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Type: icebreaker
Number of players: 10 or more
Location: everywhere (usually inside)
Equipment: none (depending on tasks)
Duration: 10 to 20 minutes
Preparation: define tasks

Pandemonium is an ice breaker game for any larger group of players. It needs some preparation and a few good ideas, but can be great fun.


In the basic variant, you don't need any special equipment. Perhaps, paper and pens would be helpful. However, special equipment can become necessary depending on the task you come up with.


The referee explains the game and then (secretly) tells each player his task. To make it even more fun, several tasks can be given to each player. Then, a time limit can be given (a few minutes) and the game is started. Within the time limit, all the tasks should be fulfilled.

The funny part of the game is, that the tasks fully or partially conflict with each other:

  • one player has to open all the windows in the house, another has to close all
  • one player has to turn all lights on, another one has to turn all lights off
  • one player has to sing, another one has to bring everyone to silence.
  • and so on...

The more different tasks you find, the better. Of course, the players shouldn't recognize instantly, that their tasks conflict.