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Our Favorite Card Game (+ Update)
on October 16, 2011
Original review from September 2008:
A few years ago (I help with students at church) another leader brought a pack of these cards and suggested a few played.... I joined in and was hooked... So I purchased a pack of these cards for my game collection. I have had ages 8-88+ play this game and have never had anyone who didn't love it.
Phase 10 is sort of like Rummy backwards. Each player (2-6 players) are dealt 10 cards. You then lay the remaining cards face down in the middle and flip one card face up.
On your turn you must pick a card up (either the one laying face up in the middle or one from the pile) and discard one face up in the middle (covering the previous face-up card).
Your goal is to go through the 10 phases:
(*As a note: a set is the same numbers (ie a set of 3 would be 4&4&4 or 8&8&8.... A run is a numerical order (ie a run of 4 would be 1&2&3&4 or 9&10&11&12)
1. 2 sets of 3
2. 1 set of 3 & 1 run of 4
3. 1 set of 4 & 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 color
9. 1 set of 5 & 1 set of 2
10. 1 set of 5 & 1 set of 3
The goal is to lay down your phase (phase out) and then get rid of the rest of your cards (go out) before anyone else.
If you do not phase out you must continue the next round on the same phase you were on. (Ie if you don't phase out on phase 1, although everyone else is on phase 2 you are still on phase 1.)
I can't rave about how much fun this game is... You can make house rules, keep points (1-9= 5 pts, 10-12= 10 pts, Skips= 15 pts, & Wilds=25 pts... person with the least amount of points in the end win), play a half game, etc...
If I could own only one card game it would be Phase 10.
(As a note, this is my original review I wrote in September 13, 2008 ... the original product was deleted so I am adding my review back ... As an update this game, several years later, continues to be used regularly (at the very least once a month). I have yet to find someone who didn't like it. Unlike some games you can play this one forever and always have a "new" game. We have even purchased a new deck as our old was starting to tear (not because of a cheap product but because it was used so often!) Last year on Christmas morning my older siblings (ages 14-23), a few in-laws, my husband, and myself played this. When it was time to open presents we were on phase 8 or 9 and everyone was like, "Wait we have to finish!" It really is a fun game and worth the price to give it a chance.)