2. ONE places ddakji on the ground.
3. B trying to turn it around by slapping their ddakji hard on it.
4. Change turn.
The one who succeeds in turning first over the opponent’s ddakji is the winner.
Pro-tip: Yohan Yun, 29, says ddakji briefly returned in popularity when he was about 5 years old and claims to have been a “master ddakji player” in his Dong-ducheon neighborhood. The trick is to analyze ddakji and target ddakji’s weak points, he says. “A flatter ddakji is more likely to turn if you hit its corners, while a thicker ddakji moves with your ddakji’s movement, so you have to hit it flat in the middle,” he insists.
Game # 1: Mugunghwa Kochi Pieotseumnida (The Rose of Sharon Has Bloomed)
As seen in the series: The first official game played in Octopus game led by a spooky, giant puppet with motion sensor eyes. The players line up at one end of the playground and they can only move when the doll turns away from them and sings “mugunghwa kochi pieotseumnida.” Players who move when the puppet turns their direction, and players who do not reach it over the finish line before the allotted time of 10 minutes is shot and killed.
Prepare: One of the beauties of this game is that it involves zero prep but hardcore Octopus game fans can buy costumes from third-party retailers online.
How to play: Netflix translated the game’s title to “Red Light, Green Light”, no doubt because the rules of the game are similar. Both allow for an unlimited number of players. How to play the Korean way:
Play stone, paper, scissors to see who will be “it”.
The player who is “it” stands at one end of the room while the rest of the players line up at the other end.
The player then faces a wall or a tree, facing the players, and sings the sentence in 10 syllables. At this point, players are allowed to move.
4. When the “it” player has finished singing, they turn around and select players that they see moving.
5. Players who have been selected must now be “linked” to the “it” player by holding hands or connecting pinkies.
A. A. If a player successfully reaches the opposite wall (or wood) and there is a chain, the player can release the chain by manually breaking the handle. (Some versions of the game have all players released, while others just release them manually torn apart.) Those free of the chain can run away.
B. B. If a player successfully reaches “it”, he or she may feel the “it” player and run away.
If you are branded by it, you are the new it. The goal here, similar to the roof, is not to be the new it.
There are more complex recordings of this game where a different move has to be made if the “it” player shouts another song. See example here.
Pro-tip: Claudia Lee, 33, remembers being “quite good” at this game when she was a kid. She says coordination and caution are the keys to winning. “The closer you get to it, the more careful you have to be, because all your movements will be more visible,” she says. If you are and you want to trip the other players, play with how fast you say the syllables. TikToker @mykoreandic shows how.