Team Building Games and Activities

If your located in the NYC Tri-State area and landed on this page searching for a quick and easy team building activity, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve done thousands of off-site activities in a wide variety of event spaces like escape rooms, museums, bars, restaurants, hotels, malls, themed parks and conference centers.

5-Star Google Reviews

It's PlayTyme was awesome! Our Admin Department had a team-building event and chose to play Family Feud. It's PlayTyme organized everything for us, it was set up and ready go on time, and everyone who participated raved about how much fun it was! They were very professional and courteous and ensured that everything was running smoothly from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend them for your next corporate (or even family) event!

Ronnie Martinelli Avatar Ronnie Martinelli
June 4, 2024

Lisa aka Cotton Candy and her team were AMAZING! She came to Colliers Project Leaders to put on a game of Family Feud and we had a blast. She was so much fun and really encouraged us to have a good time. If I could give her 10 stars I would.

Janday Wilson Avatar Janday Wilson
May 18, 2024

If your looking for entertainment for your event. Play Tyme Game show is it, one stop shopping. They come with all the bells and whistles to keep everyone at your event energized and participating. They had all the games to keep my guest engaged and entertained. They are simply the best out there!!!!

Kay SB Avatar Kay SB
April 18, 2024

Mark and Lisa came out to my wife’s 40th birthday party and what an amazing time we had. It brought every one at the party together and everyone was engaged from start to finish. All my guests had a great time and expressed how great it was to change things up from the usual parties. I will be booking them again.

Babaluu Avatar Babaluu
April 18, 2024

What is the Purpose of having a Team Building Event?

Team building is about creating stronger connections and better communication among team members. It involves fun activities and games that help people get to know each other, build trust, and work together more effectively.

By doing things like problem-solving challenges, team games, and trust exercises, teams learn to collaborate, support one another, and achieve common goals. The result is a more positive and productive work environment where everyone feels valued and motivated.

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Why Team Build on a Regular Basis?

Regular team building is essential for maintaining a strong, cohesive team. It helps to continually strengthen relationships, improve communication, and boost morale.

By engaging in team-building activities regularly, team members develop a deeper understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which leads to better collaboration and problem-solving. It also provides a break from daily routines, reducing stress and increasing motivation.

 Consistent team building fosters a positive work environment, where employees feel valued and connected, ultimately leading to higher productivity and job satisfaction.

 

Why Choose a Game Show Activity?

We understand that team leaders have specific goals and concerns when choosing specific team-building activities.  Game show activities addresses these effectively by offering an innovative and engaging way to foster teamwork and improve communication.  These games break down social barriers and promote inclusivity, ensuring that everyone participates and feels valued. With a variety of formats, from classic quiz shows to physical challenges, game shows cater to diverse interests and abilities, making them suitable for all team members.

Game Shows also enhance problem-solving skills and boost morale by introducing a fun, competitive element. The adaptability of these games means they can be tailored to fit the unique dynamics and objectives of your team, ensuring alignment with your company’s goals.  Additionally, these activities provide a much-needed break from the daily routine, reducing stress and increasing overall motivation.

Choosing game show for your next team builder not only strengthens relationships within the group but also creates a positive and collaborative work environment that delivers lasting benefits. Let’s Play!

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 8 Popular Game Show Themes

1 – Face-2-Face Feud

“Face-2-Face Feud” is a replica of a very popular television game show called “Family Feud”.

This game allows two teams (usually 5 people per team) to compete against each other by answering survey questions to earn points.

The goal of the game is to guess the most popular answers from a list of responses to a particular question.

The team with the highest score at the end of three survey questions at the end wins!

It’s a novel approach to the classic TV game that encourages unity and spirited competition.

Family Feud Questions

Number of Participants

Traditionally, “Family Feud” involves two teams of five members each.

However, for team-building purposes, team sizes can be adjusted based on the total number of participants available.

For instance, if you have a group of 70 people, we will have teams of 7 play a certain amount of rounds.

A large group over 50 (tournament style) will vary in number of team players.

Time Allocation

A standard game can last anywhere from 60 Minutes – 2 hours, depending on the number of players, rounds played and the pace of the game.

