5 Team Building Games to Play on Zoom with Coworkers

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June 29, 2020

This page includes a list of fun games to play on Zoom with coworkers.

Zoom is a virtual conference call platform, and so Zoom games are a subcategory of games to play on virtual conference calls.

This list includes:

  • team building games to play on Zoom
  • video conference games for work teams
  • fun conference call 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. 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:

conference call online bingo board

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.

3. 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:

  1. Bring your team members onto a Zoom conference call.
  2. Name a topic and a person. That person has 15 seconds to name five specific items within the topic.
  3. 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.”

4. 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.

5. Zoom Pictionary

Pictionary is a great example of a game you can adapt to play on Zoom with coworkers. The classic game mechanics include paper, pen, a timer, buzzer and more.

For Zoom Pictionary, use a free online drawing program like Sketchpad and share your screen over Zoom. then, draw something elaborate like a movie scene. The player or team that guesses the movie correctly wins one point.

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 activities is really long.

If you end up on another platform then there are games for Webex too.

Have fun with your Zoom games!

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Comments & Reactions ✨
  1. Cassandra Nowell
    May 20, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Conference Call Bingo sounds so engaging!!

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  2. Amanda Lebbing
    May 20, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I think a fun game would be each employee writes down one fact about themselves. The list of facts is then distributed to everyone and each person writes who they think the fact belongs to. Each correct match is awarded a point and the person with the most points wins. Fun way to get to know something about your co-workers and something that is sure to stick in your mind.

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  3. Jessica Sandbach
    May 20, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Zoom Pictionary sounds awesome! But another fund game would be Zoom Mask making. Take different things from your house or maybe curate a kit to send to everyone and create paper masks. While making your mask think of a short character description or back story to tell everyone about this character.

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  4. Astrid Thomson
    May 20, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    How about Lighting Scavenger Hunt! Create a fun list of things that can make people laugh and gather while on a zoom call. Imagine asking for their favorite baby picture, the most unusual home decor in your house, one thing that you have not taken out of your pockets for years ( think: old gun wrapper).
    Also, another interesting game would be “spreadsheet wars”, not just another game, but a way to increase google sheets skills of your team while having fun!

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  5. Kenny Butler
    May 21, 2020 at 2:29 am

    It would be fun to list a bunch of qualities about a person and play a game of Guess Who! People can guess who the person is by asking questions. Does he/she wear glasses etc. You could even add talents and skills to get the know the people better. Wow, now I want to play!

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  6. Gary Thompson
    May 21, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Stop Game
    All participants have to select a letter to start and write the words of the six or more different categories (example, occupation, fruit, food, things, nationalities and clothing) that starts with that letter. The player that gets most correct words wins!

    Rules: Workers write the words in the correct categories and when one of them completes the categories, he/she shouts STOP. If more than one person has a word, it is worth 5 points. If no one else has the word, it is worth 10. You can add as much categories as you want

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  7. Amy James
    May 21, 2020 at 3:55 am

    A fun Zoom game to play for conference call would be Name that tune (or sound). Each employee would have a chance to play a very short part in a song or a sound of any kind (phone ringing, ball bouncing) and the first employee to hit the raise their hand button that answers ans gets it right gets a point. Another fun game would be a group story telling. In this game, all the employees would be muted and then one employee gives the first sentence in a random, made-up story and then unmuted another employee who then has to give the next sentence and so on until the story is completed with everyone’s inputted sentence.

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  8. Alexander Wallis
    May 21, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Alphabet Name and Famous Place Game. Go through the alphabet and name an animal and Famous place starting with that letter.

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  9. Jezli P.
    May 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Life outside workdays would be great. Either get a team members to speak of their outside activities ie music, art, the neighborhood farmers market, the characters around them or whatever other subject within their lives they may choose to include.

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  10. Amanda Jones
    May 22, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Improv-a-long-

    Like sing a long but improv. You can tell a story or sing a song. If you can’t make the story or song make sense with what you make up, you’re out! The last one standing wins!

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    • DANIEL WORLEY
      May 28, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      A virtual game with animals and its habitats would be awesome. It teaches the gamer all different types of animals their sounds and their living environment. For each animal paired up with its own sound and habitat the gamer gets the a point. The most points wins. All ages welcome.

