- Two Players
- Best of 3
The first player to win two out of three games wins!
Each person hold out their hands one in a fist and one flat with their palm up. Moving your fist up and then down into your flat palm each players says “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot! As both players simultaneously say “Shoot!” you adjust your fisted hand into one of 3 choices.
Rock: Your hand stays a fist.
Paper: You lay your hand flat palm facing down.
Scissors: You hold out 2 fingers emulating a pair of scissors.
For scoring purposes Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. If both players choose the same object the round is played again. This game is typically used to decide who goes first in an upcoming game, and can also be used to decide who does things they may not want to do like chores.
Two players stand facing each other and both extend their hands in front of them. At the same time and in cadence with each other both players say “Rock, Papers, Scissors, Shoot!” On “shoot” both players form their hand into one of the 3 object choices.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Strategy & Tips
According to a statistical analysis by Carnegie Mellon University who analyzed 90 people playing the game 22.2% of players started with Rock, 40% started with Paper, and 37.7% of players started with Scissors.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Variations
- Rock, Paper, Scissors Teams: Up to 6 players stand in a circle and play a normal round. If 3 different objects are chosen in the group the round is nullified and played again. If only 2 objects are chosen ie: Rock and Paper. All the players that chose the losing option lose.
- Rock, Paper, Scissors, Spock: Popularized by the sitcom Big Bang Theory this variation follows the same rules but adds 2 more objects to choose. Spock and Lizard. The scoring goes as follows: Spock beats Scissors and Rock but loses to Paper and Lizard. Lizard beats Spock and Paper but loses to Rock and Scissors. Rock beats Scissors and Lizard, but loses to Paper and Spock. Paper beats Rock and Spock, but loses to Scissors and Lizard. Scissors beats Paper and Lizard, but loses to Rock and Spock.
Why does Rock beat Scissors?
Because Rock smashes Scissors.
Why does Scissors beat Paper?
Because Scissors cut Paper.
Why does Paper beat Rock?
Because Paper covers Rock.