Post: 21 Fun Games to Play on Facetime

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This post was last updated on, January 16th, 2024

Are you looking to inject some excitement into your next video call? Discover our handpicked selection of games to play on FaceTime that promise to transform any dull moment into a delightful experience.

We all know the feeling when a video call starts to lose its spark, and the seconds begin to stretch into eternity. To banish those awkward silences and bring some playful energy to your screen, we’ve curated an array of fun games that are perfect for any virtual hangout, which will make your overall experience a lot more fun!

From the interactive board game that captivates everyone’s attention to lighthearted activities that add laughter to your calls, we have everything you need to keep the good times rolling.

Check out our list below and get ready to revolutionize your approach to playing FaceTime games with friends and coworkers!

What are some FaceTime games to play?

So happy that you asked. The digital realm is brimming with possibilities, and we’ve meticulously curated the top 21 games to play over the phone, categorized for your convenience into classic favorites, and uncomplicated joy.

Check our handpicked selection and scroll down for more, where boundless free fun awaits to transform your virtual hangouts into memorable, laughter-filled sessions that you and your friends will remember for days to come.

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9 Classic Games to Play on Facetime with Colleagues and Friends (maybe even a family member or two)

Classic Charades

This is a classic game that’s been played since – forever.

Get your friends to act out different words and phrases while they guess what it is using one word clues, and without any hints at all!

Charades with a Twist

Now, this fun game could get a little messy with lots of friends and family all on the same call, but it’s sure to make things interesting.

Instead of one participant acting out all the clues, charades with a twist is when a team of people act out all the clues and one individual tries to answer.

A pro tip to help: instead of having multiple people act out clues all at once, create a breakout room (best when using Zoom) so that team members can take a moment to break down the clue into parts and assign roles accordingly.

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Pictionary

Each player needs a pen (or pencil) and paper, then takes turns drawing something without speaking. Their teammates then guess what it is based on their drawings before time runs out.

This makes virtual team meetings fun because even if people don’t know the other person’s language they’ll still be able to play together using pictures alone!

20 Questions

Twenty Questions is a classic guessing party game that people have been enjoying for years.

The basic premise is that one participant chooses a category (really anything) such as person, place, or thing. Then, the other player is allowed to ask up to 20 yes/no questions to try to determine what it is.

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Who Am I?

This game starts off by thinking of a famous person, singer, or actor.

Then each player asks a series of questions (possibly up to 20 only) to guess who they think the other person is.

The player that guesses correctly is awarded one point, and then it’s their turn as the “Who Am I?” Player.

Smiling friends playing a game of who I am at the table. Turn this classic into your next favorite FaceTime game.

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Truth or Dare? You decide!

Truth or Dare is a pretty popular game with kids and adults alike.

In the game, participants ask each other whether they want to choose between a ‘Truth’ (answer one question truthfully) or a ‘Dare’ (complete 1 silly request).

Let’s say you have chosen ‘truth’: “What is a secret that you have never shared with anyone?”

If you choose dare: put on some music and dance!

The Truth or Dare popularity stems from its simplicity. The rules are so easy that anyone can play it without any preparation needed in advance.

Looking for some truth or dare questions to ask? Check out Thought Catalog’s Truth or Dare Questions to Ask Over Text.

Would you rather…?

Fill in the blank with any two options from a list and let your opponent choose one.

Then, go through each option to see which is better. For example: “Would you rather be able to fly but never touch the ground again OR have superhuman strength?”

The person answering chooses a response and then asks their own question like this- “would you rather eat just kale for every meal forever more OR eat your favorite meal for the rest of your life?

Looking for a list of would you rather questions? Check out our post of 100+ right here!

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Trivia

Trivia games on Facetime are great ways to get players engaged with each other by testing their knowledge.

For live trivia, it’s recommended to have no more than six people in order for the game to run smoothly and quickly.

Online Trivia games allow up to 10 different participants at once!

This fun facetime game can include anything you want them to- an array of questions about music, geography, history, and much more as long as they’re related to the topic you choose.

Never have I ever

One game night idea is “Never Have I Ever.” It’s a great game to play on FaceTime or Skype with your friends, and this format makes it socially acceptable.

One person states that they have never done something embarrassing, annoying, etc., then their friend can either say that they have also done the action in question or reveal one thing that they have never done.

The goal of the game is for the person who’s “it”, to figure out who hasn’t done something by asking questions like “have you ever been to Brazil?” or “have you ever slept in a tent?”.

Typically a drinking game, Never have I ever is a great game to learn more about your friends and colleagues without having to get too personal. Just remember to keep things light and fun!

9 cool games (that aren’t board games) to play over Facetime or Skype calls

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Virtual hide and seek

This is the perfect game to play on FaceTime with friends. You get to act out hiding, running around the house or office, while your partner tries to find you!

The great thing about this game is that there are no limits as to how long it lasts – games can have as many rounds as possible until someone gets so bored that they give up!

Read my lips

The game is super entertaining and easy to play via FaceTime or Skype.

The first player turns off their phone mic and says a word out loud for the remaining players to try to guess it in 30 seconds.

There are two ways this game can be played: timed (you note how long your turn lasted) with points awarded for correct guesses.

And untimed where words guessed at the end of each round count towards an overall score. Whoever guesses more words wins!

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Who doesn’t love singing into their phone and dancing around?

Karaoke Battle

Players choose a song from any genre they want and then take turns singing one line at a time until it’s finished. Whoever sings the last word wins!

