Who doesn’t love a good ol’ card game? A deck of cards is compact, easy to carry around, and extremely versatile, giving you endless possibilities that are perfect for lots of situations. Whether you’re waiting for your food at a restaurant, passing the time between classes, or simply looking for a simple and accessible way to enjoy family time after dinner, there’s a lot of fun to be had with nothing more than a deck of cards.
If you’re tired of the worn out games of Solitaire or Go Fish, then it’s time to mix up your card game repertoire. Here are some of the best card games for kids and kids at heart.
Here’s a fun, fast paced game for double players or more. In Crazy Eights, the objective is simple – be the first in the group to get rid of all of your cards. The rules are simple and the gameplay, fast. So if you were hoping to kill a few minutes right before you head back into class, then Crazy Eights is the name of the game.
How to Play:
- Players get dealt seven cards each.
- The rest of the deck is placed face down on the table.
- The top card on the deck is flipped face up and then placed next to the face down deck. This will be the discard pile.
- Players can designate who will take the first turn by flipping a coin. In games where there are more than two players, the person towards the right of the dealer will play the first turn.
- The player with the first turn will try to match the card on the discard pile either by suit (hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds) or by number (ace, 1-10, jack, queen, king)
- Once the first player takes their turn, they draw a card from the pile.
- The next player then takes their turn by matching the card that the previous player placed on the discard pile.
- If a player does not have a card to match the upward facing card, then they have to draw from the deck until they get a matching card.
- If the draw pile is empty and a player doesn’t have any cards to match the discard pile, the other player will keep taking his turn until the opposite player can play a card.
- All 8 cards are wild cards and can be played on any card without having to match.
- The first player who’s able to lose all of his cards will be the winner.
Here’s a game for those who want to play something a little less technical, but still loads of fun. Slapjack is less of a strategy game and more of a sensory card game, which makes it lots of great fun for both adults and kids.
How to Play:
- Divide a deck of cards evenly among the players. Slapjack can be played with as few as two players, or more depending on how many people present want to take a slice of the fun.
- The objective of the game is to get all of the cards to yourself.
- Players go around placing one card from their hand in a central pile.
- When a player draws a jack, players must slap the central pile to get all the cards.
- The first player to slap the jack after being drawn will get all the cards in the pile.
- If a player slaps a non-jack, they have to surrender one card to the person who drew the card that they slapped.
- The game ends when one person is able to get all cards.
Here’s a fun little card game to challenge your poker face and train you for harder games with the pros. The ability to bluff is an indispensable skill for most card games, which makes Cheat a great way to practice make other players question whether you’re serving the truth or a sly little lie.
How to Play:
- The entire deck is divided among two to four players. Games with more than 4 players should divide 2 decks of cards.
- The dealer takes the first turn, and places a single card face down at the center of the table. They then announce its rank, the suit doesn’t matter.
- The other player then takes a card with a higher rank than that card, also announcing its rank.
- The objective of the game is to be the first player to use up all of your cards.
- If at any point, a player suspects that the other player is bluffing, they can call it out by saying “Cheat!” and the card in question is turned over to reveal the truth.
- If the card was a bluff, then the player who cheated will have to claim the entire pile of discarded cards.
- If the card was not a bluff, then the player who called it out will claim the entire pile of discarded cards.
- Cheats can’t be called out for past turns. Only an active turn can be questioned as a bluff.
- The first player to lose all of the cards in their hand, wins.
Egyptian Rat Screw
Here’s a tough one with lots of ins and outs, making it a game for the quick-witted, attentive, and alert card game players in your crew. Egyptian Rat Screw gives players a bunch of ways to win, making it a real hoot for those who are in for a competitive card game experience. As one of the best card games for adults, Egyptian Rat Screw calls for your undivided attention to win the crown.
How to Play:
- Egyptian Rat Screw can be played with as little as 2 players, or up to 4.
- The entire deck of cards is divided among the players.
- The player to the left of the dealer plays the first turn.
- The first player flips their top card and places it at the center of the table face up.
- The next player flips up their top card to place it on top of the previous card played.
