Introduction: Airsoft Game Types

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In this instructable you will find many different types of airsoft games, some you already know and some you may not know because I made them up.

P.S. On all game types you make up the  rules, such as how many hits to die, time limit, score limit, etc.

Step 1: TDM

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This is probably the most commonly played airsoft game type ever, for those of you who don't know tdm stands for team death match, two teams fight each other until all the players on one team are eliminated.

Step 2: CTF

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This is probably the second most common game type, ctf standing for capture the flag. In this game type there are two teams each team has a flag, (or other object in absence of flags) the other team has to capture the flag and bring it back to their flag, the first team to reach the score limit wins.

Step 3: President

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Another common game type, in the "president' game type there is one player who is the "president" the "president" gets half the players to protect him and be his bodyguards, the rest of the players get to be assassins who try to kill the" president" if the president gets shot the game is over and the assassins win, if the president successfully gets to a designated location without getting shot or the assassins are eliminated than the "president's" team wins.

P.S. Give the pres. and his bodyguard a few minutes to hide before starting the game.

Step 4: Alien

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In this game type there is one player who is the alien, the rest of the players are the humans opposing the alien. The alien's goal is to turn all the humans into aliens, if a human gets shot once by the alien then they become an alien. The game ends when all the humans are turned into aliens or all the aliens are dead, however the only way to kill an alien is with a shot to a designated body part such as the head, arm, leg, or chest, if the alien gets shot anywhere other than the designated body part he does not die, the humans however die from being shot once anywhere.

Step 5: Ninjas

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I made this game type up myself, it is very similar to CheesySnackMAN's ninja game, only mine is for airsoft. This game type is to be played at night only, other wise it just doesn't work. In this game type lets say you have around ten people, (you do not need ten, it can be any number of people) so with ten people 3 people will be attackers and 7 people will be ninjas, although it may seem uneven the ninjas are armed only with toy knives and the attackers with full auto airsoft guns. The attackers must try to capture an objective in ninja territory and the ninjas must defend the objective. The game is over when either all the ninjas or attackers are eliminated or if the attackers capture the objective.

Step 6: Search and Destroy

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Search and destroy is a game type in which one team has two objectives to defend and the other team has a bomb or kitchen timer. The team with the bomb or kitchen timer must plant the timer on one of the objectives, the other team must then defuse the bomb by grabbing the timer and taking it at least 100-200 feet away from the objective. The game is over when either the bomb goes off on the objective, one team is eliminated or when the bomb is defused by the other team.

Step 7: Free for All

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Pretty simple, every man for himself, last one standing wins.

Step 8: Squad Deathmatch

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In this game type its basically the same as tdm only with 3 or 4 or more teams and each team has only 2-4 people, depending on how many people you have.

Step 9: Wingmen

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Like squad deathmatch only 2 players vs. everyone else, the two players should be given a few minutes to hide, one of the two players should probably have a sniper rifle so that is like a sniper/spotter team.

Step 10: Treasure Hunt

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In this game type a neutral party will place a treasure, prefably in a box somewhere in the designated playing area. Two, (or more) teams are fighting to find the treasure. The team who finds the traesure has to have one person carry it back to their base like ctf. The person carrying the treasure can have no weapons, except a fake knife so guards are very important, if they drop the treasure the treasure can be picked up by anyone on either team and taken back to their base. If you choose the teams may be given treasure maps to make finding the treasure easier.

Step 11: Hostage Rescue by Kve23

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 In this game type inspired by kve23  there are two equal teams, both teams start out on different sides, half of one team is taken to the other teams base with no guns and are spread out and hidden inside (or outside) they will be the hostages. When the hostages are hidden the game begins, the other teams objective is to find and rescue their teamates once they find them they must reach a designated spot to win, half of all hostages must survive and reach the designated area in order for their team to win, the other team wins if they kill all the hostages, or if the rescuers die before they rescue any hostages. No killing hostages before any rescuers are close by. Generally rescuers would be smart to be sneaky.This is a good Indoor airsoft game.

Step 12: Downed Pilots by Sir Hc

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In this game type made by Sir Hc ; X players are the pilots, who are carrying automatics with little ammo, are sent to hide in opposite corners of the map while x number of teams patrol the area and try to find them, no killing pilots. All teams want all of the pilots no matter what.

