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The Complete List of Video Game Ideas for Charades - 180 Ideas (2021)

By Ciarán.

It can be difficult to get your kids, or yourself, away from those screens. Video games in particular are playing a huge part in people's lives nowadays and we all need a break from them at times.

One way to entice people off video games for a while, is to have them act out their favourite ones!

Video games aren't a traditional category in charades, but that's the whole point of charades – you can act out whatever you like!

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How to Signal You're Acting Out a Video Game in Charades

Before you jump into your attempt at acting out the words you've been given, you always first signal how many words and syllables the thing you're acting out is, along with a signal of what type of thing it is. If it's a TV Show, you outline an old TV monitor. If it's a book, you have your hands together like you're praying, and fold them outwards so your palms are facing up.

For signalling video games, you can keep your hands in a way like you're holding a controller, and twiddle your thumbs. This will signify that you're about to act out a video game. You can run through this with all players beforehand to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Below you will find a list of video game ideas in the categories of Action, Adventure, Action-adventure, Role-playing (RPGs), Strategy, Simulation, Puzzle, Sports and Racing.

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Action ideas

We’ve got some of your favourite old school and modern action video games below. As long as you don’t act out like you usually would in these games, this should be a fun charades experience for everyone!

  • Call of Duty 3
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Halo
  • Fortnite
  • Modern Warfare
  • ClayFighter 63⅓
  • Apex Legends
  • Street Fighter
  • Counterstrike
  • Battlefield V
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Black Ops 2
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Half Life 2
  • Warzone
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Tekken 7
  • Doom Eternal

Adventure ideas

From the text-based adventure game A Dark Room, to the incredible graphics of the latest instalment in the Syberia series, we have a wide-range of ideas that everyone can love. Explore the world of charades for a while, with this list of adventure video games to choose from.

  • Grim Fandango
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • A Dark Room
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Thimbleweed Park
  • Life is Strange
  • Maniac Mansion
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Fran Bow
  • Broken Age
  • Syberia: The World Before
  • The Walking Dead Season 1
  • Machinarium
  • Full Throttle
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • The Longest Journey
  • I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
  • Journey
  • Firewatch
  • Gone Home

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Action-adventure ideas

Enjoy mixing action and adventure together? I like your style – Zelda is my personal favourite. Below is a list of some of the most popular action and adventure video games around, both old and new. Why not test them out in charades and see if you’d like them?

  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Resident Evil
  • Metroid
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • A Way Out
  • Spider-Man
  • Watchdogs
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • The Last of Us
  • Minecraft
  • Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 4
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Uncharted Collection
  • God of War
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Role-playing (RPGs) ideas

Who doesn’t love a good role-playing game? RPGs have been extremely popular for a long time, and there’s no doubt why. Delve into the world of charades and take on a new persona, with these RPG video game ideas.

  • Skyrim
  • World of Warcraft
  • Planescape Torment
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Dark Souls
  • Oblivion
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Borderlands 2
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Diablo II
  • Kingdom Hearts 2
  • Disco Elysium
  • Pokémon Red
  • Bloodborne
  • Cyberpunk 2077

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Strategy ideas

Strategy is key in any game you play, even in charades. Try and act out your video game so that it’s tailored to what your teammate can know and guess. If you’ve played any of these games before, they’re sure to help you out while playing charades.

  • Command and Conquer: Generals
  • Age of Empires
  • League of Legends
  • Civilization VI
  • StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty
  • Offworld Trading Company
  • Northguard
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Battletech
  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
  • Phoenix Point
  • XCOM 2
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Endless Legend
  • Gears Tactics
  • Europa Universalis 4
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Desperados III
  • Into the Breach
  • Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

Simulation ideas

The important question to ask is whether your game of charades is real, or if it's just a simulation that you don’t realise you’re in? *X-Files music plays*. Check out our list of simulation video game ideas for charades below.

  • The Sims 2
  • Stardew Valley
  • Planet Coaster
  • Cities: Skylines
  • American Truck Simulator
  • SimLife
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Farming Simulator 20
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Little Computer People
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Tropico 5
  • Jones in the Fast Lane
  • SimEarth
  • Real Lives
  • SnowRunner
  • Wall Street Kid
  • RimWorld
  • Spore
  • House Flipper

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Puzzle ideas

Hopefully your teammates have played enough of these video games to solve your acting attempts! See below for our list of puzzle-based video games to act out in a fun game of charades.

  • Tetris
  • Myst
  • The Talos Principle
  • Braid
  • Professor Layton
  • World of Goo
  • Minesweeper
  • Portal
  • Baba Is You
  • Lemmings
  • Bejeweled
  • Peggle
  • Zuma
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • SpaceChem
  • Lode Runner
  • The Witness
  • Monument Valley
  • The Room
  • Superliminal

Sports ideas

Check out our wide range of classic and modern sports video games to act out in charades below. Whether you’re a sporty person or not, you’re bound to know most of these, and if not - it increases the challenge to guess it right!

  • FIFA 22
  • Wii Sports
  • Tecmo Super Bowl
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 5
  • EA Sports UFC 3
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  • Rocket League
  • MVP Baseball 2005
  • Punch-Out!!
  • NCAA Football 14
  • Arch Rivals
  • WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw
  • NHL ‘94
  • Pong
  • MLB The Show 20
  • Mario Tennis
  • Fight Night Champion
  • NBA Street
  • Skate
  • Madden NFL 21

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Racing ideas

Use your skills as a gamer to race through these video game ideas and win the most points! Our list below ranges from realistic racing games to more fictional ones - so there’s something for almost everyone in these charades ideas.

Fun fact: When we were younger my brother and I’s favourite game was Mario Kart 64!
Unfun fact: My brother always took Bowser.

  • Mario Kart 64
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Seed Race
  • Pole Position
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Project CARS
  • iRacing
  • Crash Team Racing
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Real Racing 3
  • The Crew
  • Team Sonic Racing
  • OnRush
  • F-Zero X
  • Blur
  • Asphalt 9: Legends
  • Wreckfest
  • DiRT Rally 2.0

Need More Ideas?

If you’d like even more things to act out you can check out our charades ideas generator for a bunch of more ideas, including more video game titles. It’s completely free and easy to use - simply select whichever categories you like and get searching for the perfect charades idea! Want some kids charades ideas? Then why not check out our kids charades generator for ideas tailored more towards children.

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