COVID Cabin Fever Relief

There’s a game my siblings and I used to play. We called it Killer Eye.

You need at least 4 people for it to be interesting and hilarious. You write down on several slips of paper little notes; one of them denotes the killer. The rest tell each player they’re not the killer. You can be as creative as you like with the wording. We would often spend a few minutes just giggling over what we wrote down.

Each player chooses a slip of paper, hiding the words from everyone else. Sometimes, if you really want to spice things up and have a large group of people, you can denote up to three killers.

Once everyone knows whether they’re the killer or not, they mix up the slips and set them aside. Everyone sits in a circle, facing each other so that everyone has a line of sight to everyone else.

And then the game begins…

The killer(s) goal is to kill everyone without being discovered. If anyone realizes who they are, the killer(s) lose the game. Craftily, the killer seeks out a victim and kills them by winking at them when their eyes meet. No one is allowed to avoid anyone else’s eyes; they must meet everyone’s eyes in turn.

If someone winks at you and you see it, you die. Be honorable and acknowledge you’re now dead: you must announce your death (the more dramatic, the better and funnier) and remove yourself from the circle. And yes, even if you are one of the killers, you can still be killed!

Those killed can observe the rest of the game from a safe distance, and speculate and laugh when they realize who the killer is. However, they are barred from revealing who it is aloud or by hints; they are ghosts and there are no mediums in Killer Eye!

The game continues until everyone is dead or the killer is discovered. If you are still alive and catch a killer winking at someone or just have sneaking suspicions about whom it is, you share your theory aloud with the other survivors. But…if you guess wrong, you die.

If you are the killer and someone names you, then you die. If all the killers are found, the round ends.

You can play as many rounds as you like, change up the number of killers each round, and be as creative as you like with your death scene.

There was one round in which my brother managed to kill all three of us sisters within the span of two seconds. It was hilarious and brutal.

I am sharing this in the hopes that the game spreads some delight and silliness. It’s fun for all ages, and really helps with cabin fever. It’s not too physically strenuous, either — if a family member or friend has mobility issues, you can gather in close and use alternative death scenes/spaces so that they’re included.

Have fun!


Integrated Non-Monogamy, Metanoiac Alethiology, aro love terms, cuil fiction, & more; Speaker; Sensitivity Editor Cuil Press.

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