Regardless of how it's doing in the television demographics or what other shows it can be compared to, it is undeniable that Minute to Win It has sparked a chain of interactivity for home viewers. From talking to people online and in real life, I know that having parties and home trials based on the stunts seen on the show are not at all uncommon. Since the premise of the show is really based on games you can play with everyday objects (as opposed to, say, a human-sized bowl of rope-like spaghetti on Double Dare) the appeal is far reaching to most viewers. The fun part about the parties is that if you want to get on the show, it's perfect training for you and your guests. This week, I'm going to help you plan an awesome Minute to Win It party.
The best thing about planning a home Minute event is that every stunt in rotation on the show is available at the show's official website. They give you a list of the materials needed to play, a brief rundown of the rules, plus those fancy British lady/violin music blueprint videos they use on the real show. It's always a good idea to look for games that need things you already have around the house. In addition, try to find games that share the same materials. For instance, just about everyone has a deck of cards at home, right? Well, the games Don't Blow the Joker (pictured - knocking all cards off the top of a deck except the bottom one), Wheel of a Deal (getting twenty cards separately into five piles) and Card Ninja (getting a tossed card to stick in a piece of fruit) all require a single deck of cards.
In terms of things you might have to buy, Separation Anxiety and Suck it Up both require M&Ms, one game to separate them and one game to transport them. And hey, once you're done playing those games you've got party snacks! Some other games also feature items that could be used for consumption before or after, like Face the Cookie which uses an Oreo, Cantagious which uses six full soft drink cans and, after you play that, Tipsy, which uses those same cans, only partially filled. Find about ten games to use that share as many materials as possible, and you should be good.
The next thing to do is to decide what kind of a party you want to have. Playing it like the show where one person plays at a time going up a ladder might not be conducive to a fun, multi-person environment. I've come up with three different formats you can use for the party:
1) If you're going for something laid back, don't do a format at all! Just play the games. Don't worry about scoring or anything, just go through as many games as you can.
2) One scoring format is to make every game worth one point. Each time someone can complete a task, they get a point. Person with the most points at the end of the night is the winner!
3) This is similar to #2. Assign games a point level from one to three. Easy games are worth one, medium games two and hard games are worth three. (You can use your own discretion or watch clips from the show to get an idea.) Order the games easy to hard and, again, the one with the most points is your winner!
Even if your friends haven't seen Minute, they should be familiar with other stunt shows of the past like Beat the Clock or the aforementioned Double Dare. Unlike other party games, these concepts aren't hard at all to understand. Anyone can play them, so these might even be good to entertain your kids at their next birthday party. If you've got hopes of getting to play the games on TV, after a night of playing these you'll be all prepped to try out! No matter how you feel about the actual show, it's got to be admitted that a Minute to Win It party would be a really fun way to spend a Saturday night with friends.
Chad Mosher is a past game show contestant, and has experience in many aspects of the game show industry. He contributes a weekly column here at About.com Game Shows, answering your questions and tackling all facets of the game show genre. If you have questions for Chad, you can post them here in the comments, or contact him directly through the link in his bio.
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