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  11. Sarah S
    May 22, 2020 at 3:58 am

    A fun virtual game would be to have team members play virtual charades! This could be done with or without noise. It would be funny to have the team leader or supervisor assign the person whose turn it was a character/animal/thing and have everyone guess what they were acting out. Team members could have groups to help themselves decided what the person portraying a charade was. These groups could be virtual, with collaboration over text or instant message, or in person! The group with the most correct guesses at the end could win a fun prize. This would be a fun game because everyone would have to work with their teams to figure out what charade was being portrayed. It would be a fun activity for everyone to experience together .

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  12. Bri Z.
    May 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I-Spy would be a fun icebreaker to play virtually! This would be a good way to learn about any shared interests. For example, in my house you might be able to spy a record displayed on my wall or a variety of popular nintendo games which could lead to positive interactions about common interests!

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  13. Stephen
    May 22, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    A fun zoom/ conference call game could be a trivia game based around the details about the company itself, you could include questions regarding the history of the company or about individuals who currently work there. This could also be a fun way for people to learn more about their co-workers.

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  14. Lyla
    May 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Lightning scavenger hunt sounds really awesome. Can’t wait to try that with my team!

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  15. Andrew McCormick
    May 24, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    One of my favorite Zoom meeting games is the Slogan game. Basically the group is split up into 4 teams. Each team is given a business. Examples being Bakery, Movie Store, clothing shop and toy store. The teams then have 20-30 minutes to create a Slogan for there business. The best slogan is determined by Catchiness, Relativity and creativeness. Each one being graded one through four. With four being the best and one being the worst. This is a fun activity that requires teamwork and quick thinking.

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  16. Yvonne Hottinger
    May 24, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I believe an interesting game would be to play a classical “Who Done It,” where people could break into teams and work together to be the first to solve a mystery, using only their wits and various clues given throughout.

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  17. Caroline
    May 25, 2020 at 12:01 am

    These are awesome ideas! Here’s also a fun idea. Each team member submits a funny or serious would you rather question the day before the meeting to the leader and the leader creates a Kahoot game for your team. Everyone signs on with code names and plays from a smart phone. This leaves everyone the chance to guess who the code name was that voted for each answer. This is a great virtual ice breaker!

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  18. Johnathan Hartel
    May 25, 2020 at 4:06 am

    I believe an engaging Zoom game would be called “What’s Snacking!” a ice-breaking activity that will help remote workforces come together with something we all have in common, food.

    Working from home, many of us, like many who have desk jobs, keep some sort of snack, food, or drink nearby. This would be a fun chance for us to engage with each other, sharing what we have with each other. You could even take this further as a led activity with the leader, or first person to do so, asks a question about everyone’s snack without knowing what it is. For example:

    Participant 1: “Alright everyone! I know this may be a longer conference call, we have a lot to go over, but first, who has a sugar-free snack?”

    Participant 2 – 3 – 7 Raise hand, but 3 is first.

    Participant 3: “I have some salted almonds! Okay…who has…something…with caffeine in it?”

    Participant 9 was very obviously first : “Can’t do these things without a Reign! Who has stolen their kids fruit snacks?”

    Participant 5 raises hand while laughing, everyone else joining in.

    This would be an amazing activity I think would be easy to get people on board with.

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  19. Travis O.
    May 25, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Best Memory Jogger using past events
    Where groups of 4 plus people get to explore best memory joggers. The focus, is to build upon actual past memories, using time and events to create memory jogger collages. Overall objective is to create a better (colorful) collage board than the previous one. Step 1: Set a time, secondly, exercise your memory bank to come up with best memory, and thirdly, research images on the fly that fits exact or close to what you’ve in mind. At last, upload images to form a collage. In the end every person has a printout of their collective handy work.

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  20. Sky
    May 25, 2020 at 6:12 am

    Zoom Bingo is the way to go. I mean how fun would it be tell yell out BINGO!! On a zoom conference call. It also seems as this everyone will be engaged to what’s going on. I could see myself and team having fun with this activity. BINGO!!!!!

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  21. Shane Robbins
    May 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I think it would be fun to have list of items that are goofy i.e (ice, rubber band, a pencil with eraser chewed off) and have the participants try and sell the item. This would break the ice with the goofiness, as well as promote the individuals creativity.

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  22. Kyleene Velez
    May 25, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    I feel the best way to ensure that a team functions is if they effectively communicate and can effectively problem solve together. So with that I believe that the best way to utilize zoom is to have a game surrounding those ideas. I feel like a twist on the idea of being stranded on an island but as a team and figuring out how they would survive or escape using the island and objects they have. The trick is to use the objects and nature in creative ways to solve their problems that the story master makes up.

