Texting games are a fun twist to modern technology, especially when trying to stay in contact with your friends and family far away. Tune up some classic party games, or enjoy playing word games right from your phone without having to download any apps. Try some of the following texting games with your friends, or use them get to know your other half better.
1. 20 Questions
With this game, one person picks a category such as a person, place or thing. Then the game will begin by the opponent asking questions one at a time to guess the answer. The object is to guess the answer in twenty questions or less. This game is a great travel game or party booster.
2. Make It Rhyme
Tighten up your rhyming skills with this game of rhyme. The first person begins by texting a word or phrase. The opponent then has to text back with another word or phrase that matches the first. Keep the game going back and forth until someone gets stumped. This is a great way to stay in touch with a friend who lives miles away.
3. Story Builder
Just when you thought you would never be able to write a story, this game was invented. There are many variations to playing this game, but the basic goal is to add to each other's lines until you form a story. The first person begins the story with a phrase. The opponent then will have to text back another line adding to the first phrase. This game will continue back and forth until the final line is complete. Don’t worry, the story doesn’t have to make sense, it might even turn out to be a riot, but it will be fun to see how it ends. This is a great exercise to overcome writer's block.
4. What If
You might learn some secrets when you play this game. The first player starts by texting “What if,” followed by a choice of two different situations. The opponent will then choose one of the two answers they would choose to do in a “what if” situation. This is perfect for new couples.
5. Let’s Get Personal
This game is a personal trivia question that starts with the first person texting a personal question to the opponent. The questions can be the type of questions that are asked in a job interview, but you can get even more personal with your friend if you are wanting to know them even better. This game is perfect for learning more about each other, and you might even be surprised at how easy it is to answer the questions when you are not face to face.
Have your friend guess what you are doing by texting the first letter of each thing using only abbreviation. For an example, if you are doing homework and listening to music you would text, DHALTM. Before you begin, you can set a time limit or even the number of guesses your opponent is allowed. You might need to throw in a hint or two if your friend gets stumped.
7. Let’s Take a Trip
With this game you create a place you want to go. Start by saying, “I am going to __________, and I am taking ____________.” The object is to go through the alphabet in order, you starting with “A,” the next player “B,” and so on. If you can make it to “Z” that is great, but if not, the person that gets stuck loses the game.
8. Word Scramble
This is a simple word game that will keep your brain healthy. The first person can choose a category and start by texting a scrambled word to the opponent. The opponent then has to guess the word. You can make the game harder by setting a time limit. You can also play the game starting with three letter words and working your way up to bigger words for a bigger challenge.
9. Song Emoji
This is the perfect game for music lovers. The game is played just like the game Song Lyrics, but using emojis instead. The first person sends the lyrics of a song using emojis, and the opponent then has to guess the song. It may be difficult to describe the song using the emojis alone, so mix it up by using letters and emojis. Play the game using categories and setting time limits for an additional challenge.
10. Where Am I?
With this game, the object is to keep your friend guessing where you are. Give descriptions similar to the way you would in I Spy. For an example, if you are in the library you might say you are surrounded by books. You can have your friend guess where you actually are, or you can make a fictional place. Set a limit to the number of guesses your friend can have, or you can set a time limit.
11. Word Building
This is another word game that will help to keep your mind sharp and healthy. You text the first word and have your friend create a word using the letters in your word. Next, you form a word from the letters in your friend’s word. Keep the game going back and forth until the last person is out of new words. It will be fun to see how many new words you can create. You can put a time limit on each turn if you want a challenge.
12. Words In Reverse
Text your friend a sentence, but write all the words in reverse order. Have your friend respond to the text, also writing each word in reverse order. Keep the game going back and forth to see who gets confused first. You can write about your day, your family, or your plans for the weekend, no matter what the topic, this game will make the conversation interesting.
13. Fill In the Blanks
This game is ideal for couples who are in a new relationship, or longtime couples who want to keep the relationship fresh. Start by texting a partial phrase leaving a blank in the phrase. Your opponent should fill in the blank. An example phrase could be “My favorite way to relax is _______.” The challenge will be in hoping to answer the phrase correctly, because if you don’t, you might be in the dog house.
14. Never Have I Ever
Texting puts a new twist to this popular party game. Start the game with a certain number of points. Start by texting “Never Have I Ever ________.” Fill in the blank and send it to your friend. If your opponent confesses to having done it before, he loses a point. Continue back and forth until one of you are left with no more points. This is another great “get to know you” game.
15. Truth Or Dare
Modern technology gives this childhood game a facelift. Challenge your friend to a good old fashioned game of truth or dare, except this time you will not be in the same room. Ask your friend if he wants a truth or a dare. If he wants a truth, text him a question and hope he gives you an honest response. If he wants a dare, text him and expect him to text you a picture or video of him doing the dare. This game can create a lot of laughter while getting to know more about your friend.
16. Funny Pics
Choosing a category, take turns finding funny pics or memes on the internet. Text them back and forth, and add a funny caption for an added twist. There are really no right or wrong answers in this game, it is just entertaining, and it can be fun to see what you can come up with.
Begin with a specific amount of points. Text the appropriate amount of underscores for letters in the word. Your opponent starts by texting you a letter. If it is correct, text back by replacing the correct underscore with the letter. If it is incorrect, your opponent loses a point. The game continues until he guesses the word, or he loses all his points.
18. Emoji Invasion
To make it fair, this game works best if both players have the same up-to-date version of emojis. Text a conversation using only emojis. Keep the conversation going back and forth until the first person becomes confused or speechless.
19. Stack Words
Choose a category. Text a word to your friend that fits into the category. Your opponent must text another word from the category that begins with the last letter of your word. Keep it going until the first person gets stumped.
20. Kiss, Marry, Kill
Text three names to your friend. You can choose names of people you each know, or choose fictional characters from books or movies. Your opponent should reply with which person he would kiss, marry and kill. There is really no challenge to this game except that it is a great way to learn what type of person you friend truly is.
21. I Spy
First, tell your friend where you are so he has an idea of your surroundings. Set a time limit or number of clues to be given before giving up the answer. Start the game by saying, “I spy something _______.” Choose an adjective that will best describe the object, and remember, your friend is not there with you, so go easy on him.
22. Trivia Time
Start by setting a specific amount of points, then text your friend a trivia question and wait for an answer. Since Google can be used to search for the answer, set a fast time limit. For an even bigger challenge, make the answer specific rather than general. For example, if the answer requires a name, give the entire name and not just part of the name. The first person to reach the point goal wins the game.
23. Would You Rather
Start by asking your friend, “Would you rather_______________ OR _______________?” Wait and see which one he chooses. You might be surprised to find out that your friend just isn’t who you thought he was. This is another great game for getting to know someone.
24. Movie Lines
First, pick a category, then turn your conversation into movie lines. When the first person gets stuck, the game ends and the winner can start a new movie conversation. Twist the game up a little by adding some emojis along the way.
25. Who Am I?
Choose a person, perhaps it would be someone you both know, or maybe a celebrity. Start by texting your friend with something the person would say. You can vary the rules by setting a time limit, a point scale or a number of guesses. This can be an entertaining game when describing people you both know.
26. Song Lyrics
Text lines from a song for the other person to guess. Create a point system with one guess per try. If you get it right, the game moves on and you are safe, but if not, you lose a point. The first person with no points left loses the game.
27. Finish the Sentence
Set a time limit and then text a partial phrase to your friend. He will have to add to your phrase by using the same amount of words that you used. For an example you can text, “My dog has __________.” Your friend then needs to complete the phrase with the same amount of words such as, “a broken leg.” Keep it going back and forth until the time runs out.