Prank Game – a fun trick game that everyone will enjoy

I remember it like it was yesterday. My sister had just come home from a long trip, and my family and I were all playing together as a family. Before my sister came home, we had all decided that we would prank my sister and play a trick on her that we have never played before.

So, we get out the camera, we get the lipstick, and we all try to keep a straight face. The game was called: “Inchypinchywinchy”. Yes, the name says it all! No skill is required in this game, it is not educational, intellectual, challenging or competitive in any way. You just have to try not to laugh and reveal the ‘secret’ to the victim. To this day, it remains one of the most fun and memorable games we’ve ever played as a family. It was just a trick/prank game, but it was great. Have fun playing the game, but make sure you play it with someone who doesn’t know what’s going on!


# of players: 4 or more

Necessary objects: lipstick

Those who play will sit in a circle around the room. The person who has never played before will be called the victim. Then the person sitting to the right of the victim will need lipstick. As preparation, this person will rub a small amount of lipstick on their finger and then hide the lipstick so the victim cannot see (or smell) it. Everyone else will keep a straight face and not laugh, look at the victim, or reveal anything. The game starts by having one person turn to the person to the left of him and, with his index finger, do something random to his neighbor’s face. As they do this, they should say: “inchypinchywinchy.” Some examples of some random movements one might do are: cheek pinching, nose rubbing, chin squeezing, ear lobe pulling, drawing a line across the forehead, etc.

The only rule of the game is that the person making the random move and the person receiving it, neither of them can laugh at all (everyone else can when it’s not their turn). The random movement only needs to last a few seconds, but no person can laugh. If a player laughs, he gets a strike (3 strikes and one player is out of the game). It is important that the rule is fulfilled so that the victim thinks that it is a real game (as strange as it may seem). But, obviously, you have to be more lenient with the victim so that they are not eliminated from the game. The game continues around the circle with each person making some random move on their neighbor to the left. (It may help others to play dumb and pretend this is a weird game for them too, so it’s not just the victim wondering what’s going on.)

Eventually it will be the turn of the person sitting to the right of the victim. Again, this person will have rubbed some lipstick on their fingers; therefore, while she performs her random move, the lipstick will be smeared on the victim’s face. (Everyone else can laugh, but the other players don’t want to laugh excessively or imply that something is wrong with the victim.) The person rubbing the lipstick on the victim should be very subtle and not let the victim see her finger with the lipstick on it.

After the victim has taken their turn, play continues around the circle. Players will laugh and get hit, and some people may even get kicked out of the game. The game ends when everyone is tired of playing, or everyone leaves, or when the most likely happens: the victim finds out what’s going on!

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