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Card Games for Game Night

Updated on April 8, 2009

Card Games

Ok, I'm a big fan of game night, especially when we all opt to play card games. I mean, Unlike a lot of the board games that you can engage in during game night, card games just don't usually last hours and hours on end, so if you're trying to make it a short night, card games are definitely the way to go. Unless, you get addicted and you just keep playing hand after hand and the next thing that you realize is that it's in the wee hours of the morning.

But, anyway, if you actually take a look there are a number of different card games that you may want to consider, some of the ones below are aged for younger kids around 7 to 9 years old, but as an adult, you can still find loads of enjoyment and entertainment out of playing these card games.

Plus, they make great stocking stuffers for your child's Christmas stocking.

Phase 10

One of my favorite card games, Phase 10 is for people aged 8 and up. You can play with as few as 2 players, and as many as 6. My personal tip is that Phase 10 is much more fun when playing with at least 3 or 4 players. The fewer players that you have, the quicker the game goes and the easier it is, and the more players you have, the harder it is to have a chance.

Basically, Phase 10 is a rummy style card game. You have to successfully get all 10 phase, each phase being a different run or set of numbers, before you can advance to the next phase.

You want to be the first person to beat all 10 phases and to have the lowest overall score in the end. Each time that one player completes his phase, the cards are redealt, but the remaining cards in your hand tally up to your score.

Skip-Bo

This is a card game that I've never actually played yet, but I've heard rave reviews about it from a number of people- older and younger.

Skip-Bo is a strategic card game that is recommended for people aged 7 and up, but that doesn't mean that a group of adults can't get hours of enjoyment out of this classic card game.

Skip-Bo is a sequencing card game created by the makers of UNO, which is another classic card game that is great for game night. But, anyway, the point of Skip-Bo is to use strategy to create sequential stacks of cards so that you are the first player to use all of your cards in your stockpile.

Rage

Rage is a little hard to comprehend, so it may take you a minute to figure out the rules and tricks to the games, but overall it is a card game that is for those aged 8 and up. You want at least 2 but no more than 8 people playing the game at a time.

Basically, where you start off with 10 cards in your hand, you want to eventually run your hand down to 1 card.

You have predict the number of tricks that the other players can take each rond, and you'll score points for each accurate bid that you make.

Rage is the card game of revenge, and you definitely don't have to be 8 years old in order to enjoy yourself, especially since with each hand your 'Mad Rage' and 'Change Rage' cards will vary each hand and definitely each game, leaving you always wanting more.

Swap

When playing Swap, you want to get rid of all of your cards before your opponents. But, at the same time, you want to match colors, swap hands, and slap the pile.

You need to watch out for the other players and watch for the Super Swap, which will make everyone switch hands. You'd hate to be planning the perfect hand and perfect move, to find that you have to pass your winning hand to your opponent.

You'll need to play quick and play smart so that you can be the one on top.

Swap is an addictive card game that has quick play and is definitely changing all the time.

UNO

And, of course in terms of card games to play at game night, you can't forget UNO. It's the classic card game that just about everyone has played at least once.

This color coded card game is probably one of the more popular card game.

You want to be the first player or the first team to score 500 points by getting rid of all of your cards in your hand before your opponent.

Although, I've never been a big fan of UNO, it's definitely a game that you can't forget in the list of fund card games that you can't help but play over and over again.

And, again, although it's a child's game, adults can have fun playing the game, and you can even use UNO to teach your child number recognition. So, it's not only an entertaining game, but it can be used as a learning game.

Other Card Games

Other cards games that I'd suggest you check out include games like the following:

Blink: Two players race to be the first to play all of their cards, matching colors, shapes , etc on the cards.

Flinch: Be the first to get rid of all 10 of the cards in your stockpile by playing them in numerical sequence whenever you can.

Five Crowns: You're going to play kind of like rummy, where you'll play with 5 suits but no Aces or Twos. You'll have more options to arrange your hand in sets and sequences, but the key is to get the right combinations and to be the first one to go out.

Pit: This card game is a little different, as you're playing as a day trader, so to speak. You want to be the first player in the market to get all of your cards of one commodity.

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      cynthia cole 

      7 years ago

      I need complete instructions on how to play the card game called RAGE.

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      Janetta 

      9 years ago

      These are great. :) My hubby and I are adicted to Sequence. I guess technically it would be considered a board game since there is a board involved, but it's played with cards, so I consider it a card game. Either way it is excellent for game night. We always play it at my brother in law's house!!

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