Packed like sardines

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Packed like sardines
Type: hide-and-seek game
Number of players: any number
Location: everywhere, but hiding places required
Equipment: none
Duration: several minutes
Preparation: none

Packed like sardines is a hide-and-seek game. It is best played in a larger building with many good (small) hiding places.


You don't need any equipment.


The game is quite unusual compared to other hide-and-seek games. Only one player (the sardine) initially hides somewhere. All the other players then have to (silently) search for this player. Whenever one player finds the sardine, he has to join it in its hiding place. So, more and more players crowd in the hiding place.

The last tagger remaining has lost. Often, he then starts a new game as the next sardine.


  • Of course, when played in a larger area and with many players, you can start with a higher number of sardines.