15 Icebreaker Games For Teams To Move Beyond The Awkwardness

15 Icebreaker Games For Teams To Move Beyond The Awkwardness

Awkward silences and disengaged conversations, are just some of the not-so-nice things that happen when you team up with people who aren’t familiar with each other on a virtual work call. With the move to hybrid and remote working, it just hasn’t been very easy for everyone to communicate as easily. This is where icebreaker games can be a great way to get everyone involved and kick-start on a positive note. 

Whether you’re breaking the ice at a corporate event, a team-building retreat, or a social gathering, we’ve got you covered with our extensive selection of engaging and fun icebreaker games.

1. What’s a Good Icebreaker Game?

A good icebreaker game is one that is simple, easy to follow, and inclusive, ensuring maximum engagement from all participants. Organizing fun and engaging virtual icebreaker games is straightforward. You can host the event and line up some fun in-office games such as Back-to-Back drawing or Two Truths and a lie. You can even run a session of quick icebreaker questions or trivia for different teams to kick-start some engaging conversations.

If you and your remote team are looking for some of the best online icebreaker games, contact Hooray Teams, yes that’s us ; ). We host all kinds of virtual events on our platform and cover all the organizational details and logistics of your virtual meet and up. All you need to do is take part in the event and enjoy. Additionally, we also offer customizations in our events. So, if there is something that you feel should be included in the workplace icebreaker games, you can reach out to us and we will be happy to help.

2. Virtual Team Icebreaker Games for Work

2.1. Pop Culture Trivia  

Pop Culture Trivia 

Let’s start with a classic icebreaker game. Trivia is a fun way to test wits and engage in healthy competition with the team. The Hooray Teams Pop Culture Trivia consists of questions regarding the latest box office movies, chart-topping music hits, and everything in between about the latest happenings in our world. This is also a great way to find who is a hidden “Swifty” or a “Little Monster” (that’s Lady Gaga’s fans).

You will enjoy 4 to 5 rounds of trivia hosted by an expert quizmaster who will ensure that everyone has a blast at the event. If you are looking to add personalization in terms of questions or themes to the game, we’ll be happy to customize the session for you and your team. 

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2.2. Virtual Icebreaker Games

Virtual Icebreaker Games

There are fine details that need attention when hosting an icebreaker session with a small or large team. You need to cover team interests, plan engaging games and also keep the conversation flowing. This is why Hooray Teams is here to help you throw a great Hosted Virtual Icebreaker Games session for your team. Just contact us, and we’ll take care of the whole event from start to finish. 

This hosted event contains mini-games, engaging questions, and above all, a relaxed atmosphere to ensure everyone enjoys. If you have any specific preferences for the activity, feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll gladly tailor the event

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2.3. Explore Dungeon Things

Explore Dungeon Things

If you are looking for fun icebreaker games, try something unique like an escape room. The Hooray Teams Dungeon Things virtual escape room is a good place to start. You see, throwing a bunch of people in the middle of a time-based spooky game is bound to thaw any ice that may exist between your team. 

In this hosted game you and your team have to solve the mystery of missing children. Everyone has to come together as a team to solve clues and decipher hidden messages. However, you have to be quick as you only have 60 minutes to figure the mystery out. 

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2.4. Mystery Files 

Mystery Night 

Time to become a part of the Mystery Inc. gang with the help of Hooray Teams. We offer two amazing mysteries for your team to come together and solve. For a more gritty experience, you can choose Hooray Teams Murder at the Manor where the goal is to solve the murder of Lord Falconer. The second one is Mystery in Hollywood which focuses on a missing movie and puts you and your team on the quest to locate it.

No matter which mystery you decide to go with, you will be guided through the story by a host and also a bevy of actors who will act out characters. This creates a completely immersive experience for everyone involved.

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2.5. Online Bingo

One of our favorite icebreaker games has to be Bingo. The online version allows the whole team to come together and play. Everyone is sent a Bingo card with printed prompts and participants have to talk to one another to figure out who the prompt corresponds to and tick it off.

All players get to engage in fun conversations, and it’s a great chance for the introverts in your team to open up and enjoy the game too. You can easily make your way to My Free Bingo Cards or Bingo Baker to create your cards and get the ball rolling on this game.

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2.6. Team Jigsaw 

Team Jigsaw

Solving a puzzle and bringing your heads together to figure out where the pieces go makes for good group icebreaker games. The premise for a virtual jigsaw game mirrors that of its physical counterpart. Participants are provided with puzzle pieces that they must strategically fit together to form a complete picture.