The first player or meeting organizer chooses which songs will be played.

Pro tip: choose a good mix of songs to keep things exciting!

Clap the song

Each player chooses a song from any genre they want and then takes turns clapping one line at a time until it’s finished (you can come up with your own rules or use these).

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands? (sorry we couldn’t help ourselves)

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Origami Competition

The Origami challenge requires nothing more than a sheet of paper and some serious imagination (and folding skills).

One player creates an origami animal (cartoon or real) out of a single sheet of paper and when they’re done, asks the other participants over FaceTime to guess what their masterpiece is.

Masked dancer

Turn your favorite TV show into your favorite game to play over FaceTime.

Masked Dancer is an interactive game that allows you to take your friends or colleagues on a trip through the world of dance.

You can disguise yourself with gloves and sweatshirts in order not to reveal anything about your body shape, then use FaceTime’s effects feature and choose from hundreds of different emojis before dancing around to music for someone else’s enjoyment (they’re trying to figure out who they are).

Once everyone guesses correctly, the true identity will be revealed!

Pro Tip: Make sure to change your user name or Skype name so no one knows who you are.

The Alphabet Game

This game is perfect for friends, family, or even as a team-building exercise with coworkers. It challenges players to think on their feet and keeps everyone engaged.

Start by agreeing on a category. It could be anything from ‘Animals’ to ‘Movies’ or ‘Food’.

The first player must name something within the category that starts with the letter ‘A’.

The next player follows with the letter ‘B’, and so on. The catch? You only have 5 seconds to come up with a word! If a word has already been said, it’s off-limits. Repeat a word, and you get a strike.

Each player can only afford three strikes before they’re out of the game. Once you reach ‘Z’, start back at ‘A’ and keep the game going until one player remains.

Guess that Animal Sound

“Guess That Animal Sound” is a lively and entertaining game perfect for group FaceTime calls.

The game begins with one participant choosing an animal to imitate, making its distinctive sound without revealing their choice.

The other players listen carefully and take turns guessing which animal is being mimicked. As the game progresses, the sounds can become more obscure and challenging, increasing the hilarity and fun.

Scoring can be kept simple: each correct guess earns a point, and the first player to accumulate 25 points is declared the victor.

This game is fantastic for players of all ages and can lead to moments of joyous laughter as players attempt to perfect their best lion’s roar or dolphin’s click.

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Two truths & one lie

“Two Truths and a Lie” is an engaging and revealing game to play over FaceTime that encourages laughter and bonding among participants.

Each player comes up with two facts about themselves that are true, along with one fabricated statement.

The objective is for everyone else in the video chat to engage in some lighthearted detective work, asking questions and discussing amongst themselves to deduce which statement is the lie.

Last letter

This fast-paced word game requires no preparation or supplies at all. The only thing needed is a good vocabulary and some quick wit! 

This game is all about creativity and imagination. The first person who starts the round can say any word they wish, while their opponent has to think of a new word that begins with the last letter of the word their opponent said in consecutive order as quickly as possible – without repeating any words (say that ten times fast)!

To make things more challenging, pick a category where each word answered must relate to that topic. A great category example is such animals (bear → rabbit → turtle). The catch? You have only 10 seconds to answer!

Memorize the sentence

This game to play on FaceTime is super simple but might not be for everyone.

Start by telling your friend or colleague a sentence or phrase that you want them to memorize.

Once the person has done this, they then have to say the sentence back to you.

After both of you have finished repeating the sentences, one person then has to repeat the sentence once again without making any mistakes.

Whoever makes more mistakes at the end of this round loses! And usually takes a drink. But that might be a whole other game completely.

FAQs About Games to Play on Video Chat

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How do I set up a video call for FaceTime Games?

To initiate a FaceTime video call, locate the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad and tap to open it. In your contacts list, select the friends you want to join in the call and send them an invitation.

Remember, you can add up to 32 participants in a single FaceTime group call for a large-scale gaming session.

If you want to add someone new to your contacts, tap the “+” sign in the FaceTime app, then enter their email address or phone number to reach out. If you’re on a Mac, you can start a FaceTime call from the FaceTime app using the same method.

For a step-by-step guide on organizing group FaceTime video calls, including managing participants and using features like Picture in Picture, click here.

How do I play FaceTime games?

FaceTime games can range from simple conversation games to more complex board game adaptations.

If you prefer not to handle many physical game pieces, opt for games that require verbal interaction or simple drawing that can be shared on screen. Assign a game facilitator to guide the gameplay and ensure everyone stays engaged.

For something even more straightforward, you could play trivia games where one person asks questions, and the others answer.

Or you could play storytelling games where each person contributes a sentence to create a funny or thrilling story together.

Can I play traditional board games over FaceTime?

Absolutely! Many classic board games like chess, checkers, or Scrabble can be adapted for FaceTime. Each player will need their own game board set up in front of them.

Use the video call to keep an eye on each other’s moves and ensure the game’s integrity.

It may require a bit of honor system to trust that no one is making extra moves when it’s not their turn!

Are there any specific apps for playing games on FaceTime?

Yes, there are several apps designed to work with FaceTime and other video calling platforms to enhance your gaming experience.

For instance, ‘GamePigeon’ is a popular iOS app that integrates directly with iMessage and offers a variety of games you can play during a FaceTime call.

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From pool to darts, to more complex strategy games, these apps make virtual game nights a breeze to set up and enjoy with friends and family.

There are so many fun games to play on FaceTime, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on social.

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