Shootout

Shootout team building game

Shootout is a great ice-breaker game and a fun team building activity. It is hugely effective for kids as well as a newly formed team. It is a fun way to quickly get to know the members of the team as well as bond with them.

Requirements:

Equipment: None

Group Size: 5-10

Time: 10-20 minutes

Effective Age Group: 5 and above

Game-play Instructions:

  • Arrange the players in a circle.
  • Every player in the circle is either a cowboy or a cowgirl so they all have gun (hand gesture)
  • Ask all the players to test their pistols (have them shoot in the air ┬ánot yet to other players)
  • While everybody is having fun with their hand pistol, name a player from the circle.
  • The player whose name is called needs to drop to the floor as soon as possible and if he fails to do that he dies immediately (preferably with a grueling sound)
  • Now the neighbors take their shot with the player. If the player is down before any guns fired, the last person to shoot dies.
  • For every shot, there should at least be one victim, if there is confusion about who shot first, every one of them spontaneously dies.
  • Keep on doing this until only two players are left. The two players now come to the center of the room. And with a sign start to turn back and move away from each other.
  • Now with a sign, like READY or Coin Drop, the players turn as quickly as they can and shoot the player.
  • The player who shoot first wins the game. If it’s not exactly sure who shot first, they both die and are joint winners.

Variation:

While there are two players left, all of the previously dead members shoot at their will and the player who comes in the way of the cross-fire is instantly dead.

Key Takeaways:

The shot can only be fired after the player has made a complete 360 degree turn.

Learning Outcomes

  • Shootout as an ice-breaker helps players to learn names of everybody in the group.
  • This game also puts the listening skill of the players into the test.
  • Quick Thinking and Decision Making skills are also honed by this game.

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