20+ Best Large Group Games For All Ages in 2023

Large group games not only help with productivity but also bring in a lot of laughter. These games are great stress busters and spice up the fun quotient.

Are you looking for the best large group games? Don’t worry, we have them all for you here.

Large group games can be really exciting as they can stir up a lot of funny moments. These games can act as icebreakers or even team-building games. Whatever the kind of game, one thing is assured here — that you are bound to have a lot of fun! 

If you are looking for some icebreaker games for large groups, you can conduct activities like the This or That, Would You Rather game, Never Have I Ever, Most Likely To, and so on. If you are looking for some team-building games, then there are activities like Balloon Stomp, Jigsaw Puzzle Game, and many more.

Let us have a look at some large group games for adults under various categories. 

Large Group Party Games

Here are some large group party games that will add more entertainment to your party. Want to give these games a try? Then go ahead!

Large Group Party Games

1. Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament

Most of us have memories attached to the popular Rock, Paper, Scissors game and it brings us back to our childhood days. If you don’t recollect playing this game, we’re here to remind you. 

To play Rock, Paper, Scissors, you need to form the shapes associated with rock, paper, or scissors using your hands.

Rock: Close all your fingers tightly into a fist, similar to a punch

Paper: Show your palms, as you would for an Hi5

Scissors: Your index finger and middle finger should be extended while the remaining fingers close into a fist, like the peace symbol

How To Play

You can enjoy this game with your coworkers and friends. The tournament starts with two players playing the game for two rounds. The player who loses the rounds is out and the winner of this game gets to play with another player. 

This continues till every player gets a chance to play. The final game will be held between the last two players left in the game and the winner needs to win twice during the final match.

Whether adults or kids, people of all age groups tend to enjoy this game.

2. Apple Orange Banana

This is another game that can make everyone at your party super energetic. There is a moderator who calls out “Apple”, “Orange” or “Banana” and players need to follow specific instructions for every command.

How To Play

  • Make all players stand in a circle.
  • Every player needs to put their hands on the shoulders of the player in front of them.
  • When the moderator calls “Apple”, all the players must jump a step forward with their hands still over the shoulders of the player standing in front of them.
  • On the call of “Banana”, all players need to jump a step backward. All this while, players need to maintain their hand positions.
  • When the moderator calls “Orange”, then every player needs to take a 180-degree jump and put their hands on the shoulders of the player behind.

The moderator can make this game extremely hilarious and confusing for the players.          

18# Apple Banana Orange   Energizer to activate the group, laugh and create…confusion

The above video would give you a very fair idea of how to play this game. 

3. The Human Knot Game

This is a very interesting game for people of all ages. The goal of this game is simple — players need to entangle themselves from the human knot and set themselves free without breaking the chain. 

How To Play

  • Players need to form a circle.
  • Next, everyone can start entangling themselves and forming a knot by holding hands with people at random. 
  • Each player should reach out and hold hands with two different people in the circle. The players should exclude the two people on either side of them. Each left hand should only hold a left hand, and each right hand a right hand.
  • Try to form a complicated knot.
  • Now, players have to untangle themselves without breaking the chain.

The more players for this game, the more fun it will be. This is also a very good team-building exercise.

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Big Group Games For Work

We have some exciting big group games for work in this section that you can play with your coworkers.

4. Egg Drop Game

The Egg Drop game requires the players to drop their eggs in such a manner that the eggs don’t break. Confused? Well, one needs to create a cushion to drop the egg so that it does not break.

How To Play

  • Each player gets some materials to work with and one egg.
  • Set a timer for five minutes.
  • Teams should create a cushion for the egg to be dropped. Popular cushioning items include cardboard, straws, paper, tape, etc.
  • Participants need to drop their eggs on the cushion created by them from a height. Check whose egg breaks and whose egg remains safe.
  • The team whose egg remains intact will be the winner.  

The teamwork here involves a lot of planning and strategy to develop methods that ensure their egg stays safe.

5. Cross The Circle

This activity will help individual players discover the personality traits and interests of their team members. 

