Ghost Games

Thumb Game

The Thumb Game (oyayubi sagashi) is a japanese urban legend about a young woman who died. Anyone who finds her missing thumb will be granted a wish. The game is also sometimes called “Looking for the thumb”.

Thumb Game

The object of the Thumb Game is to find the missing left thumb of a murdered young woman. If you find it, your wish will be granted. You need three or more people to play this game.

In a villa, a 20-year old woman was murdered. Her corpse was dismembered. When her body parts were discovered, they were strewn all around the villa. Her left thumb was nowhere to be found.

Step 1: Form a circle sitting on the ground. You should grab the left thumb of the person on your right. The person on your left should grab your left thumb.

While the game is in progress, do not let go of the person’s thumb. Otherwise, when the game ends, their thumb will be missing.

Step 2: Everyone has to close their eyes and imagine they are in the villa where the murdered woman was dismembered. You must do this seriously or else it will not work.

While the game is in progress, do not open your eyes.

Step 3: Say the following chant twice.

“Oyayubi, Oyayubi, hear our voices.
Oyayubi, Oyayubi, grant our wish.”

You will be transported to a room you’ve never seen before. It is a western-style villa. There is one solitary candle in the room.

Step 4: You must start looking for the thumb immediately. You have until the candle burns out to search for the severed thumb.

Step 5: To get back from the villa, you must blow out the candle.

While you are in the villa, looking for the thumb, you may feel someone tap you twice on the shoulder. When this happens, do not look behind you. Otherwise, you will never be able to come back alive.

Warning: It is extremely important that you do not look behind you. If you do, you will be killed. You will never return from the villa. You will be forced to remain there eternally, tapping people on the shoulder twice and then brutally murdering them. Instead of just being a missing person, you will be a murderer.

If you manage to find the severed thumb, hold it tightly in your hand and then blow out the candle. You will return and your wish will be granted. If you cannot find the thumb, just blow out the candle and return. Do not allow the candle to burn out on its own or you will be stranded in the villa.

The Thumb Game Rules:
1. Do not let go of anyone’s thumb.
2. Do not open your eyes.
3. Do not allow the candle to burn out.
4. Do not look behind you.

The Thumb Game can be very dangerous. We recommend that you do not play it unless you memorize all of the rules beforehand. A mistake could cost you your life.


  • Played this with friends at school and we saw each other. The candle is in the room to the right of the entrance and the thumb was in a lampshade and on a table. The thumbs position changes every game. Creepy ass photo in the master bedroom too!

  • so someone tell me, is the thumb under the couch? where did you find the thumb? cause once i know imma find it then leave :)

  • It was so creepy!!! I played it at my school and I found the thumb I wished that the person I hate the most Jayden Mark break his leg. Afterwards he came down to the canteen and the stairs was so long that he accidentally fell and broke his leg I was like cheering in my heart but it was unbelievable u played with few friends who hate Jayden and my BFF who hate him to Jayden have to sit in the hospital for 1 month and our class was so peaceful for the month yayyyyyy it really works!

  • I tried this with a group of 3, and it didn’t work. Even though it didnt, we all pretended it did to scare each other.

  • Is it weird that I just got the urge to write a fanfiction for one or more of my fandoms based on this game? :/

  • OMG OMG DID THIS! I found a toe in a book case. My cousin found the thumb under the carpet in the drawing room. She said that she accidentally dropped it twice. LoLz.

  • Me and my friends are going to try this and we might try it tomorrow. I am nearly sure that this will work. All of us do not really know how to pronounce some of the words! But there is one girl Charlotte and she doesn’t know if it will work!

  • Me and three friends are going to try this, the only problem is one of them is really scared and almost wet herself just thinking about it! I am not that scared because I am not sure if it will work, we don’t know how to pronounce the words.

  • I played it with 3 of my frends but one of the got creeped out and let go of the other to’s thumbs my frend elana’s thumb was cut of the next day and Lilly’s is broken though now I am paranoid even though no one let go of my thumb. Oh and your wish comes true, I wished for a cat cuz I thought it wood fail and the next day my mom came home frome work with a gray tabby cat! Don’t play it though it’s so dangerous!!!!!!!!!!!M!!!!!!M!

  • OMG!!! OMG!!! That was sooooo cool but creepy but epic oh I cheted thought I did a Lusid dream at the same time. Pleas don’t kill me for cheating demons😥😅

  • Urm, for those of you asking how to search for the thumb, you’re in a dream. You’re only holding theirs in real life but not in the dream sequence.

  • Sounds interesting to play. But I probably wouldn’t play it because I am a scaredy cat. :P

  • Me and my sister and brother tried this and I got really scared yet excited and for like the past couple of minutes\seconds we didn’t see anything but the closest thing I saw was white and brown. We ended the game without doing it right But nothing bad is happening me right now.