Step 13: Easter Egg Special

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Basically a neutral party hides easter eggs, and the players try to find. It can be teams or free for all, the goal is to obtain all the easter eggs. If somebody takes an egg you need shoot 'em and take it back!

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Those are all the game types I can think of right now, if you know any other good ones or have made a good one up, let me know and I will put it on here and give you credit. Also remember if you are playing any game type at night bring flash lights for when it gets pitch black or you are likely be eaten by a Grue.

p.s. that game is fun for being text based....


DanielT282 (author)2017-01-27

"Cage fight"

Make a small open field with bunkers for cover. Two teams send out one player, to play 1v1 against the other player. You have 1 minute to hit the other player. The loser switches with a team member for the next round. The victor stays for the next round. If a minute passes, and no one is hit, both players switch out.
The team loses when all players have been switched out twice.

Turtles1121 (author)2016-06-21


Play this in the dark there is 1 Hunter who is trying to kill every person and all of the ninjas are hiding and running if you die you don't respond as a ninja ninjas don't have any guns and just hide and run last ninja left is the next hunter

seannorman16 (author)2016-05-07

(I know this has already been done, just putting it so he can put it on the list)

Zombies: This one requires about ten extra players and a large abandoned warehouse of some sort, or perhaps a pre-made airsoft arena. Basically, have your team of five start of in the "Loadout" Zone, where you receive briefings for your objectives. Objectives will be to go to a certain point in the area or retrieve an object and come back. Seems pretty easy, doesn't it? Well, not so much. See, all the while, it is PITCH-BLACK in the building / room / area you are in. And, not to mention you have revenous zombies running around, and you have to either avoid or kill the zombies. When a zombie is killed they will lay down for 15 seconds, where they can then begin to crawl. While crawling, you cannot engage the zombies. after 30 seconds of only crawling, they can stand up, and walk, sprint, or jog as much as they want until they are shot again. Now here's the hard part. Try doing this with 50 or so people, only 10 of which being zombies. Now, you are all 5 man teams, and if you are touched by a zombie in ANY way, you are infected, meaning you must drop your gun, holster it, or give it to a teammate to hold on to, and you must walk away a short distance and count to 45, all the while not moving. You are now a zombie. The game ends when one team remains or one team complete's all objectives with at least one member.

Panther265 (author)2016-01-04

Riot shield is a game I made that is very similar to juggernaut but one. Guy sits in the middle of the field with a riot shield and a fake knife or sword. When the game starts the two teams fight to tag the riot shield then the riot shield fights for whomever team he is on the only way for him to switch teams is to get tagged by the opposing team

jerichards (author)2015-12-09

Also, TDM or CTF only with specific individual team functions. This is a bit more complicated but then ups the strategy level quite a bit. make up your own team functions but some I have come up with are:

Runner - no ammo no defense -ball grenade for direct hit - can be hit 3x
Protector - heavy defense - portable shield - semi auto - can be hit 2x
Soldier - full ammo - full auto - hit 1x
Sniper/Specialist - cannot be hit - VERY limited ammo (5 shots?)
Communicators (team refs) - cannot be hit - nararates from Base Area the enemy position and strategy and keeps track of enemy player hits
Target Person- used if the game play is to protect or assasinate a specific player
Game Ref - to ensure smooth gameplay and keep track of game time
Medic - pistol- hit 2x - not sure yet about actual medic function
Call In Support - A temp stationary timed gunner called by a team by enabling them through a task. (requires timer and task to enable) could be finding a "key" and placing it with the gunner.
Clones - neutral and dormant until tagged. Assume the role of the one who tagged them.

I'm sure there will be more.....

jerichards (author)2015-12-09

We play "Kill Confirmed" like in COD. We used the different colored Marker flags that are typically used for marking pipes and wires in the ground. Each team base has a pile of their own color. It is basically TDM only each player carries a flag on them. When you are shot you stick the flag in the ground where you are, go back to base, grab another flag, and you're back in the game. You have to capture the flag of the opposing team when you hit them for it to count. You can recapture the flags of your own team to keep the opponent from getting them. Count up flags at the end of a timed period to see who wins. LOVE IT!

