• Daniel Falconer

5 party games worth playing if you fancy some virtual fun with friends

Though lockdown is gradually lifting, it’s going to be some time before we get back to what we once knew as a ‘normal’ way of life. One thing that has kept many of us sane throughout the past 12+ months however, is playing video games with our friends and family.

Now, many of us know all about those popular multiplayer experiences that can be enjoyed via the likes of Warzone and Fortnite, as well as the ever-popular Overwatch and Apex Legends, amongst others. What we’re going to be looking at today though, are party games that we can all add a dash of personal flair into with each and every play.

Think Jackbox, but some alternative titles that you may not have heard of before!

5. Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Up to 4 players can come together in the kitchen, in this collection that brings together both the original Overcooked! game alongside its stellar sequel. Fully remastered with a new soundtrack, this 4K-ready game runs at a smooth 60 FPS on certain platforms, making it a more stunning experience than ever before.

Be warned however: Overcooked! is famed for causing major fallouts! Only play with those you think can handle the pressure of a fast-paced platformer, taking place directly in the colourful Onion Kingdom. With cross-platform multiplayer and voice chat, you can check this one out with your friends at an acceptable social distance!

Overcooked! All You Can Eat is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Steam and PC.

4. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Have you ever watched an intense race against time where a hero is disarming a bomb to save countless lives and wondered just what it would feel like to be in that position? Well, you’re in luck, as you’re now able to get as close to living out that reality as possible, without actually putting yourself in danger.

Whilst one player takes on the role of said disarmer, it’s up to the other players to coordinate exactly how they cut the right wires and ensure that the bomb doesn’t explode. With time quickly ticking away however, it can be hard to keep your composure!

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

3. What The Dub?!

For those of us who love B-movies and terrible films that should never have been made, What The Dub?! will be entertaining beyond all belief. Here, we’re given the opportunity to overdub missing dialogue from a selection of such flicks, breathing new life into features that weren’t at all memorable the first time around!

With PSAs and industrial films also included, there are over 300 clips to tackle; that’s plenty of hours’ worth of content to get through! Dubs are written via a phone, tablet or computer by each contestant, before being turned into a watchable scene with text-to-speech technology.

So, get between 3 and 12 players together and have a hilarious night of chaotic fun!

What The Dub?! is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac.

2. Moving Out

A group of 4 players can come together in Moving Out, which makes the usually-boring experience of clearing out a building fun for everybody involved. Here, an assortment of uniquely-themed rooms are put front-and-centre, with it being left up to you and your mates to clear.

Of course, there are obstacles put in place to make it as chaotic a game as possible. Ghosts and frogs are amongst the challenging adversaries you’ll face whilst cleaning up, so make sure you keep cool, calm and collected if you want to ensure friendships remain intact!

Moving Out is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

1.Use Your Words

Developed by Smiling Buddha Games, Use Your Words has actually been around for four years, so if you haven't yet given it a go with your pals, now's the time!

Between 3 and 6 players are involved in each game, and it’s immense fun.

Each game is split into four rounds, each with their own charm. The first is called Sub the Title and, it does as expected. You'll fill in the subtitles for a short clip from a foreign film, hoping to gain laughs in doing so.

In the second, Extra! Extra!, an outlandish image is shown and it’s up to players to write a newspaper-style headline for it. Think tabloids hoping to cash in on big sales if you want to secure votes here!

The penultimate mini-game is called Blank-o-Matic, and will show an unfinished sentence, which players must complete in the best way they know how.

Finally, there’s Survey Says. Three different prompts are given and players must give an answer to each, with the final votes taking place once all have been completed.

Use Your Words is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, PC and Mac.