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Get the remote party started with these apps

We might be in lockdown for a while longer, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with the same old activities. If you’re looking for something new and different to do with your friends and family over video chat, here are our top picks.

Try some remote video games

We found some awesome games that you can play remotely with your friends and family, and if you’re looking for something new to try over Zoom then these will certainly help. And if gaming isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, we’ve got some fun little apps that are really accessible for everyone.

If you’re still not inspired, try AirConsole - the online video game console. You use your smartphone as the gamepad, and a browser as the console. There are over 160 games to play with their subscription service, and an unlimited number of players. You can also play locally or remotely, so it doesn’t matter where in the world you are (or what tier you’re in!).

Watch a movie together

There are some great apps that use screen sharing which can take your movie night to the next level. There’s no need to count down and try to click play at the same time; use an application like Teleparty (previously Netflix Party) and everyone can watch at the same time, and drop their thoughts into the chat bar too. 

If you want to continue video chatting whilst you watch your film or tv show, we’d recommend Kast. Up to 20 people can share their screen or camera, and another 100 can watch too. Great for chain watching the latest Netflix series regardless of lockdown restrictions.

Crack open a book

Reading together is another great option that is made easy by apps. We’d recommend Kindle for bookworms, as it has all the e-books available that you can purchase on Amazon (often at a cheaper price than the physical copies) as well as customisable options for day and night time reading, such as screen brightness and page colour.

If listening to books is more your speed, Audible is our pick. You can get a thirty day free trial, and even if you cancel you get to keep the title that you chose. Stuck for what to choose? Try The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman - a hilarious crime fiction about a group of seniors who try to solve a murder. 

Get cooking (or cocktail making)

If you’re tired of just staring at a screen, and would rather get up and do something, cooking together can be a great way to reconnect. There are a ton of great apps that can help you do this - One Green Planet’s Food Monster app has a ton of recipes to try, as well as the ability to bookmark your favourites to share with your friends.

If cooking doesn’t appeal, then how about trying some cocktails? Cocktail Flow has a great website and app which has a load of different cocktail recipes that you can make easily at home. If you’d rather a mocktail than a cocktail, they have that covered too - just check out their smoothies section. 

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