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13 Free Online Games To Play With Friends Like Among Us & Cards Against Humanity

Free online games to play with friends


If you don’t feel like heading out for game night, then we’ve got you covered. For those who’d rather nua in the comfort of your home rather than heading to someone’s crib for board game night, there are plenty of free online games to keep that competitive camaraderie alive.

From an online version of Cards Against Humanity to a multiplayer version of Wordle, these games will help you bond with your pals all without needing anyone to put on a pair of shoes.


1. Avalon (The Resistance)



The website provides explanations for each character.
Image credit: Kezia Tan 

Avalon (The Resistance) is a deduction game where you’ll have to find out each other’s given identities – both the good and the bad. Players will be split into 2 teams, but here’s the twist: not everyone knows their teammates.

Everyone will be sent on a quest to pass or fail missions. After each mission, there will be a time of discussion about who sabotaged the mission. Alas, this is where the accusations and assumptions will arise.

How to play: 

  • Embark on missions with other players, where you can choose to pass or fail each mission.
  • If you’re a bad guy, you can choose to sabotage and fail a mission.
  • If you’re a good guy, you will only be able to pass the missions.
  • After each mission, everyone will be given time to discuss and figure out who are the bad and good guys.
  • Whichever team that successfully passes the most missions will win.
  • In the event where the bad guys lose, they will be given the chance to identify the Merlin character (good guy). If identified correctly, the bad guys will win.

Number of players: 5-10 players

Avalon (The Resistance) website


2. Among Us (Mobile)



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Steam

There was a period of time when these faceless blobs in space could be seen everywhere – and for good reason. Among Us is a simple murder mystery game that’s easy to pick up and is now available for free on iOS and Android.

Image adapted from: Among Us

This game is known to break friendships, as backstabbing and telling despicable lies are part of the strategy if you’re in it to win. Players are split into teams known as Impostors and Crewmates. It’s the Impostor’s job to kill everyone without being detected, while Crewmates vote to get rid of the player that’s most likely the Impostor.

To make things more challenging, Crewmates are assigned tasks to be completed as well.

How to play: 

  • Figure out who’s the Impostor as quickly as possible and vote them out.
  • If you’re the Impostor, avoid detection and kill everyone.
  • Work together to find the Impostor, without falsely ejecting a Crewmate.
  • The last team standing wins.

Number of players: 4-15 players

Among Us is available on  the Apple App Store and Google Play Store


3. Cards Against Humanity



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You’ve probably played the popular card game at least once in your life, but did you know that there’s an online clone of Cards Against Humanity as well? There’s no login or download needed, it’s as simple as opening a tab on your browser and creating a virtual room for you and your friends.


Image credit: Pretend You’re Xyzzy

Cards Against CLRTD has game rooms that can facilitate up to 20 players and its database includes cards from the base game, as well as the myriad of expansion packs.

The chaotic party game is all about funny, weird, morbid and sometimes inappropriate humour as you amuse one another with outrageous answers – perfect for keeping spirits up.

How to play:

Open the website, enter a nickname, create a game room, and send the invite link to your friends. You can customise the score limit, player limit and decks to play.

  1. If you’re the “Card Czar”, choose a winning card from the white cards that you find funniest, corresponding to the black card given. That winning card is awarded to its owner.
  2. If not, choose a white card in your hand that you think best fits the prompt in the black card, one that the “Card Czar” would pick.
  3. The participant that has the most number of cards wins the game.

Number of players: 3-20 players

Cards Against CLRTD website


4. Codenames Online



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Wikimedia Commons

Codenames is a word-based party game that’ll test how well you and your buddies can communicate with each other. Awarded as one of the best board games in 2016, there’s an online variant that’s free and just as fun.


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Codenames Online

Players are split into 2 teams – red and blue – with 1 spymaster on each side. The spymaster gives 1-word clues and the team guesses the corresponding words until all tiles with their colour has been cleared. Nothing will beat that “Eureka!” moment when your friend correctly guesses “School”, “Temple”, “Hotel”, and “Crane” from a single word – “Building”.

How to play: Create a game room and send the invite link to your friends.