- Players take their turns placing cards on the central pile until a ‘face card’ is played.
- Face cards are cards with either a jack, queen, king, or ace, and each one has a designated turn count. This will tell the next player how many chances they will have to draw another face card.
- Ace = 4 turns; King = 3 turns; Queen = 2 turns; Jack = 1 turn.
- If for example, a king is drawn, the next person will have 3 turns to draw a face card as well.
- If they’re unable to draw a face card after 3 turns, the previous player will get all the cards in the pile.
- If they’re able to draw a face card within the 3 turns, the next player will take their turn and try to draw a face card as well. The number of chances they will get depends on the face card drawn during the previous turn.
- The game ends when one player is able to take all the cards from the deck.
- There are also other instances when players can claim the central pile. If certain card combinations pop up during play, the first player to slap the central deck can take all of the cards.
Marriage – King and queen are played consecutively
Sandwich – Two cards of the same rank are played with just one other card in between them
Sequence – Four cards of a sequence are played, for example “1,2,3,4” or “9,8,7,6”
Top and Bottom – A card drawn matches the card at the bottom of the pile.
- Even players who have lost all their cards can jump back into the game by slapping card combinations first. In case more than one player slaps the cards when a combination comes up, the player touching most of the card’s surface will take the pile.
Hockey is a game for teams, and so is it’s card game version. In this game, players are designated into two different teams of two players each. The objective is to score point and to outwit your opponents so that they don’t get the chance to make a score.
How to Play:
- All four players sit around a table. Players in the same team are to sit across from one another.
- The entire deck of cards is divided among 4 players. Do not show your cards to any of the other players – even those on your team.
- The first player to the left of the dealer draws the first card.
- The objective of the game is to score points. Points are scored when you’re able to match a card drawn by the previous player.
- Jacks are called block cards and can’t be matched. If a player draws a jack, the person after them can draw a jack as well, but this will not be considered a point, and the pile will remain at the center of the table.
- Players can attempt to strategize by assuming the cards that the player on the opposite team will not be able to match.
- When a match is made, the player who made the match can take the entire central pile and set it aside. These cards can no longer be played, and will be used to represent the point scored.
- The game ends when all cards have been played.
- Teams share their scores. So the team with the most points at the end of the game, wins.
Just like the game golf, the card game Golf calls for the smallest score. The player who scores the least at the end of the game is called the winner. Ideal for more experienced player, Gold can be a real mental exercise, letting you practice your basic math skills and your intuition all in one go.
How to Play:
- Each player is dealt six cards.
- A single card from the remaining deck is flipped over and placed face up on the center of the table.
- The rest of the deck is placed next to the flipped card.
- Each player positions their cards in two rows of three cards each.
- Each card rank has a designated value. These are the values players will use to compute their points at the end of each round. Values are as follows:
King = 0
Jack = -2
Ace = 1
2 to 10 = Face value, that is, the number on the card is its in-game value
Queen = 10 points
- These values are computed in columns. For instance, if the first column of the players six cards are a queen and a jack, then the total score for that column is 8 points.
- At the end of each round, players will compute how many points each of their columns total, and then they will add these totals to come with their final score for that round.
- If cards in a column match, then the score for that column will be zero.
- The first player to the left of the dealer plays the first turn.
- The game starts by the first player flipping two of any of their cards.
- They now have the option to replace any of their cards with the upward facing card at the center of the table, or by drawing a card from the deck.
- All players can flip two cards on their first turn, but must only flip one card on succeeding turns.
- At the end of the round, when all flips and replacements have been made, players will compute their scores based on the point system for the game.
- The player with the lowest score is designated winner for that round.
- Players have the option to play up to 9 rounds, totalling their scores for each round to determine the winner.
- At the start of each new round, players are supposed to reshuffle and redistribute the cards to start.
Card games can be a load of fun. As a great way to pass the time, to enjoy the company of family, or to make parties even more enjoyable, card games make a low effort solution against boredom and long waits. Try out these extremely entertaining games to light up any situation. All you need is a deck of cards.