UPDATE: Cards Against Humanity is no longer available online. A physical copy of the game can be purchased here. Still looking for a night of virtual fun? Test your trivia know-how with Jackbox Games, play a tried-and-true classic like online Scrabble (great at stopping angry board flippers) or for more remote party options read our guides to the Best Online Party Games and Best Online Board Games.
We're all looking for a way to have a big night in these days, right? Which is why we recently rounded up the online party games to play remotely with friends—you know, the sort of games that require a bit less required boozing than, say, Power Hour or Never Have I Ever. (Wait, are you into those? We've got the best online drinking games to play virtually, too.) So we were delighted to come across this wonderful bit of news: Cards Against Humanity, that beloved, decidedly naughty "party game for horrible people," launched an online version—and it costs absolutely nothing for you and your crew to play it.
How do you get in on the late-night-worthy action? Simply go to playingcards.io, click "start game" and then share the code provided with your pals, who can each play from their respective PCs. Then connect to each other via video services like Google Hangout or Zoom and—boom—you're good to go. If you need to know how to play IRL the game, check out "the fucking rules" here. For the online version, be sure to follow these rules as well (see the screen-grab of the game's interface below for reference):
1. To pick a category, click on the card to the right of "Player 1."
2. To draw your answer cards, pull down 10 cards from the card two cards left of "Player 4" to the lowest carousel. You are allowed to have 10 answer cards at all times.
3. To pull in your answer, drag your card from the lowest carousel to any open slot in the middle set of blank cards.
4. If you win a round, this is what you do to claim your card: Pull the category card into your player number. (Note: A nice update since this online game launched is that it now automatically counts up how many winning categories you've acquired.)
The Cards Against Humanity online game maxes at six players, but to be honest, any more would make the rounds too long. We tried this out with pals the other night and it was a hoot. Just be sure to ask the right kind of friends to join—folks who won't mind an off-color barb or downright filthy answer. Also, feel free to get creative: Turning your session into a sort of drinking game can be a lot of fun. Not that we know from experience or anything. Enjoy!