10 Fun Card Games

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Card games have long been a popular way to entertain people and are also a great way to pass the time. They are portable, so you don’t have to worry about where and how to transport them; they are great for social gatherings and are budget-friendly. When it comes to the rules of the game, they are very simple to understand; all you have to do is bring your competitive side to win.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good game? Nowadays, most people spend their free time playing video games. But aren’t you tired of staring at a computer screen? You may want to reduce screen time while doing something different and enjoyable. For example, consider playing with your friends in person rather than over a chat screen or virtually; it may sound strange to you, but back in the old day, card games were the source of entertainment.

Do you know the expression “old is gold”? That saying certainly applies to card games. Imagine spending time with your friends with no technology interruptions or screen time, just good old-fashioned fun and minimal packing that both kids and adults will enjoy. Let’s look at 10 fun card games you can play anywhere and with your friends. 

10 Fun Card Games to Play With Your Friends

  1. UNO

Since its release, this has been an all-time favourite card game for everyone. All ages enjoy it; it’s great to play at any time, and it’s very easy to pack because it comes in travel size. In addition, it has simple rules and can be played by 2 to 10 people at the same time.

The game’s goal is to finish your cards first; the trick is always to remember always to say the name of the game, ‘UNO’, when you have one card left to be able to win. The deck includes four colour sets of numbers ranging from 0 to 9. Each player begins with 7 cards, and there are draw and discard piles. There are also wild cards and action cards in the deck. So, go to the nearest store and buy it, and remember to have fun!

Uno - Card Games for Kids
Uno – Card Games for Kids

2.  Exploding Kittens

If you love cats very much, one of the things you will enjoy about this card game is that each card has funny-looking cats.

This game is full of fun, luck and strategy. The game aims to avoid getting the exploding kitten card, which ends the game. PS: The card game is only appropriate for adults. It contains some content that is inappropriate for children.

The deck has the following:

  • 4 Exploding kitten cards
  • 6 Diffuse cards, these cards will help you diffuse the exploding kitten card
  • 4 Attack cards, these cards will allow you to force a player to take 2 turns in a row
  • 4 Favour cards, you force one player to give you a card of their choice
  • 5 Nope cards, this stops any action card except for exploding kittens or diffuse card
  • 4 Shuffle cards allow you to shuffle the draw pile
  • 4 Skip cards, it instantly ends your turn. However, if you use it on an attack card, it only ends one of the turns.
  • 4 See the future cards, this allows you to see the first 3 cards from the draw pile, and you have to place them back in the exact order
  • 20 cat cards and 4 identical cards from each cat card. Collecting 2 matching cards allows you to steal 1 random card from the player of your choice.

You are given 5 cards and must always have only 5 cards. You have three moves before your turn is over; you play by discarding a card and moving to the next player; by drawing a card from the draw pile, you end your game. 

3. Imploding Kittens: Expansion

If you liked the first card game, “exploding cats,” you’ll like this one because it’s an expansion.

It includes an imploding kitten card as well as 19 other imploding kitten cards from the expansion pack.

 When adding the imploding and exploding kitten cards, add one less than the number of players, and each player receives a diffuse card in their hand, giving them a total of 8 cards. Then, the rest of the diffuse cards are added to the draw pile.

4. Throw Throw Avocado

“Throw Throw Avocado” is a card game full of movement. It is especially enjoyable when played with a large group of friends, and can we talk about how adorable the squishy avocado is?

The main goal of the Throw Throw Avocado card game is to win the most points in two rounds. To earn points, you must pass cards around the table and collect three of the same card as quickly as possible before the other players.

Each player will receive approximately 15 cards, face down and without looking at them. Place them to your right and take the first five cards to begin playing. Next, you discard any unwanted cards to your left, which is the draw pile of the player sitting next to you.

Avocados are placed in the centre of the table and used to combat the challenges you will face throughout the game. The battles you will face are determined by the cards you collect, such as a double brawl, freeze wars, and legs duel, giving you two points when collected. Each normal card is worth one point.

The double brawl begins with a battle between the players on your right and left; they must grab an avocado as quickly as they can and throw it at each other; if one of the players is hit twice, they lose.

Freeze war is for all players; once started, all players must try to grab the avocado and throw it at other players. If a player is hit while holding an avocado, they must immediately freeze and drop it, and they become a shield for the other players. You continue until only one unfrozen player remains, and that player chooses the war’s loser from among the frozen players.

Legs Duel, the player who collects these cards, chooses any two players to participate in this battle. Each player takes an avocado, stands back to back, takes three steps away from each other, shouts avocado, and must throw the avocado from between their legs while their backs are still turned away from each other. The player who is hit by an avocado first loses the battle.

5. Throw Throw Burrito

This card game is similar to “Throw Throw Avocado,” you move a lot, too, but instead of an avocado, you get two burritos, which are even cuter.