The nice thing is it does is actually makes people not "spray and pray" as much since shooting someone in a place you can't get to won't help you at all. Super easy and fun variation to TDM. Cheap and little prep time. Also since you can get many different color flags you can easily have 3 teams of 3 or 4 teams of 4 or whatever.

d1yguy (author)2015-11-22

Trouble in terrorist town:
Played with around 6 players (or more if you want) everyone picks cards and there is 2 terrorists and 4 civilians. At the begining everyone closes eyes but the terrorists make eye contact. The civilians have to find out who is terrorist before terrorist kill everyone. Everyone uses pistols and civilians have to survive for designated amount of minutes.

seth.eyles (author)2015-03-01

"One in the Chamber"

This is a free for all game me and my friends made up, you start with 1 bullet in your clip.

If you shot someone you get 1 bullet back in your clip but if you miss and you're out of bullets you must make contact with their torso or neck with a fake knife or your cellphone if your low on knives. A knife kill also puts another bullet in your clip so you can just go around knifing people and hoarding bullets (if you like).

One in the chamber is a simple but very suspenseful game that leads to a lot of head to head conflict.

I'm pretty sure that you didn't make this up. Isn't it a game variant from Call of Duty? Haha, its still a great idea though.

Oh I didn't realize haha. But my version has cellphones rather than knives, completely different game, na just pullin ya leg. Yeah it is still a good idea though.

BradlyL (author)2015-08-23

"Hunters vs hunted"

My and my friend invented this game.
Two teams with the objective to eliminate each other but there's a catch. One team (the hunted) must create a defensive position in 3 minutes
The hunters put on their gilly suits and wait for the three minutes to end. When the three minutes are over they will have to do their best to stethaly take out the other team.
The hunted must stay at the defensive position until they are engaged by the other team. The rest of the game plays on as a team death match with no respawns. The hunters weaponry should be a sniper rifles d pistol or a shotgun or DMR. The defenders weapons may be anything but a sniper rifle.
By the way it best played in the forest.

I hope you injoy the game mode and stay safe safe airsofters.

ptkrf (author)2015-05-10


all players start in centre of map and disperse on whistle (or any sort of clear sign). Next whistle means start of killing. If player is shot, he has to crouch. If he is tagged afterwards, he joins his tagger's team which can consist of no more than 4 players. Game ends when only one team is still alive

runamazondry (author)2014-10-01


runamazondry (author)2014-10-01

Heres a list of the best 7 game types

taylorkingct (author)2014-09-23

"Base intrusion"

Player limit

Red(attack team)2 medics 1-5 snipers 1-10 Assault(Any weapons) 1 Spy(silenced spring pistol with bayonet or knife and has 1 hint of being a enemy if hes carrying these weapons and acting strange)

Blue(Defense team)10-19 one Base commander to command team

Blue will need to defend a base with Intel/suitcase in a random room and also a spy in it and red must rather Push in quickly and put heavy assault on them or let the spy kill the BC(Base commander)to make the soldiers not know what to do Now onto the mapping any area that at least has a huge area of space for the base you can rather have a open base(no walls buildings just like camping) or a closed base(small walls tents and barracks) its a mix of TDM and CTF

Heres some tips:Push in from rather back or front

----------------------Smarts are more important always have a strategy

----------------------last one always be defensive and protective about your Intel and -----------------------teammates

also to prevent any confussion the 19 part is the team the base commander is the +1 to the team so 20 players

Slash55 (author)2014-07-02

I have a great game to play. It is called trouble in terrorist town. To play this game you need at least 3 players and a deck of cards, also your weapons but that's obvious. So you need to get one red face card, one red Ace, and how ever many other people get black cards. Shuffle the cards and hand them out. Make sure no one see's your card. hold onto the card until the end of the round. The red face card is a traitor they want to try and kill the other players. The red Ace card is a detective the detective can ask one player if he/she is the traitor. the rest of the players are innocents these players want to witness the murders and kill the traitor. the round will end after all innocents and detective are killed or when the traitor is killed. this game is a lot of fun and really shows whether or not you actually trust your friends.

