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We are a game lovin’ family. We play Rock Band on the XBox. You should see our world tours! Sometimes on a Saturday afternoon, we all love to play Super Mario Brothers together on the Wii, which totally brings out the sailor in me. I start cussing everyone who keeps killing me. We also love to play card games and board games as a family.
Today I’m going to share our favorite card games. And, these aren’t your average Go Fish or Gin Rummy. Most of these are backstabbing fun, which can send all of us into a fit of giggles. Most of these games can be a bit tricky for anyone under the age of 7. These are perfect to play with your tweens and teens over pizza on a Friday night.
Blink is Uno’s cousin. This is a game that you can definitely teach a 3 or 4 yr old. This is a 2-player game that’s great for hand-eye coordination, and you might just get into a hand slapping game. In Blink, players must quickly try to match the shape, color, or number on the card to one of two discard piles. Whoever discards their cards first is the winner. It’s a bit like if War and Uno had a baby. Super fun and super fast!
I’d been coveting this game for awhile on Amazon. Then, I saw it in our local comic book store and decided to give my money to a small business instead. Nate, me, and Mr E went home right away and played it several times. After the first game, it’s easy to understand and then the backstabbing begins!
The goal of the game is to get your Love Letter to the princess who has locked herself away in the palace, but there are many people who will get in your way. There’s only 16 cards in the deck, and each player starts with only one card in hand. On your turn, you draw one card, and play one card which in doing so you can attempt to expose others and knock them out of the game.
My parents still have this game from the 1970s, and that’s where Nate and I learned to play. We loved it so much, we bought it at the store. This is the edition we have, which is listed as $60 on Amazon! I’m almost positive we found it at Toys R Us, Walmart or Target for less than a third of that price. There is a new edition, but apparently, it has a glaring printing error, and they don’t know when a second printing is going to happen.
This is a car racing game where your goal is to get 1000 miles. You work as teams. You can drive along pretty fast, adding up the miles, with extra tanks of gas. But, your opponents can throw things at you like flat tires, and you’re stuck not moving at all, until you get special cards like one for a spare tire. This one is totally fun!
This was a stocking stuffer I got my husband this past Christmas. It’s a game of bluffing, though you can win without lying. This is set in the distant future when the government is “for profit” and run by CEOs. You must bluff your way into power. We’ve played this as a 2-player game and as a 3-4 player game. I think it’s much more fun with more people because it’s easier for strategy and get your way to the top.
This game can be difficult for 10 and under. My son was 10 when we started playing this game, and it took him a little while to understand strategy. In the game, players take turns either drawing a card from the deck or playing either a merchant or one of four different colored pirate ships, in their hand. Each merchant or pirate ship has a set attack strength or value.
If you play a merchant ship then all of the other players have a opportunity to attack that merchant ship with a pirate or to place their own merchant ship. If a player attacks a merchant ship with a pirate, then no other player can attack with a pirate of the same color. The player who attacks the merchant with the most amount of pirate points wins it, and no one else has attacked in 1 round wins the merchant ship and the value. And, sometimes, you get lucky and no one attacks your merchant ship, which means you get the points.
When all the cards are gone and one player has run out of cards, the game ends and your points are added up for merchant ships (and deducted for what’s still in your hand). It’s not as easy as it sounds. You have to come up with strategies for when to play merchant ships based on what you think is in other people’s hands. It’s quite fun!
Now this is hands down our favorite game. When friends come over, they ask to play this game. It is so much fun, and the trash talking will begin on who is or isn’t the Saboteur based on what cards they’re laying down.
In this game, you’re a bunch of dwarves mining for gold. At the beginning of the game each person draws from a deck of dwarves. Depending on the number of players, there’s 1 or more saboteurs in the deck. There could be saboteurs, and there could not be, you never know as you keep your dwarf secret.
The dwarves are supposed to work together laying a path to get to the gold, which is hidden under 3 cards. There are action cards that let you break another dwarf’s lantern and other equipment. There are also cards where you can sneak a peek at one of the end cards to see where the gold really is.
If the dwarves reach the gold with their path, they all win gold, so it’s somewhat cooperative However, the goal of the saboteurs is to prevent the dwarves from reaching the gold. If the draw pile for creating the path runs out, then the saboteurs win the gold.