Online games that can help you feel connected to your loved ones in these turbulent times

The second wave has hit us hard. With active cases still surging and more and more of our families and friends being affected by the virus and the surrounding anxiety, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disconnected from the world. In times like this, even while you’re staying indoors and isolating, it’s important to remind yourself of the connections you have beyond the four walls of your PG in Karve Nagar. Spending time talking or playing games with your friends and family is very important for your mental health and keeps you distracted from all the surrounding doom and gloom.

So, what are the games that you can play from a distance? Well, thankfully a multitude of gaming apps that have been born or rediscovered during the pandemic can come to your rescue. Here’s a list of our favourites that will keep you entertained and distracted, while giving you the safe social contact you need.

 

Monopoly

The king of family board games, Monopoly is a game that you can easily play online. The app allows up to four players to log in for a game, so you and your squad can race to become millionaires (or make each other bankrupt). It’s a lot easier to keep track of your money on the online game and it cuts down a lot of the cheating that usually leads to fights. So, you can have a clean, exciting game and walk away victorious. 

 

Ludo 

This childhood favourite was rediscovered by several youngsters during the first lockdown. The Ludo King app was a huge hit with the masses and can be a great way to spend time with your friends. The app comes with 4 different player modes so you can play with your friends in real time, play against the computer, play against a random opponent, or even pass and play. This one’s all about strategy, so put on your thinking caps and roll the dice.

 

Uno

If you’ve spent several childhood hours mastering how to win at Uno, it’s time to put those skills to use. The app works the same way as the regular card game, all you need to do is make a team with your friends and start playing. The best thing about the app is that it’s set to the official instructions, so no one can invent their own rules about clubbing Draw-Fours. An afternoon of Reverse, Skip and Colour Change sounds like a great way to dispel the pandemic blues.

 

Drawful

Doodling is a great stressbuster. But what if you could take your doodles and turn them into an online game? Drawful allows you to do just that. It’s a spin-off of pictionary, and a great way to connect with friends or family. You can play this one online by sharing a code, or even better, connecting your phone to your laptop and playing together on a Zoom call. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be a great artist to enjoy this game.

 

Scrabble

Want to put your spelling and vocabulary skills to the test? Just because you’re playing games online doesn’t mean that you can’t get any value out of it. Scrabble is a great cognition-building game for you to show off your grey cells to your family or friends. Prove that you’re really smarter than your siblings by racking up the highest word score or see who can get away with inventing the strangest word for the most points. 

 

These online games can be a great stress reliever if you’ve been separated from your friends and family for a long time. Of course, if you choose to live in a professionally managed accommodation like Stanza Living, they’ll ensure you can enjoy your time in isolation in the safest and most sanitised ways. Their gaming zones and common areas are routinely sanitized and with their staff undergoing regular thermal monitoring, you can definitely be at ease about your time here. And of course, they provide a high speed internet connection too so you can still take advantage of these online games and play them with your roommates and friends.

 

So, there you have it! Try your hand at one or more of these online games and you’ll have a fun and healthy way to distract yourself from these difficult times. The best thing about them is that they allow you to stay indoors and still feel like you’re surrounded by your loved ones. So, try them out, take care and stay safe.

Henry Marc

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