  1. Split players into 2 teams and assign a spymaster on each. Only the spymaster is able to see the coloured board.
  2. The spymaster will give 1-word clues followed by a number for the team to guess their coloured words. For example, “Music, 2” will prompt the team to guess “Flute” and “Pitch” from the above example.
  3. A  team will forfeit a point if they guess a neutral black word or the opposing team’s word.
  4. If the shaded black tile is chosen, the team automatically loses.
  5. First team to clear their words wins.

Number of players: Minimum 4 players

Codenames Online website


5. Skribbl.io



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skribbl.io

Bringing you back to the old days of Pictionary and Draw Something is Skribbl.io, an online drawing game where players must race against the clock to guess the image. While nailing a 10/10 drawing can be a challenge, anyone can have a go at it and walk out of the game as a Skiribbl.io champ. 

How to play: Create a private room and customise the number of rounds, time for drawing and words for the game. Once you’re done, send the invite link to your friends. 

  1. If you’re the artist, attempt to draw the prompt given.
  2. If not, guess what the artist is trying to draw.

Number of players: 2-12 players

Skribbl.io website


6. Squabble



Image adapted from: Squabble

By now you should be familiar with Wordle, the 5-letter guessing game. But if you’re not satisfied with just sharing your daily score with your friends, you can challenge them on Squabble, a multi-player take on the latest viral sensation.

There’s a twist though – everyone has a depleting health bar that ends your game when it reaches 0. If you guess right, you heal a bit of health and deal damage to your opponents. If you guess wrong, you take damage. Last till everyone else is knocked out and you’ll be the champion of Squabble!

You can choose to either have an intimate vocabulary battle in Blitz mode that can host 2-5 players or a rumble with up to 99 other players in Royale mode. Check out these best Wordle starting words to get a headstart on your opponents.

How to play:

  • Keep guessing words
  • Guess right to deal damage and heal your health
  • Be the last one standing

Number of players: 2-99 players

Squabble website


7. Spyfall



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Spyfall

Put on your best lying face and fake it till you make it in Spyfall, a game where the spy tries to remain “hidden” while the other players deduce who it is. Everyone will get a role and know a certain location, except for the spy who has to lie their way out of a barrage of questions.


Image adapted from:
Spyfall

It’s also a perfect companion game for Zoom or Google Meets calls so you can catch who’s being all shifty-eyed. 

How to play: Create a private room and send the invite link to your friends. You can customise the number of players or the number of locations.

  1. Each player gets to ask any other player any question, for example, “Is this place underwater?”
  2. The player must answer the question. Answers should be discreet enough that the spy cannot guess the location, but also clear enough to prove their innocence.
  3. If you are notified to be the spy, pretend like you know what the location is.
  4. After 1 round of asking, everyone guesses who the spy is.
  5. If the spy is exposed, they can still win by correctly guessing the location.

Number of players: 3-12 players

Spyfall website


8. Telegram Werewolf



Image adapted from: Billy Tran

We’ve got a number of Telegram channel bots, and Telegram Werewolf is one of the most well-known games. Based on the iconic party game, the werewolves hide among villagers and eat one every night, while the villagers use their character’s own special abilities to expose the werewolves. It might actually even be easier playing through Telegram than IRL as the bot handles everything for you.

With over 40 unique characters and roles such as The Harlot and The Wolfman, prepare for all the chaos that can ensue as fingers are pointed and names are lynched.

How to play:

Invite @werewolfbot to your Telegram group.

  1. Type “/startgame” and get everyone to join.
  2. The Werewolf Bot will DM you to tell you your role as well as DM you lynching options when it comes.
  3. For the villagers, deduce who the werewolves are and lynch them. For the werewolves, the aim is to “kill” all the villagers.

Number of players: Minimum 5-6 players

Werewolf for Telegram website


9. Quizarium on Telegram



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Spice up your Telegram groups with Quizarium, a free-for-all trivia game that will make use of your general knowledge. There are questions on geography, history, and music all with unlimited attempts at answering. And don’t worry if you think they’ll be too hard, the bot automatically gives hints.

