How to Play “Smurf”: Fun Game for Groups

The game of “Smurf” is an easy, fun game to play in a group of any size.

The object of the game is for one person to figure out a verb that the group selects – using context clues. 

Read on for our simple, easy-to-understand guide to this party favorite.

How to Play

The group selects one person to be “it” (think back to your days playing tag), and that person must leave the room and travel out of earshot.

The group decides together on a verb (ex: “brushing your teeth”).

The “it” person is invited back into the room.

Now, the “it” person’s job is to figure out what that verb is by asking questions.

They can only ask one person a question at a time.

Here’s where “Smurf” comes in: while “it” is trying to figure out the verb, everyone must refer to the verb as “Smurf”.

The round is over when they finally figure out the verb.

Example Play

Jerry, Kerry, Larry, and Sheri all group up to play Smurf.

Jerry: I can be “it” this round

*Jerry leaves the room

Kerry: I think the verb should be “blowing your nose”

Larry and Sheri: Okay, great idea

*Kerry brings Jerry back

Jerry: Sheri, tell me, when was the last time you smurfed?

Sheri: Yesterday

Jerry: Kerry, when was the last time YOU smurfed?

Kerry: Last week

Jerry: Larry, how often do you smurf?

Larry: Probably once a week, but more often when I’m sick.

Jerry: Sheri, what part of your body do you use to smurf?

Sheri: My hand and my nose

Jerry: Is it picking your nose?

Sheri: NO

Jerry: Kerry, what items do you use to smurf?

Kerry: A tissue or toilet paper

Jerry: Is it blowing your nose?

Kerry: YES

Fun Verbs to Use

For a Lighthearted Game:

  • “Brushing your hair”
  • “Eating at a restaurant”
  • “Petting a cat”
  • “Baking cookies”
  • “Carrying groceries”
  • “Playing sports”

For a Funny Game:

  • “Getting birthed”
  • “Starting a fight”
  • “Oversharing”
  • “Getting arrested”
  • “Picking your nose”
  • “Getting stuck”
  • “Staring”

For a Spicy Game:

    • “Checking someone out”
  • “Netflix and chill-ing”
  • “Making out”
  • “Cuddling”
  • “Getting rejected”
  • “Breaking up”
  • “Having a crush”
  • “Being shirtless”

No-Fail Questions to Use

    • “When was the last time you smurfed?”
    • “How often do you smurf?”
    • “What body part(s) do you smurf with?”
    • “Why would or wouldn’t you smurf with ___ person in the room?”
    • “When is the best time of day to smurf?”
    • “Where is your favorite place to smurf?”
    • “How does smurfing make you feel?”
    • “Would you be comfortable with ___ person in the room smurfing you?”
    • “Is smurfing a private or public experience?”
  • “Under what circumstances would it be not okay to smurf?”
  • “Why would you choose to smurf?”
  • “How many times is it reasonable to smurf in a day/week/month?”
  • “What smurfing utensils do you use to smurf?”

Personal Experiences with Smurf

As a young adult, my Christian congregation loved to host activities for my age group to socialize. We would get together multiple times a week and were always looking for fun things to do together. One evening, while we were all hanging out, someone suggested we play “Smurf” and taught the group how to play. From that point on, our group played Smurf after every activity, and we had a lot of laughs.

Smurf is my go-to game to entertain any kind of group. It is so adaptable to any atmosphere. I’ve played it at family gatherings, at lunch with coworkers, and of course at parties.

One unforgettably-hilarious experience I had playing smurf was when the group chose “getting birthed” as the prompt. Obviously, it’s not an easy one to guess, and the question answers were perfectly misleading while still being honest. Even simple questions like “do you like to smurf with someone else or by yourself?” were extremely funny. It took him forever to guess the verb.

It was fun to play Smurf on my Christian mission trip because there were lots of rules for us to follow, and the game had a way of exposing how good (or not) everyone was being.

I also loved finding out about everyone’s love lives by using verbs like “making out” and “getting rejected”. “When was the last time you smurfed?” can do wonders for a round like this.