9 free online games to spice up your stay-home days during Phase 2

by Claire Tan

In just a blink of an eye, we are back to phase 2 heightened alert. As much as we love staying home for our community, the social creatures inside us are screaming “let us out and have fun!” If you’re feeling this way, we hear you — how would you fancy a free online game? Here’s a list of fun games you can play while staying safe with your friends through Zoom and Discord.

1. Scribbl.io

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If you loved “Draw It” as a kid, you may want to add Skribbl.io to your list.

Skribbl.io is a simple free online game of guessing what your friends are drawing. Picasso or not, This is a game that will spark lots of joy and laughter amongst buddies. The better you are at drawing or guessing the sketches, the more points you’ll score!

To start a game, create a private room and send your friends an invite link. However, if you’re a lone ranger, fret not as you can simply hop into any ongoing public game.

Play here.

2. Jigsawpuzzles.io

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Jigsaw puzzles are a great activity to kill time. The more pieces there are in a puzzle, the more satisfying it is to complete. However, a physical box usually costs quite a lot of money.

Check out jigsawpuzzles.io to complete a series of puzzles. These range from 35 pieces to 1014 pieces with a myriad of picture selections.

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Turn this into a little competition among your friends as this free online game keeps track of the individual score you have pieced together. However, there is a catch to this. Only those pieces fixed onto the puzzle itself will add a point to your score. So, there will definitely be some screams and shouts around when people start stealing your pieces!

You can choose to either join a room with random strangers or play it privately in a room by yourself.

Play here.

3. Escape Room Enchambered

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Want to test how smart you and your friend are? Try out this free online escape room for two. You would need two separate devices and communication for this escape room game to work as both players’ screens would project different things.

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To make this online escape room work, you’ll have to constantly communicate with your partner about the hints and what you see on your screen.

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If you think that this is too easy, to add an extra challenge, set an external timer of 45 minutes and try escaping the room within the time limit.

Play here.

4. Mahjong Friends Online

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If you miss playing mahjong with your friends, fret not. Even with the two people restriction imposed by the government, you’ll still be able to start a round with Mahjong Friends Online.

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Truly for the mahjong addicts, you can gather your usual gang of 4 and conduct some “swimming lessons” online instead! For those who do not know how to play Mahjong, this is your chance to learn. This free online game provides a comprehensive guide on how to play the game.

Play here.

5. Covidopoly.io

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I’m sure Monopoly is no stranger to anyone. Covidopoly is a cute twist of Monopoly using terms we have been made familiar to due to the pandemic, Covid-19.

The rules of Covidopoly are similar to plain old Monopoly. However, the currency in this world is masks instead of money. The only way I will be a billionaire.

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There are two ways to win in this game — the traditional Monopoly deal way or, by collecting a property card of each colour.

There are also annoying cards like “Close Borders” and “Close Business” which work exactly like “Deal Breaker” and “Sly Deal” in Monopoly Deal.

Play here.

6. JKLM.fun

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Bomb Party is a free online game where players will take turns forming words that contain a syllable provided by the game. The main objective of the game is to think of a word and type it down before the bomb goes off.

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Since it’s time-sensitive, Bomb Party will definitely be a fun and thrilling game to play with your friends. Things might become chaotic with lots of screaming and laughter!

Play here.

7. Spyfall

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Spyfall is a fun mind-game that involves a lot of deception and mystery. At the start of the game, you will be notified as to whether you are a normal player or a spy.

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If you are a normal player, everybody will be notified of the same location. However, the spy does not get notified of anything. So the main objective of the game is to find out who is the spy.

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The game begins with players questioning another player about the specific location. The player being questioned must then give a “Yes” or “No” answer to the question, and no follow-up questions are allowed after.

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It is better to ask vague questions to prevent the spy from finding out the location. After each round, one player will be voted off the round, and the game will continue. At any time, the spy can choose to guess what he/she thinks is the secret location and if they guess it correctly, they win.

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The game will only end when the normal players find out who the spy is, when the spy figures out the location, or when the timer ends.

Play here.

8. Pokemon Showdown

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Wanna catch them all? You now can online! Have a Pokemon showdown with your friends and find out who’s the real gym master among your friends.

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Each player will be given 6 Pokemon ranging from different types like fire, water etc. The main point of the game is to finish off all 6 of your opponent’s Pokemon — just like a gym battle.

A quick tip, look out for the strengths and weaknesses of each Pokemon type and use it to your advantage to make each of your attacks super effective on your opponent’s Pokemon.

Play here.

9. Gartic Phone

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Gartic phone is a fun combination twist of the Broken Telephone and Draw It game. You get to choose what your friends draw and from your friend’s drawing, your other friend has to write down what they think your friend’s drawing means.

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The main point of the game is to transfer the message to the last person using your drawings and the closest answer to the original phrase wins!

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What makes this game so fun is the way your friends will interpret your drawings. After this game, you will definitely find out who’s the friend that can’t draw.

If you are an avid fan of this game and have grown tired of the normal mode, many fun modes will spice up the game like secret mode, where you won’t be able to see anything you type or draw until the end of the game.

Play here.

Looking for weekend plans to game outdoors instead? Check out this hip gaming lounge that offers gaming pods for 2 pax.

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