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25 Virtual Games to Play With Coworkers on Microsoft Teams

August 26, 2022

There are plenty of fun things you can do online with your team, including having virtual happy hours once the workday is over. If you and your coworkers use Microsoft Teams as your go-to collaboration app, there are also many virtual games you can play together during breaks, as icebreakers during meetings, or during your free time.

Working from home has some pretty impressive benefits and perks, including increasing productivity, removing your commute, and allowing you more freedom over where you live. However, one of the downsides is that there aren't as many built-in moments throughout the day where you can connect with your coworkers and get to know them better.

One of the best ways to combat that problem is to spend some time with your coworkers every week virtually– and not just in meetings.

There are plenty of fun things you can do online with your team, including having virtual happy hours once the workday is over. If you and your coworkers use Microsoft Teams as your go-to collaboration app, there are also many virtual games you can play together during breaks, as icebreakers during meetings, or during your free time.

1. Microsoft Teams Pictionary

Who doesn't love a good game of Pictionary? While this charades-inspired game has been a staple of wholesome IRL parties for decades, you don't all have to be in the same room for a fun game with lots of laughs. Beyond being an excellent team-building activity, Pictionary can help get everyone's creative juices flowing.

2. GIF Story Challenge

Another fun little game you can play with your coworkers is Gif Story Challenge. To play, you divide into teams and send each team a story that they need to retell– whether it's a well-known movie plot or an original tale.

Each team then gets five minutes to put together a retelling of the story using only GIFs.

Through chat, the teams take turns being the storyteller while the other teams try to guess what story is being told.

You can use a point system to determine who wins– one point for guessing a story correctly and extra points for humor and creativity.

3. Hangman

Sometimes simple is best. A classic word game that can help boost brain functions like memory, problem-solving, and creativity, it's also a load of fun. 

4. Would You Rather

One of the best games for getting a heated conversation going between your teammates is Would You Rather. Everyone gets to put their thinking caps on and weigh the pros and cons of riveting topics. At the same time, you get to learn more about your coworkers, such as whether they'd rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses. (Hint: the obvious answer is one horse-sized duck.)

5. Microsoft Teams Bingo

You don't have to head over to your local senior center to get your bingo fix anymore– you can play it from your remote workspace with your coworkers using Microsoft Teams.

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6. Virtual Dance Party

Is there any better way to take a break from work than to spend a little time dancing? Even a one-minute dance party can help rejuvenate the whole team, bring everyone closer together, and provide some much-needed levity during a day of hard work.

7. Espionage

If you're hunting for a good team-building game to play with your coworkers on Microsoft Teams, check out Espionage.

Incorporating problem-solving skills and encouraging teamwork, this spy-themed game lets you all develop skills while also having a great time.

8. Mad Libs

Another great game for sparking your imagination and encouraging creative thinking is Mad Libs. You can find tons of Mad Libs online that you can use to get a game going right now.

9. Microsoft Teams Trivia

Is there anyone in the world that doesn't love trivia? You and your coworkers can save money on the bar tab while still engaging in a thrilling and competitive game of trivia, thanks to Microsoft Teams.

If you're searching for a game that most people are familiar with to help bring together a diverse remote team, you pretty much can't ever go wrong with trivia. You can create trivia quizzes using various platforms and then share the link with everyone who wants to play.

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10. Scavenger Hunt

Easy to organize and fun to play, Scavenger Hunt is a nice little game to use as an icebreaker. When you're all signed onto Microsoft Teams, everyone can run around and collect a list of specific items from their home or workspace. The first person that makes it back with each particular item wins a point, and the person with the most points wins.

The more creative you get with the types of items people are searching for, the more silly and fun the game is.

This game doesn't have to be just an icebreaker for meetings, either. This can also be a great virtual way to hang out and get to know each other better after hours or on breaks.

11. Charades

Playing charades is always a good time, whether you're hanging out IRL or virtually.

To play charades on Microsoft Teams, you can break everyone up into two different teams.

A person from the first team (team A) is directed by the second team (team B) to act out a word or phrase. Everyone else on team A then has to guess what the word or phrase is from the nonverbal gestures of the actor. If they guess right before the buzzer sounds, they get a point.

Then the process repeats again with the teams' roles flipped. You can play as many rounds as you want, and you can be certain that hilarity will definitely ensue!

12. Truth or Dare

Assuming that everyone has played Truth or Dare at least once when they were a kid or a teenager, getting a solid game going should be no trouble at all. Of course, you'll want to keep both the "truth" prompts and the "dares" work-friendly, but you can find plenty of lists online of questions and ideas that are suitable for an office context.

13. Microsoft Teams Family Feud

Recreate this classic American TV gameshow with your coworkers for a sure-fire good time. You can either use the Survey Monkey add-on for Microsoft Teams to gather answers to questions directly from your team, or you can collect survey information available online to create your questions.

