10 Great Family Card Games To Play

10 Card Games To Rock Family Night

By: Trish

    The Best Family Card Games can provide hours of fun.  Last year it was estimated that over 500 card games were introduced for the first time at Toy Fair, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and a host of platforms by creators looking to connect with consumers looking for a night of inexpensive fun. 

   We at “Best Family” chose 10 Card Games –  priced between $5.00 and $19.99.  At many retailers, a standard deck of cards can be purchased for as low as $1.99.  The difficulty is that sometimes it can be challenging to find the perfect card game for the perfect night of fun.  With so many selections, a list of 10 could easily be a list of 50.  And then there are the card games that take hours to read the instructions and hours to decipher the various strategies involved with game play. 

   We endeavor to identify those card games that are simple to understand, usually with minimal efforts of 10 minutes maximum.  We welcome your suggestions about card games you have played that millions of others might share in the same enjoyment as yourself.  Please feel to email me at [email protected], attention Trish.   I would love to hear your opinion. I will tally votes as I receive them and adjust the top 10 list from time to time so check back often to see the list as readers respond with their own night of fun playing that card game that elicits laughter and rocks their family night.  

Here is the first list of the “Best Family Card Games”.  All 10 family card games have unique features that can create a tradition for all ages. Enjoy while I grab a coffee and enjoy the sunrise.  Would love to hear from you…. 

#1 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

Players compete by discarding matching numbers, colors or wild card. Smile at the twist of fate while confronting your opponent with the Boomerang card that reverses a penalty, the Ricochet card that bounces the penalty to any player of your choosing, or the Double Exchange card which results in two players exchanging their entire hand with any other player.

THE CARD GAME…that is…TWICE THE FUN…as…YOU KNOW…that other game!!!!

NO OTHER CARD GAME HAS THE TWIST OF FATE CARDS OF DOUBLE TROUBLE, DOUBLE EXCHANGE, BOOMERANG, AND RICOCHET.

#2 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

Developed in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Dutch Blitz is a card game that’s exciting to play and easy to learn! Perfect for family game nights, or to play with a group of good friends, you’ll enjoy spirited competition as you try to get rid of your 10-card Blitz pile before anybody else. Not as easy as it sounds, though, because players don’t take turns! You have to be the fastest to place your cards in sequence and in the same respective colors on the center Dutch piles while using as many cards from your Blitz Pile as possible. When your Blitz Pile has been exhausted, you’ve won! 

#3 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

Take It . . . or Let It Go?
 
It sounds so simple, and it is: Take a card or pay one chip. If you take the card you get its points, but points are bad. But you also get the chips that others have played, and that’s good (each chip nullifies one point). So say, “No thanks!” and play your chips, but watch out: When you’re out of chips that card’s all yours.

#4 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

More fun than Hearts and Rummy, award-winning Wizard is “the Ultimate Game of Trump” the whole family can enjoy. The rules are easy to learn — the strategy adds an exciting challenge. In Wizard, players try to win the exact number of tricks they bid.

The Wizard Card Game is similar to a regular deck of playing cards with the addition of four Wizards and four Jesters. Jesters always lose and Wizards always win. In the first round, players start out with one card. In the second round, players are deal two cards, and so on, with each round becoming more challenging. When you make your exact bid, you earn points. If you take too many or too few tricks, you lose points. The special, custom Wizard Score Sheet helps players keep track of bids and points. Wizard Card Game can be played with 3-6 players. 

#5 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

What Goes Around…Comes Around!

Karma is playfully competitive and infectiously fun! Race to get rid of all your cards by playing a card of equal or higher value. Use your Karma Cards to avoid picking up the discard pile. In this game there are multiple winners. You never really know who’s going to lose until the very last card—the dramatic ending calls for an instant rematch! There are 4 types of Karma Cards in the game.  You can play them like wild cards, but be sure to use them wisely because in this game…What Goes Around…Comes Around! Friends and families agree that Karma is a blast! You can never play just one game. Having a party? Combine two games and play with up to 12 people.

#6 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

America’s Wildest Card Game

Match color, wild animal, number or play a wild card.  Zoo Mania has action-provoking wild cards: Stampede, Danger, Hide, Escape, where players choose their victims.

 
  • 110 cards

Reinforces

  • visual discrimination
  • strategic thinking

#7 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

The fast-matching, card-slapping, everyone-laughing picture game!  SLAPZI is all about speed.  Be the first to match the right picture cards to the right clue cards.  SLAPZI is super-simple to learn, and super-fast to play!

#8 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

Players work cooperatively in this clever deduction card game with an electrifying twist! Each player is dealt a hand of 5 cards, but the catch is that you can see everyone’s cards except your own. Working together, you must share (and remember!) vital information to play cards in the proper launch sequence. Light them all to create a dazzling display and avoid a fizzling fiasco!  2013 Spiel des Jahres winner, designed by Antoine Bauza.

#9 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

Canasta burst onto the scene in 1950 and created the biggest card game craze to ever hit the country. Millions were (and are) captivated by the tantalizing twists of this great game and its romantic South American origin.

Game play is authentic. Your partnership aims to score 5,000 points by laying down sets of cards and adding to them. Claiming the Prize pile can make your point total soar. Freezing the Prize pile helps to thwart your opponents. Form a Canasta (7 or more cards of the same type) then go out to claim your bonuses. Play with the special (optional) Caliente (“hot”) cards and add an exciting 21st century variation to the game.

#10 BEST FAMILY CARD GAME

Think you know which came first – the invention of mayonnaise or decaffeinated coffee? Lincoln’s Gettysburg address or John Deere’s first plow? Test your knowledge with Chronology by Buffalo Games – the game of all time. In Chronology, each player builds his or her own timeline of cards. On your turn, someone will read you a historical event from a card. You decide where that event falls in your timeline. If you are right, you keep the card and your timeline grows. The first player to build a timeline of 10 cards wins!