20 Zoom Games To Make Your Virtual V-Day Party Even Better (2024)

Valentine's Day

20 Zoom Games For Virtual Valentine’s Day Parties

Including a romantic twist on charades.

by Emma Carey and Bustle Editors

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Is there anything less romantic than the words “Zoom call”? If this Feb. 14 doesn’t have you feeling the love, you are far from alone. Fortunately, the day doesn’t have to be complete devoid of celebration if you plan a virtual Valentine’s Day party with your friends — single, cuffed, or otherwise. And there are plenty of Valentine’s Day games to play on Zoom so it’ll feel a little less like you put streamers in the office conference room and a little more like the kind of love-centric celebration you’re used to.

On the bright side, planning a Zoom party can be a lot less stressful. Instead of sending out invites, you can just email a link to your Valentine’s Day Zoom party. No need for full-out decor. Just pick out which Valentine’s Day Zoom background you want to use. And while you might not want to make dinner reservations, you can absolutely create a romantic dinner menu based entirely on TikTok recipes. From there, all that’s left is deciding how you’ll entertain your guests, aka which games will keep the Zoom fatigue at bay.

Whether you’ll be celebrating with other couples or are planning a group call with all your single besties, here are 20 games you’ll actually want to play on Zoom this Valentine’s Day.

The New York Times’ 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Sure, the 36 Questions That Lead to Love isn’t necessarily one’s first thought for a game night with friends. But, just as romantic partners can benefit from this exercise in mutual vulnerability, it can be a great bonding activity for you and your besties. Given the intimate nature of this quiz, it’s best to save this for a chill night with a small crew of close friends.

We’re Not Really Strangers

Designed to spark meaningful conversations, We’re Not Really Strangers offers a variety of card packs with prompts to foster unique experiences between you and your loved ones. Purchase the family edition or relationship expansion pack, and break the ice that you didn’t know was there between you and your loved ones. To play the physical card game via Zoom, assign whoever owns the deck the role of emcee for the evening, and have them dole out each player’s question prompts via chat feature.

Rom-Com Drinking Game

Most of the greatest Valentine’s Day rom-coms are as saccharine as drugstore candies and as formulaic as a Hallmark card. But, the predictability of their plots makes rom-coms the perfect structure for a drinking game. Find a list of classic rom-com tropes, or make a list of your own, and drink every time one of the tropes occurs. If you’re hoping to celebrate your beau without the booze, you can always opt for a festive mock-tail.

Finish the Love Song Lyrics

If Zoom lag is interrupting your virtual karaoke night, you can still enjoy some silly serenading with a game of finish the lyrics. Have each guest arrive with a few half-finished lyrics from popular love songs, and take turns filling in the missing lyrics.

The Alphabet Game

You might remember playing the alphabet game the family road trips of your childhood. The impromptu game is still a tried and true staple for ice-breaking and curing boredom. Choose a Valentine’s Day-inspired theme, like candies or types of flowers, and take turns naming an item from the category that starts with the next letter of the alphabet. For instance, Player 1 might say, “Almond Joy,” to which Player 2 can respond with, “Butterfinger.”

Matchmaker

If you're the kind of friend that is forever trying to set your other friends up, this is the perfect game for you. Play Matchmaker using a list of fictional or celebrity couples, giving your friends the name of one person in the couple and having them guess the other. For instance, if you say "Chrissy Teigen," whoever says "John Legend" first wins.

Valentine's Day-Themed Bingo

If you're looking for something that requires minimal explanation and maximum fun, bingo is for you. You can make your own bingo cards or get ideas from existing Valentine's themed bingo cards online.

Secret Admirer

Want to get really honest with your friends? In this game, you'll use an anonymous name generator and have each of your guests write three compliments about the person that was selected for them. Then, take turns guessing who gave who what compliment. If touchy-feely isn't your friend group's thing, you could have everyone just write three words they associate with the person they get.

