HOW TO PLAY H.O.R.S.E.
Decide on an order of play. You can play Horse with two or more players. Just agree on an order for who plays first, then second, and so on.
- If you can't decide, take turns shooting from the same spot. Whoever gets the most baskets in a row goes first, followed by second place, and so on.
Let the first player invent a challenge shot. The first player takes a shot from anywhere on the court — or even outside the bounds! He can add "extra rules" to this shot too, but he has to announce them before shooting. For example, he can say "I'm shooting with my eyes closed" or "I'm shooting behind my back." He gets one try to make the basket.
Give the next player the ball. The second player gets to take the next shot. This part depends on whether the last shot was successful:
- If the first player made a basket: the second player has to copy whatever the first player did, including where she or he was standing.
- If the first player missed the basket: the second player can shoot from anywhere, using any rules she or he wants to invent.
Keep playing with the same rules. Whenever it's your turn, if the person before you made a basket, you have to copy them. If the person before you missed, it's your turn to invent a new challenge.
- After the last player shoots, it's the first player's turn again.
Get a letter when you fail a challenge. If you are trying to copy the person before you and you miss the basket, you get the letter H. Each time you make this mistake, you get a new letter, spelling out H—O—R—S—E. When you spell out the full "HORSE," you lose the game.
- You can't get a letter while you are inventing a challenge. If you miss the basket, play just passes to the next player with no penalty.
Invent a new challenge if everyone succeeds. If you invent a challenge, and every other player successfully makes the basket, you get to invent a new challenge.
Play until there's one person left. When someone gets a "HORSE," he leaves the game. The other players keep playing, skipping his turn. Keep playing until there's one winner left in the game.