How to Play Power Hour

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Setup

Players

  • Flexible with as many players as needed

 

Materials

  • A group of friends
  • A mild beverage of your choice but usually beer
  • A timer, usually on a smartphone
  • Shot glasses for all players

 

Additional Setup Notes

  • Play responsibly and make sure contestants have water and other non-alcoholic hydration like Gatorade or electrolyte mixes.
  • Do not attempt Power Hour with hard liquor.
  • Do not double time the game or play multiple rounds.

Objective

The objective of this hardcore drinking game is to take a shot of beer every minute for sixty minutes straight. This is where the name Power Hour comes from.

Gameplay

As a popular college drinking game, Power Hour also goes by the name of 21 for 21, and has each participant take a shot of beer every minute for an hour straight.

Before starting the drinking game, players should  set up beers and shot glasses ensuring everyone has a shot glass of their own and beer easily accessible to pour the next drink. 

As every contestant will be taking a total of sixty shots of beer during the course of Power Hour, you will need to reserve 1.5 ounce shots times sixty, totaling at 7.5 standard beers per player. Keep your beer cold for the best experience.

Power Hour pairs well with themes, and you can choose é.g. a music genre to play for the duration of the sixty minute gameplay. You’ll need approximately 15 songs for a well-timed Power Hour playlist.

Once you have your music and your shots ready to go, it’s time to set up the timer. Get your smartphone to loop the timer every one minute so players know when to take the shot, and set an alarm for the full hour. 

It’s go-time! Start the music, the timer, and have participants down their first shot. They will then fill up their shot glasses right after to prepare to take the next shot once the next minute is up. 

Players will keep taking shots every minute until the full hour is complete.

Endgame

The game ends once the hour is up and all sixty shots have been consumed. There are no winners in Power Hour.

Power Hour Tips

Play Power Hour at your own risk, this drinking game is not for the faint of heart.  Make sure you have a hearty meal before starting the game. Don’t play if you are already intoxicated or if on medication or if you know you are a lightweight when it comes to alcohol consumption!

Power Hour Variations

While we strongly advise against leveling up the game, there is a variation of the Power Hour drinking game called Centurion Club that has players taking 100 shots in 100 minutes.

Disclaimer

The Game Farm does not encourage or promote alcohol consumption of any kind. We do not take responsibility for any injuries, damages, or other consequences that may arise from the consumption of alcohol while playing our games.

It is the responsibility of each individual player to drink responsibly and know their limits. We recommend that players drink plenty of water and take breaks throughout the night to avoid becoming intoxicated.

If you are underage, please do not drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol underage is illegal and can have serious health consequences.

We hope you have fun playing our drinking games responsibly!

About the Author: Alexa Withrow

Alexa is a board game fanatic, happily entering her 30s era, trading in late nights out for game nights in. Always happy to host, she enjoys bringing her people together for some friendly competition and joy that ends promptly at 9 p.m.

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