• Angela Cumming

How to Play 20 Questions

20 Questions was the classic summer camp and road trip game of my childhood. I still play this game now when on long car rides or with my students in the summer. The more creative the thing, the better!

Number of Players:

2 or more


Nada, zilch, zero, none, nothing!

Objective of the Game:

The aim of the game is ask 'yes' or 'no' questions to figure out the thing your friend is thinking of.


Gather all your friends around a campfire or in the car on your road trip. One person, the 'It' person, thinks of a person, place, or thing and keeps it a secret. They tell all the other players if it is a person, place, or thing though.


Everyone else has 20 questions to try and figure out what the thing is. Only 'yes' or 'no' questions are allowed to narrow it down. The 'It' person can answer 'I don't know' or 'Not important' to any question. 'Not important' answers should only be reserved if the answer will confuse or mislead people.


The 'It's person wins if, after 20 questions, no one has guessed their thing. Everyone else wins if they figure out the thing before their 20 questions are up!


-The 'It' person should pick something unique, but not too obscure. Non-tangible things are okay too but can be really tricky! For example, picking 'love' is technically allowed, but could be super hard!

-Asking questions related to the size, shape, or weight of things is usually really helpful.

What's your favourite question to ask in 20 Questions? Let me know in the comments!

Looking for more road trip or campfire games? Check out Contact and Dead or Alive!


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