tobster9103 (author)2014-01-08

Another we play is "monkey in the middle". You need 3 or more players. The more the better. For explanation I'll have 8 players.
1: pick 2 teams of 2 "runners". Have them start at opposing ends of he field and look at the outer boundaries till the game is started so the others have time to hide.
2: players not picked for runners are "hiders". Hiders will have a minuet or so to hide between the two running teams. Hiders must sit and wait to be revived and can not fire till revived.
3:after the minuet to hide, start game. Runners must eliminate the opposing team while reviving hiders to fight for them.
4: play either till one team is dead or the fun way, "virus" rules.

Virus rules:
Unlimited 10second touch revives. Anyone can revive anyone. Red team can revive blue team, vice versa. When reviving someone, tell them what team you play for at that time. After the revive, that player is on your team. Play till all is one team (goes faster than you think).

We throw monkey in the middle in as a game "mod" when we have an odd number of players also. The hiders can be a big game changer.

tobster9103 (author)2014-01-08

Our group came up with "rouge agent". It takes some time to set up but it's fun as hell! You need at least 4 players on each team for the best games, a timer and a deck of playing cards.
1. Pick 2 teams ( red and blue)
2. Have a deck of cards. If you have four players on each team take out three numbered cards and one face card.
3. Have each member from red team approach blue to pick one card randomly, look at it, show it to blue team and give it back to blue in a used card pile. Do not show or discuss cards with your own team! Shuffle the cards after all of red team has picked and repeat for blue team.
4. The ones who picked a face card are the rouge agents. They actually play for the team they were NOT picked for.

Rouge rules:
Set a time (5min works great).at the end of the time "rouge switch" is called, at which point the rouges may eleminate players from the team they were picked for and announce who the other rouge is.

Rouges do not want to eleminate players from the team they were not picked for except the other rouge. After rouge switch is called, rouges play for opposing team. Ex. Red rouge plays for blue team.

Rouges know who eachother are and may go after eachother befor time is called, but you may not announce who they are until time is called.

Non rouge rules:
Those with numbered cards are normal players and do not switch sides after the allotted time.

Only Normal players may eleminate the rouge on their team at ANY time during the game. Ex. you are red team and you see someone red trying to eliminate blues rouge, they may be the rouge on red team, Take em out!

Play till on team is eleminated.
We play with one 10second touch revives for all. We some times have one extra number card for each team for the possibility of no rouge on one of both teams.

DenishRicherd (author)2013-05-31
DenishRicherd (author)2013-05-31

I always love to play Zombie, Hostage Rescue, and Man Hunt Airsoft games.

TheMargox27 (author)2012-12-16

Red Rover (lack of a better name):
Two equal teams, one wearing red bandannas, the other wearing blue.
If a player of the red team gets hit, he must now put on a blue bandanna, and vice versa.
The object is to get every player to join one team, and the game is over once everyone has joined the same team.

Never played it before, but it sounds fun. BTW, thanks for the ideas Slayerfan666!

zeel51 (author)2012-12-16

I like to play Night Ops.
it is basically CTF but with glowsticks and its at night. it is best to wear dark clothing so you will be camoflauged

littl3d00d (author)2012-10-14

My friends and i came up with a recon/hostage game where it was a odd number of attacking vs the defending. so there would be 1 hostage and the attacking team knew where they were but the defending team didnt know where the were coming from and we played in a junk yard so it was easy to hide the hostage. so to make it kinda even we only played with 9 people so there was 3 attacking and needed to use stealth and there was 6 defending who could do what they wanted. we figured it was just better so not everyone was caught up with whos who and so on. so you could either move in and kill everyone or sneak and take 1 out at a time and remove him secretly. you can use vehicles with this method too. we used a car as cover and a exit strategy. if you have any comment please dont feel bothered to add either.

bebru10 (author)2012-08-11

"Silent Threat"

This is a game me and several of my friends play often, and is great for a group of 4-5 people.

This game is designed to be played only at night time.

The game field should have lots of hiding spots and cover (We often play in an apple orchard that also has barns / houses etc.)