Once the game is going, split everyone into two teams and give each team the option to guess the top answers for each prompt. You can either set it up so answers are delivered through the chat box or simply have a team member say an answer out loud. Each team can deliberate in private chat rooms before reporting their answer. 

14. Guess Who?

Another childhood favorite, Guess Who? is a great team-building game that you can play on Microsoft Teams. Using Together Mode, you can see a lecture hall on the screen with all of the meeting attendees' faces displayed in the seats of an auditorium.

All you have to do once you've launched Together Mode is pick one coworker to be the "secret person." Everyone will take turns asking questions to try and figure out who the secret person is. Once the answer to a question eliminates a team member, they turn their camera off to visually display who is left as a contender.

When only one person is left, the game is over. This isn't just a fun game and a throwback to playing board games in our basements, but it's also a great way for everyone to get to know each other a little better.

15. The Puzzle

Both fun and challenging, the Puzzle is a team problem-solving game that can be played by teams of all sizes. The game starts with a problem of any kind– whether it's a visual challenge, a logic puzzle, or a riddle. Everyone can then compete to be the first person to solve the problem.

16. Werewolf

While it can take a little while for everyone to get comfortable with the rules, Werewolf is an awesome game that lets you get to know your coworkers better. Everyone gets assigned a role by the narrator, including the townsperson, werewolf, seer, and healer. You then go through several days' worth of life in the fictional town playing your role as werewolves slowly pick off townspeople over time.

This isn't a good game to play if you're looking for a quick something to take your mind off work, but it can be the perfect game if you want to dig in and spend quality time with your coworkers.

17. Escape Rooms

Escape rooms became a global phenomenon in the 2010s, allowing groups of friends and colleagues to engage in problem-solving challenges to escape fictional locations like dungeons, prison cells, and space stations.

Since more people have been working and socializing from home in recent years, online escape rooms have become increasingly popular. You and your coworkers won't just have a blast, but you'll also hone your problem-solving skills and boost your ability to cooperate as a team.

You can easily set up a virtual escape room experience here.

18. Two Truths and a Lie

The perfect game for getting to know everyone better, Two Truths and a Lie is a simple verbal game where each participant makes three statements about themselves. As is fairly self-explanatory from the title, only two of these statements are true, while the other is a lie. Everyone else gets to try and figure out which of these is untrue.

19. Things Game

This is a conversational game that is perfect for getting everyone talking. All participants have the chance to add topics to the pool, but the catch is that the word "things" has to be at the beginning of it. For example, one coworker might offer the topic "things you shouldn't throw off a building," while another might say "things you wouldn't want to be allergic to."

One person acts as the host, and they read out one prompt at a time. Everyone submits their answers, and the host will read each of them off. Everyone then gets to guess who said what.

20. Scattergories

Scattergories is a good game to place with large groups on Microsoft Teams since everyone just needs a piece of paper and a burning desire to come up with words. All you have to do is pick a topic and a letter that the word has to start with and watch the creative juices start to flow.

21. Spot the Difference

For this game, you just need very similar images (but not exactly the same picture) and a group of coworkers that are ready to get their puzzle on. You can manipulate images yourself or find visuals online to use during the Spot the Difference game.

22. Murder Mysteries

If you're looking for a more involved gaming experience with your coworkers, consider playing a murder mystery. You'll have a host who crafts a creative story that gets told to the group, and everyone involved has to figure out who the murderer is who walks among them.

23. Rock, Paper, Scissors

You can hold an entire rock, paper, scissors tournament on Microsoft Teams with your coworkers if you're feeling up for it. Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this game– the competition can get seriously intense.

24. Waffles Vs. Pancakes

This game starts with one burning question: if only waffles or pancakes could exist, which would you choose?

Once a selection has been made (let's say the answer was waffles,) a new question is posed. Waffles vs… let's say, kittens.

As the game continues on this way, the consequences of each choice become more and more significant. This is because the implication is that the non-chosen item ceases to have ever existed in the game. This means that if you sacrificed apples during a particular round, for example, you're giving up the existence of every joyous thing that has ever come from apples, including apple pie, apple cider, and applejack.

25. Musical Chairs

To play musical chairs virtually, you have to switch it up a bit. Rather than eliminating the last person that is left standing, eliminate your coworker that's still dancing once the music stops playing. 

Pro Tip: Don't Forget the Snacks!

If you're playing virtual games with your coworkers, don't forget about having some munchies around for maximum enjoyment. While everyone can show up with their preferred snacks in hand, you can also turn the whole event into a pizza party.

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Don't worry. We've got you covered. Drop us a line, and let us organize a pizza party for you and your coworkers!

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