Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) is a classic hand game that has been played for centuries. The game is simple, yet entertaining and provides an excellent way for people to settle disputes. It is a game that requires no equipment, and anyone can participate. While it may seem that the game has only three options, there are numerous rules and variations to make it more challenging and exciting.
The Rules of Rock Paper Scissors
Rock Paper Scissors involves two players, but it can also be played in teams. The players use their hands to represent one of three options – rock, paper, or scissors. Rock is represented by making a fist, paper by holding out a flat hand, and scissors by making a fist but extending the index and middle finger.
The game commences with the players deciding on a signal for starting. They usually count together or shout, “Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!” Once the signal is given, both players make their hands into one of the three options and reveal them simultaneously. The winner is determined according to the following rules:
1. Rock crushes scissors.
2. Scissors cut paper.
3. Paper covers rock.
If both players choose the same option, the game is prolonged, and both players choose again.
Variations of Rock Paper Scissors
There are several variations of the game that people have developed over the years to make it more interesting. Here are some of the variations you can implement to make the game more fun.
1. Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
This variation was inspired by the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” The game is named after the five options: rock, paper, scissors, lizard, and Spock. Lizard is represented by making a hand gesture like a lizard’s tongue, and Spock is represented by making a Vulcan salute. To determine the winner, the rules are modified, and the hierarchy becomes as follows:
1. Scissors cut paper.
2. Paper covers rock.
3. Rock crushes lizard.
4. Lizard poisons Spock.
5. Spock smashes scissors.
6. Scissors decapitate lizard.
7. Lizard eats paper.
8. Paper disproves Spock.
9. Spock vaporizes rock.
10. Rock crushes scissors.
2. Rock Paper Scissors Tug-of-War
In this variation, the game is played in a team, and each team has an imaginary rope. The team that wins the round pulls the rope towards their side. The team that pulls the rope over the center line wins the game.
3. Rock Paper Scissors Roulette
This variation involves the use of drinking. Players are required to choose one of the three options on the count of three. The drinker drinks if they lose, and the player who wins can decide to continue or pass the responsibility to another player.
4. Rock Paper Scissors Puzzle
In this variation, before the game starts, a puzzle is made with a picture of a cartoon, and the opponent must try to solve the puzzle while playing the game.
As you can see, Rock Paper Scissors has several variations that can make the game more exciting and challenging. You can create your variation by adding your rules to the game. The possibilities are endless, and the game is suitable for all ages. So next time you have a dispute, remember Rock Paper Scissors, and let the game decide the winner.