July 13, 2022

We found and rated the 13 best team building software & apps

Team building is crucial for remote teams. But it takes time to get it right. We found and rated 13 software tools, apps, and mobile games that lighten the load.

Team building is crucial for remote teams. But it takes time to get it right!

The right software or app can lighten the load by

  • Measuring what your team needs
  • Making team building recommendations
  • Connecting the team automatically

We’ve scoured the internet for the 13 best software tools, apps, and mobile games for team building.

If you’re looking for more team building activities, take a look some of our other articles:

The best software for remote team building

The following tools offer more than just games. They take a holistic approach to develop remote teams and are more comprehensive than apps. For lighter apps, skip to the next section.

1. Put team building on autopilot with Gomada

Price: Free

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 (from 119 ratings)

Gomada is your digital assistant that builds an excellent remote team with you. Gomada helps team leads with three things:

1. Discover where your team needs improvement

Especially when you manage a remote team, it’s tough to know how everyone is feeling. Gomada’s Pulse Surveys will show you where you’ve got work to do and where the team is in good shape.

Gomada's dashboard shows key metrics for your team

2. Get activity recommendations to improve the team

In the past, we used Google to find activities for improving our team. Gomada already knows what your team needs, recommends an activity based on that, and lets you run a polished, engaging session with the click of a button.

Here’s what a session with your team could look like:

3. Put team building on autopilot
It’s quite straightforward: If team building is a time-suck, no one will make time for it. At least not more than once a quarter.

With Gomada’s scheduling functionalities (in development), you can do regular team building that drives results with less than 5 minutes of setup, organization, and scheduling a month.

2. Crack the culture code with Gatheround

Price: $5 per participant per month

Rating: n/a

Gatheround helps remote and hybrid teams build better work cultures. The tool “makes it simple to bring your team together in a way that’s both wildly fun and deeply meaningful.”

Gatheround offers two core features:

  1. Schedule: Set a cadence for how often you want to meet with your team
  2. Gather: Use templates to plan your gathering and meet in a virtual space

We tested Gatheround with the Gomada crew and, competition aside, can’t say a bad thing about their approach to team building.

Related reading: Activities to improve your team’s communication.

3. Discover your team’s core value with YourFlock

Price: $10 per user per month

Rating: n/a

YourFlock’s team building software helps managers understand their team’s core value, and offers the right actions to help deliver on that value.

While YourFlock has recently focused on working with law firms, their solution can be used by any remote or hybrid team.

4. Have fun and mix up teams on Thursday

Price: $5 per user per month

Rating: n/a

Similar to Gatheround, Thursday promises to build your remote team culture. The Thursday approach, however, is slightly different.

The tool offers a virtual meeting space similar to Wonder. To connect the team, Thursday offers a collection of “Mixers”, light and engaging activities you can play remotely. You can help different departments connect with their randomizing functionality within Mixers.

5. Dive deep into team preferences with Rising Team

Price: $79 per team per month (includes ten users)

Rating: n/a

If you prefer an online-learning approach to team building with 90-minute deep dives every six weeks, consider using Rising Team.

Rising Team offers course materials to learn about team building and measures and stores team skills and preferences. As opposed to other software listed here, Rising Team doesn’t offer a virtual meeting room - instead, teams meet on Zoom, Google Meet, or Veertly while running their sessions.

Related reading: Team building activities for future and current leaders.

The best remote team building apps

If you’re looking for lighter applications that offer quick and fun ways for team building online, check out our favorite team building apps below.

6. Embed your favorite games and tools on Veertly

Price: Starts free

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌖 on Capterra

One of the downsides of playing online games with your team is that you can’t talk to each other while you’re playing.

Veertly is one of the most customizable virtual platforms that lets you embed pretty much anything: Games, whiteboards, and networking tools, to name a few.

This allows you to have a video meeting next to your embedded game or tool. The screen is just split between the two without losing functionality.

Smash Karts is one of our favorite games to embed for a team building session on Veertly. Watch the video to see some of the gameplay:

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7. Build a recognition culture with HeyTaco

Price: $3 per person per month

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 on G2

One of our favorite team building apps is HeyTaco. It’s a simple yet fun way to build a culture of appreciation and recognition.

How it works:

  1. Install HeyTaco on Slack or Microsoft Teams.
  2. Send taco emojis to coworkers and tell them why they deserve a taco
  3. See who’s receiving the most tacos on the HeyTaco leaderboard

8. Connect people between departments with Donut

Price: From $59/month (includes up to 24 users)

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 on G2

Getting to know people from other departments pretty much died with remote work. It’s tough to break out of your silo.

In my last job, we used Donut’s Slack app to randomly pair two employees weekly (each person can choose their cadence). The pair can then find a time to meet and get to know each other.

Donut follows up with each pair to ask how their meeting went and gives the company a weekly update on Donut introductions made.

9. Build your own scavenger hunts with Scavify

Price: $25/month for ten players

Rating: 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑 on the App Store

Brought to you straight from your childhood is Scavify. This app's success depends on your creativity and willingness to invest time.

But if you have plenty of both, Scavify can be a fun way to keep your team connected remotely.

The app lets you create custom scavenger hunts, including photo challenges, location check-ins, QR code scans, and more.

Mobile team building games

Looking for something to play together on your phones? Take a look at the following apps.

10. Play HeadsUp! on Zoom

Price: Free

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌖 on the App Store

HeadsUp! is the famous party game Forehead Idiot turned app for iOS and Android.

How it works:

  1. Everyone installs HeadsUp! on their mobile device
  2. Get together on Zoom or Veertly
  3. One person holds the phone up to their forehead so they can’t see it
  4. The app will show something everyone else has to explain
  5. The person who can’t see the phone gets points for correctly guessing

11. Make sure HR doesn’t see you playing Evil Apples

Price: Free

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌖 on the App Store 

If you’re pretty comfortable with your team and don’t mind joking about NSFW topics, Evil Apples will be right up your alley.

Inspired by Cards Against Humanity, players fill in the blank to complete absurd sentences. The player that picked the sentence chooses their favorite answer, earning the player who wrote the answer points.

But the points aren’t what matters - the crazy answers and resulting sentences make this game fun.

Evil Apples is available for iOS and Android.

12. Red is sus on Among Us

Price: Free

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌘 on the App Store 

There’s no better way to describe Among Us, one of the most successful games of 2022, than using the developers’ own words:

"A game of teamwork and betrayal ...in space! Play online with 4-15 players as you attempt to prep your spaceship for departure, but beware as one or more random players among the Crew are Impostors bent on killing everyone.”

To get a better feel for the game, watch what a round of Among Us looks like:

13. Get into some good-old gaming with League of Legends: Wild Rift

Price: Free

Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌘 on the App Store 

League of Legends has been around for ages and is played by up to eight million people at the same time. 

The multiplayer game is now available on your mobile device with similar gameplay to the PC version. 

If your team is into gaming or wants to try something completely new, give LoL a try. Be prepared to spend too much time playing this game in the future (speaking from our own experience).

Another team building tool to consider: Pop-up offices

One of our favorite team building tool at Gomada is pop-up offices. It’s what we call our twice-a-year team retreats.

We’re a fully remote company and learned that team building is a marathon, not a sprint. Regular training is more efficient than quarterly or even less frequent “sprints”. We invest in team building weekly with virtual sessions.

BUT we also know virtual activities can’t replace that meeting in person. So twice a year, we bring the entire team together somewhere in Europe. We spend an entire week working on big ideas, going on hikes, and just hanging out together.

It’s a big effort to plan, and it’s not cheap. But heck, we rate it 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕.

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