10 ways to play Nerf War games

Nerf blasters are something really funny and simple to use. Nerf war games were popular since Nerf debuted, but it becomes boring to play the same game every time you use Nerf guns.

For this kind of situation, you need some inspiration and other games to mix Nerf War games with. In our article, there are more than 10 ways besides Team Deathmatch, to play this funny game. And of course, instructions for this fun game are included!

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Ways to play Nerf War games

As we said, there are more than 10 ways to play this fun Nerf game. You can play it with teams or by yourself. For this game, there are no limits to the number of players. Here are a few games and a guide to playing each of them.

Hide and seek

Hide and seek is the main base of every Nerf game besides Deathmatch. There are two ways to play hide and seek with guns.

The first way is common hide-and-seek, where people separate into two teams. The first team (hiding team) is hiding and the second one is the seeking team.

Seeking team looking for hiding team and shoots the attacking team members while seeking them. simple and fun.

The second way to play it is kinda different from the first one. There are no teams in this game, everyone fighting by themselves. The main thing is that all the guns are hidden from the players, and players need to find them and shoot at other members of the war game. The person that is the last person standing wins.

The civil war

For this game, you will need a single shot blasters. Civil War is one of my favorite games with Nerf guns. Players split into two teams and line up in a line in front of each other.

Everyone from the first team takes one shot with their single-shot blaster at the player from the other team. After everyone made their shot the team needs to step forward and the second team can start their turn.

Control points:

  • A shot in the leg or arm provides to losing the limb. If you lose both legs, you will need to shoot the other team while standing on your knees. When you lose both arms you are not able to shoot.
  • A shot in the head or torso will eliminate players. The team that eliminates the opposing team wins.

Capture the flag

Capturing the enemy’s flag is also a very popular way to play Nerf Wars. Players need to separate into two or more teams (usually into two). Then, both teams are given colored flags. The main thing is to take away the opposing team’s flag and take it to your team’s zone. While you are doing it the second team needs to protect their own flag from you.

Once one of the flags is taken away and the player crosses their zone, the game is over.

Team Deathmatch

In this game, each team has a set number of players, and each player is armed with a Nerf weapon. The objective of the game is for each team to eliminate as many players from the opposing team as possible.

The game continues until one team has eliminated all the players from the other team, or until a designated time limit has been reached.

At the end of the game, the team with the most surviving players is declared the winner.

It’s important to establish rules for respawning, as players will likely get eliminated throughout the game. One option is to have a designated “respawn zone” where players can return to the game after being eliminated.

To add an extra layer of strategy to the game, players can be given specific roles or objectives to complete, such as protecting a designated area or capturing a specific object. Completing these objectives can earn teams extra points or advantages in the game.

Planted Bomb

This game type feels like CS Go. It’s really funny and also feels like a real war. Let me explain the rules.

This time you need to make some teams again. One of the teams needs to plant a bomb, and defending team needs to protect two zones from that team. Once the bomb is planted, the second team has 1 minute to defuse this bomb. To make it happen they need to move it away before the time is over. If you failed to defuse it, your team loses.

Also, if you got shot then you are dead and eliminated from the game, but you can change the rules a little bit. For example, each player has two or three lives, if they got shot two or three times, they are dead, but if only once, they can continue to play Nerf Wars.

Free for all

Free for All is a classic variation of a Nerf war game that is simple and can be played with any number of players. In this game, all players are considered to be on their own, and there are no teams. Each player is armed with a NERF gun and has the objective of eliminating all other players by shooting them.

To add an extra layer of challenge to the game, players can be given a limited amount of ammo, such as 10 or 15 shots. Once a player has used up all their ammo, they must reload their gun before they can shoot again.

Freeze tag in Nerf War games style

This is a simple freeze tag, but instead of freezing one player or other players with your hand, the player hit them with a dart. Once you are frozen, you cannot move around, until a person from your team won’t unfreeze you with their hand or dart. When everybody in one team is frozen, the game ends.

Zombies vs Humans

This game is really funny as well. People are making several teams. One of the teams is zombies, who are unarmed and have no Nerf arms, while the other team is humans and they do have guns.

The game starts with one or more zombies, when a zombie touches a human they become a zombie as well. Humans can defend themself and eliminate zombies by tagging or shooting them with guns.

If all of the zombies are eliminated, humans win. But if all humans become zombies, then zombies win.




Assassin is a popular Nerf war game that can be played with any number of players. In this game, all players are assigned a “target”, which is another player that they must eliminate by shooting them with a NERF weapon. At the same time, each player is also assigned as the target of another player in the game. The targets are given single-shot blasters.

