Line Games


Grand Canyon University

Have you ever waited in an obnoxiously long line with nothing to do? Well, I have a solution for you. There are various games you can play while waiting in line for just about anything, and I’m here to tell you about four of them.

The first game is an oldie but a goodie: rock, paper, scissors. This classic game is great to have a little competition between you and your friends. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the game, but if you’re not, it goes as follows. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and paper beats rock. It is normally played with two people, but more people are able to play. You can either play all play at the same time, and people get eliminated as you go, or just split into pairs and have a mini-tournament.

If rock, paper, scissors doesn’t last long, then another game you can play is thumb war. Yet another classic, you must defeat your opponent by pinning down their thumb for as long as it takes you to say, “One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war!” If their thumb doesn’t escape your grasp then you win, but if it does, the battle continues. Although this game is only for two people, it is still a great way to pass time and work out those thumb muscles.

Heads Up is a great digital game of charades you can play with either one or all of your friends while waiting in line. You select the category you want to play, then put your phone horizontally over your forehead. Depending on which way you are playing you can either try to act out the word to your other line members without using words or describe it to them without saying the word. For each word they guess right, you tilt the screen down. If they can’t figure it out, they can tilt the screen up to pass. The person with the phone on their forehead will try to guess as many words as they can in 60 seconds. This game does cost $1.99. However, there is an alternative, almost identical, and free option in the app store called Charades!

You can finish out the line with a few rounds of the game would you rather. All you need is your imagination for this one. Think of two things, for example, “Would you rather participate in a pizza-eating contest or a cupcake-eating contest?” And then have your friends choose and say why. The reasoning behind their answers, as well as the questions, can get pretty crazy. It’s a great way to entertain you for the last stretch of that line.

There you have it, four-line games! Try them out with your family or friends the next time you are waiting for anything from the bathroom to Space Mountain at Disneyland. I hope you enjoy these games, and that your line experiences will become less tedious, and more fun. I know mine has!