A “home base” is agreed and one or more catchers are chosen. (1 catcher for about 5 hiding places.) The catching player counts down from 20 at the home base, while everyone else hides. Then the catching person starts to search. If the catcher has found someone, he/she must run to the home base and shout out loud the name and location where the person was found. Whoever is found must come out and has lost. The hiding persons can try to unlock themselves by being faster than the catcher* at the home base and shouting “1,2,3 free”.
Variation: If someone has managed to run to the home base, all captives are free again.