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Games quarantined people play – Ahmedabad Mirror

Move over PubG (it isn’t a family game anyway!) and board games. Mirror brings you games you can play over video calls with extended family and make it a soirée ritual to remember

Rainbow race

Rainbow race

Rainbow race

On your mark, get set, go! The first person who returns with three items of a predetermined colour is the winner. You could repeat with other colours, or make it more challenging by adding more specifications. Some examples could be the objects “must be in this room” or “must be smaller than your hand”. You can also do this with the alphabet. Who can be the first to find three things that all start with B?

Picture of my day

Picture of my day

Picture of my day

With most of us stuck at home, our creative minds have resorted to all kinds of things that can be done indoors (Shakira recently completed a course in ancient philosophy from UPenn). So, when you do call your loved ones at the end of the day, make ‘a picture of my day’ a daily ritual with a shot that conveys how your day went. Being on the lookout all day or even looking for a unique activity to capture would be a great way to spend your time. You could even dig out your old albums, back when memories were not ‘captured’ and reminisce memories.

Charades

Charades

Charades

Of all the word games that require acting, charades is probably the best-known and most popular. One person has to explain a word, ideally a movie title. The actor is allowed to use gestures and facial expressions, dancing, jumping and grimaces; take any pose; show the word in whole or in part; nod or shake your head: “yes” and “no”. It is forbidden to write and draw; pronounce syllables and letters or show letters in sign language. Other players have to guess the name, and the game goes on. You can agree upon the time limit for guessing to make the game more interesting.

Battle of the talented

Battle of the talented

Battle of the talented

Or perhaps any kind of battle. You could plan an activity like baking, dancing, painting, et al, and make it more interesting by turning it into a competition. Prizes could be included to be given after the lockdown ends. You could even make things more fun by adding more specifications, about certain ingredients, dance forms or materials that can be used.

Online quiz

Online quiz

Online quiz

Trivia nights never get old. A trivia is a quiz session comprising general knowledge questions or those about a pre-decided theme. If playing with family, you could frame questions about the family history and add interesting facts about members. Another idea could be to quiz your friends or relatives about the current pandemic. A trivia night could be a great opportunity to increase your awareness about the virus. Finally, there are countless free quizzes and trivia available online for you to take up with your friends and family.

Karaoke battle

Karaoke battle

Karaoke battle

Are you afraid of singing in public? Then sing in rotation with friends. The power of music is incredible. Karaoke is one of the most wonderful ways to spend time with friends. To hold a competition, you need a phone and instrumental versions of songs you want to sing. For a fair game, you need at least three players. The first one sings, the others estimate. Then count every person’s points and define the winner. If not a competition, you could just pre-decide on a few songs and sing them together. Karaoke has a lot of benefits. It can stimulate our brain and help to show feeling and emotions.

Virtual hide-and-seek

Virtual hide-and-seek

Virtual hide-and-seek

This game can be played like Twenty Questions (a guessing game where people try to identify a person or an object in 20 questions or less). Think of a hiding place, then the other players have to ask you questions to figure out where you are “hiding”. ‘Are you in the kitchen?’ ‘Are you in a drawer?’ ‘Are you underneath the napkins?’ Since it’s just about pretending, any hiding place is fair game!

Would you rather?

Would you rather?

Would you rather?

‘Would you rather’ is one of the most popular party games, and since it only requires asking questions, you can easily play this over a video chat. Along with giving you interesting insights about your loved ones, this is a great way to spark discussion and laughter. Here are some examples to start you off with: ‘Would you rather there be a perpetual water balloon war going on in your city/town or a perpetual food fight?’ ‘Would you rather live in a cave or live in a tree house?’ ‘Would you rather have a horribly corrupt government or no government?’ ‘Would you rather like humans go to the moon again or go to Mars?’

-Compiled by Rhea Lodhiya


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