Card games have always been an excellent way to pass the time, socialize with friends, and even win money for those who are lucky enough.
However, since the global health pandemic has made it more challenging to interact with one another, many people have now taken to spending more time online. This includes playing games. Luckily for you, you can still play card games online. Keep reading to find out how!
1. Playing Physical Card Games Online
If you have a deck of cards but no one with you to play with, look no further. You can use a chat app or calling app with other people so that you can still play your card game over a webcam.
Of course, this will not work for all games, if you’re playing a game that requires you to keep your cards a secret, it will be difficult to show one player their card without showing every other person on the call as well, and it’ll be difficult to shuffle the deck the same way for two players.
However, it is still possible to play some cooperative games over the internet – like joint patients, for instance – and it’s more personal because you get to choose who to play with.
The only downside is that you will need a webcam to play an online card game, and as we know, webcams can be costly. However, if you have a built-in camera device, you won’t need to pay extra for a webcam!
2. Playing Card Games On Gaming Websites
If you just want to play a basic, no-stakes card game online, the same kind of card game you can play at home with a deck of cards, you can play online. There are a lot of websites that offer a platform for online card games.
A popular website that does exactly that is cardgames.io, which has a lot of card games such as hearts, rummy and pyramids. It also features other well-known games like Minesweeper and chess – so there’s something for everyone. It’s a basic website that allows it to run on essentially anything. However, there’s no multiplayer option, so you either play against the computer or play a solo game.
It seems that with many of these websites for card games, there are not many games where you can play with others online. If you’re someone who only enjoys playing card games when you can play against your friends, or other people, the next option will be ideal for you.
3. Playing Card Games On Virtual Card Tables
If you enjoy the social aspect of playing card games online, or enjoy card games that you’re most likely to find in a casino, then a virtual card table is perfect for you – especially since many casinos are still closed, while others now have strict rules for those visiting them due to COVID-19.
There are numerous virtual card tables that allow you to play games like baccarat or online poker, and from the comfort of your own home.
A popular virtual card table is playingcards.io, a virtual 2D table that allows you and your friends to view the same board and also be able to change it together, by pulling cards off decks, moving the decks around, or even adding additional decks. This virtual table is even easier to use if you already know the game’s rules you want to play.
Another option is Tabletop Simulator, a game on Steam that mimics a tabletop (as the name suggests). This game allows you to play games like poker, dominoes, chess, and many other card games that you are familiar with. You can likewise purchase additional board games as expansions.
While virtual card tables are great fun and allow you to play with your friends, they can be quite costly, especially the good ones. One silver lining is that some of the websites that host these virtual card tables will often allow you a free trial period so that you can play without having to pay for a short amount of time.
4. Downloading A Card Game App
This is probably one of the easiest ways to play card games online, given the easy access that we have to app stores on our phones and devices these days. You just need to type ‘card games’ or the name of the specific card game you’re looking for into your cellphone’s App Store or Play Store search box. You’ll not only find the card game you’re looking for, but also various options for other card games and specialty games.
The top results often change, so it’s difficult to suggest an application that is accessible in all geographical regions, and that will remain popular. However, check the application ranking and the number of downloads; this is a good indicator of which apps are reliable.
The best part of downloading card game apps is that there are plenty of them, so you have a wide variety to choose from. The only downside is that most require you to play against the computer or play on your own. There are no multiplayer options. On the off chance that there are multiplayer options, it often requires a wifi connection.
If you’re into more specialty games, similar to the sort we’ll get into in the next section, there are many options here as well.
5. Playing Collectable Card Games (CCGs) Or Trading Card Games (TCGs)
CCGs and TCGs can be fun and challenging digital games that you can play on your PC, smartphone, gaming console or tablet.
Games like Pokémon TCG, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, and many more popular and well-loved card games, are played with cards made specifically for these addictive games, and can be played on many devices.
A few of these games can be complicated compared to classic card games like solitaire, for example. However, they’re definitely worth the challenge!