There is nothing quite like settling down to play some old fashioned card games. Whether you prefer to play with your family or friends, there are card games that have existed for what feels like forever and yet have never gone out of fashion. So if you are feeling nostalgic or need a new hobby, consider trying one of these 6 card games that are still popular after all this time.
1. Magic: The Gathering
First, up on our list, we have Magic: The Gathering (MTG), which is a tabletop card game initially released way back in 1993. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and now has a whopping 35 million players worldwide. It reached the height of its popularity between 2008 to 2016 as over twenty billion MTG were produced in that time. If you fancy a challenge, there are plenty of Magic The Gathering guides to help teach you how to play, what cards to look out for and where to buy supplies. It is not the simplest of card games to pick up on, as it is a game that requires problem-solving, logic and skill to succeed. However, once you start to understand the basics then this can become a highly addictive game that you won’t want to stop.
Uno is an American card game that has been a Mattel brand since 1992. The aim of the game is to go round in a circle shedding cards until you are left with one card left whereby you then shout out Uno to let everyone know you have one left. You win the game if you are the first player to get rid of all their cards. If you fail to say Uno before playing your last card then your victory becomes void. The deck consists of 108 cards, four of each ‘wild’ card and four ‘Draw four cards, as well as 25 cards of each of the different colours (blue, green, yellow, red). There are also action cards that cause things to change in the game, for example, a ‘Skip’ card means that whoever was expecting their turn will be made to miss it until their next go. Every player starts with a hand of seven cards.
Uno has been such a widely popular game since its inception, as there are hundreds of differently themed variants of the game now. For instance Uno Dare, Disney Pixar Uno, Marvel Uno and one for the adults, drinking game Uno. Also, there are web browser friendly options as well as mobile applications for users to download and play with their friends.
3. Top Trumps
Top Trumps is a card game that has been a family favourite for over 40 years now. It is sold in over 30 countries and has been translated into 10 different languages, with hundreds of variants from Cars to Cat Breeds and Disney Characters to Professional Footballers. Each card has a list of qualities/traits that are given a numerical number alongside. The idea of the game is to compare these values to try and trump your opponent and win their card. This card game is simple, easy to follow and a lot of fun. It is always a great way to keep families entertained on long trips, especially when it comes to road trips and long-haul flights. What was once a playground pastime has continued to grow in popularity and now you can play on your smartphone too.
4. Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game was first launched by Konami in 1999 in Japan, and then again In 2002 in North America. It is a trading and collecting card game that is based on the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! In 2009 it achieved status as one of the top-selling trading card games in the world as it sold over 22 billion cards across the globe. Players use a deck of forty to sixty cards and begin the game with 8000 ‘Life Points’ each, and the aim of the game is to lower your opponent’s life points by using monster attacks and spells. In April 2020, in Japan, a faster-paced version of the game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel was released. The game has an extensive following and the fact that a new, altered version was created just last year goes to show that the demand for the game is not going anywhere soon.
5. Monopoly Deal
Monopoly Deal is probably the most recently established card game on the list, as it was created in Monopoly by Hasbro in 2008. Unlike the traditional version of Monopoly, the aim of the game is not to have the most money, but instead, the objective is to collect 3 full-colour groups before all other players. Since its first establishment, different cards have been added with different impacts on the gameplay. One of the biggest complaints about the original Monopoly was that gameplay took too long, which is likely what prompted the creation of this variation as it is a lot more fast-paced. Not to mention more portable and convenient too.
6. Apples To Apples
Apples to Apples is a party card game that was originally published by Out of the Box Publishing Inc, however, in 2007 they sold the rights to popular games company, Mattel. It was very popular when it first emerged as it won well-known awards and was also named ‘Party Game Of The Year’ in 1999 by Games Magazine. Each player starts the game with seven ‘red apple’ cards that have a noun. One player will be chosen to judge first and this player will determine the best match for their ‘green apple’ card, which contains an adjective. The game needs between four to ten players and typically lasts between 30 to 70 minutes. The popularity and success of this game is thought to have inspired other card matching/judging party games, such as Cards Against Humanity.
Each of these games took the world by storm and are continuing to do so even today. So next time you are heading out on a road trip or fancy a night in with some friends, make sure you get one of these games out to get the party started.