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Options For Online Board Games

It’s assumed that for most of these games you’d run a video or voice chat service simultaneously (e.g. zoom, discord) for the best connective experience. Prices mentioned are in AUD.

As said, this is not an exhaustive list. So many random sites facilitate games, it’d be too much to list them all! When you want to play a specific game, you either must do the research and discover if it exists online already, or get creative, and say, work out how to play over video chat!

Happy Board Gaming!

Notes collated by Evan Leed 2020

Word Games


eWord Challenge. (2+) Sign up for a name. Refresh and join game. Easy-to-join ongoing public games are at Weboggle.info and SerpentineGame.com.

Wordmine on Cyberspaces features video chat for 8 people, join easily with shared link.

Just One

OneWord.games. (3-7) Share room name. Don’t have to sign up.

Fishbowl / The Hat Game

Fishbowl-Game.com. (4+) Share game code. No sign up involved.


PlayTaboo.com. (2+) Everyone visits same site, no connecting. Just generates new words.


Anagrams. (2-8) Not really bananagrams, close enough. Create room and share link, sign up to have a name.


International Scrabble Club. (2-4) Sign up, send game invites. There’s many options for online scrabble!


ScattergoriesOnline. (2-20) Share link. Sign up for extra categories. Gary is a simple alternative with no connecting, just generates new cards.

Out of Context

OutOfContext.party. (2+). Features various “Build the Story” type games (read the rules for each one). Share game code, no sign up involved.

Social Deduction Games

The Resistance and Avalon

Snakeout. (5-10) Simplest site for Resistance, share room code. No extra roles featured, and mission leaders are randomly assigned.

Avalon on NetGames.io. Simple Avalon (see below).

TheResistancePlus.com. This site is a modified clone of ProAvalon.com and has multiple versions of the game (including Avalon). Sign up, join through lobby. Site has small learning curve, but features voting history and many roles.

Mafia and Werewolf

Mafia.gg and Werewolv.es. (4+) Sign up, join game room. Features many roles. There’s a bit to understand with how sites facilitate games.


ChickenKoup.com. (2-6) Simply laid out. Share game code. No sign up involved.

Inhumane Conditions

Robot Interrogation. (2) Share link, no sign up involved.

Secret Hitler

Secret Hitler on NetGames.io (5-10) is simple, share game code. SecretHitler.party is also simple, share link or game code. This site can uniquely have down to 3 or 4 players.

Secret.Ethanl.ee. Simple site, Share game code. don't have to sign up but should so your name is displayed. Unlike the sites above this site has a traditional game board view.

Private.SecretHitler.io. More complex. Sign up, join via URL or lobby. Features voting history.


Spyfall.Adrianocola.com (3+) allows 1 or 2 spies. Spyfall.tannerkrewson.com can enable a 2% chance of everyone being spies. Spyfall on Netgames.io doesn’t feature roles. At each of these sites, just share a room code.

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Murder in Hong Kong. (4-12) No connecting, Forensic Scientist visits site and screen shares. Need to come up with other ways of assigning roles and having murderers communicate to the FS.


Simple site, no sign up involved. Share game code or link. Has 6 deduction games. Easy mobile access.

As of the release of this list, more games are currently in development, including The Hat Game.

  • Avalon (5-10) No original resistance.
  • Spyfall (3+) Has locations but no roles.
  • Secret Hitler (5-10) Doesn't show board laid out.
  • Codenames (4+) No cheating. Board isn't in classic 5X5 view.
  • See above for alternatives for these first four games.
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf (3-13)
  • Love Letter (2-4)

Drawing Games


Skribbl. (2-12) Create room, share a link, no sign up involved. Similar include Sketchful.io (2-64) and Drawasaurus (2-20). Sketchful and Skribbl can have custom words, Drawsaurus has other slightly unique settings.

Fake Artist Goes to New York

Fake Artist Online. (3-10) Share game code. No sign up involved.


