How to Play the "Who Am I?" Party Game

By Laurie Meekis

Who Am I is a simple game that makes a good icebreaker at parties, especially when played by a larger group. It gets people to mingle and talk to each other. Very few supplies are needed for the Who Am I party game; it's inexpensive and fun to play. This is a good game for birthday parties, Halloween parties or any other gathering where you might want to get people to interact. The game is extremely simple, and plays out according to very specific, easily explained rules.

Pick one name for each person playing. Don't let any of the players see the names until the game starts. The names can represent real people you know, celebrities, animated characters, storybook characters, historical figures or political personalities. If the party has a theme, tie the chosen names to that theme. For instance, if it is a Star Wars party, use characters from all of the movies and books. There are endless possibilities, but keep in mind the age- and group-appropriateness of the choices. Don't make them so obscure or difficult that people give up.

Stick one label on each person's back. Do not allow him to see the name before you put it there.

Tell everyone the rules. Each person gets 20 "yes or no" questions to find out who she is. For instance, she can ask, " Am I real person?" "Am I a male?" "Am I alive?" "Did I invent something?" "Am I in a current movie?" and so forth. The questions cannot be either/or questions like "Am I male or female?" The players have to roam around the room to ask other people the questions. Tell them they can't ask only one person all the questions; the point is to mingle. Whoever guesses correctly first wins the game. No hints are allowed, unless everyone is stuck and can't figure out who they are.

Vary the game by using the names of objects instead of people and characters. If everyone is enjoying the game, make a second set of tags and play again.

About the Author

Laurie Darroch-Meekis is an award-winning freelance writer. She has written over 1,000 published pieces online and off since 2005 and has many more in progress. She holds a bachelor's degree and was educated in the United States and abroad.