Supplies Needed

  • Question and answer cards (or a digital display) based on pre-conducted surveys.
  • A buzzer system or bells for players to signal their intent to answer.
  • A scoreboard to keep track of points.
  • A timer to limit the time for answering.
  • Prizes for the winning team (optional)
  • A Facilitator to host the show and keep the game exciting and engaging 

How Face-2-Face Feud is Used as a Team Builder

  • Communication: Team members must discuss and agree on answers, promoting effective communication.
  • Collaboration: Players work together to come up with the most popular answers, fostering teamwork.
  • Problem-solving: Teams strategize on which answers might be the most popular, enhancing decision-making skills.
  • Healthy Competition: The game format encourages friendly competition, motivating teams to perform their best.
    Fun & Engagement: The familiar and entertaining format of "Family Feud" ensures participants remain engaged and enjoy the experience.

2 – The Challenge – Jeopardy

"The Challange" game show is an exciting replica of the infamous Jeopardy we all know and love.

It's a renowned quiz show where participants select from a board of categories containing a range of point values.

The simplicity lies in forming teams, and the performers ensure that the entertainment and camaraderie flow seamlessly.

Instead of being given the answers and providing questions, in "Jeopardy", participants are given the questions (in the form of answers).

They must provide the correct answers (in the form of questions).

For example, if the answer is "This is the capital of France," the correct question is "What is Paris?

 

Jeopardy Challenge

Number of Participants

Traditionally, "Jeopardy" involves three individual contestants.

For team-building purposes, this can be adjusted to involve multiple teams.

A group of more than 50 - 200 can play "tournament style" with several rounds.

Each team having one or more representatives to answer on their behalf.

Time Allocation

A standard game of "The Challenge" lasts about 45-90 minutes, but this can be extended based on group size.  We have tournament style (2-hours) shows for larger groups.

Supplies Needed

  • A game board with categories and point values, which can be physical or digital.
  • Buzzer systems for teams to signal when they know the answer.
  • A scoreboard to track points.
  • Timer to limit response time.
  • Prizes for the winning team
  • A Host to moderate the game so everything goes smoothly

How The Challenge is Used as a Team Builder

  • Knowledge Sharing: Team members pool their collective knowledge to answer a diverse range of questions, promoting collaboration.
  • Quick Thinking: The game's format requires participants to think on their feet, enhancing decision-making under pressure.
  • Strategy: Teams must decide which categories and point values to choose, fostering strategic thinking.
  • Healthy Competition: The competitive nature of the game motivates teams to outperform one another, driving engagement.
  • Entertainment: The iconic format of "Jeopardy" ensures participants are entertained and fully engaged throughout the activity.

 

3 - Word Play Puzzles - Wheel of Fortune

"Word Play" is a replica of the beloved word puzzle game show Wheel of Fortune,

where participants spin a large wheel to determine cash prizes

or penalties before guessing letters to solve a word or phrase puzzle.

Our Word Play game offers a fresh and engaging twist.

You can customize the game by adding your own slogans,

favorite TV shows, iconic movies, beloved celebrities, and catchy phrases.

This isn’t just any word game; it’s the ultimate life-sized experience.

Perfect for team-building and breaking the ice among colleagues,

The goal is to think fast and solve puzzles before the other contestants while accumulating the most points. 

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Number of Participants

Traditionally, "Wheel of Fortune" involves three individual contestants.

For team-building purposes, it can be adjusted to feature multiple teams, with each team having one or more

A group of more than 50 - 200 can play tournament style with several rounds.

Each team having one or more representatives to answer on their behalf.  representatives to spin the wheel and guess letters on their behalf.

The game is divided into various rounds, each with its own puzzle, and a bonus round for the game's winner.

Time Allocation

A standard game of "Word Play" lasts about 45-90 minutes, but this can be extended based on group size.  We have tournament style shows for larger groups which includes various rounds of 30 minute mini-shows.

Supplies Needed

  • A game board with categories and point values, which can be physical or digital.
  • Buzzer systems for teams to signal when they know the answer.
  • A scoreboard to track points.
  • Timer to limit response time.
  • Prizes for the winning team
  • A Host to moderate the game so everything goes smoothly

How Word Play is Used as a Team Builder

  • Collaboration: Teams work together to guess letters and solve puzzles, promoting teamwork and shared decision-making.
  • Risk Management: Spinning the wheel introduces an element of risk, as teams must decide when to spin, buy vowels, or solve the puzzle.
  • Problem-solving: Deciphering the word or phrase puzzle requires critical thinking and deduction.
  • Healthy Competition: The game's format encourages friendly competition, as teams vie to solve puzzles and win prizes.
  • Engagement: The suspense of the spinning wheel and the challenge of solving puzzles ensure that participants remain engaged and entertained.

