A relaxed, icebreaker game for junior youth and small groups

How To Play Pointers

Materials Needed

Phone / laptop for video call

Set up your video call and once all participants have joined, ensure that the order of videos displayed in the gallery view will be the same for all users. Zoom has this feature and has instructions here.

Select a player to start the game. All they need to do is to point, with both fingers, in a single direction – either up, down, left or right. As soon as they point, the person who they’re pointing to will need to respond and continue the game by pointing in another direction. The only direction they can’t point it, is back towards the player that pointed to them.

If a player is on the edge of the grid, and points outside of the grid, it wraps around and goes to the player who is on the other side of the grid.

When a player makes a mistake, either by not responding to their turn quickly enough, or by pointing back to someone else, they are eliminated and need to choose one direction to always point in for the rest of the game. This means that when someone points at them, the play is passed on in the direction they’re pointing and the next player will get the turn. As you can imagine, as more and more people get eliminated, the pointing system can get complex! The last player to stay in the game wins.

It’s possible to play this game in person too – get the players to stand in a grid and to point they must rotate their whole body in the direction. The rest of the rules are the same.

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on 30 March 2021

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