Drawphone. (4+) Simplest and best, just share game code. Can adjust timer, can’t draw in colour.

Broken Picturephone. Simple, share room code. No timer, people’s “books” visibly backlog.

Cosel.io. Simple, share a link. 90 sec timer.

Drawception. (6, 12, 15) Sign up first. Create private games and share a link. Can only have 10 min or 90 sec turns, can’t have simultaneous goes. This site is good for displaying drawings.

Deduction Games


Longwave. (2+) Share a link, no sign up involved. Here to There and Telewave doesn’t involve connecting, screen share or take screen shots.


Decrypto. (3-8) No connecting, only gives new codes. Screen share and digitally note take elsewhere.

Liar’s Dice

Liar's Dice on Cyberspaces. (2-8) Just share link. Features video chat. Liar's Dice on FunNode has up to 10 players, join game via lobby, don’t have to sign up.


codewords (4+) is the best. Share link. Cyberterms on Cyberspaces has video chat for 8 people. Likes of Codewords.tv and HorsePaste.com are simpler and feature custom words, but allow for easy cheating.

Covidgames.app (4+) for Codenames Pictures. CodenamesGreen.com (2+) for Codenames Duet.


Isolant.Games. (3-16) Register and sign up, then share room code.


Skull.games. (3-6) Just enter room, no sign up involved.

Sites Used For Card Games

Trickster Cards

Simplest card game site! Has 9 different trick- based card games. Share room code, don’t have to sign up. Also available on app for iOS.

  • 500
  • Bridge
  • Euchre
  • Hearts
  • Oh Hell
  • Pinochle
  • Pitch
  • Spades
  • Whist


Sign up or play as a nameless guest. One of the best classic games sites, more games to come.

17 classic board games:

  • Backgammon
  • Chess
  • Dominoes
  • Checkers (few variations)
  • Mahjong (Solitaire)
  • Go
  • Gomoku
  • Hex
  • Ludo
  • Makruk
  • Mill
  • Monopoly
  • Paper Soccer
  • Reversi
  • Shogi
  • Xiangqi
  • Yahtzee

14 card games:

  • 3-5-8
  • Barbu-King
  • Bridge
  • Canasta
  • Cribbage
  • Durak
  • Euchre
  • Gin Rummy
  • Hearts
  • Oh Hell!
  • Pinochle
  • Skat
  • Spades
  • Switch


Need to sign up. Add friends to play together. Has 22 different card games.

Solitaires: FreeCell, Klondike, Seahaven Towers, Spider, Yukon

Trick Games: 325, Barbu, Euchre, Hearts, Oh Hell, Pinochle, Rung, Sergeant Major, Spades, Whist

Rummies: Canasta, Gin, Rummy, R. 500

Others: Crazy Eights, Durak, President


Has a few games (Go Fish, Match Up, Crazy Eights, Checkers). Just share a link, no sign up involved. At this site you can easily design or set up and run whatever card game you want with the “custom game” option. It gives you a deck of cards to play with, as well as the option to make your own cards. Manual dealing though. You can even set up games with game pieces, spinners, and checkers boards!

Other Games

Advanced Civilization

(CIV). (2-8) Sign up, then add friends and create a game.


Play-Agricola.com. (1-5) Join the same game room, don’t have to sign up.


Colonist.io. (3-4) Create game and share a link. Catan Universe on Steam and mobile is free, but more glitchy.


Lichess or Chess.org. (2) Share link, don’t have to sign up. Chess.com has more features, sign up needed first, also on mobile.


Backstabbr. (2-7) Sign up, create a game and share a link to join.


Dominion.games. (2-6) Sign up and join “table”. Pay for expansions.


Dominoes.PlayDrift.com. (2-4) Just share a link, don’t have to sign up. Features Draw, Block, All 5s, All 3s.


Online-Go.com. (2) Sign up, join game via lobby. Site has many features. For simpler, see Mattle.online or PlayOK.com.


Hanabi.Live. (2-5) Sign up and join game from lobby. Simply laid out.