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  23. Mayo
    May 25, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    This would be a twist on I Spy. I call it Tell Us Why? The focus it to have people share why their is something in their background. People pick where they sit for a zoom meeting for a reason. Many times the items behind them tell a story and many times there is a why behind each item. Even a strange picture in a hotel room can be a conversation piece.

    People take turns asking about an item in another person’s background. That person then asks about an item in the background of another person. Until everyone has said something about their background or about why they where they are. For those who have nothing you can ask them show their desk or to share what they would put in their background if they could change it. What they like about the city they are visiting or hotel they are staying at.

    The objective is to have fun learning about each other and growing closer while giving the extraverts and introverts a safe place to talk about themselves.

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  24. Brennan Galvin
    May 25, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Zoom Pictionary is a great game for zoom calls because it actively keeps everyone involved and excited in the game. It also gives everyone the opportunity to show off their drawing skills!

    I think another fun team building game to play via virtual conference calls would be the Baby Picture Guessing Game. For this game you need one facilitator to collect one baby picture from everyone involved in the conference call (preferably a picture of them between the ages of 1-4 years-old). The facilitator would then put up one picture at a time, create a poll with everyones name on it, and give the team 20 seconds to each choose a name on the poll for who they think the baby is. The facilitator can then give 1 point to whoever guessed correctly. For everyone who guessed correctly, the facilitator can then offer a bonus question of how old the person in picture is for an extra point. The person with the most points at the end of the game would win a fun prize! This game is interactive, funny, and exciting, making it an incredible team building game that can easily be played in a virtual conference call.

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  25. Nika Hinshelwood
    May 26, 2020 at 7:48 am

    A great zoom team building activity would be for each person to list 3 things about themselves, 2 wrong things and 1 correct thing and there will be a poll for everyone to guess the truth.
    It would be a great way to start of a Zoom meeting so everyone can get to know something new about there co worker with every interaction.

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  26. Shanequal Blakeney
    May 26, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I think a really great Zoom game would be Zoom pick me Up. Basically one employee starts off saying their name while next says their name plus the previous individual speakings name. Then so on and so forth. The last individual would have the hardest job of course to repeat all names plus theirs. However this game would help break the ice. It would help also more importantly help with team-building and communication skills.

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  27. Nicole Boose
    May 26, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I think it would be fun to try something like just dance.

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  28. Antonina
    May 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I think that the 4. Something in Common could be made more fun by getting the employees to contribute 3 facts about them that all get scrambled into and spreadsheet, and a random number generator can pull different things of the lists. And the two winners are: 1. person that has the most in common with everyone else and 2. person that is the most unique individual and has characteristics different from everyone else.

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  29. Patrick Medley
    May 26, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Zoom “I Spy”

    With everyone’s windows open one member of the team will go first and play a game of “I Spy” using only what can be seen through the Zoom call.

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  30. Ryan G Smith
    May 26, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    “Guess What It Is”. Take an object around the office/home and have participants ask simple “yes/no” questions to identify the object. The first person to get the correct answer is the winner.

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  31. Jenna Parise
    May 27, 2020 at 2:06 am

    A fun game that I like to play at work functions that could easily be adapted to Zoom conferences is the “Paper Plate Game”.

    All participants are instructed to retrieve a writing utensil and a paper plate (a small book or clipboard with a piece of paper will work also). The participants place the plate or piece of paper on top of their heads. One participant reads off directions that can be found online or made up by a leading member of the group. For example:

    Draw grass on the ground.
    Draw the sun with rays in the sky.
    Draw two flowers in the grass that are not touching.

    Participants must draw these directions on their plate or piece of paper while it remains on top of their heads. At the end of the instruction all participants show their masterpieces and have a good laugh about how hilariously imperfect they all are. Points can be awarded for a small incentive purposes or just for the art of . For example:

    Score 1 point if the sun is in the sky.
    Score 1 point if none of the sun’s rays overlap.
    Score 1 point if your flowers do not touch.

    This game always receives tons of smiles and laughs amongst colleagues. Highly recommend!