4 - 60 Sec of Fame - Minute to Win it

"Minute to Win It" is a game show where participants are given a series of 60-second challenges that use common household items.

The tasks may seem simple at first glance, but with the ticking clock, they become intense tests of skill, nerve, and agility.

Participants must complete each challenge within the one-minute time frame to advance and potentially win larger prizes

Moreover, these games present an opportunity for team members to learn new skills, explore uncharted territory, and step beyond their comfort zones.

This can be especially engaging for individuals who might not have participated in team-building activities before.

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Number of Participants

Traditionally, Minute to Win it featured individual contestants, but for team-building purposes, it can be adjusted to include multiple teams.

Each challenge can either be done by a representative from each team or in relay-style, where team members take turns.

Groups of over 50 people are encouraged to host a “Tournament Style Game” so that everyone can take turn playing and participating in the audience.

Time Allocation

A standard game of "60 Seconds" lasts about 45-90 minutes, but this can be extended based on group size.  We have "Tournament style shows" for larger groups which includes various rounds of 30 minute intervals.

Supplies Needed

  • Various household items used in the challenges, such as cups, balls, strings, cookies, etc.
  • A timer or stopwatch to keep track of the 60-second limit.
  • Prizes for the winning team (optional).
  • A Host to Facilitate and make the games go smoothly.

How Word Play is Used as a Team Builder

  • Team Collaboration: Challenges often require coordination and strategy, promoting teamwork.
  • Adaptability: The diverse range of tasks tests a team's ability to adapt and think on their feet.
  • Time Management: With only a minute for each challenge, teams learn the importance of time management and efficiency.
  • Healthy Competition: The fast-paced nature of the game fosters a sense of friendly competition among teams.
  • Engagement: The fun and often humorous challenges ensure participants are entertained and fully engaged.

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5 - Name That Hit Song - Music Trivia

This outrageous "Shazam" style activity revolves around identifying songs from short snippets, adding an exhilarating twist to your event.

In this fast-paced showdown, participants listen closely to a clip of a song and race to guess its title and artist.

The rush of hitting the buzzer in record time adds an element of fast-paced competition and excitement.

Points are earned not only for accuracy but also for the swiftness of response, creating a high-energy atmosphere that’s perfect for team bonding.

Even the audience becomes part of the experience, cheering on contestants racing against the clock to identify hit songs.

Make your next event memorable by choosing this game and witness the power of music in forging stronger connections among your team members.

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Number of Participants

Traditionally, this show featured individual contestants, but for team-building purposes, it can be adjusted to include multiple teams.

Each music challenge can either be done by a representative from each team or in relay-style, where team members take turns.

Groups of over 50 people are encouraged to host a “Tournament Shazam Style Game” so that everyone can take turn playing and participating in the audience.

Time Allocation

A standard session might last anywhere from 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of songs played and rounds included.

This game is usually the "Final" exercise to choose the winner.  Two teams face-off for the championship.

Supplies Needed

  • A playlist of songs snippets from various genres and decades.
  • A sound system to play the audio clips.
  • Scorecards or a digital scoreboard to track team points.
  • Prizes for the winning team (optional).
  • A high-energy host to facilitate the game

How NTHS is Used as a Team Builder

  • Team Collaboration: Teams discuss and collaborate to recall song titles or artists, promoting teamwork.
  • Memory & Recognition: The game tests teams' collective memory and recognition skills.
  • Diverse Knowledge: Teams benefit from diverse music tastes and knowledge, valuing every member's input.
  • Healthy Competition: Teams compete to identify the most songs, fostering a sense of friendly competition.
  • Engagement: The joy of recognizing favorite tunes ensures participants are entertained and engaged throughout.

6 - Game Show Mania - Trivia

Trivia Mania is an elimination-style game show where participants answer a series of general knowledge questions.

The game can be fast-paced, with participants needing to answer before time runs out.

It can be played as a thrilling game show or adapted as a lively trivia game for team-building purposes.

