Sitting down to play a card game doesn’t mean that you have to break out the trumps, there are lots of new card games out there that offer original experiences and styles of play. To ease you into the world of card games a little easier, all of the games on this list are simple to pick up and play and their rules are pretty easy to understand.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
In Werewolf, players are secretly assigned roles as either werewolves or villagers. Every round of the game, every player has to vote on who to kill off, with the villagers aiming to eliminate the werewolves and the werewolves trying to do the opposite. The crux of Werewolf is that players do not know each other’s roles, so it is filled with wild guessing, accusations and stabs in the dark – making it perfect for a family gathering. There are quite a few variations of this game out there with additional roles and mechanics to try, but Werewolf is the most basic and approachable.
Basically, a novelty card version of Russian roulette, Exploding Kittens is a great game to pick up and play quickly at a party or gathering. The card deck is made up of a number of cards that perform different functions, as well as the titular exploding kittens card. Each player takes turns at drawing from the card deck and performing actions. The goal of the game is to be the last player standing by avoiding drawing an exploding kitten, or by negating it with another card.
Exploding Kittens mixes a lot of familiar card game mechanics together, but it is its presentation and the pace of play that helps it to become such a frantic and intense game.
This is probably the most unusual game on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to play. Dixit is a game of communication in which a single player is selected to choose a card with an abstract image on it and give a description to match the image, the other players then have to guess what the image is by using their own abstract cards. While it might initially seem like an intimidating premise, once you’ve played a round or two of Dixit you’ll see just what the fuss is about.
Apples to Apples
You might be more familiar with the adult version of this game, Cards Against Humanity, but Apples to Apples is both child-friendly and the original. If you don’t know how this all works, it basically is about creating as amusing a combination of cards as possible for a judge who then chooses their favourite combination, winning the round for the creator. While Apples to Apples might not be as outrageous as Cards Against Humanity, it strikes the same tones and will have you laughing away in no time.