Four on the Couch
A team-building, relaxed, icebreaker, memory game
Also known as: Four on a Couch, The Couch Game, The Boy Girl Game, Hot Seats, Kings & Queens, Four on the Pew, The Name Game, Four on a Couch-Bench
- Play anywhere
- Multiple Teams
- Standard (15 - 45 mins)
- No cost
- No Mess
- Team Building
- Video Call
How To Play Four on the Couch
One chair for each person + one extra, one couch (optional)
To have only your gender sitting on the couch.
If you don't have a couch large enough to fit four people, just designate four chairs as the "couch". Circle the rest of the chairs, with the couch include in the perimeter of the circle.
Divide the group into two teams, guys versus girls (if you have a larger number of one gender, someone will have to play for the other gender's team). Have them sit boy-girl-boy-girl in the chairs and on the couch, but leave the chair by to the left of the couch empty.
Have everyone write their name on a slip of paper, fold it up, and put it in a cup. Shake the cup and have everyone draw a name from the cup without letting anyone else see what it is. The name they have drawn from the cup is their name for the game.
The person the to left of the empty chair calls out the name of someone sitting in the circle. The person who drew that name (NOT the person actually named that) gets up and sits in the empty chair. Now there is a new empty chair and the person to the left of the new empty chair calls out a different name. Play continues until only one gender (team) is sitting on the couch.
As the game goes on, more and more names will be called, and the players should start to remember who is who. It's helpful to remember players on their team and on the opposing team. So when it's their turn to call a name out (because the empty chair is to their right) they will be able to call specific people away from their chairs, or onto the couch (if that's where the empty seat is).
After a name has been called it cannot be called again until after a different name is called (e.g. if the person sitting next to the empty chair calls out "Tom", the next person to call out a name can't say "Tom" but the person after them can).
To add a different twist to the game, you can make it so that when someone calls a name, they swap their name with the person they called. So if someone had the empty chair next to them and called out "Tom". The person who has the "Tom" name will move to the empty seat and then swap their name slip with the caller. So the caller will now have "Tom" and the person who did have "Tom" will have the caller's old name (which may not be known to the group yet).
Web App Helper
Instead of using paper, if all players have access to a phone or tablet with internet access then you can use this great helper website at 4onacouch.com. This website allows everyone to enter their name and then shuffles them with the click of a button.
on 4 February 2009