Scavenger Hunt

Just because your party is virtual, doesn't mean you have to stay in your seats the entire time. Get everyone moving by setting up a V-Day scavenger hunt. You can choose prompts that are related to the holiday like "find something red and pink" or "grab a heart-shaped object." If you need some ideas, this Valentine's scavenger items list from Chiff is a great place to start.

Jackbox Games

You can never go wrong with breaking out the Jackbox party games pack. Games like Fibbage and Word Spud will give your group low-key activities that also leave room for conversation.

Charades

If you're feeling a flair for the dramatics, then Rom-Com Charades is for you. Use a site like The Game Gal for a set of predetermined words or make the game thematic by having everyone write down names of Rom-Coms, celebrity crushes, Valentine's Day gifts, etc.

The Newlywed Game

This is perfect if you'll be Zooming with other couples. If you want to prep ahead of time, email out your list of Newlywed Game questions to everyone and have them send back answers before your call. You could also just ask questions as you go and have each person secretly write their answers on a piece of paper. The questions can be specific to each relationship (e.g. Where was your first date together?) or about each partner's likes/dislikes (e.g. If your partner won one million dollars, what's the first thing they'd buy?) For the latter, make sure everyone sends in/writes down their own answer as well. Then, compare the answers in each couple. Whenever an answer matches or a partner is able to guess what their partner wrote down, they get a point.

Valentine's Day Trivia

Take a deep dive into the lesser-known facts of this love-centric holiday. There are plenty of sites with pre-made Valentine's Day trivia quizzes or you can create your own trivia game with more personalized questions about love, dating, and the holiday itself.

Code Names

Codenames will test communication between each couple. In this guessing game, you want to get your partner to pick out which cards are yours. You'll give single-word clues that could apply to multiple cards in order to get your partner to correctly guess which ones are yours. For example, if your team had cards with the words love, chocolate, and flowers, you might say something like "Valentine's Day" to get your teammate to pick the correct cards. Whichever team guesses all their cards first wins.

Backyard.co

If you've run out of Zoom games to play, Backyard.co will be your new best friend. They've got dozens of games to choose from, like Fish Bowl, Mafia, and Pictionary. Plus, there's a camera and mic built into the platform so you don't have to worry about screensharing.

Scattergories

Play a standard game of Scattergories online or check out a downloadable Valentine's Day version on Etsy. You could have each couple on the call work as a team or have everyone fend for themselves.

Taboo

There are a couple of ways you can play Taboo on Zoom. You can use a site like PlayTaboo.com that generates cards for you or build your own Taboo game in Google slides and incorporate Valentine's Day-themed words.

Most Likely To

High school superlatives, be damned! This game asks you to name "Who's most likely to get married in Vegas? or "Who's most likely to have ghosted a date?" among your friend group. If you need ideas, this list of "most likely to" questions from Scary Mommy is a good place to start. You could also ask questions within each couple, having everyone decide whether they or their partner is messier or more likely to run out of gas while driving.

PowerPoint Party

If you're unfamiliar, a PowerPoint party has each guest create a PowerPoint that is strange, uber-specific, or some combination of the two. It could be a presentation on which flower is the worst to get as a gift or an ultimate ranking of the hottest Disney characters. Then, everyone presents. If you really want to mix it up, have everyone present someone else's PowerPoint so they have to make up their presentation on the fly. Just like in high school!

Dirty Minds

If you're looking for something that sounds NSFW but is actually extremely SFR, Dirty Minds for you. It's a word guessing game where you give salacious clues for an extremely non-salacious thing. For example, "What goes in hard and pink and comes out soft and sticky?" The answer is bubble gum, you perv. You can play a condensed version of Dirty Minds online or download a set of questions from Etsy.

If all else fails, you can't go wrong with a Rom-Com watch party. Turn it into a drinking game for an extremely low-stakes, high-inebriation activity.

