What's your best team-building game?

People sometimes are undecided about what sort of team building activity to choose for their group's outing. They'll ask us, which one is best?

Of course, it all depends on what you're looking for and what type of team you have.

Our most popular game by far is Search Party. Available in over a half-dozen locations in the Portland and Seattle areas, each version exploits unique characteristics of the game location's environment. It doesn't matter how well you know the area - deciphering the clues is the hard part, and we guarantee we'll have you discovering dozens of new features of the area whether you grew up there or just flew in.

Those who like deep immersion might prefer Alias and Alibi. This spy-versus-spy game appeals to those who love to pretend to be someone else or who always dreamed of being a 007-type spy (or maybe a Jason Bourne or even an Agent 99) who could save the world if just given the chance. You interact with Agents and uncover layer after layer of clues before time runs out.

That appeals to some. If none of that seemed fun to you, keep reading.

Many of our staff prefer Freewheel over all other games. Not only is it a total blast as teams laugh through zany challenges to earn parts so they can assemble a bike for a needy kid... the moment at the end, when the kids come in and discover they have bright, shiny new bikes of their own is too amazing for words. Watch the video to see what we mean.

If you have a slightly smaller group and your own venue, and just want to have fun without saving the world, you can't beat Game Show Live. It's just fun, pure and simple. We love the "stupid human tricks". This game is best for trivia-game lovers.

My own personal favorite is Operation Care Kit. I think the men and women overseas deserve more attention, and this game reminds us why we have it so good. Plus... it's a freakin' riot.



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