  • What exactly would the villa look like? Can anyone tell me? My friends and me know the chant and the rules, but not what to imagine when we decide to play. Anyone care to share what they saw when they played it?

  • I might want to play this and I might know a friend that would want to play it we already play a game it’s like talking to a ghost

  • i played it the villa has no upstairs but id you stand by the plant pot you begin to feel ill and then u go light headed and just see the thumb under the sofa i was about to get it then my friend chloe blew the candle out scared half to death :l

  • I remember playing this in after-school in the 4th grade, and it was somewhat scary, i was lucky and got my wish while everyone was screaming, and one of them was dancing in the corner of the house! but we were taking it seriously! right now im in the 7th grade now… :D although to me it was fun!

  • yeah, im gonna write this down then me and my friends are gonna play it, not on my birthday though, i was thinking about it but then i was like “think about being murdered on your birthday” not a good birthday if you get killed T.T still doing it though, WISH ME AND MY FRIENDS LUCK. one question though: can you let go of their thumb when your in the villa?

  • While playing the game, I looked behind my back upon being tapped. Nothing happened, I received 5 or 6 stab wounds, but nothing really happened… I did’nt find the thumb, but mines was broken for some reason…

  • How do you know how to find the thumb if your eyes have to be closed?
    Im never playing this game.

  • hey, sorry but i dont quite understand, how do you search if you have to hold onto your friends thumbs????

  • For those of you who have played this and found the thumb, where do you find the thumb? And can you play this game as many times as you like too? And does your wish really come true? I’m just curious because I have this really cool wish. It may sound a little stupid because my wish is too have angel wings so then I can fly. I’ve always wanted angel wings like in Maximum Ride.

  • I have a cousin who has a friend and her friend tried it! My cousins friend was very scared when she felt 2 taps on her shoulder! One of her freinds managed to find the thumb! She said it was very cool! She wished to be famous when she grew up! Kinda lame though

  • a game that is very good and not an unsafe game is light as a feather stiff as a board and that is how i found this web sight was looking for that game good luck though

  • My dad jokes that the rules mean you can’t open your eyes while searching and you can’t unlock your thumbs while searching either. And my sister says that if you become stranded in the villa, you could always walk to a Wal-Mart. SHE JUST DOESN’T GET IT. :|

  • I want to play this so bad but im worried I might die or my friends might die. Why would they tell us how to play and then say we shouldn’t. IT MAKES IT MORE TEMPTING!!!

  • Guys, My Friends And I Tried this game, i know where we can find the thumb behind the rocks that surrounds the pillar

  • ohhhhhhhhh this game sounds sooooooooooooo safe! if u do 1 tiny thing wrong, you DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! COMPLETELY SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! *holding poster that says “im being SARCASTIC RIGHT NOW,CANT U TELL?!?!?!!*

  • I’m playing this with my freinds tomorrow but I don’t want them to play because I don’t wanna put them at risk! :(

  • infernalthing, HOW?! Some of the others on here are 10x safer than this!
    Midnight Spirit, YES!!
    iwannabescared101, REALLY?! WHICH ONE!!?!?!?


  • this seems like a better one to try if u just wanna see if it worked if it doesnt work oh well and if it does well kool look around the villa dont turn around blow out the candle i really wudnt try looking for the thumb tho just sayin

  • Has anyone ever played “The Dead Mans Body” if u haven’t you should find it and play
    There’s no real ghosts involved so it’s perfectly safe but it is really creepy

  • um… this is a creepy game.. but one scary experience isnt much, is it?? I should give it a try 8D
    Okay, even though im being brave and clever and all now, i know that i will be FREAKED OUT to try it out!!!!!!! >.<

  • Me and my friend cristie with her other friend played this game and we couldn’t find the thumb so we gave up and blew out the candle.but someone or something tapped my shoulder and cristie’s shoulder.when we got back everyone was worried and we were scared!

  • One of my friends wanted to try this at a sleepover I had with two of my friends and I was like ‘sorry Mary but I really don’t want to possbily become a killer. Also if someone tapped on my shoudler it is an automatic thing for me to turn around. Why would I want to do that?’ She was so sad. She tried to get me to do like half of the games on here. She tried to make me do all the ones that they don’t say absoutly not to even if you do know the rules. I refused each time.

  • so strange. it is not rlly a safe game but safer than the midnight game. tlk about creepy. if i was forced to play either one of these games ,and i pray to GOD i dont hve to, then i wood pick the thumb game.

  • What happens if you imagine you’re in there… But with a shotgun :D blast the guy to pieces when he taps ya! It’s your imagination right – whats stopping you?

  • Cool… I would love to play this game too, I just need to persuade a few of my friends to join…
    Who knows, I may find the thumb and my wish is granted… What is my wish?

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