And Why You Could Too
Watson Adventures has been bringing people together for morale-boosting, team-building games since 1999. But when COVID-19 forced everyone to redefine togetherness, requests for help with online games for remote teams came pouring in.
“Our company has approximately 150 employees globally, and we would like to connect them in a fun way through this tough time.”
“I’m looking for an alternative to a museum field trip I was going to do with my art class.”
“We’re looking for a surprise party virtual murder mystery type thing!”
Bret Watson recently told the New York Post that customers called begging us to come up with something. “With everyone working from home, corporate morale-boosting becomes even more important.”
To meet that demand, we’ve used video-conferencing technology and our new browser-based app to turn some of our most popular games into virtual versions.
What Are Online Games for Remote Teams?
In our virtual team building games, coworkers connect remotely via a video conferencing app to listen to our Host or Emcee explain the rules and get the game going, announce challenges and team score updates. Participants communicate and work together in small teams to answer fun, challenging questions and tackle engaging challenges.
Some remote team activities take players “to” museums using their websites to find famous and obscure artwork. Some pit you against mysterious forces to solve murder mysteries. And some invite you to flex your brain muscles with pub-style trivia games.
The technology can take some getting used to for first-timers, but the Host is there to help the whole way through. Even Zoom newbies have been able to handle the tech and have a fun, rewarding time with our remote team activities.
Who’s Looking for Remote Team Activities As We Speak?
Short answer: all sorts! Here are just a handful of the diverse groups participating in our online team building games:
- A prestigious business school organizing orientation for 130 new students
- A global trade organization aiming to bring people together
- A working-from-home corporate team looking for an activity that could include their families, as well
- A 300-student high school senior class arranging a game in lieu of prom and other typical senior activities
- The Parents Association at a leading prep school in need of an activity for the students
- Active military and military veterans, who have booked six different events
- Teachers groups arranging thank-you events
- College students in need of a virtual get-together
- A bridal group replacing their bachelorette party with a virtual game
- An 8th grade class setting up a series of remote team activities in lieu of its traditional class trip
Such a diverse assortment of corporate, private, and family groups demands a diverse assortment of online games for remote team activities. Good for them, and you, that we have just that.
Our Virtual Games Include…
The Escape TO the Museum Scavenger Hunt: Enjoy an online scavenger hunt that takes you on a virtual tour of galleries and exhibits in great museums across the country—all while you sit at home. Work with your teammates to track down pieces of art and history and answer fun, tricky questions about what you find.
The Murder at the Art Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Again you’re visiting famous museums online, but this time you’re chasing a killer. To catch them, you’ll follow clues, find art, answer amusing questions about what you find online, and suss out the name of the killer, the scene of the crime, and weapon used. Think you’re up to the task?
The Trivia Slam Game: Like a pub quiz, but with an emphasis on trivia questions that require teammates to put their brains together. A surprising mix of visual, audio, and mental challenges—plus a lot of humor—keeps the group on their toes and pulling together. The photo challenge round provides particular surprises, as you get to know your teammates and the rest of the group better. Right now we have two different editions of the game available, with more in the works.
The Murder by Team Building Game: There’s nothing like an international crisis to pull a team together. It turns out that your original Watson Adventures host was found dead, and now your group must play the game he created to find out who wanted him dead. As you solve puzzles and discover secret messages, you’ll find yourselves caught up in a spy caper.
The Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Grab your wands for a Wizarding adventure. Virtually visit museums in search of art that echoes characters, places, and magical objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. All-adult teams and family teams can all compete in this hunt.
Family Editions: For corporate groups looking to include families, or for parents and teachers looking to entertain and educate kids, we offer family editions of several games, including the Escape To the Museum Hunt, the Trivia Slam Game, and the Murder at the Art Museum Hunt.
Contact us to learn more about online games for remote teams and to find the right fit for your company.