Five Crowns Card Game
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- Five-suited rummy-style game with a rotating wild card.
- Easy to learn • Fun for kids and adults!
- Ages 8 to adult • 1-7 Players • Includes solitaire version.
- Quick favorite for both avid and casual card players.
- Winner of over 10 Best Game Awards.
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Five Crowns is a five-suited rummy-style card game. This award-winning, classic game is a quick favorite for both avid and casual card players. Five Crowns features a unique double deck that contains 5 suits: spades, clubs, hearts, diamonds, and stars. This special deck makes it easier to arrange your entire hand into books and runs. The rotating wild card keeps players on their toes! The game begins with 3 cards and 3s are wild, the next round has 4 cards and 4s are wild and so on ‘til the Kings Go Wild! Make the right combinations, be the first to go out, then watch players scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses! Five Crowns is loved by everyone, easy to play anywhere and a game that you’ll want to play again and again.
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Top Customer Reviews
The object of the game is to make sets (three or more cards of the same denomination) or runs (three or more consecutive cards of the same suite), and to lay down your sets and runs before your opponents. Any cards not played count against you.
In the first hand three cards are dealt to each player, and threes are wild. In the second hand four cards are dealt to each player, and fours are wild, etc. This can get confusing, and often a player will accidentally discard a "wild card", which adds to the fun. The deck also contains some jokers as additional wild cards.
A player can be behind for nearly the entire game, and catch up in the last few hands by playing all the cards in her/his hand, and forcing others to get stuck with their cards.
The rules are easy and quick to learn, and the scoring is simple.
I'm sure at this point your wondering why I gave this 5 stars? Well, my wife and I actually really enjoy this game so while I debated 4 stars I decided to go with 5 for now (although see below about card quality). This game is very similar to rummy but with a twist. There are no 2s or Aces but there is a 5th suit and a lot of wild cards. You basically play rummy starting with a 3 card hand, then 4 card hand, then 5 card and so on up to a 13 card hand. You try to go out first. If you don't you get one more turn to get rid of any 3+ card runs you have and those you can't lay, you get stuck with points (a low score is good) based on how high of a card you have. At the end of the 13 card hand round, the lowest score wins.
I like the game because a) you can play with two players and have fun-that seems to be pretty rare in card games in general and for me and my wife, it is a nice find b)I like rummy but find it a bit boring and this game jazzes up rummy enough to make it more interesting and c) it is not super complex and I find it relaxing to play (I will say in the 12 and 13 card hands it does get a little more complex mentally digesting all the card and possible runs you have, but it isn't bad). It also moves fairly fast. It takes us about 30 minutes to play through the 3-13 card hands.
I will say, especially since I bought several card games at once and had something to compare to, I do not think these cards are very high quality. They seem thin and don't have much of a sheen on them like they have that protective laquer type coating on them. I wonder if they will wear well over time if we use them a lot. One thing I do like is the game came in an appropriate sized box with a small tray for the cards in it. A lot of these games come in much larger boxes than needed and still have no where to hold the cards and make the game harder to carry around to different households and store for no great reason.