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Running Man of Korea is a fun-to-watch variety show where contestants participate in funny and clever games and missions. Here is a compilation I made of a few easy and enjoyable games from each episode that you can play at home with your family and friends.
Funny Game Ideas From Running Man
- Mouth Rock-Paper-Scissors
- Chicken Fight
- Photo Zone/Stay in the Photo Frame
- Telepathy Game
- Dangling Goal Keeper
- United Badminton
- Chopsticks Break
- Throwing Coins
- Catch the Thief
- Packaging Box Pull Outs
- Zero Game
- 3, 6, 9 Bibbo Game
- Speed Quiz Game (Charades Style)
- Drawing Relay/Draw in Rows
- Money Counting Game
- Find the Air Tickets
- Pouring Water Expert
- Throw the Can
- One Voice in Unison
- Non-Stop Talking
- Bean Relay
- Guess the Thief/Catch the Thief
- Catch the Ball With a Tong
- Standing Soda Can
- Queen Dodgeball
- Water Piggyback
- Peppero Game
1. Mouth Rock-Paper-Scissors
How to play: Instead of using your hands for rock-paper-scissors, it can be played using your mouth (see photos below).
2. Chicken Fight
How to play: Battle your opponent holding one ankle up to your thighs while balancing on your another leg.
3. Photo Zone/Stay in the Photo Frame
Tools needed: Camera
How to play: Make sure your face is in the photo when the camera clicks. If there are two teams, the rule is that the team who has the most members' faces appear in the photo wins the game!
4. Telepathy Game
Tools needed: 2 headphones, questions, and answer sheets
How to play: You must wear headphones with loud music so that it’s impossible to hear what the other person says. The one giving questions must choose one question out of ten while the other person answering it must choose one answer out of ten. If the question and answer don’t match, you lose.
5. Dangling Goal Keeper
Tools needed: Goal frame, balls
How to play: The teams' assigned goalkeepers must dangle from the goal frame. Using their bodies, they must deflect/block the balls from the opposite team. The team with the most goals wins!
6. United Badminton
Tools needed: Badminton tools
How to play: You tie every team member’s hands together and start playing badminton. Then the team that scores 5 points first wins!
7. Chopsticks Break
Tools needed: Wooden chopsticks, desk
How to play: Put the chopsticks between your fingers and break them by slamming your hand on the desk. Everyone gets a turn. If one member fails, then the opportunity goes to the opposing team.
8. Throwing Coins
Tools needed: Coins, bowl with water
How to play: Throw the coin into a bowl filled with water. All members must be successful to win. You can use 1 meter or so for the starting line.
9. Catch the Thief
Tools needed: Cards
How to play: All players are given a postcard. One of them is a thief postcard. Each player takes a postcard from the person on their right side. The person who ends up with the thief postcard loses the game.
10. Packaging Box Pull Outs
Tools needed: Large boxes
How to play: This game is similar to Jenga but uses large boxes instead. To play this game, the boxes are stacked together. Everyone takes turns pulling one box without breaking the stacks. The person who breaks the stacks loses the game.
11. Zero Game
Tools needed: Microphone or any improvised tool
How to play: You call out a number from 0 to 7 and if the number of raised microphones from the opposing team's players tally with the number you called out, you win.
12. 3, 6, 9 Bibbo Game
How to play: Each player must start calling out numbers from number 1. For any number that consists of 3, 6, 9, use the word "Bibbo!" to substitute.
13. Speed Quiz Game (Charades Style)
Episodes: 16, 25, 50, 54
How to play: One of the members describes the given word using an action and the other players guess the answer.
14. Drawing Relay/Draw in Rows
Tools needed: Sketch pads, pencil/markers
How to play: Sketch according to the hint given by the person in front, then show your sketch to the person behind you. Each person has 10 seconds to draw. If the last person can figure out the hint, the team wins!
15. Money Counting Game
Tools needed: Money, money-counting machine
How to play: Each player is given a large sum of money and must count it in a limited time while being quizzed from a multiplication table.
16. Find the Air Tickets
Tools: Luggage filled with things, ticket
How to play: There are tickets inside the luggage. After the player finds the ticket, they repack the luggage and get back to the starting point. The fastest player wins the game.
17. Pouring Water Expert
Tools needed: Cups, water, chair, blindfolds
How to play: Pick a representative from each group. The representative is blindfolded while pouring water into a cup placed on their other team members' heads. In order to be counted, it has to be past the red line without spilling. The winning team will be decided based on the number of cups successfully filled with water.
18. Throw the Can
Tools needed: Empty can, dustbin/garbage bin
How to play: Throw an empty can in a dustbin from a specified starting point.
19. One Voice in Unison
How to play: In a five-member team, pick one representative to be the one to guess. Each of the other four members speak one syllable from a given word in unison. Then the representative must guess correctly the complete word to win the game.
20. Non-Stop Talking
Episodes: 54, 59
How to play: Members have to read a sentence correctly within 30 seconds to succeed. But if one word is wrong, you have to start again from the beginning.
21. Bean Relay
Tools: Chopsticks, beans, plate
How to play: Each member of the team must move the beans from one plate to another using chopsticks. The fastest team wins.
22. Guess the Thief/Catch the Thief
How to play: The team guesses who on the opponent's team is holding an extra card/thief card.
23. Catch the Ball With a Tong
Tools needed: Ping-pong sized ball, tong
How to play: Each team chooses a member to play. Within 30 seconds, the player has to catch ping-pong-sized balls using a tong. The player who catches the most balls wins the game.
24. Standing Soda Can
Tools needed: Soda
How to play: Make the soda cans stand on their own.
Twist: Stand the can on its side at a 45 degree angle like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
25. Queen Dodgeball
Episodes: 115, 127, 139, 143, 172, 236, 245
Tools needed: Soft ball, wide area
How to play: You need two teams to play this game. Each team assigns a queen or you can assign one queen in each every player. The rule of the game is to protect the queen from being hit by the dodgeball. Other team players are okay to be hit by the dodgeball except for the queen. Once the queen is hit, you lose the game.
26. Water Piggyback
Tools needed: Bowl of water, wide area
How to play: Each player chooses a partner to piggyback. Then all the couples start to race while holding a bowl of water. The fastest couple to return to finish line with the most water remaining wins the game!
27. Peppero Game
Episodes: 126, 137
Tools needed: Pepero stick
How to play: This is a couple's game in which two people take one side of the Pepero stick to eat and bite toward the middle. The rule is that the couple who has the shortest Pepero stick remaining wins the game!
Comments and suggestions below.
Aia on February 24, 2019:
I love this so much. Thank you for the list!