Two truths and a lie is a great party game for all age groups.
Despite being a favorite go-to party game for teenagers, two truths and a lie can also be an icebreaker game in class or in a workplace setting.
It is a perfect way to warm up any meeting and make everyone feel at ease.
With the help of this game, you would be able to skip the boring introductions and the awkward getting-to-know-you phase.
Sure, this game might sound like a classic, cliché get-to-know-you type of game, but if you pick the right topic, you are in for a long thrilling conversation.
How do you play two truths and a lie?
This game is pretty self-explanatory. Two truths and a lie.
One player would say three statements (two truths and one lie), while the other players need to guess which of the three statements is a lie.
There are several ways to approach and play this game.
Since the main object of this game is to help people get to know each other well, two truths and a lie are mostly played as a warm-up activity.
It helps loosen up the atmosphere of the room and makes everyone feel compelled to chime in the conversation.
Since all the other players are required to participate and guess which statement is a lie, everyone would be forced to interact with each other.
For some, even the venue and setting where the game would be played really add some spice and fun to the game as well.
For example, if you are playing two truths and a lie with your siblings, then playing it in the living room where your parents can hear you all add some excitement to the game.
Keep in mind that two truths and a lie are not just meant for introductions or first-time meetings. You can also play it with your friends and family so that you can get to know them even better.
Tips for Playing
Let People Get to Know You
Given that the whole point of the game is to get to know each other really well, you should try to open up and lower your guard down a little bit.
Some statements might sound trivial or silly, and that is okay.
The way you deliver and try to keep the conversation rolling amidst your silly statements is what really matters.
For example, your two truths are about your love-hate relationship with books to movie adaptation; while your lie, on the other hand, is you sat beside a celebrity in a movie premiere.
Although all statements in the example above are not representative of who you are or your true character, it, however, lets people know the things you are interested in.
Make It Interesting
Share an interesting fact about yourself to the group by telling them a truth that you normally would not do and a lie that is usually associated with you but are inaccurate.
For example, you speak Spanish so fluently that people often mistake you as a native from Spain even though you grew up in Texas.
So when you say a lie like you grew up in Spain and a truth that your favorite food is Cowboy Chili, people would simply assume the opposite.
This in turn would things more interesting and you can better introduce yourself to other people through this game.
Show Your Interest
This does not necessarily mean that you should fake it and always show interest every time another person talks.
Showing interest to others simply means not just talking and focusing on your interest all the time. You give other people an opportunity to shine as well.
Since it takes two people to carry a conversation, you should at least try your best to hear and show interest in what other people have to say.
Who knows, you might even find out that you have more things in common than you think.
Keep in mind that there is more to people than meets the eye.
Examples of Lies to Tell
Lies to Tell Friends
- I know how to juggle
- My sister used to talk to a ghost
- I am internet famous
- My mother is friends with Oprah
- I won a hula-hoop contest during middle school
- My favorite shirt is the one I’m currently wearing
- I used to be an actor when I was a child
- My dad used to have a small snake as a pet
- I almost drown in a kiddie pool when I was in high school
- My uncle works as the President’s private investigator
- I once attended a ham curing class with my grandma
- Morgan Freeman is my grandpa
- I am a self published author
- My father and I did not like the third Star Wars franchise
Lies to Tell Family
- My friend once pretended to be my mom
- I used to bring the TV remote to school
- My driving instructor did not let me drive on the freeway
- I used to steal my sister’s lunchbox
- My friend’s uncle is John Cena
- I am now a vegetarian
- My friend and I used to drive back and forth to New York
- I attend Zumba class with my mom
- For my school paper, I once interviewed John Stewart
- I do all the dishes by hand
- My professor used to bring beers into class
- I never answer unknown callers
- Dad and I went to see the Smiths secretly
- I am friends with an acclaimed authors
Lies to Tell Strangers
- I have 7 cats at home
- My friend and I was once arrested
- I never had braces
- My favorite food is frozen pizza
- I collect magnets
- My friend and I watched the premiere of Avengers in Hollywood
- I used to take improve class
- My hairstyle has never changed since elementary
- I use fake names at restaurants
- My first concert is at a religious music festival
- I used to be an altar boy
- My mom accidentally flew to the country of Georgia instead of the state of Georgia
- I never died my hair
- My dad is friends with Former President Obama
- I am a vegan
- My uncle is a private investigator for the queen
- I used to be a captain of the football team
- Math is my favorite subject
Lies to Tell Partners
- I used to date Zac Efron
- My mom and dad used to be famous artists
- I never used any dating apps
- My favorite food is cilantro
- I am not afraid of spiders
- My mom used to take me to Polka class before our wedding
- I have never been outside the state of Florida
- My friend used to date your cousin
- I took a gap in the middle of college
- My childhood nickname is Swirly
- Your sister and I went to a casino one time
- My mom and your mom attend the same Zumba class
- I saw you at a concert before we even dated
- Your mom used to pack and bring a lunchbox to my office
Lies to Tell Coworkers
- I go to the gym before work
- My partner and I got a free meal from our boss last night
- I attend a dance class after work
- My friend and I do standup comedies on the side
- I never miss any day at work
- My car was never towed
- I wrote a novel about bad divorce
- I once had a pet named like our boss
- My college friends used to call me Eggy
- I am fluent in almost 10 languages
- My family and I went on a spot nous camping trip last weekend
- I stole office supplies
- My room is filled with collectors’ items
- I used to be a chef
- I worked part-time as a research participant
- I sometimes asked a student to do my work
What Makes a Good Lie?
A good lie is one that is actually believable and plausible.
It should sound like something you would probably do but wouldn’t, something that seems like you can do but can’t, and something that is close to your interest but isn’t in reality.
However, this does not necessarily mean that you should go to great lengths just to lie.
When it comes to playing this game, you should try your best to think of a believable lie and, at the same time, also fun and interesting.
A lie that is not offensive to anyone and that would keep the conversation rolling.
Making it Fun
You can try to make this game even more fun by adding consequences or punishment every time the other person gets it wrong.
This would make the game more thrilling and engaging.
Since people are naturally aloof to punishment and consequences, everyone would be forced to work and talk to each other in order to win.
Aside from that, two truths and a lie can bring out the best and worst out of the people. This would be a fun and interesting sight to see especially if you do not know the person very well.
Best Time to Play It
The best time to play two truths and a lie are whenever and wherever.
However, my friends and family used to play this game after dinner or before going to bed.
Since this game is not that competitive, you can take your time as long as you want.
Teenagers and those who just first met also play this game at night because it is a chill bonding game that requires little to no physical effort.
We hope you managed to get some insights and idea from this article.
Hopefully next time, you no longer have to sit through boring get-together and long awkward introductions.
We summarized some of the things we discussed below
- How do you play two truths and a lie?
- Tips for Playing
- Examples of Lies to Tell
- What Makes a Good Lie?
- Making it Fun
- Best Time to Play It