How To Play

  • This game is best played outdoors. In an open area, draw a big circle.
  • All the team members need to step inside the circle.
  • Players will take turns in calling out a prompt. The first player can say something like this: “Step out of the circle if you love climbing mountains.” If there is any player with such an interest or trait inside the circle, then they step out.
  • If no player steps out of the circle, then the speaker is eliminated from the game and a new speaker is assigned.
  • In this way, the game continues till there is only one player inside the circle.

6. Stop Walk Races

This is a very interesting activity. We have all participated in races during sports events. How about participating in an interesting race while at work? This game requires the players to either “walk” or “stop” in their tracks as per the leader’s call.

How To Play

  • All the participants need to stand at the starting point of the race.
  • As this is a “walk race”, players have to compete against each other by walking as fast as possible.
  • On the moderator’s call, the race begins and participants start walking towards the finish line.
  • When the moderator calls out “Stop,” all the players need to freeze in their position until the “Walk” is called again command.
  • The game continues in this manner. The first person to reach the winning line emerges as the winner.

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Team Building Games For Large Groups

Teamwork and collaboration are essential factors that facilitate the smooth working of any organization. There are various methods and activities through which you can test the team-building capabilities of your employees. 

Team Building Games For Large Groups

We have some interesting team building games for large groups in this section.

7. Balloon Stomp

Who said that bursting balloons is only for kids? Well, even adults can do it and have an enormous amount of fun. The Balloon Stomp game will take you back to your childhood days.

This game is for a large group of people. So collect a big crowd of players. Also, this one is an outdoor game so if you have a huge open space, then this one is going to be a lot of fun. 

How To Play

  • Divide the big group of people into two teams.
  • Get balloons of two different colors. 
  • Blow about 20-30 balloons of each color.
  • Place these balloons at random places within the open area.
  • Set a timer for 90 seconds.
  • The players must burst balloons belonging to their team. 
  • On the moderator’s call, the players need to start bursting balloons.
  • Once the time is up, check which team has burst the maximum number of balloons. That team becomes the winner.

8. Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt is a perfect game that can be played within the office premises. It is an activity that can get the entire team involved in a large group game.

How To Play

  • Every team has to choose an image icon for themselves. It could be anything - an animal, bird, fruit, or even a flower.
  • Print multiple copies of this image and place them at multiple locations within the workplace premises.
  • You can also drop some hints for locating the places where the images are kept.
  • Now, request the teams involved to search the pictures corresponding to their team.
  • The team that is successful in finding all the images is the winner.

Check out our list of random questions to ask.

9. Tug-Of-War

Along with teamwork, this large party game also tests your strength. And yes, it will bring in loads of fun.

tug of war game

How To Play

  1. Split a large group into two teams.
  2. Draw a line and make the teams stand across the line.
  3. Hand over a long and strong rope to both these teams such that all the players can hold the rope.
  4. Now, every team will try to pull the opposite team to their side.
  5. The team that succeeds in pulling the other team across the line is the winner.

Tug of War is a good way to test your employees’ teamwork and collaboration skills. 

10. Minefield

This game tests your listening skills as well as your coordination skills. 

What if you had to cross over from one point to another without going over any obstacles? Sounds simple right? Well, here is the twist — you will be blindfolded while your partner needs to guide you perfectly so that you reach the finish line without going over any obstacles (or mines, in gaming terms). 

Minefield is all about navigating successfully from the starting point to the finish line without bumping into anything that is placed in between.

This game can engage a large group of people by splitting them into pairs.

How To Play

  • Look for a room that is big enough to play this game. Ensure that no furniture is present within the room. It should be more or less empty.
  • Mark a starting point and an endpoint within the room.
  • Now place small objects within the space after carefully marking the spots. The objects should be placed strategically.
  • Ensure that the objects are soft and not sharp at any corners. This is for the players’ safety.
  • Now divide players into pairs — one player will be blindfolded, while the other one becomes the guide.
  • The blindfolded player will start moving from the start line to the finish line without touching any objects placed in between. It is the partner’s job to correctly guide their teammate to the finish line.
  • The guiding member cannot touch his/her partner. This is where your communication and listening skills come into the picture.
  • The pair who is successful in reaching the finish line without disturbing any obstacles wins the game.

11. Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge

All of us have solved jigsaw puzzles during our childhood days. However, who says adults cannot play this game? This can be a great team-building challenge for large groups.

Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge

How To Play

  • Divide a large group into two teams. Every team needs to have at least 5 - 6 members.
  • Hand over a jigsaw puzzle set to each team. Ensure that the puzzle has multiple pieces, such that it needs 5-6 members for completing it within the time frame.
  • Give an hour’s time and check which team is able to complete the activity first.

If both teams are unable to complete the puzzle within the stipulated time limit, decide the winning team depending on the number of loose pieces left.

If you need ideas for a jigsaw puzzle, then check this.

12. Dodgeball

Dodgeball brings in lots of fun and entertainment when played in a large group. You need to dodge the ball in order to avoid being hit!

This game is best played outdoors, so ensure that you have a big enough space. An open ground is best for these games.

How To Play

  • Players need to form a circle.
  • 2-3 players will stand inside the circle.
  • The rest of the players will try to aim and hit the ball towards the players standing inside the circle.
  • The players standing inside will have to avoid being hit by the ball. They can either run, jump, squat, or do whatever to dodge that ball.
  • The player who gets hit by the ball will have to swap places with the one who hit the ball.

When played perfectly, this game can bring in a lot of laughter and funny moments. And yes, it is also a good physical activity.

13. Murder In The Dark

The objective of this game is to find the murderer!

This game involves a detective and a murderer. The remaining players would be the victims. The detective needs to hunt down the culprit before all victims are murdered.

How To Play

  • Prepare small chits of paper.
  • Write “Detective” on one note and “Murderer” on another one. The other notes need to be empty.
  • The total number of paper chits should be equivalent to the number of players.
  • Now fold these notes and put them into a bowl.
  • Every player needs to pick up a note.
  • Only the detective needs to declare his identity, the remaining players need to be quiet.
  • The murderer has to kill the other players by winking at them.
  • The detective needs to use their sharp observation skills and track down the murderer.

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Large Group Christmas Games

Christmas is a time for families and friends to get along together, rejoice, and celebrate. And a lovely Christmas game or an activity would add more joy to the festival. If you are looking for large group Christmas games, then you need to check out these activities.

Large Group Christmas Games

14. Gift Wrap-Up

This is an interesting activity that needs to be played in pairs. Even a group of 5-6 members can have a lot of fun indulging in this activity.

How To Play

  1. Divide your members into groups of 2 (pairs).
  2. Tie one hand of every player to their partner’s hand. This way, every player will only have one of their hands free.
  3. Every group needs to pack a gift with their free hand.
  4. The group whose gift wrap turns out to be the best-looking and creative wins.

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15. Holiday Storytellers

Many of us love listening to stories, but how many of us can narrate a story? 

How To Play

  1. All players need to form a circle.
  2. The first player starts telling a story.
  3. Now, the next player needs to recollect what the earlier player said and needs to first narrate the same sentence. This player also needs to add-on to the story with another sentence.
  4. The game continues in this manner. It gets tougher as more and more players add to the story.
  5. The player who forgets what the previous player says is out of the game.

This game can be very challenging if there are many players.

16. Two Truths And A Lie (Christmas Version)

Two Truths And A Lie (Christmas Version)

We have heard of the original Two Truths And A Lie game. However, this game can also be played with a Christmas twist. Want to know how? Then read on.

How To Play

  1. Every player needs to put forth three Christmas gifts in front of the other players.
  2. Out of these three gifts, two of the gifts should be actual Christmas-themed gifts while one of these will be not-so-Christmassy.
  3. Other players need to guess which two of the three are Christmas gifts and which one is not a gift but a ‘lie’.

Get the best ideas with our Two Truths and a Lie compilation.

Large Group Icebreaker Games

Icebreaker games go a long way in establishing good relationships between colleagues. If you are looking for some exciting large group icebreaker games then these games are for you.