The challenge is not only in knowing the answers but in being quick and strategic about responding, especially when competing against others.

Trivia - Game show Mania

Number of Participants

While traditional settings might have a fixed number of individual contestants, for team-building events, it can be adjusted to incorporate multiple teams.

Each trivia challenge can either be done by a representative from each team or in relay-style, where team members take turns.

Groups of over 50 people are encouraged to host a “Tournament” so that everyone can take turn playing and participating in the audience.

Time Allocation

A standard session might last anywhere from 45-90 minutes, depending on the number of players and rounds included.

This game is usually the "Final" exercise to choose the winner.  Two teams face-off for the championship.

Supplies Needed

  • A list of trivia questions spanning various categories and difficulty levels.
  • A buzzer system or another method for participants to signal when they know the answer.
  • Scorecards or a digital scoreboard to monitor team points.
  • Prizes for the winning team (optional).
  • Powerful host to facilitate the fast paced game show

How GSM Trivia is Used as a Team Builder

  • Team Collaboration: Teams converse and work together to come up with answers, enhancing teamwork.
  • Knowledge & Quick Thinking: The game tests teams' general knowledge and their ability to think swiftly under pressure.
  • Diverse Knowledge: With questions from various categories, every team member's knowledge base becomes valuable.
  • Healthy Competition: The format encourages friendly competition as teams vie to answer the most questions correctly.
  • Engagement: The excitement of the trivia challenges ensures participants remain attentive and entertaine

7 - Lip Sync Challenge - TikTok/Karaoke

Lip Sync Challenge is a vibrant talent show where teams perform popular songs without actually singing.

It's all about the performance, the charisma, and embodying the entire spirit of a popular song.

Participants compete to deliver the most entertaining and convincing lip sync performance, often accompanied by dance moves and costumes (optional).

The game can be a delightful spectacle, making it a great choice for team-building activities.

Usually it's the finale and final round where the two top teams battle it out on the dance floor.

Lip Sync Final Challenge

Number of Participants

While traditional settings might have a fixed number of individual contestants, for team-building events, it can be adjusted to incorporate multiple teams.

Each Lip Sync challenge can either be done by a representative from each team or can perform together for one big show.

Groups of over 50 people are encouraged to host a “Tournament” so that everyone can take turn playing and participating in the audience.

Time Allocation

Usually this game is used in the final round.

The top two teams battle it out, so depending on the number of songs, a session might last frominutes.

A standalone talent show could be from 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the number of participants.

Supplies Needed

  • A playlist of popular songs from various genres and decades.
  • A sound system to play the tracks.
  • Optional props, costumes, or backdrops to enhance the performance.
  • Prizes for the winning team or performer (optional).

How Lip Sync Challenge is Used as a Team Builder

  • Team Collaboration: Teams strategize and work together to choreograph and deliver a memorable performance for their audience.
  • Creativity & Expression: The talent show encourages participants to be imaginative and expressive, showcasing their unique flair.
  • Breaking the Ice: The light-hearted nature of lip syncing can help team members let loose and bond over shared fun.
  • Healthy Competition: Teams compete to deliver the most entertaining performance, showing a sense of friendly rivalry.
  • Engagement: The spectacle of watching colleagues perform ensures participants are thoroughly entertained and engaged.

8 - Pictionary Showdown

In this game, teams draw pictures to show words or phrases, and their colleagues try to guess them.

It’s a bit like a race against time and sparks lots of creativity and teamwork.

People get to be artists, and everyone has to work together to solve the drawings.

It;s as exciting as charades where teams or individuals compete against the clock to interpret and guess the word based on the sketches.

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Number of Participants

  • The setup can remain the same, with teams working together to guess what their representative is drawing.
  • Traditionally,  Pictionary is played with two teams, each consisting of 5 players on a team.For team-building purposes.

Time Allocation

Depending on the number of participants and rounds requested, a session might range from 30-75 minutes.

Supplies Needed

  • Drawing boards or sheets of paper.
  • Markers or pencils for sketching.
  • A set of Pictionary cards or a list of words/phrases.
  • A timer to limit the drawing and guessing time.
  • Prizes for the winning team (optional).