Webopoly.org (2-4) Share game ID or game name. No sign up involved. Pogo.com (need to sign up) and Rento (don’t have to sign up) are both more complex with joining up, but have traditional aesthetics.


Set With Friends. (1+) Just share a link, no sign up involved.

Monopoly Deal

Monopoly Deal Online. (2-5) Sign up and join game from lobby. Covidopoly (2+) is a COVID-19 themed version, share game code, no sign up involved.


QwiqWit (3-12) is virtually just Quiplash from Jackbox. It’s free, and can have more players than Quiplash. Share room code, no sign up involved.


Warzone.com. (2+). Need to sign up. Can customize maps and rules. ConquerClub.com and WarGear.net are among similar sites, though none of these are as simple as playing on Steam/mobile or Pogo.com (2-6).

There are variations of Risk called “Dice Wars”. At QDice.wtf (2-8) you don’t have to sign up, at KDice.com (2-7) you do. At both sites you just join a game room, but can’t make games private.


Stratego.io. (2) Simple site, share link, no sign up involved. Stratego.com has more features, but requires sign up.


PlayTak.com. (2) At least sign up as guest. “Join game” to play with friend.


UnoFreak.com. (2-10) Just share a link, don’t have to sign up. Most sites don’t allow the game to be played with friends. Can otherwise use Uno app or Facebook app.


Site features 4 classic games. Just share link. If the host signs up you can play tournaments. (2+)

  • Gomoku (2)
  • Battleship (2)
    Game also found at battleship-game.org, just share link
  • Tic-Tac-Toe (2)
    Variation of game also found at bejofo.net, just share link.
  • Connect 4 (2) Game also found at c4arena.com, just share link.

See PlayOK or FunNode for more classic games.

Online Board Game Platforms

These platforms house multiple games all together. You need to sign up and create an account to play, this generally isn’t much of an obstacle to overcome.

Board Game Arena

This website has 175 different board games. The games are well set up and simple to follow. Very good site! Some games include:

  • 6 Nimmt!
  • Colt Express
  • French Tarot
  • Hanabi
  • Hive
  • Quarto & Quoridor
  • Perudo
  • Red 7
  • Stone Age
  • Saboteur

$ There are better games available for Premium members (roughly $6.50 per month). Only one person in the party needs premium for all to play. Premium games include:

  • 7 Wonders
  • Carcassonne
  • Coup
  • Kingdomino
  • Love Letter
  • Puerto Rico
  • Sushi Go!
  • Terra Mystica
  • Werewolf

People on the same wifi network can’t play with each other unless someone in the game has a premium account. Can currently bypass this if an account is just initially created on a different IP network (e.g. create an account on mobile data).


Can sign up or play as a nameless guest. Has 6 games:

  • Azul
  • Blokus
  • Go
  • Splendor
  • 7 Wonders: Duel
  • Century: Spice Road

Board Games on Steam

Steam is a free gaming platform. Some board games are free, most you’d need to pay for. When playing online, everyone needs to acquire the same game. Therefore if it’s a paid game, everyone needs a paid copy of the game.

Some free games:

  • Simply Chess
  • Catan Universe (A bit glitchy, also on mobile)
  • Risk: Global Domination (Pay $18.50 to be able to play whenever you want without wait times. Also on mobile)

$ Some paid games:

You can get most of these games cheaper on mobile. Prices usually range from $10-$25 excluding sales. Games include:

  • Axis & Allies 1942
  • Cluedo
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Game of life
  • Labyrinth: W.O.T.
  • Monopoly Plus
  • Pandemic
  • Scythe
  • Stockpile
  • Terra Mystica
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Ticket to Ride

$ Tabletop Simulator

Costs around $30, but has an excellently vast selection! Over 30 thousand various games and RPG’s! Can even create your own games on the Steam workshop. Much like Tabletopia it just provides a simulator for you to interact with the pieces. Just slightly harder than Tabletopia with regards to understanding the functionality. Can play some games locally on the same computer.


