Two Truths and a Lie

Two truths and a lie

This game also often referred as Two Truths and One Not is a game all about deception. In addition to being a great icebreaker, this game is also a fun team building activity for adults.


Equipment: None

Group Size: 5-20

Time: 20-30 minutes

Effective Age Group: 18 and above

How to play Two Truths and a Lie?

This game can be played with as many people as you like. Below is the detailed game-play instructions.

  • Everyone in the group gets seated in a circle.
  • A random person is chosen to go first
  • S/he tells the rest of the group three things about himself/herself. Among three things, two things are truths while one is a lie.
  • Now the other players in the group take turns guessing which of the two statements made by the payer are truth and which one of them is a lie.Mix the order up each time it is your turn. Alternate between truth-truth-lie, truth-lie-truth and lie-truth-truth.
  • After everybody in the group is done guessing, the player reveals the truths and lies of his/her statement.
  • If you like, you can award one point for each truth guess and the person with most number of truth wins.
  • Everybody takes turn stating their truths and lies.

Checkout this: Pretty girls playing Two Truth and a Lie from the TV show Pretty Little Liars

Key Takeaways:

  • Do not consecutively tell two truths as it may be easier to guess. Alternate between truth and lie.
  • Do not tell lie that are deliberately obvious: Like I Climbed Mount Everest is an obvious lie compared to I had a sister named Jane 

Learning Outcomes:

  • This game tests the power of deception. Can you tell lies to your best friends in a game?
  • Two Truths and a Lie also tests the power of observation. Can you notice your friends telling a lie? A twitch of muscles? may be dilating pupils?
  • This game also helps a great deal to know about the perspectives of your peers.