13 Nerf War Game Ideas to Combat Boredom

Nerf War Games a LOT of Fun! Here are our 13 favorite Nerf War Game Ideas to Combat Boredom

Although Nerf blasters can be fun to play with on their own, there are some times where you need to add something new to the mix. Nerf war games are the perfect way to add some excitement in a pinch!

However, creating your own can be difficult. If you are trying to spice up your Nerf fun, here are my favorite... 

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NERF MicroShots 6-Blaster Bundle

NERF MicroShots 6-Blaster Bundle

  • 6 Mini Dart-Firing Elite Blasters and 6 Official Elite Darts - for Kids, Teens, Adults 
  • MINI-SIZED VERSIONS OF FAVORITE NERF BLASTERS: This bundle pack includes favorite Nerf blasters in a fun micro-size -- great for battling and collecting! Includes 6 blasters and 6 Official Nerf Elite darts
  • CLASSIC AND SPECIAL COLORS: 4 blasters come in their classic Nerf color schemes, and 2 blasters feature special colors schemes for this Amazon bundle pack
  • FIRES 1 DART AT A TIME: Each single-shot blaster fires 1 dart at a time and is hand-powered (no batteries required)
NERF Elite Ace SD-1 Party Pack

NERF Elite Ace SD-1 Party Pack

  • 10 Blasters, 20 Darts, 8 Year Old Boys & Girls & Up 
  • NERF ELITE ACE SD-1 PARTY PACK WITH 10 BLASTERS AND 20 OFFICIAL NERF ELITE DARTS: This awesome set is great for parties and gifts for kids, and loads of fun for multi-person outdoor play
  • EASY TO LOAD, PRIME, AND FIRE: Easy to use, so everyone can join in the fun. Load 1 dart into the front of the barrel in the dart blaster, pull back the priming handle, and press the trigger to fire the dart

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13 Nerf war game ideas to combat boredom.

Nerf War Games a LOT of Fun! Here are our 13 favorite Nerf War Game Ideas to Combat Boredom

1. Capture the Flag

Nerf War Game - How to play Capture the Flag

This is a really fun nerf game - Capture the flag is a traditional war game consisting of two different teams who are given a colored flag to protect.

While protecting their own flag, the goal of the game is to make it to the other team’s are and to make it through their defenses to seize their flag.

The game typically ends after one of the team has seized the opposing team’s flag only once.

2. Team Deathmatch

Nerf Games - How to play Nerf Team Deathmatch

Another popular Nerf war gun game, team deathmatch is a game in which all players split themselves into as many teams as they would like and then set out to defeat all members of the opposing team. Whichever team is left standing are the winners of the game.

The more teams and players that you have playing, the more interesting it gets. You can even add friendly fire rules to make things really exciting!

There are a few videos you can check out on youtube of teams participating in Deathmatch that should get your creative juices flowing. 

3. Free-For-All

Nerf War Games - How to play Free-For-All

Probably one of the most common Nerf war party games you will come across during a Nerf war, free-for-all is very easy for everyone to play. A free-for-all is a basic game in which all players have the objective to eliminate each of the other players in the game.

There are no teams or alliances, only yourself. You can always apply more rules to the game but these are the basics.

4. Hide and Seek

Nerf War Games - How to play Hide and Seek

There are two different versions of hide and seek that can be played during Nerf games.

The first version of hide and seek consists of two different teams, of which one team is a seeking team and the other is the hiding team. A head start is given to the hiding team who must find a hiding place within the given amount of time.

The seeking team then attempts to find the hiding team and eliminate them. The hiding team is given guns and is also trying to eliminate the seeking team when they are found by them.

The second version happens when all players are sent out into an area without guns. Their goal is to find the hidden guns and ammo concealed throughout the area and to eliminate all other players on the field before they have a chance to get their own weapons.

5. Assassin

Nerf War games - how to play Assassin

Assassin is very much like capture the flag, except for the fact that the target is a person rather than an object. Each team assigns one person who is the target for the other team and this target is given a single-shot blaster.

The goal of this game is for each of the teams to assassinate the other team’s target. The game ends when one of the targets is assassinated or when the decided time limit ends and both team’s targets manage to make their escape.

6. Stash War

Nerf War Games - How to Play Stash War

If you’ve ever heard of the Hunger Games, this game might sound pretty familiar. In Stash War, all players are split into two separate teams. At the beginning of the team, all of the Nerf products are placed in the center of the playing zone in a large stash.

