Review: ‘Houseparty’ app unites people
Five out of Five Stars
By Chloe Gregg
Unfortunately, not everyone has an iPhone they can use to FaceTime people with during quarantine. This makes social distancing extra difficult, because what’s better than being able to hang out and see your loved ones?
Luckily, for everyone who has a smartphone, there’s an app called “Houseparty” that allows up to six people to video chat with each other. This is perfect for when you’re social distancing away from family or friends, and miss hanging out with all of them.
The app can connect through contacts, Facebook and Snapchat, so you have all of your besties from each platform. You can also directly invite someone to join.
Once on, making friends is easy! Just find them and press add. Once they add you back, you’re friends! You can call, text, wave or leave a “facemail” for friends and family on Houseparty.
Another neat feature is the game side of the app. While video chatting with up to six people at once, you also have the option to play games with them.
The games featured on Houseparty include Heads Up, trivia, a word association game similar to Apples to Apples, and Quick Draw.
The app costs nothing, and all of the things mentioned above are completely free to do within the app. Houseparty is recommended for ages 12 and up, but with proper supervision, I don’t see any reason why someone younger wouldn’t be able to use it.
Houseparty is very simple to use and is “newcomer friendly” by walking you through everything before you can use the app.
If bored and missing your family and friends, I highly suggest downloading this app and using it to connect and play games with family and friends while we’re all on lockdown.