Get Your Game Face On III: Play Match Game in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams does many things – including serving as a platform for group-based games 

(Note: This is the final entry in a series of posts we’ve produced that focus on the fun and games possible with Teams.) 

Back in April we wrote the first entry in this series about how to use Microsoft Teams as a platform to play games with your team. The first time, we gave you a game plan to play a variant of the classic game show Family Feud.

The second entry showed you how to leverage Teams and an existing app you already have as part of your Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) subscription to play Pictionary. For this final entry, we’ll show you how to use Teams to play a version of a legendary – and sometimes ribald – game show known as The Match Game. 

A Cheeky Classic 

If you’re over 40 you probably have memories of Gene Rayburn on a cheesy set coaxing devilishly hilarious answers from a rotating cast of celebrity regulars like Betty White, Dick Martin and Charles Nelson Riley. Paired with a groovy theme song and good-natured contestants, The Match Game became a TV game show icon.  

The format of The Match Game is simple. The host asks the celebrity panel a question – typically of either the “name a type blank” or “fill-in-the-blank” variety. The panelists write down their answers and the contestant is then asked what his or her answer is. The panel would then reveal their often-uproarious answers and if it matched the contestant’s answer, he or she was awarded a point.   

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How to Play Match Game in Microsoft Teams

You can probably see how easy and ideal this is for groups on Microsoft Teams. As in previous entries in this series, if you have someone who relishes the host role, it will be a lot better. Once you’ve chosen a host (we picked Principal Consultant, Andy Coyle, he emcees our holiday gift exchange and he does an excellent job), select two contestants from your team. Everyone else can play the role of panelist. Use the chat function in Teams to ask the panelists a question. If your organization is okay with it, making some of the questions a little risqué adds to the fun. Don’t go overboard though! It’s 2020, not 1975! Once all the panelists have submitted their answers in the chat window, the host asks the question again to the contestants. Any panelist answers that match a contestant’s answer results in a point. You can play for one round or several.  

If you really want to get an authentic experience, use video for a more TV-like panel experience and have the panelists write down their answers on a card. Then, just like the actual show, your host can then spend the majority of the game making silly chit-chat with your team “celebrities.” It can be a fun way to learn a little more about the people with whom you spend a third of your life.  

We’ve had a lot of fun playing The Match Game during our Friday Teams happy hours. It’s a great use of Teams to get everyone engaged, laughing and staying connected. We hope it does the same for you.  

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