17. Would You Rather

The Would You Rather game is an extremely effective and fun icebreaker. Players need to answer some interesting would you rather questions that could be quite tough to answer. This game requires quick thinking skills and one needs to come up with the smartest possible answer. 

Some interesting examples of these questions include:

  • Would you rather always have to sing rather than speak or dance everywhere you go?
  • Would you rather be friends with Barack Obama or Dwayne Johnson?
  • Would you rather go out on a date or prefer watching your favorite TV show at home?
  • Would you rather always wear clown shoes or a party hat?
  • Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
  • Would you rather sneeze cheese or cry chocolate syrup?
  • Would you rather have to always talk like a pirate or dress like a cowboy?

This game will also help you to understand your colleagues’ interests and habits.

Check out our complete list of Would You Rather Questions.

18. Never Have I Ever

Just like the Would You Rather game, the Never Have I Ever game is also an interesting icebreaker activity. It helps you to discover some interesting facts about your coworkers. 

  • Never have I ever pretended to be on a phone call to avoid interacting with someone.
  • Never have I ever used my pet as an excuse to get out of social events.
  • Never have I ever had a full conversation with myself in the shower, playing both sides.
  • Never have I ever accidentally gone into the wrong restroom and acted like I belonged there.
  • Never have I ever tasted dog or cat food out of curiosity.

When players put forth such statements about themselves, it would give rise to further discussions and break the ice between coworkers.

For a complete list of questions, check out Never Have I Ever.

18. Achievements Under 18

The name of the game itself suggests that players need to list out their achievements before they turn 18. It could be anything like winning a sports competition or being rewarded with the best student award in school.

Again, this game can lead to interesting discussions and facts about your colleagues.

Board Games For A Large Group

If you are looking for some interesting board games suitable for a large member group, then check out these games below. You will have unlimited fun while playing these.

Board Games For A Large Group

20. Snake Oil

How good are you at selling a product? Well, the Snake Oil game will test your selling skills!

This game consists of 340-word cards and 60 wacky customer cards. 

How To Play

  1. One player gets to be the customer and they get to pick a Customer Card.
  2. The remaining players need to create their unique products by picking 2-word cards each.
  3. Every player needs to pitch in their product to the customer and coax them into buying their product.
  4. In the end, the player whose product is purchased by the customer wins and they become the customer for the next round.

21. Monikers

Monikers is again an exciting card game!

This game comes with an interesting pack of cards. Your team members need to guess the name of the card in your hand.

This is something similar to the charades game. In the first round, you can say anything in connection to the card. In the second round, you can say only one word. In the final round, you need to act it out.

Your team wins if the members can guess the card name.

22. 0 To 100

Board Games For A Large Group

The 0 to 100 game can help you in improving your trivia skills!

The game consists of trivia cards containing a numerical answer. A target number is set for every round. Players need to play trivia cards whose answer, according to them, is the closest to the target number.

The game can lead to hilarious discussions and funny situations.

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The above-mentioned large group games not only fuel up your energy levels but also bring in a lot of fun. Many of these activities are wonderful icebreakers that can help you establish better communication. Some of these large group games also require you to exercise your brain and work on your thinking skills.

So, to summarize, these large group games for adults are great for having a good, productive time with your friends and colleagues. You can also involve kids in a few of these, especially board games. 

We hope you enjoy playing these games and have a happy time!

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FAQ: Large Group Games

What games can you play with a large group?

Some good games that you can play in a large group include:

  • The Would You Rather game.
  • Scavenger Hunt game.
  • Tug-Of-War game.
  • Balloon Stomping game.

How do I plan a team-building activity for a large group of people?

If you intend on organizing a team-building activity for a large group of people, then you need to keep a few things in mind like the number of people who will be involved in the activity, time, and place. Many team-building activities demand a lot of space, especially if it is an outdoor activity), so decide on the activity accordingly.

What is a good team-building game to play with a large group in 2023?

Some of the best team-building games that are apt for large groups include:

  • The Egg Drop Challenge.
  • The Marshmallow Tower building challenge.
  • The Human Knot game.
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Two Truths and a Lie
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