Game of Kingdoms is a card game that is fairly simple but very fun. It’s one of many games where trump cards come into play. If you don’t know, that’s where one entire suit is higher ranked than any other card. More on that later.
Disclosure: We received a copy of this game in exchange for this honest review.
Game of Kingdoms
Kids to Adults (I’d say 8+)
From game package:
Game of Kingdoms is a game where there is no winner, only a loser! A card game of attacking and defending, involving some luck but mostly strategy. The object of the game is to get rid of your cards before your enemies.
Game of Kingdoms
How the Deck is Set Up
Similar to a regular deck, this game has 4 suits (red, blue, green and yellow) and cards of different ranks going low to high as follows: 5 Squires, 6 Squires, 7 Squires, 8 Squires, 9 Squires, 10 Squires, Knight, Queen, King and Hero. You can’t mix suits (with the exception of trump) so a red Queen beats a red Knight but not a card of a different colour.
After shuffling and handing out cards a trump card is chosen at random. The colour of this card is the colour that is trump for this game. Trump means that colour is HIGHER than any card of the other three colours. So if green is trump, a green 6 Squires beats even a Hero of the other colours. The only thing that beats a green 6 Squires if green is trump is a higher trump card.
The player with the lowest trump card goes first. Player 1 is the attacker. They attack the person on their left. At this point if there are more than 2 players, no one else has a turn for a bit. You attack by placing down cards and the person to your left (the defender) has to defend by placing a card down of a higher ranking.
The attacker can attack as many times as he wants as long as he follows the rule that says every card put down must be similar to the ones already played. So if the attacker put down a Red 8 Squires and the defender put down a Red Queen, then on the second time he attacks, the attacker can only put down another 8 Squires or Queen (of any colour.) If the second attack was a Yellow Queen and the defender defended with a Yellow Hero, then the third time, the attacker could only use another 8 Squires, Queen or Hero.
When the player can’t or doesn’t want to attack anymore he says done. If the defender successfully defended all cards, the cards are discarded. If the defender cannot defend against a card, the defender picks up all the cards that were in play and adds it to his hand.
Players refresh cards (pick up more if they have less than 6 cards) Then the play switches and the defender becomes the attacker and attacks the person on his left.