Everyone is absolutely obsessed with Netflix’s newest release, Squid Game, and we understand the hype.
The Korean survival drama has shown everyone’s favourite playground games in a whole new light, putting a dark, twisted spin on them.
Childhood games such as hopscotch and a simple tug of war have been turned into challenges which have fatal consequences in the TV series, as 456 contestants all compete for the chance to win 45.6 billion Korean Won (around £29 million).
The hit drama series kicks off with a voiceover of a young boy who explains the rules of a playground game he and his friends play, called the Squid Game.
The young boys can be seen running across a concrete yard across a strange diagram drawn on the floor, which is meant to be the ‘squid’.
Fans of the show are interested to find out how the game – which very popular amongst Korean children – is played.
Here’s all you need to know about the rules of Squid Game, and how you too can play it.
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How to play Squid Game in real life
Of course, we all know that the fantastical life-or-death competition from the Netflix series is not real, but all of the games included in the different rounds are, or are at least inspired by real games.
Take away the brutal execution element, and you have a whole range of innocent childhood games.
The main game, which the Korean series has been named after is Squid Game.
Netflix has described it as a kind of ‘tag’ game, where two teams, the offence and defence play within a huge squid-shape, which has been drawn in the dirt.
Popular back in the 70s and 80s in Korea, the show’s creator and director Hwang Dong-Hyuk has explained he played it regularly whilst growing up in Seoul.
He said: “It was one of the most physical and it was also one of my favorite games.
“I felt that this game could be the most symbolic children’s game that could represent the kind of society we live in today.”
The game’s playing area, known as the Squid, is made of an outline which has two circles – one at the top and one at the bottom – with a triangle at one end of the circle and a square at the other.
The show’s main character explains the rules right at the start.
He said: “Children are divided into two groups: the offense and the defense.
“Once the game starts, the defense can run around on two feet within bounds, while the offense outside the line is only allowed to hop on one foot.
“But if an attacker cuts through the waist of the squid outpacing the defense, he or she is given the freedom to walk freely on two feet.”
He continues: “After preparing for the final battle, the attackers gather at the entrance of the squid.
“In order to win, the attackers must tap the small closed-off space on the squid’s head with their foot.
“If the defender pushes you out of the squid’s line, you die.”
Of course, the dying part is metaphorical in real life.
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