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Decks of cards in Different Cultures: Crazy Eights



In the diverse tapestry of worldwide card games, Crazy Eights emerges as a vibrant thread woven into the social fabric of cultures across the globe. Originating in the United States, this shedding-type card game has captivated players with its straightforward yet exhilarating gameplay.

We commence a series of articles dedicated to the deck of cards gamification of different nations. Crazy Eights is believed to have originated in the United States in the 1930s. The game often comes with customizable house rules, allowing players to add their twists for added fun. But enough writing, Let's play! Here are its simple and easy rules:

  • The Goal: Be the first to get rid of all your cards.

  • How to Play: Sit in a circle, and everyone gets some cards. The person with the cards is the "dealer."

  • Matching Cards: Play a card if it has the same number or suit as the one on top.

  • The Crazy Eights: If you have an Eight, play it anytime, no matter the top card. You get to choose the next suit!

  • Special Moves: Queens make the next person miss a turn, Aces change the playing direction, and Twos make the next person draw two cards.

  • Last Card: Shout "Last Card!" when you have one card left. Forget, and someone catches you? Draw two more cards.

  • Winning: Be the first to get rid of all your cards! You did it! 🎉

Beyond its entertaining value, Crazy Eights has also educational benefits, especially for younger players. The game helps improve basic math skills, color recognition, and strategic thinking, making it a popular choice for family game nights, educational settings, and games with teammates 😉


Thank you for reading and keep an eye on our next articles from the series "Decks of cards in Different Cultures".

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