Going Virtual for Game Night: 6 Video Games Families Can Play Together

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In this era of social distancing, families are in need of at-home entertainment now more than ever—and video games are the perfect solution. Not only will these activities turn your living room into a fun indoor competition, but they can also help strengthen your bonds of connection with each other. In fact, research shows that families who play video games tend to have closer relationships and more open communication.

While the majority of frequent video gamers are teens and young adults, a recent survey found this hobby spans across all ages and genders which makes it an excellent pastime for families to enjoy together. In the midst of this pandemic, video games also create a social outlet to ward off loneliness, especially in older generations, another study points out.

Below is a list of six interactive, multi-player video games for all the members of your household to compete in. From avid teen gamers who spend hours on their consoles, to parents who just learned how to hold a controller, there is something here for everyone!

Mario Kart Tour

  • Where to Play: PC, Nintendo, mobile devices

Unlike previous iterations of this classic racing series, the object of Mario Kart Tour is not only to beat your opponents to the finish line, but to accumulate the most points as well. The driving courses are based on actual cities across the globe such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver and Tokyo. You can choose who to race from a roster 35 characters, including favorites like Mario, Yoshi, Peach or Luigi, and you can even adjust the speed on each circuit. Mario Kart Tour is free to play, but there are some in-game purchase features.       

Lego Games

  • Where to Play: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, mobile devices

From the Avengers to Batman, Harry Potter to Jurassic Park, and Star Wars to Indiana Jones, this Lego-themed video game franchise has so many characters and universes to choose from. Navigate the enchanted corridors of Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Grab a virtual lightsaber and join the inter-galactic rebellion with Luke Skywalker. Or help save the world alongside Ironman, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Hulk. No matter which of these fandoms you each prefer, this Lego video game series has the entire family covered. 


  • Where to Play: PC, Mac, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, mobile devices

One of the most-played video games of all time, Fortnite has become a cultural phenomenon over the past few years—and it’s not difficult to see why. Upon entering this colorful, vibrant, whimsical island, you can select a game mode from three different options: Save the World, Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative. While the objectives of each game mode are unique, they all feature missions and challenges that you can join forces together to complete. With 100 immersive levels, Fortnite will keep you entertained for multiple family game nights.      


  • Where to Play: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, mobile devices

This sandbox video game has no specific object to pursue which allows you to explore this virtual world with as much imagination and creative freedom as you bring to it. Within the three-dimensional grid that is universe of Minecraft, you can build physical structures, mechanical devices or electrical systems from natural resources that you must collect in various terrains. You can also construct portals in order to travel to alternate dimensions called the Nether and the End. With all its expansive realms, Minecraft gameplay has infinite possibilities. 

FIFA Games

  • Where to Play: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, mobile devices

Based on the high-stakes competition of international World Cup soccer tournaments, the FIFA game series dates back to the mid-1990s. This year’s installment, known as FIFA 21, enables you to choose from 100 iconic players to assemble your ideal soccer team, then either compete in a simulated match or play with other gamers in a collaborative format. In addition, the hyper-realistic graphics emulate an authentic World Cup stadium that you can also customize. So if it’s been awhile since you were active outside as a family, FIFA 21 is the next best option.

TowerFall Ascension

  • Where to Play: PC, Mac, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, mobile devices

With grid-like visuals that resemble the vintage look of a Nintendo 64 screen, the objective of this combat game is to shoot arrows at your opponents until you are the last archer standing. The basic premise is simple, but the gameplay itself is more complex due to four separate modes with limited time constraints and increasing levels of difficulty. As players run around this virtual arena, hurling arrows at each other, competitive streaks are sure to come out—which is half the fun. TowerFall is perfect if you want to crank game night up a few notches.  Have you turned to video games as a form of at-home entertainment over the past year? If so, what are some of your favorite games to break out as a family? Have you tried any of these six recommendations on our list, or can you think of some others worth mentioning? Share your video game preferences in the comment section below!