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Phase 10 Card Game
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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.

Game Play:
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.)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
I love UNO, my husband hates it, but we both love Phase 10.
Its a fun game, that requires some thinking, though not too much either - and can last for more than an hour with 4 players --- we always carry this with us on our family vacations.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2011
My granddaughter, age 13 has this game and she taught me how to play. After a few practice rounds I understood how to play. The way she had learned to play was with a couple of the rules made up which I thought only added to the enjoyment. Even if you use only the instructed rules its fun. The made up rule was you can take a discard as long as the present player doesn't want the card. The catch is you have to draw a card along with the discarded one. If more than one player wants it, it goes to the player next in line to play. Another made-up rule was variation of the phases, which is fun to do also. I have played many times now and I still have to use the phase card to remind me of what the phase requires. Its a great family game, but I think children under the age of 8 might have a hard time understanding it. For the low price you receive many many hours of family/friends entertainment. I highly recommend Phase 10. I am buying a replacement game today because the cards are wearing out. Its not that they aren't made well, its just that any cards will wear out after so much shuffling and handling.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
I have played Phase 10 a few times, and love how simultaneously complex and accessible it is. I would not recommend it for folks under 10, but it's a great adult game (or smart-minded kids). Combine it with deserts and it is a great night of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
We bought this for my 10 yr old nephew as a Christmas gift. We played it for the first time on New Year's Day. It did take about 2 hours and the people in the lead only got to phase 9 before we quit because lunch was ready. But it was really fun and I think in the future we would probably stick to one of the variations that would make the game shorter. I was surprised that my nephew's friend probably liked it the most. He's pretty big into electronics, so I didn't know if he would even be interested in playing. He was definitely interested and when his mom came to pick him up he was telling her about this really fun game they had to buy.
I would recommend the full game with the original rules for days when you're stuck in the house (weather, illness, or just having a lazy day). It will definitely help pass the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
Two mid twenty year olds had never played a rummy style game, and even after reading the directions this game was confusing to us. I recently learned how to play Canasta, and when I went back to play Phase 10, it made all the more sense.

The most confusing part is about "going out" because no where does it say you have to keep picking up a card each turn, even after you lay your phase down. But, you do.

If you are unsure about getting this, try the free iphone app. It limits the phases, but you can see how the game is played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
This is a very fun card game, feels similar to UNO (same creator). We have played with just two people, all the way up to the max of six, and it is fun every time. Easy rules to learn or to teach new players. Do note that some games may take a while depending on the luck of the draw.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
I used to play this game a lot as a kid. I recall having a lot of fun playing with 4 players as it increases the difficulty in making your phases. This is a interesting card game since you are working against others but you may be trying to have a very different type of hand than your opponents. It's offers variety too. While it similar to rummy making runs and sets, there is a phase that work on colors and there are skip and wild cards like Uno.

my daughter is 4 1/2 and since I purchased this game she has become a super fast learner. She knows the difference in a run verses a set and can follow her own phase card. She still has to set all the cards down on the table and work out the hand aloud (whether she is sorting them based on sets or runs). The last few times she has hardly needed any help and she knows when she should pick up from the discard pile or draw a new card. She hasn't yet been able to follow my playing style or determine which cards she should discard or wait and keep (which is a rather difficult skill to pick up on).But I was very surprised she can practically play on her own when the age group is for 7+.

The item arrived in great condition. I wish there were more than just two phase cards in the box for more players. Regardless, it's a fun family game, we have gotten a lot of use out of this deck already!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2014
Phase 10: 2-6 Players, Ages 7+, Average Play Time = 45-60 Minutes

I'm opting to keep this short because A) this game has been around a while and B) it's cheap and relatively easy to play. The hardest part is getting used to how the phases work in conjunction with the game rounds, but once you have that down, it's all relatively simple. The escalating difficulty of the phases will help to prevent runaway leaders, though luck still plays a large factor in whether or not you'll get the cards you need to complete your phase before someone else goes out. The cards were easy to read so no issues there and overall, I felt the game was worth the five bucks I paid. I'm sure you could come up with a similar rule-set using a standard deck of cards or two if money is tight. My only complaint is the box, which layers the cards into two decks and can be tough to close. In short, "Phase 10" is easy to recommend to larger groups of casual gamers who enjoy card-based or Rummy-esque games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2015
We received this game as a gift from friends, and have continued enjoying it playing by the adjusted rules as they taught us to play.
!) No one is ever stuck repeating a phase, but any cards left in your hand are added up according to the point system given in the rules (5, 10, or 25 points depending on each card); the score of each player is recorded for each phase, and the winner is the one with the least amount of points at the end of the 10 rounds. Everyone is on the same phase in every hand, for a total of 10 hands per game.
2) We don't use the skip cards.
Fun times, and a game doesn't take forever with everyone (confusingly and discouragingly) working on a different phase during each hand.
Thusly you can play several "games" of 10 phases each during an evening, so even if you lost badly in one game, you may be the winner the next!
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