Not the simplest website to wrap your head around at the moment. Lots of ads also. The “early access experience” has fewer games. Has 14 very common multiplayer games including:

  • Boggle
  • Canasta
  • Chess
  • Dominoes
  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly
  • Risk
  • Yahtzee


Has over 800 board games! The games aren’t set up and run for you, instead it provides you with a simulator that has all the pieces you need for the game on a virtual table. You need to actively move, turn over, and shuffle all components of the game yourself (which takes a bit to learn). Just interacting with pieces can take a little while as well. Can play some games locally on the same computer. Some games require the premium account. Tabletopia has lots of lesser known games, including:

  • Terra Mystica
  • Railroad Ink
  • Santorini
  • Secret Hitler
  • Scythe
  • Spyfall
  • Stockpile
  • Sub Terra
  • Quips about Christianity


158 mostly lesser known games. Includes: Castles of Burgundy, MachiKoro, Puerto Rico, Red 7, Stone Age, Terra Mystica, and 2 variations of Carcassonne.

Board Space

Features 84 mostly abstract games, including Euphoria, Khet, Hive, Raj, and Container. Must download a game client. There’s a small learning curve to knowing how to join others online.


Old game client that simulates board games. Bit to learn with how to download the client and games, how to run games, and how to join with others. Benefit to Vassal is that there’s over 2000 games available, though many are removed due to copyright. Used lots for playing War games.

Board Game Apps For Android & iOS

$ Some examples of paid games
7 Wonders $8.50
Agricola $8
Carcassonne $8
Castles of Burgundy $9
Exploding Kittens $2.90
Galaxy Trucker $6.50
Game of Life $4
Istanbul $12
Monopoly $6
Pandemic $8
Puerto Rico (iOS only) $4
Race for the Galaxy $10
Small World $8
Splendor $8
Terra Mystica $14
Terraforming Mars $12
Ticket to Ride $9.50
Through the Ages $15


$ Jackbox

Collections of different party games. The host pays for it (ranges $12-$30 per pack, different per pack). Platforms include Steam and consoles. Someone with the game streams. Other players don’t need to sign up or buy anything, instead they simply watch and join game with their devices to jackbox.tv.

$ Town of Salem

Similar to Mafia/Werewolf. There’s a bit to understanding with how it runs. Was free, now costs $5-$10 depending on platform (Steam, web, mobile). Classic is free on mobile (limited free goes per day).

Air Console

Website with many different knock-off board games and video games. Players join with their phone as a controller, going on the app or the site. This site functions best with everyone in the same room, but if you can withstand the lag then the host can stream the screen and others can join and play.

$ Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Fun co-op game that involves one person describing a bomb and others instructing how to defuse. Platforms include Steam, mobile, and consoles. Only the host with the bomb buys the game (ranges $12-$22 depending on platform). Other players just need the bomb manual found at bombmanual.com. Anyone playing remotely can’t have turns with the bomb unless they also buy/install the game.

Online Collectable Card Games

There’s so many different options for online CCG’s. Some, like Magic, require payments to be playable. Some, like MTG Arena, require clients to be set up. It’d take another list of it’s own to name all options (there’s a few good lists online). Here are just 5 CCG’s played for free on browsers (after sign up).

Trivia Games


Host signs up and streams screen, players simply connect with their devices to catlab.tv. Need to pay $44 to play with more than 6. Can create your own quizzes. Various question types.

Jeopardy Labs

Host just needs to stream screen and other players watch and play along. Don’t have to sign up. Can create your own jeopardy games.


Host signs up on Kahoot.com and streams screen, others connect with their devices to Kahoot.it. Can create your own quizzes. Used a lot for education, but does feature general trivia. Only multiple Choice.


Players need to sign up. Share link to join private game room. Type in written answers. Simply laid out, but as of the release of this list the site is still in beta and lacks features such as choice of categories.


Create room and share link. “Buzz in” and type answers to the questions being read.