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  32. Jacob Melnick
    May 27, 2020 at 4:48 am

    This is a version of a game I play with my youngest daughter. We play a game where we each put a headband on and we choose a card that we can’t see, but have to place it on the headband. For example an elephant. And then that person asks other people in the meeting questions to try to figure out what they are. So they can ask “can you eat me”, “ am I alive”, “am I always the same color”, “do I have feet”, etc. my questions were sort of gearing towards an elephant, but what if I was a hat? None of those questions would have been a yes. You can keep the questions to a specific amount before being forced to make your guess. Or you could score how many questions each person asked and the person who guessed with the least amount of questions wins. For specific industries, I would possibly try to make the items industry specific or semi industry specific.
    I also like games of memory. So each person could hold up an item or multiple items and each person tries to go through the list of every other person and try to name what they held up. Whoever gets the most correct wins.

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  33. Jennifer
    May 27, 2020 at 4:56 am

    Our group has had a lot of fun playing Two Truths and a Lie, Two Truths and a Dream, and other variations. We assign a scorekeeper who may also be a player. Each player comes up with their own Two Truths and a Lie. Gameplay begins with the first person reading their responses aloud. The remaining players have cards reading 1, 2, and 3 they hold up indicating which answer is the Lie, Dream, etc. It continues until each player has revealed their own Two Truths and a Lie. At the end, the winner(s) get small prizes (think White Elephant), and we’ve all had some laughs and learned more about our teammates!

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  34. Travis Bobo
    May 27, 2020 at 6:19 am

    I always play a super fun game with my friends through multiple different video call services. It’s similar to the Newly Wed game, but with things we know about each other. We divide into groups of two and go through and ask each other questions, then try to match answers with each other. If you match, you get a point. If you don’t you try again next round. Whoever has the most points by the end wins!

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  35. Thao
    May 27, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Brain game! Divide members into groups and one judge. The judge will have a list of tricky questions/puzzles. Members of each group must work together to solve the questions/puzzles, whichever group solves the most wins. An example question like, “What word would you use to describe a man who does not have all his fingers on one hand?”

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  36. J.Hollis
    May 27, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Top Five is an amazing game to bring in on a virtual call. I love the fact that you can use any subject whether that be music, sports, business, anything. I think it would make a great team building game.

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  37. Kristyn
    May 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    “Fun-Fact Friday” – Before a Friday Zoom meeting everyone emails in one unique, strange, or unexpected “fun fact” about themselves to the game coordinator. During the meeting, the coordinator reads the facts and the team must guess who each fun fact belongs to. Guessing can be individual every “man for himself” style, or broken up in to small teams. After everyone or every team guesses, ask the employee to identify themselves and give any further context needed. Keep score: the individual or team with the highest score wins. It could be just for fun and bragging rights or for prizes, think white elephant style or gift cards, either way your team will have lots to talk about with each other afterwards!

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  38. Annette Estrella
    May 27, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Something in common finds a mutual connection amongst colleagues that can be the gateway to future conversations. Leading to better communication and engagement without hesitation.

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  39. Mikaela Trott RIckards
    May 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Tuesdays are notoriously the longest day of the week, right? Enter: Twin Tuesday. On Monday, the self-dubbed “fun one” of the office will assign everyone a partner. Then, as Tuesday’s morning meeting is kicked off on Zoom, everyone will show up twinning with their new found buddy. Points given for those who have the matchiest outfits, those who can finish each others… sandwiches (JK sentences), and each pair gives two fun facts of things they have in common. Prizes or not, you decided, either way everyone will be sure to laugh, smile and start their Tuesday off right.

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  40. Nick
    May 28, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Something In Common sounds like an awesome Team Building game! Everyone gets to say a few fun facts about themselves, while learning about their fellow team members at the same time. It breaks the ice, and lets team members feel more relaxed among one another. This activity lets everyone know each other a bit more, while sharing a few laughs at the same time!

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  41. Aaron
    May 28, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    There’s a chance it could get out of control, but I think Interrupting Cow could work really well. After you explain the rules, as the leader you would start by sharing random facts about yourself, things you like to do, what makes you unique, etc. and if anyone has the same opinion or does the same things they interrupt you by saying “HEY! I like/have done/etc. _________ too!” They would then start sharing about themselves until someone else had a shared experience. It’s best if you start with more obscure things about yourself and if no one is connecting start to share more common things. It works best with groups under 30, but it’s a great way to connect over things and learn more about each other.

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  42. Jonathan Long
    May 28, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    “Emoji Roulette”
    Participants take screenshots of their most used emojis.
    Create a list of players and give this this to each player.
    Each person has up to five minutes to guess the five most used emojis by each person on the list.
    Reveal the answers and award points for accuracy, getting the emojis in the correct order and similar.
    You can use this to give out rewards and/or segway into a conversation about the importance of perception in sales or other topics of discussion.

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