Lockdowns are now a norm in the UK. The goal is to protect the NHS and help bring COVID-19 numbers down. Although you can leave the house for work and exercise, the government says everyone must stay home, otherwise. So with that in mind, today I’m sharing some games to help you keep occupied during lockdown. Read on to hear my choices. 

Games to help you keep occupied during lockdown

Staying indoors for long hours is exhausting. The best way to survive lockdown without going crazy is to find an escape or distraction. Online games are a great way for you to keep occupied during lockdown, and here are some of the best games to play.

#1: Among Us

This is a new game, which is available on most platforms. I’ve played it on both my iPhone and my Nintendo Switch. It is essentially a “who dunnit” type game. Each game consists of up to 10 players. You’re all on board a spaceship, and most of you are crew mates. Up to 3 of the crew mates are imposters, and have a secret mission to kill the crew mates and take over the ship. The regular crew mates have to work out who are the imposters, while also completing their tasks to keep the spaceship running smoothly.

You can choose to either join a public game, or play privately by sharing a password with friends, so you can all play together. Whenever a body is discovered, a chat room opens so you can all share info and opinions, then you vote on who you think is the imposter. Each game usually takes 5-10 minutes, so it’s great fun. I also love that you can play with people you know in the real world, which feels like socialising.

I’ve got a regular Friday night game session set up now, with some Mum friends and my daughter and her friends. It’s a brilliant way to reconnect – and have a few giggles, which makes it an excellent game for people in lockdown.

#2: Online Poker

We’ll admit—online poker is no longer as popular as it was in the early 2000s. Back then, everyone was playing it, from celebrities to people in the subway. ESPN even aired live poker tournaments every week. These days, the game has declined in popularity, but it’s a lot more competitive.

Poker is also available in a wider range of platforms, especially on the Internet. For example, you can play Texas Hold’em, the most famous variant of the game for free through apps (like I do). Alternatively, you could play for real money using a series of top-rated casinos. (Please gamble responsibly though). 

woman playing online to keep occupied during lockdown

Which Online Games Would You Recommend To Help Others Keep Occupied During Lockdown?

For the best online poker experience, find a live casino. Read a review here to learn more about the best live online casinos, how they work, games you can play, betting limits and whether you can claim a bonus. As a hint, live casinos provide table games like poker in a live setting.

Conventionally, online casinos provide table games through RNG software. Computers shuffle cards and make moves that would otherwise be done by a human dealer. Live casinos replace software with humans, creating a social experience that reminisce brick and mortar casinos.

#3: The Sims 4

With lockdown in place, it is easy to feel like you have no control over your life. But guess what? You can dominate another person’s life in the Sims 4 or the game’s earlier versions. As the name suggests, the Sims is a simulation game that lets you live life through in-game characters. I have lost MANY MANY MANY hours to The Sims over the years.

At the start of a game, you pick one character to control. You can customise their looks, walking styles, and personalities. After that, you can take your character to dates, flirt around and make babies. They can also express emotions, from happiness after taking a refreshing shower to anxiety when they need to poop.

In other words, the Sims lets you the live the life you should be living if COVID-19 were not a pandemic at the moment. Think of socialising with others without exercising social distancing, dancing, traveling and doing business—all the things you can’t do while indoors.

#4: Animal Crossing New Horizons

If you (or your kids) own a Nintendo Switch, you’ll almost certainly have heard of this game. I finally bought my Switch 3 months into the first lockdown, and my Animal Crossing island is looking pretty good now.

You begin by choosing an island to move to… Imagine Tom Hanks in Castaway – it’s pretty similar, but with a few extra friends. You name your island and choose a spot to pitch your tent. Before long, you’re foraging for food, crafting a fishing net and living your best island life.

The thing which makes Animal Crossing different is your friends can come and visit your island, and vice versa, so it’a a brilliant game to socialise via. My best friend and I have both lost hundreds of hours playing and visiting one another’s islands. The on board chat feature makes it easy to communicate as you play, too. Below (left to right) is my best friend’s daughter, my daughter, me, my best friend and another friend, all playing together, online.

Playing Animal Crossing to keep occupied during lockdown

#5: Blackjack

Blackjack is a casino game like poker. But instead of playing against fellow gamblers, you play the game against a casino employee called a dealer. Where a human dealer isn’t available, you play the game against RNG software.

As we mentioned, playing casino games with human players is more exciting, so find a live casino. While at it, try different poker tables to experience playing blackjack with various dealers. The game also features multiple variants, some that payout at better rates than others.

With that in mind, the goal of playing blackjack is simple. You receive two cards with face values of between 2-11, the same as the dealer. If they form a hand of 21 and the dealer does not, you win. If you both have hands that don’t add up to 21, you have the option to ask for another card. In case of a tie, you get another chance to play the game.

#6: FIFA 21

If you like football, it’s hard to argue against buying FIFA 21. It’s the latest edition of the Electronics Arts game, meaning it has licenses to updated league names, teams, stadiums and players. The graphics are refreshing and the controls have improved.

It’s not a perfect game and the thousands of scathing reviews from frustrated players don’t make things better. But if you ignore the minor graphics and sometimes shoddy defense, you can have a wonderful time playing FIFA21. It’s full of tournaments and customisation options. Feel free to use them as much as you can. 

Finally, if you’re a fan of online gaming, let me know which you recommend to help others keep occupied during lockdown in the comments.


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