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How to play Two Truths and a Lie: Ideas to get started and strategies for success

Want to understand the game? We've done the research for you!


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Oct 30, 2023   Updated on Nov 7, 2023, 1:15 pm CST

Are you looking for an entertaining game that requires no special equipment and will bring loads of laughs? Dive into the game of Two Truths and a Lie. Want to understand the game? We’ve researched some Two Truths and a Lie ideas for you!

What is Two Truths and a Lie?

Two Truths and a Lie is a classic game played at parties, gatherings, and as icebreakers. As the Daily Dot wrote, it’s even been the subject of a short film from James Coulson and Derek Lee, where a game involving six people gets darker and stranger. (But certainly it doesn’t have to be like that for you.)

The premise of the game is simple. Each player presents three statements about themselves – two truths and one lie. The challenge is for everyone else to determine which statement is false.

The real fun, of course, comes in being able to tell out-of-the-ordinary truths about yourself as part of the mix of statements, and to learn similar items about the people with whom you’re playing.

How to play Two Truths and a Lie

Gather participants in a circle.

Players take turns sharing their three statements.

The group guesses which statement they believe is the lie.

The player reveals the false statement, and the next person takes their turn.

The game can continue for as many rounds as desired.

Strategies for Two Truths and a Lie success

Crafting Your Lie: Make your lie plausible. Instead of saying, “I speak 22 languages,” opt for, “I can speak three languages fluently.”

Crafting Your Truths: Tell truths that seem unlikely. For instance, if you’re typically shy but once danced on a table at a party, you might use that.

Keeping a Poker Face is Key: Stay neutral. Don’t overexplain. Avoid giving away your lie through facial expressions.

Mix It Up: If playing multiple rounds, change the order of your truths and lie to keep others guessing.

Two Truths and a Lie ideas: How to get started

About childhood/family

  • I was the first in my family to attend college.
  • English isn’t my family’s first language.
  • My family visited Disney World every year.

About food preferences

  • I’ve never tasted soda.
  • Seafood allergies prevent me from enjoying many dishes.
  • Chocolate isn’t my thing.

Achievements and milestones

  • All my top college choices accepted me.
  • I’ve read over 400 books.
  • My school voted me “Most likely to succeed.”

Skills and hidden talents

  • I’ve completed the NYC Marathon.
  • Juggling is one of my hidden talents.
  • My knitting skills earned me an Etsy shop.

Interesting facts

  • Swimming with dolphins? Done it.
  • I’ve never been a bridesmaid.
  • Yes, there’s a selfie with Taylor Swift on my phone.

Why play Two Truths and a Lie?

Apart from the fun and laughter, this game is an incredible way to get to know others better. Whether you’re throwing a party, breaking the ice at a corporate event, or just hanging out with friends, it’s a game that promises fun while challenging your ability to present and detect deceptive information.

It’s truly a timeless game, perfect for all occasions. Whether you’re sharing wild truths from your past or crafting the most believable lie, the game offers endless amusement. Remember our strategies, use our Two Truths and a Lie ideas for inspiration, and enjoy hours of entertainment!

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*First Published: Oct 30, 2023, 6:32 pm CDT