How to Play Taboo by Skype

We had plans to meet up with friends that we don’t get to see much when the announcement came: stay home! We didn’t want to cancel—we had so been looking forward to this visit–but knew it was the right thing to do. Then I cam up with a way to hang out but still social distance: we could play a game over Skype.

The first challenge was to figure out what game we could play. And no one wanted to play charades. It has to be vocal or visual. First, we thought of Pictionary but decided that wouldn’t work.

The answer was Taboo.

Can you figure out how to get your team to say Crash without using any of the printed words?

Unfortunately, our friends do not own a copy of the game. We originally worked around this by taking pictures of the cards and texting them to our friends’ phones. This had it’s hardships—some pics took longer than others to download and we would get a little lost on what card they were using. The solution was for them to download the Taboo app. After that, things went much soother.

We would text over five cards, ne at a time to our friend’s cell phone.

We decided that since we were both families of four, that two of us and tow of them would be a a team. This worked great.

The next challenge was that sometimes the clues giver couldn’t hear the Skyper’s guess over all the commotion. We learnt to repeat and accept answers after the time ran out.


All in all, our experiment by playing Taboo over Skype was a success—even if my team did loose. It turned out to be a great way to visit with friends while still social distancing.

We’d love to hear what games you’ve played this way! Let us know in the comments.

Looking for games to play at home in this difficult time? Check out our post describing 10 games that take on hour to play. Or what about dice games or card games? Stay safe and pull those games off your family game shelf.

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