Both teams stand on opposite sides of the stash and wait for a referee to blow the whistle. Once the whistle is blown, all players must rush towards the stash to try to grab as many weapons as possible. The game then commences and turn into a team deathmatch type of war.

7. Freeze Tag (Nerf Gun Style)

Nerf War Games - Freeze Tag (Nerf Gun Style)

This game is really easy to play and super fun. Split all players into two teams and begin trying to shoot players on the opposite team. Once a player on the opposite team is shot, they must freeze until someone from their team shoots them and releases them from being stuck.

The goal of this game is to shoot all players of the opposing team so that they are unable to free each other. In this game, friendly fire does not apply unless you are firing to free a team member. (Although you could apply friendly fire rules if you would like!)

8. Hunter and Mystery Hunter

Nerf War Games - How to play Hunter and Mystery Hunter

This is two different games but they both share similar qualities, which is why they are combined in this heading.

Hunter is a game in which one player is given any multi-shot blaster and the rest of the players are only given single-shot blasters. If you are the hunter, the goal of the game is to eliminate all of the prey, who only require one shot to eliminate.

If you are the prey, the goal of the game is to survive and eliminate the hunter, who requires five shots to eliminate.

Mystery hunter is the same game except for the fact that no one knows who the hunter is in the beginning. Before starting the game, each player is given a folded piece of paper. They are then told to spread out across the field and open up their papers.

All except one of the papers will be blank. The one that isn’t, which will have a red dot, indicates that the player with it is the hunter. When the game starts the mystery hunger will then begin going after all of the players.

You will not know who the hunter is until they begin firing their first shots and by then, it might be too late.

9. Defend the Core

Nerf War Games - How to Play Defend the Core

Although defend the core doesn’t require you to shoot other players, it is still quite a fun war game.

In defend the core, multiple teams are given a bucket or another circular object with a hollow center to place in front of them. When the game commences, each team’s goal is to shoot as many darts into the other team’s core. At the end of the game, the team with the least amount of ammunition in their core wins.

10. Headhunters

Nerf War Games - How to play Headhunters

Headhunters is not necessarily a game but rather a type of rule that you apply to any game of your choosing.

When playing headhunters, whether it’s in a team deathmatch type of game or any other game type, only head shots are accepted for eliminations and all other shots are ignored by each of the players. This makes it much harder to eliminate players on other teams when you begin your Nerf war.

This is even more true if you are playing games like hunter or freeze tag!

11. Zombie Apocalypse

Nerf War Games - How to Play Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie apocalypse is an extremely fun game for players who like to be challenged. In zombie apocalypse, players are split into two different teams.

The first team, the humans, are given access to any weapon of their choosing. The second team, the zombies, are unarmed and must rely on their mental and physical skills to play.

The goal of the game is for one team to eliminate the other. When a zombie touches a human, the human becomes a zombie and joins the zombie team. When a human shoots a zombie, the zombie is eliminated and can no longer play the game. (view great Zombie Strike guns here)

When all players have either been eliminated or turned, the game is over.

12. The Gun Game

Nerf War Games  - How to Play The Gun Game

The gun game is a fun game that is similar to hide and seek but with a bit of an advantage for players in the beginning. Each player begins with the game with a highly customizable gun designed to hold clips, a backpack, and three clips that are capable of holding up to six darts each.

When the game starts, players will have to look all around the playing area to find hidden parts and ammo that help them to improve their weapons. The more ammo and attachments you have, the better your chance of standing against the other players.

However, make sure to conserve as much ammo and customizations as possible. Resources are limited and you don’t want to run out before others have a chance to get to you.

13. Hit List

Nerf War Games - How to Play Hit List

Hit list is a type of Nerf war game that is similar to assassin but with a twist.

In hit list, all players are given a list that consists of all of the active players. Each of the lists has all of the players in a different order and each player with a list is required to eliminate all of the players in the exact order that is on the list.

Only one shot is required to eliminate a player and you never know who is required to kill you. You may even find yourself being pursued by multiple people at the same time!

Nerf war games are the best way to add some more fun to playing with more guns. 

Conclusion: 13 Nerf War Game Ideas to Combat Boredom

There you have it! Hope you have a blast trying out these awesome nerf games!

Jeremy A
Dart Dudes

About the Author

Jeremy is the founder of Dart Dudes, the leading resource for parents looking to pick up a Nerf toy for a child. He grew up with his four brothers and two sisters where there was always a Nerf war taking place.

With a focus on safety, Jeremy has helped thousands of parents help chose the right Nerf toy for their kids or grandkids. He lives in California with his wife and family. Learn more about me. - You can email me jeremy@dartdudes.com

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