My family met up on Houseparty at the weekend. As with other video meeting apps, players can wave and make faces at each other on screen – think Zoom without all the businessy stuff. It caters for up to eight people and offers four games to play (Heads Up, Trivia, Chips and Guac, and Quick Draw.)
I have a Windows laptop, so downloaded the Chrome app (options are iOS, Android, MacOS or Chrome) Every time I go to the app, I get the message…
An error occurred accessing camera/microphone. Check other apps are not using those devices and try again.
But when I click OK it works fine.
Except I see no dice.
You have to click on dice in the top right-hand corner of the screen to get the list of available games and I don’t have any on my screen. This meant I couldn’t see the game when the others were playing it.
The other participants saw a message telling them that Cathy Cade needed to update the Houseparty app, but this didn’t show for me, and there was nowhere to click to update. I tried re-downloading (from a different Houseparty screen) which made no difference at all.
It wasn’t only me that had this issue: my daughter had the same problem on her Mac laptop.
(see dice in right-hand corner here >>>>>)
We were both able to get the games up on our mobiles ,
but I’m not keen on such a small space for my clumsy fingers (fingernails get in the way when drawing on screen).
Since I have a Surface Pro, I tried it again in tablet mode but still no dice.
I have Googled the problem but found no help there, nor any link to the issue on Houseparty’s support website. I sent a query via their “Contact Us” link; I’ll let you know (on this page) when/if it gets solved.
You’ll need a video-conferencing app (…Google Hangouts Meet or Skype etc) to play them,
but it’s free to sign up and they offer plenty of help and advice with choosing suitable games.