The Game (Card Game)

2015 Spiel des Jahres Nominee

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Players in The Game try to discard all 98 cards in the deck onto four discard piles in order to win, but they need to do so in the right ways.

Each player starts with 6-8 cards in their hand depending on the number of players, and four discard pile prompt cards are on the table: two showing "1" and an up arrow and two showing "100" and a down arrow. On a turn, a player must discard at least two cards from their hand onto one or more discard piles, with cards on the 1 piles being placed in ascending order and cards on the 100 piles being placed in descending order. One tricky aspect of the game is that you can play a card exactly 10 higher/lower than the top card of a discard pile even when you would normally have to play in a descending/ascending order, e.g., if a 100 discard pile is topped with an 87, you can play any card lower than 87 or you can play the 97.

After a player finishes their turn, they refill their hand from the deck. During play, players cannot reveal exact numbers in their hands, but they can warn others not to play on certain discard piles or otherwise make play suggestions.

Once the deck is emptied, players are required only to play at least one card on a turn. If you play all 98 cards, you win! If you get good, the rules suggest that you play at least three cards a turn to increase the challenge.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
19 Sep 2018
Family Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
Solitaire Games
# of Players
1 - 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players, Recommended with 1 - 5 players
Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
20 minutes
Game Designer
Steffen Benndorf
Game Artist
  • Oliver Freudenreich
  • Sandra Freudenreich
  • Kwanchai Moriya
User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
  • 2015 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
  • 2015 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
  • 2015 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
Expansion Sets
The Game on Fire (expansion)
Supply Source
South Africa