How to play Spotlight

How to play Spotlight

Spotlight is a Kiwi classic. The source of many great nights out as a kid, it's easy to forget the simplistic joy of hunting for your friends in the dark with a flashlight. With the summer break within reach, it might be time to resurrect the fun and laughter!

The objective of the game is for one person to spot or identify the others while they try to avoid being caught in the spotlight. In case you've forgotten, here's a basic guide on how to play:

Materials Needed:


  1. Choose a "Spotter":

    • Select one person to be the "Spotter" or the one with the flashlight.
  2. Assign Boundaries:

    • Set boundaries for the game. Determine the area where the game will be played, and make sure all players are aware of the limits.
  3. Turn Off Lights (Optional):

    • If you're playing indoors keep the lights off for authentic suspense and excitement. 
  4. Spotter Counts Down:

    • The Spotter closes their eyes and counts down aloud from a predetermined number (e.g., 10, 20, or 30). This gives the other players time to hide or find a spot within the designated boundaries.
  5. Spotter Searches with the Light:

    • After counting down, the Spotter uses the flashlight or spotlight to search for the hidden players. The spotlight can be moved around, and the Spotter calls out the names of those they spot.
  6. Caught Players Join the Spotter:

    • When a player is spotted by the light, they join the Spotter in using the flashlight to find the remaining hidden players. The group of spotters grows as more players are caught.
  7. Game Continues:

    • The game continues until all players are caught, or you decide on a time limit. Alternatively, you can play multiple rounds, rotating the role of the Spotter.
  8. Rotate Roles:

    • If you're playing multiple rounds, rotate the role of the Spotter so that everyone gets a chance to be the one searching with the spotlight.


  • Players should stay within the designated boundaries to keep the game fair and safe.
  • It's essential to be cautious while moving in low-light conditions to avoid accidents or collisions.
  • Ensure that the playing area is free of potential hazards.

Recreate your youth with a round of "Spotlight" these summer holidays. Perfect for a little backyard antics after the BBQ.

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