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13 top rated team building apps & software tools

Julian Schaaf

Head Of Marketing

Team building is crucial for remote teams, but let's be honest. It takes time and energy to get it right.

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Apps and software can lighten the load, so we scoured the internet for the 13 best software tools, apps, and mobile games for team building. If you're looking for specifically for Slack apps, read more here.

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For more team building advice, take a look some of our other articles:

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The best apps for remote team building

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1. Measure and improve remote teams with Gomada

Price: Free

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ— (from 119 ratings)

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Gomada is a digital assistant that helps you build an excellent remote team. Gomada does this by doing three things:

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1. Shows you where to focus your time

Especially when you manage a remote team, itโ€™s tough to know how everyone is feeling. Gomadaโ€™s Pulse Surveys will show you where youโ€™ve got work to do and where the team is in good shape.

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Gomada's dashboard shows key metrics for your team

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2. Gives you a step-by-step activity plan to improve

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.

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Hereโ€™s what a session with your team could look like:

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3. Removes scheduling and organization
Itโ€™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.

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With Gomadaโ€™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.

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2. Crack the culture code with Gatheround

Price: $5 per participant per month

Rating: n/a

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Gatheround (not to be confused with Gather Town) helps remote and hybrid teams build better work cultures. The tool โ€œmakes it simple to bring your team together in a way thatโ€™s both wildly fun and deeply meaningful.โ€

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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

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We tested Gatheround with the Gomada crew and, competition aside, canโ€™t say a bad thing about their approach to team building.

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Related reading: Activities to improve your teamโ€™s communication.

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3. Discover your teamโ€™s core value with YourFlock

Price: $10 per user per month

Rating: n/a

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YourFlockโ€™s team building software helps managers understand their teamโ€™s core value, and offers the right actions to help deliver on that value.

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

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4. Have fun and mix up teams on Thursday

Price: $5 per user per month

Rating: n/a

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

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

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5. Dive deep into team preferences with Rising Team

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

Rating: n/a

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

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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 doesnโ€™t offer a virtual meeting room - instead, teams meet on Zoom, Google Meet, or Veertly while running their sessions.

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

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6. Embed your favorite games and tools on Veertly

Price: Starts free

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ– on Capterra

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One of the downsides of playing online games with your team is that you canโ€™t talk to each other while youโ€™re playing.

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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.

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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.

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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: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ— on G2

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

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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 whoโ€™s receiving the most tacos on the HeyTaco leaderboard

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8. Connect people between departments with Donut

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

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ— on G2

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

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In my last job, we used Donutโ€™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.

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

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9. Build your own scavenger hunts with Scavify

Price: $25/month for ten players

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ—๐ŸŒ‘๐ŸŒ‘ on the App Store

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

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

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

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Mobile team building games

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

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10. Play HeadsUp! on Zoom

Price: Free

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ– on the App Store

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

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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 canโ€™t see it
  4. The app will show something everyone else has to explain
  5. The person who canโ€™t see the phone gets points for correctly guessing

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11. Make sure HR doesnโ€™t see you playing Evil Apples

Price: Free

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ– on the App Storeย 

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If youโ€™re pretty comfortable with your team and donโ€™t mind joking about NSFW topics, Evil Apples will be right up your alley.

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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.

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But the points arenโ€™t what matters - the crazy answers and resulting sentences make this game fun.

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Evil Apples is available for iOS and Android.

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12. Red is sus on Among Us

Price: Free

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ˜ on the App Storeย 

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Thereโ€™s no better way to describe Among Us, one of the most successful games of 2022, than using the developersโ€™ own words:

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"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.โ€

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

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

Price: Free

Rating: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ˜ on the App Storeย 

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

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

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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).

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Another team building tool to consider: Pop-up offices

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

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Weโ€™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 โ€œsprintsโ€. We invest in team building weekly with virtual sessions or working with team building companies 2-3 times per year.

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BUT we also know virtual activities canโ€™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.

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Itโ€™s a big effort to plan, and itโ€™s not cheap. But heck, we rate it ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•.

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