One person becomes the 'Silent Threat', They may only have a pistol, and should dress in all black clothing, the pistol should also be black, and single shot (Not automatic).

Everyone else can use any weapons they like, however they may NOT dress in dark clothing. All of the other players must also wear Sun Glasses / Shades. Very low powered flash lights are recommended

The Silent Threat gets a 5 minute lead to go hide out into the playing area, if he can kill off all of the other players he wins, if they can kill him the other players win.

The reason it can be hard to kill the Silent Threat, is because you are forced into wearing dark shades while also playing at night time, making it very hard for your team to see the other player. The Silent Threat can wear normal glasses for protection and will have full visibility.

hannamitch (author)2011-10-04

TDM is the best, this is one of the basic airsoft game types that is commonly played by beginners and experienced players alike.

BbGunShop (author)2011-01-16

From all the game types I enjoy playing the most, TDM is by far the best type for me .

ilpug (author)BbGunShop2011-09-28

its pretty much all i play.

ilpug (author)2011-09-28

Death race is a good game type, in which there is a course, lined with a team of snipers or gun emplacements. a group of people run this course, every man for himself. last man standing or first to the finish line wins.

David-Yezbak (author)2011-07-28

a fun game type is zombie .it is like alien only at the begenning. zombies have no weapons and are slow head shot only any other shot make the zombie angry making them faster. non zombie gets bit he drops his weapon and becomes a zombie. zombie that bit the non zombie either stops being a zombie and gets the non zombie weapon or gets the weapon but is still a zombie and the game gets harder depending on if there is a time limit. a very good game at dusk (time between night and day) and could go till morning.

hunter38 (author)2011-07-12

Called Illegal Immagrants
You need atleast 3 people
A person with a high powered gun sits in a chair
While the others have no guns but they have to make it the person without being shot( i made this game up my self

lcielo (author)2011-05-02

I have an idea but i dont know if you like it,,,,,,,, we and our friends play by our selves and we invented a game on our own. We called it Command&Conquer. There will be two opposing groups. Each team will have a base on their own. and between those base are neutral camps. (The number of camps depends on the range of the field and on the players desires) Each team have a general. The general has the right to command the entire team. (players also can add ranks if they desires) each team should try to conquer the opposing team's base by raising their flag on the flag poles in the base. There are also other ways to win. One is capturing as much as neutral camp until the time is up, then the team with more neutral camp wins. the other way is eliminating the general of the opposing teams. Neutral camps can be use as spawning area at the next round, so the more camps the better. Before action each team can speak to each other to make a strategies and we carry our cellphones or walke talkes to contact the general for further commands. A player should off his communication devises if his hit. We decide the winner by racing to a designated points. I hope you like our own game.

Slayerfan666 (author)lcielo2011-05-04

Very cool, sounds good, I will add it soon.

kve23 (author)2011-02-14

there could also be like save the hostage or something where you have find the hostage in a house full of hostiles and you have to get the hostage to a certain place before time runs shot gets someone out.

Slayerfan666 (author)kve232011-02-14

Ya that sounds good, only I never do cqb, I'll probably add it later.

kve23 (author)Slayerfan6662011-02-15

thanks please post quickly i want others to know of my idea

Slayerfan666 (author)kve232011-02-15

Hi, I have added your game type, please tell me what you think. I elaborated on it a bit, if it is not what you had in mind please tell me and I will fix it.

kve23 (author)Slayerfan6662011-02-16

one thing. i just think it would be cool to have the hostiles have guns and you have to kill them before they kill you.

Slayerfan666 (author)kve232011-02-17

They do, what I meant is the hostages don't have guns.

kve23 (author)Slayerfan6662011-02-17

o ok then its good

Slayerfan666 (author)kve232011-02-17

Cool, thats good.

mucoguy42 (author)2011-02-03

Hahaha Zork is awesome

Slayerfan666 (author)mucoguy422011-02-06

ya it is.

RMConstruction (author)2010-11-14

Nice! I've played all of the above, save 'Alien'. Sounds interesting though!

Thanks, I can't remember if I heard of alien somewhere else or if I made it up, lol.

My 800th comment! Thanks!

No problem is this 801 or 802 or 803?

801 due to some necessary flagging. Would be 804...


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