This interactive experience encourages teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills as individuals work together to decipher the puzzle and uncover the hidden image. There are plenty of websites online where you can solve a jigsaw puzzle, like Jigsaw A Day and Jigsaw Explorer.

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2.7. Shared and Unique

Shared and Unique

In this icebreaker game, the objective is to uncover a common thread that binds all participants together. To play, divide your team into smaller groups of 4-5 individuals. Each group will be sent to a separate breakout room where they must collaborate to identify something they all have in common, whether it’s a shared hobby, personality trait, or any other similarity.

Once each group has discovered their commonality, reconvene in the main meeting and have teams announce their findings in a lighthearted manner. Then, engage in lively discussions about these shared traits or interests, fostering connections and camaraderie among participants.

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 2.8. Map Your Origins

If you are looking for a dynamic activity that also doubles as a great DEI icebreaker, Map Your Origins is the one for your team. In this game, everyone positions themselves on a virtual shared map. They drop two pins, one for where they are and the second for where they were born. While they do this, they also have to explain the importance of that place to the team. 

This activity helps you connect on a deeper level, after all, isn’t this what icebreaker games are all about? To do this activity, all you have to do is create a custom Google map and share it with the team. While they do this, they also have to explain the importance of that place to the team and share some interesting facts about themselves, the culture of that place and how it’s infuenced their lifestyle.

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3. In-Office Team Icebreaker Games 

3.1. The Emoji Song Game

The Emoji Song Game

Get ready for a musical showdown in the form of a virtual icebreaker game that’s sure to get the party started! Divide your members into two teams and let them choose their favorite songs. 

One team will use emojis to represent the song’s theme while the other team tries to guess the tune. The team that guesses the most right wins. Do remember to include well-known hits in the selection otherwise, it might get a little too difficult. 

Emoji Clue: 😃🎉🎶- Happy by Pharrell Williams

👁️🐯🥊 – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

👑👨‍🎤🎭🎵- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

🏜️🌹- Desert Rose by Sting 

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3.2. Icebreaker Questions 

If you do not have time for a whole activity, you can just start your meetings with a couple of icebreaker questions. This game provides a burst of energy and laughter to any virtual team session. 

These don’t have to be elaborate questions, just a couple of quick questions are enough to get people to relax and start your meeting on a fresh note. Some examples include; 

  • What’s your favorite movie of all time?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What’s the last book you read or movie you watched?

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3.3. Two Truths and a Lie 

 2 Truths and a Lie 

A popular drinking game that also works as a great icebreaker game is 2 Truths and a Lie. The premise is simple, everyone will tell two truths and a lie about themselves, and everyone has to catch the lie. 

This simple game allows people to put their best quirks forward and share a couple of laughs- change to This engaging game encourages individuals to showcase their unique quirks and personalities, creating a relaxed atmosphere.

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3.4. Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is an activity that everyone has done in some capacity as a kid. In the adult version for a work game, you need to locate things like the most unique coffee mug or the most wacky background for your meeting. 

As the game begins you need to scour every nook and cranny to find the right item for every prompt. This game is easy enough to play, which is why it is one of the best icebreaker games for virtual meetings as well as in-office ones. We have a sample list below to help you host your scavenger hunt. 

Scavenger Hunt

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3.5. Weekend Photo Contest

Feeling sluggish after the weekend? Kick-start the week with some excitement by hosting a photo contest. Encourage everyone to share a photo from their weekend adventures. Once you collect them, just have a poll to select who has the best photo. 

This simple activity acts as a great conversation starter, especially at the beginning of the week.

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3.6. Favorite Ranking 

Also called Good Old Times, this game involves people making a list based on a given prompt and then comparing the results. See even if the answers are different, they act as great conversation starters. This is also one of the best workplace icebreaker games for places that have a multi-generational workforce. 

Someone would have grown up on Peppa Pig, someone on Powerpuff Girls, and someone on Tom and Jerry, they are all fun, and it never hurts to know your co-worker a little better. Some of our favorite prompts for this game include;

  • Rank your favorite Thanksgiving dishes 
  • Rank your favorite boy bands 
  • What are the ultimate Christmas movies according to you?

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4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

4.1. What are some icebreaker game ideas?

Some top icebreaker game ideas include a mystery room, trivia, event, or a weekend photo contest. These games are a great way to involve participants and keep them engaged through collaboration and communication in a fun manner.

4.2. What is a virtual icebreaker card game?

A virtual icebreaker card game is a digital version of traditional card games like Virtual Uno or Hearts. This can be played via a video conferencing platform with multiple users through screen sharing or breakout rooms.

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