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20 Zoom Games To Make Your Virtual V-Day Party Even Better (2024)

FAQs

What is the 5 things game on Zoom? ›

Joining together via Zoom, designate a team member to serve as the game host. The host picks a topic and a participant on the call. The chosen person has 15 seconds to name five specific items with the given topic.

How to play blackout truth or dare? ›

Blackout Truth or Dare

Players can turn their cameras off to opt out of playing, and then the host has to command one of the remaining players to complete the dare or tell the truth. The player who completes the round leads the next round of truth or dare, so there is an incentive to stay in the game!

What is something in common virtual game? ›

Something in Common is an icebreaker game you can play during virtual happy hours. To start off, divide your people into breakout rooms with four or five people each. The group members have three minutes to find the three most unique things they have in common.

What is the 20 questions game on Zoom? ›

Once you are on the call, take turns playing 20 questions with each student getting a set number of questions to ask before the next one gets their turn. Once a student asks all their questions, they are out. Whoever guesses what is in it, wins the item. Change the discussion to make it appropriate for your game.

How to play heads up virtually? ›

From naming celebrities, to singing, to acting it out- guess as many words from your friends' clues as you can before the timer runs out! How to play Heads Up: Jump into a Zoom meeting and open the app - check! One player will be chosen to guess the words on the screen as the other players excitedly shout out clues.

How to play Would I lie to you virtually? ›

This icebreaker game translates well in a virtual setting and is great for getting people to share interesting facts about themselves while also encouraging everyone to spot a lie. To play, have each person write down three facts about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is a lie.

What are 21 dares? ›

Throughout a round of 21 Dares, players take turns counting one, two, or three numbers in sequence to 21. The goal is to avoid saying “21”—whoever is forced to say “21,” has to complete a dare. You can choose the numbers that you say—there are no set patterns that your must follow.

What are 10 dares? ›

Weird dares
  • Give a foot massage to the person on your right.
  • Put 10 different available liquids into a cup and drink it.
  • Try and get all the toes on one foot in your mouth.
  • Try to put your whole fist in your mouth.
  • Tell everyone an embarrassing story about yourself.
  • Try to lick your elbow.
  • Peel a banana with your toes.
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What is the most common online game? ›

Top 10: Most Played Online Games in the World [In 2024]
  • Top 10 Online Games.
  • PUBG.
  • Minecraft.
  • Apex Legends.
  • Fortnite Battle Royale.
  • Call of Duty.
  • CrossFire.
  • Dungeon Fighter Online.
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What are some fun interactive questions? ›

  • Quirky Ice Breaker Questions. ❖ If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why? ...
  • ❖ What would you like to be known/remembered for? ❖ What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics? ...
  • ❖ If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now?

What is 10 things in common game? ›

10 Things in Common (20 mins) How: Break everyone into small groups in separate rooms over Zoom, being sure to mix departments if possible. Task the groups with finding 10 things that all of them share in common (for example: places they have visited, movies they love, items of clothing they own).

What is the zoom game? ›

Choose someone to lead the game. Everyone is asked to imagine the word “Zoom” as the sound of a racing car. The first person starts by saying “Zoom” and turning their head to the next person on their left. The next person passes on the “Zoom” to the next and so on until everyone has quickly passed it around the circle.

What is the zoom game something in common? ›

Play “Things in Common” Using Zoom Breakout Rooms

Create groups of three to five students (you can even use a random group generator) and place them in an individual breakout room. Then, have them list at least three things they all have in common.

How to play games through Zoom? ›

  1. Log in to your upgraded Zoom account on the Zoom website.
  2. Go to your account settings or profile.
  3. Look for the 'Meetings' section or 'Schedule a Meeting' option.
  4. Create a new meeting or edit an existing one where you plan to play the games.

How do you play I Spy game on Zoom? ›

I SPY. I Spy is a classic game, but also a great one to play to work on adjectives and to test your students' observation skills. Students can take turns guessing what the object is that you describe. As the teacher, you say: “I spy something *insert adjective*.” Play as many rounds as you see fit.

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