Faster fingers get more points, so it’s a game of speed and wits. As a heads up to your friends, it’s best to also warn everyone of the impending spam that’s about to dominate the chat during this game.

How to play:

Invite @QuizariumBot to your Telegram group.

  1. Type “/start” and pick your desired category and game length.
  2. Type the correct answers as fast as you can!

Number of players: Minimum 2 players

Quizarium website


10. Psych!



Image adapted from:
Google Play

It’s rare to find an app game that is both free and has online capabilities like Psych!. The aim of the game is to outwit your friends by giving fake answers to real trivia questions. Depending on which game deck you pick, the prompts could range from making up a fake definition for an uncommon word or faking a plot of an obscure movie title.

Among the free party packs, “And The Truth Comes Out” involves your friends by personalising the prompts. For example, questions will be like “If Jessica were to be arrested tomorrow, it would most likely be because…” and the best answer wins. It’s a true test of friendship to see how well you know each other – and how strong your friendships really are.

How to play: Download the application and invite your friends and create a room together.

Number of players: Minimum 2 players

Download Psych! from the App Store or download Psych! from Google Play


11. Game Pigeon



Image adapted from: Game Pigeon

Game Pigeon is like a library collection of party games that’s available on Apple’s iMessage. You have classic phone games like 8 Ball and Basketball along with more traditional games like Chess and Mancala, all entertaining in their own way.

While most of the games here are limited to 2 players, you can still send them in an iMessage group chat and the first one to accept your invite will be your challenger. For more virtual interaction, Crazy 8, which is similar to Uno, is a game that can have multiple people playing at once.

How to play: Grab your friends, download the application and send each other game invites via an iMessage group chat.

Number of players: Varies on game

Game Pigeon website


12. Gartic Phone



Image adapted from: Gartic.io

Skribbl.io meets Telestrations in Gartic Phone, a simple game about drawing and deciphering what exactly your friends have drawn. Each player starts out creating a prompt which another player has to draw. That drawing then gets passed to another player who has to describe what they’re seeing, and another player will have to draw that guess. This cycle goes on depending on how many players there are.

While the classic mode can be very fun and chaotic by itself, you can amp things up with different modes such as Speed Run where drawing time is cut short and Knock-Off where you have to replicate a drawing as the timer ticks down.

How to play the game: Invite your friends to a voice call and join a lobby.

Number of players: 4-30 players

Gartic Phone website


13. Time Heist



Image adapted from: Time Heist

History buffs can battle it out in a game of wits with Time Heist. From major events that stunned the world to trivial facts about lesser-known celebrities or scholars, you and the gang will be working in teams – the Paradox Thieves or Guardians of Time – to nail these questions within seconds. 

Time Heist is no different from Heads Up. However, in this game, the roles are reversed and only the captain is given visible access to the topic or word at hand while the others are left to guess. Thus the captain will need to work hard to leave clues about the category, century and gist of what the word is without revealing it. 

How to play: 

  • Hop onto a group call, open up the game and separate yourselves into 2 teams.
  • Select either the fast, regular or legend mode.
  • Dedicate a captain who will be in charge to give the team clues of the selected topic.
  • After a clue, the other team will get their chance to guess the word and the process repeats itself again until the word is guessed.

Number of players: 4-6 players

Time Heist website


(Discontinued) QuizUp


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Google Play

Rack your brains with hard-hitting questions with QuizUp, a trivia game where you can compete with friends or people around the world to answer more than 4000 trivia questions. Regardless if you’re an info whiz, you’ll still be able to lock in some badges from any category and have the novel experience of creating your own trivia questions. 

Note: QuizUp has since been discontinued as of 20th January 2021.


Free online games to play with your besties


Whether your clique loves to draw or they prefer to flex their wordsmithing, these free online games should be enough to keep you and your friends entertained without having to spend a single cent.

More games to check out:


Cover image adapted from: Gartic.io, @czech_games_edition via Instagram, Pretend You’re Xyzzy, skribbl.io
Originally published on 1st April 2020. Last updated by Joycelyn Yeow on 26th April 2024.

Billy Tran

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