Now that you have both card games, the “Throw Throw Avocado” and “Throw Throw Burrito”, you can merge the 2 games together, the burrito and avocado, and it’s a ‘Throw Throw Combo’. You can combine both decks as well as the squishy avocado and burrito, add more players, and prepare for the upcoming battles.

6. Phase 10

The Phase 10 card game is one of those card games that you can play for hours without getting bored, but be prepared to compete with your friends.

The goal of this game is to finish all ten phases with the fewest points possible.

Each phase will require you to collect and display a different set in order to progress to the next phase and finish your cards. The cards left in your hand after the round are worth points; numbers 1 through 9 are worth 5 points each, and numbers 10 through 12 are worth 10 points each. A wild card is worth 25 points, and a skip card is worth 25 points.

The phases are:

  1. 2 sets of 3
  2. 1 set of 4 and 1 run of 4
  3. 1 set of 4 and 1 run of 4
  4. 1 run of 7
  5. 1 run of 8
  6. 1 run of 9
  7. 2 sets of 4
  8. 7 cards of one colour
  9. 1 set of 5 and 1 set of 2
  10. 1 set of 5 and 1 set of 3

A set is defined as collecting the same number, whereas a run is defined as collecting a series of numbers. So, for example, in phase 2, you are asked to perform one set of four and one runs of four, so the cards in your hand should look like ‘3 3 3 3’ and ‘4 5 6 7’.

7. Clue Card Game

Do you remember the board game Cluedo? They created a card game to make it easier to travel and play on the go. 

You have three sets of cards:

  1. People, weapons, and rooms.
  2. Separate each set, take one card from each set without looking at it, and hide these cards because the goal of the game is to investigate until you correctly guess who committed the crime, with what weapon, and in which room.
  3. Shuffle all of the cards together and distribute them evenly among the players, with any extra cards placed face up for all to see.

After that, each player chooses a character and is given three weapon cards, six suspect cards, and three location cards, referred to as case files.

The next step is for each player to match their evidence cards with the cards from the case files and remove them; this step will help you rule out the cards that are definitely unrelated to the crime.

Now the game begins; you choose two cards from your hand and ask the person to your left if they have one of them; if they do, they must show you only one of these cards while ensuring that no other players see them and you rule out this card. The game continues until one of the players correctly guesses who committed the crime, what weapon was used, and where it occurred. If they guessed correctly, the game ends; if they did not, that player forfeits the game, and the remaining players play on. The cards of that player are then shown to all other players. 

The game comes to a conclusion when the winner correctly guesses. Have fun investigating!

8. No Thanks

A card game that will require some math and logic, but once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy it.

In their turn, each player must choose whether to withdraw from a card and place it in front of them, with the number on it representing the number of points they receive or to place one of their chips down and pass on collecting the card. The game continues until all of the cards have been collected.

The game includes 33 cards with numbers ranging from 3 to 35 and 55 playing chips. When counting your points, there is a trick: if you have an unbroken sequence of numbers, such as 5 and 6, you only count it as 5 points. So you count the points of the sequence’s lowest number.

The goal of this game is to collect as few points as possible; however, you must be aware that each chip you have remaining deducts from your total points. Therefore, a number sequence is preferable because it earns fewer points than single cards.

9. Scrabble Dash

This card game will test your vocabulary and how quickly you can create a word from the letters in front of you. Remember, no cheating!

This is a speed game in which you must collect as many points as possible by forming words. The deck contains 48 consonants and 38 vowels, as well as 19 dash cards. The dash cards instruct you on how to form your word, such as ‘3 letter word begins with it. 

To win the round, each player must look at the letters in their hand and form a word as quickly as possible before any of the other players. Then, each player is dealt seven cards, which they must use to follow the instructions on the dash card. Finally, you replace the cards from the draw pile that you used.

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10. Identical (Dobble)

While playing this card game, expect to scream your lungs out whenever you see similar icons, and it will be challenging to keep an indoor voice once the game begins to heat up and you are getting closer to winning.

“Identical” is a speed game. You have to finish all your cards first. The deck contains 55 cards distributed to all players, and one card is discarded. Each card has a unique icon, such as a rat, a rocket, a bulb, and many others; however, all cards have the same icons. Now each player looks at their cards and begins looking for an icon in their card that is identical to the one on top of the discard pile; you call it out, place the card, and continue until all of your cards have been discarded.

For example, if you see a light bulb in one of your cards and it is also in the discard pile, you call it out, saying, light bulb, place the card in the discard pile, and so on. 

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Card games are fun and exciting until you begin to lose, at which point you become competitive and eager to win, which is what truly spices the game in a fun way. Just remember that once you embark on the path of playing card games, you will not be able to return because it is full of fun.

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