughout your video meetings. At any point during your Zoom call, you can call out “share your screen!” to any attendee, and that attendee must comply by immediately sharing their screen. The game discourages multitasking, which is a common problem in remote meetings. You may also inspire your team to get silly and creative, for instance, by changing the desktop background to a picture of the boss riding a dragon.
As the host, you should ensure that the share screen option for attendees is available. For best results, you should announce the game at the beginning of your call so that no teammate gets caught completely off guard.
17. Sitting, Standing, Laying
Sitting, standing, laying is a fun work from home game that would be hard to play in an actual office. As the team leader, you will start the meeting either sitting, standing, or laying, and all other players will copy you. At some point or points during the game, you will subtly shift position. The other players will need to follow suit. The last attendee to catch on and swap positions is out. You could also eliminate more than one player at once, such as every player who fails to notice and respond after thirty seconds.
18. The Counting Game
The counting game is a team building game that is more difficult on Zoom. In this game, the team must count to ten, but if any players say a number simultaneously, then participants must start over at one. Reading body language and making eye contact is more challenging during video meetings, but it is important for teammates to learn this skill. Savvy virtual employees can even devise strategies to play the game more effectively.
If players reach the number ten quickly, then you could always challenge the group to try for twenty.
More Zoom games
You can adapt many video conference games to play over Zoom. You can also adapt most real world team building games to play on video conferences, so the list of potential virtual team activities is really long.
If you end up on another platform then there are games for Webex too.
FAQ: Zoom games
Here are some of the most common questions about playing games over Zoom!
What are Zoom games?
Zoom games are fun activities you can play with friends and colleagues over the video conferencing platform Zoom.
What are some fun and easy games to play over Zoom?
Two of the quickest games to play on Zoom are lightning scavenger hunts and five fingers. For lightning scavenger hunts, send your attendees on a hunt of their item to retrieve items like “your favorite mug” or the “last book you read”, anything that you can tell a story about is a great fit. For five fingers, everyone puts up a hand with fingers showing, and the host names off life experiences like “made pasta from scratch” or “visited three countries”. Any player that has that life experience puts a finger down.
What are the requirements to play games over Zoom?
For most games, no special equipment is needed. Anyone with an internet enabled device and decent WiFi should be able to participate.
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