The objective of the game is for each player to eliminate their assigned target while also avoiding getting eliminated by the player targeting them.

The game begins and continues until only one player is left standing. The last player standing wins.

To add an extra layer of strategy to the game, players can be given different missions or challenges to complete, such as retrieving a specific object or reaching a designated location. Completing these missions can earn players extra points or advantages in the game.

One important rule of this game is that players should not reveal their target to other players. This adds an element of mystery and unpredictability to the game, as players must use strategy and observation to determine who their target might be.

The Stash War

For this Nerf War game, you need a stash or another box, where you can put all the other Nerf war weapons. So, there are no teams and no alliances, just you. It’s quite the same as an all-out war gun game.

Here is the list of rules for this Nerf War game:

  1. First of all, put all the weapons in the box and put it in the center of the playing zone. Players need to stand in a circle or in a line.
  2. When the referee or someone else gives a signal, the game starts. Everyone in the circle needs to take a gun from a stash or a box.
  3. Once you took your weapon, you can shoot and kill other players by doing one shot.
  4. The last one standing wins. This is a really fun gun game.

Hunger games

This is a basic game where players from sports teams compete to grab weapons, ammo, and defense items without getting tagged by the opposing team. The goal is to be the only person that is standing.

While this game can be a fun and active way to spend time with friends, prioritizing safety is important. Make sure to establish rules for the proper use of Nerf weapons and safety equipment, such as eye protection. Additionally, it’s important to set boundaries for the playing area and make sure everyone is aware of safety rules and any potential hazards.

Finally, remember to always respect the rules of the game and your fellow players. The main goal is to have fun and enjoy the game safely and respectfully. Also, there are no multiple teams in this Nerf gun game.


In the game Hit List, all players are given a list containing the active players’ names. Each list has all the players’ names in a different order. The objective of the game is for each player to eliminate all the other players on their list in the exact order that it is listed.

In this game, only one shot is required for whichever team to eliminate a player. Players must work their way through their list, trying to eliminate each player in order while also avoiding getting tagged themselves.

The unique twist in Hit List is that players don’t know who is required to eliminate them, so they may find themselves being pursued by a single hit or multiple players at the same time. This adds an element of strategy to the game as players must consider their movements and prioritize targets accordingly.

Defend the Core

Defend the Core is a fun variation of a Nerf war game that requires teamwork and strategy. In this game, players are divided into several teams: attackers and defenders.

The objective of the game is for the attackers to infiltrate the defender’s base and capture their “core”, which can be a designated object or area. The defenders, on the other hand, must protect their core from the attackers’ team and eliminate all opposing team members.

The game begins and the defenders are given a set amount of time to prepare their base and defenses, such as setting up barriers or traps.

Once the time is up, the attackers begin their assault, and the game continues until the attackers successfully capture the core or until all the attackers are eliminated.

One important rule of this game is that attackers are not allowed to shoot defenders until they reach a certain point, usually a designated line or entrance to the base. This is to prevent players from simply spraying bullets and encourages attackers to use strategy and teamwork to infiltrate the base.


Hunter is a fun and challenging variation of a Nerf war game that can be played with any number of players. In this game, one player is designated as the “hunter” and the rest of the players are the “prey”. The hunter is armed with a NERF gun, while the prey is unarmed.

The objective of the game is for the hunter to eliminate all the prey before the prey can reach a designated safe zone. Once a player reaches the safe zone, they are considered safe and cannot be eliminated.

To add an extra layer of challenge to the game, the hunter is only allowed a limited number of shots, such as five or ten. Once they have used up their shots, they must reload their gun before they can shoot again. Players can switch roles after each round to make the game more interesting, allowing everyone to take a turn as the hunter.


Q: What is Nerf Wars?

A: Nerf War Games is a War game that consists of Nerf weapons. This game can be a team game (Hide and seek and others) or for one team ( Team deathmatch, Hunger game), or even for a Nerf war game without teams.

Q: Is there a Nerf video game?

A: Yes, there is a Nerf War video game called N-strike. This game allows players to use a Nerf weapon accessory to shoot targets on the screen, as well as engage in virtual, Nerf war, battles against computer-controlled opponents.

Overall, while there may not be a huge selection of other Nerf War video games, there are definitely options available for those who want to experience the Nerf War brand in a virtual setting.



We hope that this blog helped you to make your Nerf War games even funnier! Don’t forget about the safety rules and have a good game!

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