Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features another quiz based party game. What makes ‘What on Earth were you thinking?’ different is that you score points not for getting the “correct” answer, but for getting the same answer as the other players. ‘What on Earth were you thinking?’ is an adaptation of the commercial game ‘What were you thinking?‘.
What on earth were you thinking?
Number of players: 4 – 10
Playing time: 30 minutes
You will need:
- A pencil and paper for each player
Players take in turns to select a category. This can be anything from ‘famous scientists’ to ‘horrible flavours of ice cream’. Everybody then has one minute to write down five answers for that category. The five answers that players write down should be those that they think the other players will also write down.
Once the minute is over, each player then reads out each of their five answers. For each of the five answers, the other players that also wrote down that answer raises their hand. For each person that raises their hand, the player who wrote that answer gets a point. Each player’s total score for the round is the combined score for each of their five answers. The player (or players) who has the lowest total score looses a life.
The game end when one player has lost eight lives. This player is the looser. All other players are the winners.
– Instead of letting players choose any category, the type of category to be played can instead be decided by rolling a dice, with each side corresponding to a particular subject. For example, a 1 could indicate that the category should be about people, whilst a roll of 2 could indicate that the category should be about places ect…
– Players can decide prior to the start of the game that categories need not be restricted to those that require five answers. For example, you could have questions that simply require a yes/no answer. For example, “is David Beckham sexy?”.
– Instead of playing such that the person who has the lowest score looses a life, the overall winner can be the person who has the highest combined total score after a set number of rounds.