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Hide & Seek

Party Game

Name of Game:

Hide & Seek (sometimes Hide and Go Seek)


Party Game

Country of Origin:

Afghanistan, UK

How many players?:




Where is it played?:

Where there are places to hide, inside or outside


Any number of players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one (or more) seekers.


The game is played by one player chosen as "it" closing their eyes and counting out loud to a predetermined number (such as counting to 10, which is the most common number) while the other players hide.


After reaching the number, the player who is "it" calls out, "Ready or not, here I come!" and then tries  to locate all concealed players.


The game can end in one of several ways. In the most common variation of the game, the player chosen as "it" locates all players as the players are not allowed to move; the player found last is the winner and is chosen to be "it" in the next game.


Another common variation has the seeker counting at "home base"; the hiders can either remain hidden or they can come out of hiding to race to home base; once they touch it, they are "safe" and cannot be tagged.


But if the seeker tags another player before reaching home base, that person becomes "it."


How to play:

Aim of game:

To hide well, and to seek well

How does it End?:

When everyone has laughed, got frustrated, or is very tired

Average time needed to play:

No Limit

Age Range:

4 years +


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