Guessing by smell

Number of players
Recommended age
Competition type
Several teams
Playing time
-60 min
Cost or investment

Brief description of the game

In Guess what it smells like, players test their sense of smell by guessing what object is in front of their noses – never better said – just by the smell it gives off.
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How to play “Guessing by smell”

Things you need to know before starting to play

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Number of players

From 2 players over 5 years old. There is no maximum limit.

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What you need to play

Something to blindfold and objects that you have at home.

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Team Formation

The game is more fun when played in teams. Create two balanced teams.

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Agree on the number of rounds

In a round, each player takes a turn and tries to guess a sound. The ideal number of rounds depends on the total number of players and the amount of time you want to spend playing.

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Which team goes first?

In each round the teams will alternate turns guessing one player from each team at a time. The team with the youngest player starts.

Order within the team

We also recommend establishing the order in which players from the same team will participate during a round.

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Object Selection

Each team meets and agrees on which objects they will use to propose to the opposing team.

Goal of the game

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Who will win?

The team that recognizes the most objects using only its sense of smell wins.

“Guessing by smell” rules: playing a game

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The player whose turn it is sits in a chair. The opposing team puts the blindfold on him and makes sure he sees nothing.

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Search and bring the object closer

A player from the other team goes to look for the object they had previously decided on – discreetly so as not to give away any clues – and holds it up to his or her nose.

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The blindfolded player breathes in… sniffs… and…

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What is it?

It’s time to prove you have a good nose!

If you guess the object, a point is added to your team’s score.

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Next turns

Now it is the turn of a player from the other team. Teams will alternate until a round is completed.

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Next rounds

The game continues if it has been agreed to play several rounds.

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Rule 1 – No cheating!

The player whose turn it is may not use any other sense to guess the object other than smell.

Your teammates cannot do or say anything to help you. In case of doing so, the turn will be lost without scoring any points.

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Rule 2 – Not everything goes

Objects that do not give off any type of odor may not be used. Nor objects that may be harmful by inhalation.

End of the game. Who wins?

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Game over

The game ends when the rounds agreed upon before the start of the game have been completed.

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And the winner is…

The team that has guessed the most objects is the winner.

Tips for playing “Guessing by smell”

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Headphones with music – Reason 1

It is possible for the blindfolded player to suspect which object the opposing team has gone to look for: by the noise, the time it takes, the comments or the laughter of the players.

In that case you can put some headphones with music while he goes to look for the object and when he already has it in front of him you can take them off.

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Number of rounds

  • For 2 players (1 vs 1) = 6 rounds (12 objects in total).
  • For 6 players (two teams of 3 players) = 3 rounds (18 objects in total).
  • For large groups, a single round will suffice, i.e. only one object per player.

This is just an orientation. You decide!

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For very large groups

If there are many of you and even playing in one round the game can become very long, you can take turns in parallel with two players at the same time, one from each team.

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Make it fun

Imagination is power. Our most sincere congratulations to this group of friends for their boldness and daring.

Adivina que es por su olor

The smell of passion” by MastaBaba is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 .

Games like “Guessing by smell”

This game is part of a series of games that could be used to organize a real


SMELL: Guess what it is by smell.
TASTE: Guess what it is by its flavor
TOUCH: Guess what it is with touch
HEARING: Guess the sound

Yes, we know, there is one missing, the sight one. We will shortly add a game for it. When? We don’t know yet, but if you follow us on social media, we’ll keep you posted 😉

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LOODENS rating

For us it is a 5 star game if it is well implemented. We encourage you to try it with family and friends.

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