How GSM Trivia is Used as a Team Builder

  • Team Collaboration: Teams collaborate to quickly interpret drawings and come up with the correct word or phrase.
  • Creativity & Quick Thinking: The game pushes participants to be creative in their drawing approach and quick in their guesses.
  • Communication: Though non-verbal, the game emphasizes the importance of clear communication and understanding between team members.
  • Healthy Competition: Teams compete to guess words accurately and swiftly, fostering a sense of friendly competition.
  • Engagement: The challenge of drawing under pressure and the joy of successful guesses ensure participants are entertained and engaged.

Team Building Feedback

Opportunities for feedback and reflection after activities help solidify learning opportunities and improvements

One should review the goals and objectives of the session and evaluate whether they were met or not.   Ask team members for their feedback on the activities that were conducted.

It's imperative to ask the team members to share takeaways about themselves or their teammates during the session.

This can be done through a group discussion or by asking each person to share an experience from the session.

Last, but not least, create an ongoing plan for the team to continue working on building stronger relationships and improving teamwork in the future.

 

 

Team Building Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where are you located?

We are located in Teaneck, NJ.  We come to your location or venue.  We travel throughout the NYC Tri-State area.

Q. What are your most popular games?

Face-2-Face Feud, 60 Seconds of Fame and Word Play are our most popular game shows.

They’re similar to three of the greatest game shows of our time.  Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud and Minute to Win it. Our Lip Sync Challenge is becoming more popular because of Tik Tok.

When it’s all said and done, our clients have experienced them all.

Q. What are your rates for corporate events and do you perform at private events?

Yes. Every event is different, please go to the contact us page, fill in the form or give us a call for an estimate.

Prices may vary depending on the number of people, location, time, clients specific needs and any promotions we may be running at the time of your inquiry.

Q. Do you travel outside of the New York City metro area?

Yes, our game show equipment is compact. As long as your budget allows, we will travel throughout the U.S.and beyond.

Q. Is your staff prepared to accommodate a group of any size?

Yes, we are able to accommodate most group sizes depending on the venue and the activity. 

As long as we get an approximate head count one week prior to your event we will be able to accommodate.

Q. Can everybody play?

Yes, it depends on the group size, time allocated for the game and if everyone wants to play. 

We can accommodate up to 1,000 people one time via audience response keypads.

The best players will be called up in front of the room or on the stage to play one of our other popular team building game shows.

Don’t worry about everyone playing as many just want to watch and be entertained. 

Q. How long does a typical game show last?

A typical game show session lasts about 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the format and the number of participants. We can adjust the duration to fit your schedule and event requirements.

Q. Can we customize the game shows for our company?

For an additional fee, we can customize questions and themes to align with your company’s industry, culture, and objectives. This includes incorporating company-specific trivia, industry-related questions, and branding elements to make the experience more relevant and engaging for your team.

Q. What makes your services different from other game show companies?

Our expertise in hosting game shows for over a decade.  Our pricing is determined by a number of factors, offer two game shows for the price of one, professionalism and a guaranteed 5 star performance.

Also, our questions are amazingly funny, unique and customized for each client. We guarantee laughter and camaraderie, if nothing else.

We are a full-service, live, corporate entertainment company as well. We have comedians, singers and dancers available at your request.

Best part, there's no risk on your end as we do not require the customary 50% deposit. You pay after our performance. 

So, if you’re tired of the same kind of corporate events year after year, and you’re looking for something completely different that can improve morale and make your team stronger, we have it.

Q. May we provide our own host?

Absolutely. We will work closely with you  or another coordinator to ensure that every detail of your event is specific to your particular needs and demands.

We provide an opportunity for you to be the star, not us.

Q. Who provides the prizes or incentives for the winning team?

You are responsible for providing prizes. We will guide you as to what kind of prizes work best.

Ultimately, you choose the grand prize.  We may provide prize metals depending upon the package you choose.

Q. How far in advance do we need to book your services?

We recommend booking at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance to ensure availability and allow time for customization. However, we can often accommodate shorter notice periods depending on our schedule.

Q. What is the cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is 14 days prior to the scheduled event.  Generally, we offer flexible rescheduling options and don't require refunds as we don't take 50% deposits.  Please refer to our specific policy when booking.

Q. How do we get started with booking a show for our team?

To get started, simply contact us through our website or give us a call. Our team will guide you through the process, discuss your requirements, and help you choose the best game show theme for your team building event.