What it is: A talking and guessing game for a large group of people. You’re assigned a character or person and you have to ask questions to other players until you figure out who you are.
Best for: A medium to large group of people, maybe 10 to 20.
What you need:
- You’ll need names of characters or people written on cards. These can be themed, like all Star Wars names or all Disney princesses. The broader the theme, the more difficult it will be. You can make your own cards (3×5 cards work great) or I provide some free printable cards at the bottom of the post.
How to play: Before you start, tape a different card on each player’s forehead with masking tape. Do it carefully so they can’t see the name. Once all of the players have a card taped to their forehead, announce the start of the game.
Players are free to mingle throughout the room, talking to each other and trying to figure out which character they have taped on their forehead. They’re allowed to ask yes or no questions, but that’s all. Once they guess correctly, they can remove the card and go stand to the side until everyone guesses their card. (Or they can continue to mingle, answering others’ questions to help them guess.)
Encourage players to move around and mingle and talk to more than one person. It can be a good way to get a variety of clues, and it makes the game more of an icebreaker. Also, sometimes some players may not be familiar with all of the names on the cards, so you might have to talk to multiple people to get enough clues to guess who you are.
If you want an example, let’s say you’re playing in a group where everyone has a Disney character taped to their forehead. Here are some of the questions you might ask and the answers you might receive:
Am I a hero? Yes…
Am I American? Not applicable.
Not applicable? Well, you speak Standard American English, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re American (especially in animated movies, right?).
Am I a person? Yes.
Am I from the past or the future? Present…maybe sort of past?
Am I a boy? Yes.
Am I CGI or animated? CGI.
Am I Woody? No.
Buzz Lightyear? No.
Am I the main character? Yes.
Do I have super powers? Um…no, I would say no.
Am I a grown man? Yes.
Do I play sports? No.
Do I save a girl? Yes.
Do I have a co-star? Yes, several.
Do I have a sidekick? Not really.
Do I sing any songs? No.
I’m good, right? At heart…
Am I not good on the surface? You could say that.
Do I have a love interest? No.
Um…give me a hint. Maybe you’re bad guy…but that does not mean you are bad guy…
Have you guessed it by now? (Side note: it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.) Leave a comment if you have!
Printables: I made a couple printables to get you started if you want to play this game. There’s a list of female and male Disney characters. (I broke it out by gender in case you have an all-girls sleepover party or something, or if you want to match gender to players.) I only used animated Disney movies, I included Pixar, and, though I didn’t include every movie or every character, there are definitely some obscure ones in there. Each card has the name of the character as well as the movie to make identifying the character easier. If there are some that you think are too difficult or that your group won’t be familiar with, just leave them out.
There are six cards to each 8.5×11 page. Just print and cut along the dotted lines. I would recommend printing on cardstock. Or, you could cut out the cards and mount them on 3×5 notecards.
If you play, let me know how it goes! Or let me know if you have any requests of character lists you would like to use. Happy playing!