Bored at home? These video games can keep you occupied while social distancing

You should be self-isolating from the coronavirus right now. Play these while you do.


Chances are, you had some plans this month that got canceled. Events have been shut down, travel is discouraged and everybody is advised to stay at home. So what can you do?

This is a time for video games to shine.

Each of the games below can provide many hours of entertainment, even if you’re in isolation. Provided you already have the hardware required (a game console, a decent computer or even just a phone or tablet), you don’t even have to leave the house to buy them, as they can all be purchased and downloaded digitally.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It’s hard to imagine the newest Animal Crossing game coming out at a more perfect time. The entire goal of the game? Live a relaxing life on an island that’s populated by lovable animal neighbors. That’s it. And at a moment when millions around the world are isolated in their homes, a chill island getaway sounds like heaven, even if it’s virtual.

The game plays out not only in real time, but on a real calendar. If it’s April 3 in the real world, it’s April 3 in Animal Crossing. If it’s winter in the real world, there will likely be snow on the ground in your virtual one. You can go fishing, catch insects, build furniture, design clothes and much more, either alone or with friends. Up to four people can play together on one system, or up to eight can play together online.

Available for Nintendo Switch.

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6:17 PM on Mar 26, 2020 — Updated at 6:06 PM on Mar 30, 2020

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