Top five road trip games

Unplug and play these classic games on your next road trip.

Long before technology changed the way we travelled with just about every TV show, movie and song ever recorded on our devices, travellers passed the time with games.

Check out some of our favourites below.

21 Questions

Who hasn’t played this game at least once, whether on a road trip or just hanging out with friends?

Aim of the game:

Guess what a player is thinking with only 21 questions.

How to play:

  • A player thinks of something (i.e. an item, object, place, movie).
  • Each person in the car has a turn to ask a question.
  • Players can’t repeat a question that has already been asked and all questions must be answered truthfully.
  • If the answer is guessed correctly, that player starts the next round.
  • If no one guess correctly, the original player will earn a point and has to think of something for the next round.

The movie game

This is the perfect game to play with a car full of film and television buffs.

Aim of the game:

Connect actors through movies and television shows they have starred in.

How to play:

  • The game starts with a player suggesting an actor (male or female).
  • The next player (in a clockwise direction) has to say a movie or show they starred in.
  • The next player must say another actor from the previously suggested movie.
  • The game continues until a player can no longer answer or is incorrect.
  • If incorrect that player must sit out the next round.

Example:

  1. Margot Robbie
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio
  4. Titanic

Alphabetical categories

Be warned: this game can spark some fierce competition.

Aim of the game:

As the title suggests, players have to name things in an alphabetical order from a category.

How to play:

  • Start with a category such as cars, appliances, bands, brands.
  • Start with A and travel down the alphabet.
  • Players can get as specific with categories as they want.
  • There is no real winner, but try and keep the game going as long as you can and take turns with who selects the categories.

Example:

  1. Category: Brands
  2. Apple
  3. Bunnings
  4. Calvin Klein

Did you hear that?

Put your friend’s knowledge of recent events to the test.

Aim of the game:

Try to fool your opponent with a game of fact or fiction (make sure phones are off for this one).

How to play:

  • Start by asking “Did you hear that ______ happened?”.
  • Your opponent can either answer with “That didn’t happen,” or, “tell me more”.
  • If they guess correctly that your event didn’t happen, they get two points.
  • If they incorrectly guess that it didn’t happen, you steal one of their points and gain two additional points (total of three).
  • If you’re asked “tell me more”, all points are doubled at the send of your statement (e.g. two becomes four and so on).

Word association

Like the movie game, test your friends’ knowledge on word association.

Aim of the game:

Try and string as many words as you can together through association.

How to play:

  • The first player begins with a word.
  • The following player must think of a word that is associated with it.
  • The game goes around and around until somebody can’t answer or their word is no longer associated.

Example:

  1. Horror
  2. Jason Vorhees
  3. Machete
  4. Teenagers