When Lim Yong-su, 58, watched the dystopian Korean drama series squid game On Netflix, he was happy. show, likely most successful of service456 contestants competed for 45.6 billion won ($38 million) by playing a series of childhood games popular in Korea. as the chairman of Yonghi Folk Museum, an organization dedicated to preserving the remnants of the region and traditional Korean sport, Lim is a well-known figure for all things Korean sports.
While he was quick to point out that many games are not traditionally Korean (but relics of Japanese colonialism), he says he is excited to see games played as a child become clearly mainstream. went. “I was really good at the squid game, because I was one of the strongest. Everyone wanted me on their team. I got hurt again and again – everywhere you can imagine and once with a broken arm Ended up in the hospital – but I never stopped loving sports,” he told Nerdshala over the phone.
Here’s how the games are portrayed in the series versus how they’re actually played, by the people who played them best, And Links to online versions of games.
(spoiler ALERT: Details of several episodes, including the finale of squid game, Follow.)
As seen in the series: This appears halfway through the first episode when a mysterious man (Gong Yu) approaches the main character Seong Gi-hyun (Lee Jung-jae) in the train station and asks him if he wants to play a game. The “lawyer” opens a suitcase with a neat pile of cash and two colors of Duckji (folded paper tiles). “Every time you win, I’ll give you the 100,000 you won,” he says. The solicitor drops his red duck on the floor, and if Gi-hun can manage to slam his blue duck and turn it over, he wins the money. If not, the lawyer slaps him in the face.
Preparation: Dajki can be made from hard paper. After the Korean War, when paper was hard to come by, ddajki were usually made with old calendar strips and notebook covers. In the 70s and 80s, the handmade square ddakji was phased out by the circular types sold in stores featuring the faces of popular cartoon characters or baseball stars. You can find instructions at Here’s how to make ddakji at home Or play with Pogues and Milk Cap, which is essentially the American version of the game.
how to play: The game requires two or more players. According to Encyclopedia of Korean Folk CultureThere are four ways to play ddakji, but flipping is the way it is played squid game, is the most commonly known variant.
1. Move Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who will go first.
2. a Keeps Dakji on the ground.
3. NS He tries to turn his duck by slamming it hard on him.
4. The switch turns.
The one who succeeds in overturning the opponent’s duck first is the winner.
Pro-Type: Yohan Yoon, 29, says that Dadakji briefly came back to popularity when he was about 5 years old and claims he was a “master Dadakji player” in his neighborhood of Dong-duchen. He says the trick is to analyze Daddakji and target that Daddakji’s weaknesses. “A flatter duck is more likely to roll over if you hit its corners, whereas a thicker duck moves with the speed of your duck, so you have to hit it flat on its center,” he emphasizes. .
As seen in the series: First official game. played in squid game Led by a creepy, giant doll with motion-sensor eyes. Players are pitted against one end of the playing field, and they can only move when the doll turns away from them and chants “Mugunghwa kochi pyotseumnida”. Players who move when the doll is facing their direction and players who do not make it across the finish line before the allotted time of 10 minutes are shot.
Preparation: One of the great things about this game is that it involves zero prep, but the hardcore squid game fan can buy dress Online from third-party retailers.
how to play: Netflix translated the game’s title to “Red Light, Green Light,” no doubt because the rules of the games are the same. Both allow an unlimited number of players. Here’s how to play the Korean way:
1. Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who will be “it”.
2. The player who is “it” stands at one end of the room while the rest of the players stand at the other end.
3. That player then faces a wall or a tree in front of the players, and utters a 10-letter phrase. At this time, players are allowed to move.
4. When the “It” player has chanted, they turn and choose the players they see walking.
5. Players who have been selected must now be “chained” for the “It” player by either holding hands or connecting pinkies.
6. A. If a player successfully reaches the opposite wall (or tree), and there is a chain, the player may break the grip of the hand and release the chain. (Some versions of the game have all players freed, while others just manually free the torn ones.) Those freed from the chain can run away.
6. B. If a player successfully reaches “It”, he can tag the “It” player and run away.
If you’re tagged by this, you’re new to this. The goal here, similar to tags, is not to be new.
There are even more complex roles in the game, where a different move must be made if the “It” player casts a different spell. see example here.
Pro-Type: Claudia Lee, 33, remembers being “good enough” at the sport when she was a child. She says coordination and prudence are the keys to victory. “The closer you get to it, the more careful you have to be, because all your movements will be more visible,” she says. If this is you, and you want to outdo the other players, play around with how quickly you say the syllables. tiktoker @mykoreandic shows how.
HOW TO PLAY ONLINE: There dozens of versions Surfacing on Roblox. We recommend the title “Squid Challenge: Red Light, Green Light by Time Only”.
As seen in the series: In Episode 3, players are taken to a playground where they have to stand on one of four doors, each decorated with a different shape: triangle, circle, star, and umbrella. Once play begins, each player is given a case containing a round, sweet treat—the series uses the “honeycomb toffee” translation—in which the figure above is pressed and a needle. . Players have 10 minutes to chisel the shape out of the treat or kill it.
Preparation: There are dozens of recipes for making Dalgona candy, similar to Poppy’s Uses glucose instead of plain sugar, And *squid game-*inspired kit Which offer all the ingredients in one package. The recipe is essentially sugar and baking soda that is quickly heated over a ladle, but if you need a visual to walk you through the process, This new York Times instructional Makes the process crystal clear.
how to play: Pappu is not usually made at home. Although ppopgi stations aren’t as common as they used to be, Korean kids buy treats from vendors established outside primary schools or playgrounds. If you manage to eat around the pressed size, the seller rewards you with a second. Back when ppopgi was more popular, Lim says, the seller would give you the easiest shape — the triangle — before gradually giving you the more difficult one. The honest way to play is to break up larger pieces and then move around the edges of the shape.
Pro-Type: Using any type of tool is considered cheating, but Lim says that licking the entire candy and then scratching the shape with any tool with a thin, sharp end is the best way to win. (He’s used this method to reach the size of a star, but he’s never seen an umbrella, he confesses.)
HOW TO PLAY ONLINE: There’s an effect on TikTok that gives you 15 seconds to cut out one of four shapes with your nose. Be sure to tap on your main screen before timing starts, because there’s no moment to lose with this version—especially if you’ve got an umbrella.
As seen in the series: Featured in Episode 4, the game features two teams of 10 facing each other on a high platform with an opening between them. When the losing team is pulled off the stage, the rope connecting them is cut midway through the guillotine and they fall.
Preparation: traditional korean tug of war, or hoax, which is one of the four forms of the game Listed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List And it includes a rope about 5 feet wide and 1,000 feet long. Making, repairing, and guarding the rope was an essential part of the game, but if you’re not willing to go that far, all you need is a traditional rope.
how to play: Divide into two teams and have each team on opposite ends of a rope. Draw a line down the middle, and have each team pull on the rope until one side comes across the line.
Pro-Type: High school gym teacher Cho Yong-du, 53, says he has overseen dozens of tug of war games in his 30-year career, and has never lost a team he’s led. He says the advice he gives on episode 001, or Il-nam, is spot on: