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cartoon image of a ghost with a Superman logo on his chest
No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: written or spoken
What you need: pen & paper or nothing


To add to a sequence of letters without completing an actual word.

How to play

This game is a variation of Ghost. It is played the same way except players can also add letters to the beginning of the letter sequence, not just at the end.

As a reminder, in Ghost the first player thinks of a word, usually three or four letters minimum. He calls out the first letter of this word. The second player then adds a letter in a way that could but does not complete an actual word. Adding letters by players continues until a player is forced to add a letter that completes an actual word. The player that does this loses a life; three lives lost makes that player a 'ghost' and drops him out of the game. At any time a player who adds a letter can be challenged by the next player to prove that the current sequence of letters is the beginning of an actual word. Losing a challenge results in a loss of a life. The same with any player who is caught adding a letter in a way that will not eventually complete an actual word. If no one notices that a player just completed an actual word, either mistakenly or on purpose, the play continues. As many rounds are made as necessary until a winner is declared. To enhance the play, ghosts can try to get active players to speak to them, which immediately makes those players ghosts as well.

Superghost is also similar to the Mischmasch word game.


Alfred thinks of the word TENT and says the letter T.

Barb thinks of the word TASTE and says A.

Clara thinks of STATE and says S.

Denis thinks of COSTAR and says O.

Erin thinks of POSTAL and POSTAGE, but knows that the next player will have difficulty if she says L, which she does.

Fabio can only think of POSTAL and reluctantly says P, losing a life. (Note that had he thought of NOSTALGIA and said N or G, he would not have lost a life).

And so on.

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