25 Card Games You’ve Likely Not Played

Posted by , Updated on May 24, 2024

You are likely familiar with traditional card games like solitaire, rummy, and poker, but have you ever thought about the countless other card games that you haven’t experienced yet? There’s a vast array of them, many of which are truly enjoyable. From classic to unique and inventive card games, you might be surprised at the immense fun you can have with just a deck of cards and some friends or family. Some games will challenge your logic, sharp mind, and a bit of luck, while others simply call for your presence and enthusiasm. Ready to shuffle and deal? Here are 25 Card Games You Probably Haven’t Played Yet!




playing cardsSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomat_(card_game)

This game is similar to Go Fish. It requires playing cards and three to six players to use their memory, logical reasoning, and strategy to collect cards in four-of-a-kind. The winner is the player with the most sets.



playing cardsSource: http://bantha.org/~develin/creights.html

Using a deck of playing cards, the dealer deals out eight cards. There’s a draw pile and a discard pile, and each player has to match the suit or rank showing in the discard pile. It’s very similar to Uno that way, except many of the card numbers have special abilities and there are, of course, additional rules.



king playing cardsSource: https://www.pagat.com/quartet/literature.html

This one is also similar to Go Fish, except it’s a partnership game requiring six to eight players. Each team asks questions to get sets of cards. Paying attention to the questions asked is vital to winning. The team and partnership element of the game makes it particularly different than other variations.



guillotineSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/116/guillotine

Nothing says family game night like Guillotine. A card game based on the French revolution, the objective of this game is to execute the least popular nobles. Requiring 2 to 5 players and thirty minutes of playing time, you’ll win by getting ahead.



99Source: https://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/ninety-nine

This card game requires a standard deck of playing cards, 3 tokens for each player, and 3 or more players. Each player lays down a card that adds on to the total. You can’t go beyond 99. If you do, you get a token taken away. The last player with tokens remaining is the winner.


Impossible Machine

impossible machineSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/95893/impossible-machine

With 2 to 5 players, this card game is all about building complicated contraptions to do simple things, like turning on the television. Though you’re building complicated machines, the game isn’t all that hard to play.


Snip Snap Snorem

shufflingSource: https://www.bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/snip-snap-snorem/#filter=.other.family

The goal of this card game is for a player to get rid of all their cards. All the cards are dealt clockwise to each player. During play, a player puts down a card face up. After that card is played, a corresponding card must be played. For instance, a 5 of Clubs could be matched with a 5 of Hearts and so on.


Devil's Grip

cardsSource: https://www.bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/devils-grip/#filter=.other.family

This one-player game definitely lives up to its name. Taking two 52-card decks and removing all the Aces, reshuffle the deck and deal 24 cards face up into three rows of eight columns. Play continues until no more cards can enter the grid. Few can actually play out the entire deck.



merchantsSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32114/merchants

Requiring two to four players and thirty minutes of playing time, this card game is all about getting the biggest profit. However, you benefit from trading, and to win the game, you must benefit from another player’s actions.



eightsSource: https://www.pagat.com/eights/mao.html

This game is in the Crazy Eights family and requires the players to shed all their cards to win. However, what makes this game puzzling and tricky is that new players aren’t informed of the game rules. Because of that, rules vary widely and few games of Mao are played the same way.



barbuSource: https://www.pagat.com/compendium/barbu.html

Using playing cards, this game is for four players with Ace high ranking and is a variant of Hearts and Bridge. It’s also called Le Barbu which means The Bearded Man.



fluxxSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/258/fluxx

This ever-changing card game will constantly keep you on your toes. The rules are based on the cards played and every player can change the rules, the objective, and the difficulty whenever they choose based on the cards they have.


One Night Ultimate Werewolf

one night ultimate werewolfSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/147949/one-night-ultimate-werewolf

A fast card game, Werewolf requires 3 to 10 players where each player is given a specific role like the tricky Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, etc…In one morning, you and the other players will decide who is the werewolf and hang them.



coupSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131357/coup

This card game is a cut-throat and brutal fight for survival and influence as you try to ruin other families and force them into exile. The last family to survive wins.


Scotch Bridge

card flourishSource: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/nov/22/rules-card-games-oh-hell

Also called “Oh Hell” among many other unique names, this card game requires each player to bid how many tricks they think they’ll get each round. If they accurately predict their tricks, then they get points. Having 3 to 7 players is best when playing this game.



pokerSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commune_(card_game)

This card game is essentially poker without gambling money. Traditional poker ranking and hands are used. Each player can only get three penalties, otherwise, they’re out. You get a penalty if you were caught bluffing or if you tried to catch someone bluffing and were proven wrong.



setSource: https://www.setgame.com/set

This card game is all about finding, you guessed it, a set of cards. Each card has different colors, shapes, numbers, and shading. There are no turns just a race to find as many sets of three as you can.



anomiaSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/142271/anomia-party-edition

In this card game, each card shows various symbols with examples written on them. When a player matches their symbol with another, they have to immediately face-off against the opposing player by giving an answer to the example written on the card. For instance, it might say, “A Dr. Seuss Book.” That player will have to say a book title that comes to mind.



napSource: https://www.bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/napoleon/

Using a standard deck of playing cards, this game isn’t as complicated as Bridge but makes up for it in player interaction. After dealing out five cards, each player goes around from the dealer’s left and makes a bid or a pass. A trick is won by the highest card played of the suit.



hanabiSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/98778/hanabi

This unique card game is cooperative and requires players to work together to create a fireworks display with their cards. Players need to act as a team and give each other hints on what cards they’re going to lay down so they can match the card correctly.


Psychological Jujitsu

psychological jiujitsuSource: http://www.icynic.com/~don/psych.html

This card game is all about figuring out what your opponent is thinking and second-guessing them. You can play with two or three players, but additional players require another deck of cards. During play, you’ll try to bid for Diamond cards with your own limited set of valued cards. High cards win, but you’ll want to strategize how you use them.


Sushi Go

sushi goSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/133473/sushi-go

In this unique and fast card game, you’re trying to create different sets of sushi cards to score points. Each turn, you’ll lay down a card and proceed to hand off the rest of your cards to the player next to you. With each player passing their cards to the next person, it keeps everyone guessing and strategizing on the go.



Card_magicSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187205/randomise-draw-act-or-describe-your-way-victory

This family game requires four players and around 30 to 60 minutes of play time. Each turn, a player gets a card with a random identity and must choose to draw, act, or describe it to their teammates. First team to score thirty points wins.



yomiSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/43022/yomi

The Japanese word for “reading,” this card game simulates fighting and tests players’ ability to predict their opponents moves. There are 10 characters to choose from, each with their own deck, abilities, and style. The gameplay resembles rock-paper-scissors, but the added complexity makes it much more interesting.


Unexploded Cow

unexploded cowSource: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1690/unexploded-cow

Requiring 2 to 7 players and 25 mins of play time, this silly game is all about mad cows and unexploding bombs. The object of the game is for each player to get enough points by buying cows and unexploded bombs. By liberating French towns from unexploded bombs, you’ll also collect points and be able to take money from the pot. Ultimately, you’re trying to blow up cows.

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