When it comes to card games everyone has their favourite. Perhaps you prefer the classics such as Poker or Rummy. Or maybe you’ve been introduced to more exciting (and naughty) card games such as Cards Against Humanity.
Nonetheless, the fun doesn’t have to stop there. And let’s face it, there are only so many rounds of Rummy you can play before it starts to get a little stale.
New card games are being invented everyday and the creative geniuses behind them are eagerly waiting for you to get your hands on them.
So we wanted to share with you the top 7 new card games you need to play this year that will transform your games nights, jazz up your family fun, and add even more excitement to that awesome holiday you’ve been looking forward to.
All of these games were once but a fledgling idea, gaining their wings and support on Kickstarter only less than 2 years ago, and finally taking flight into the world to bring us joy and entertainment.
Check them out, you’ll be thanking us later 😉
1. Dodgy Dogs
The canine card game you’ll go barking mad for.
◾ Kickstarted in June 2018 ◾ For all ages ◾ 2-5 players (or more with additional pack) ◾
Inspired by their love of dogs, the game is a visually pleasing, family-friendly, fast-paced bundle of fun.
Dodgy Dogs is all about the funny world of naughty dogs. But this is not your typical pack of cards. Jean Jullien has meticulously illustrated each card with his distinctive style of black brush strokes, with light-hearted drawn characters and beautiful simplicity.
The aim of the game is to use strategy (and luck) to get rid of all of your Dodgy Dogs as quickly as possible. And during the game you’ll encounter pooches of all different sizes, each one performing one of ten naughty behaviours – who’s a bad boy?
There are two versions of the packs of cards available – a blue pack and a red pack. There’s also a limited edition twin pack where you’ll get both version and the best of both worlds!
You’ll have Rover begging for your attention once you get stuck in playing this delightfully addictive game.
Create your own little world (well village) and live prosperously!
◾ Kickstarted in May 2018 ◾ Ages 10 years+ ◾ 1-5 players ◾
Picture this – it’s the middle ages, and there has been a massive deadly plague that has devastated society as you know it.
The loss of so many lives has created great problems for the survivors. Many of the people the villagers used to depend on for essential things like food, shelter and clothes are sadly now gone.
But hope is on the rise and you’ve bravely stepped up to be the founder of a new village. The villagers will seek to come to you, hoping to settle down on your land and make a living. You are their saviour. But you must choose and recruit wisely the people who you allow to settle with you, as your food and resources are limited.
The aim for each player is to develop an expanding community of villagers to work hard and form lucrative production chains while balancing your food production and building infrastructures. Get it right and you’ll become the most prosperous and win the game!
On your own? No problem. The game also comes with a solo mode where a lone village strives to prosper in spite of the dreaded Countess and her evil schemes.
May the best village win!
3. Block Happy
The card game that plays with your emotions.
◾ Kickstarted in October 2019 ◾ Ages 6 years+ ◾ 2-5 players ◾
Get ready to go on a light-hearted emotional rollercoaster where happiness is the key to success.
Block Happy is the brain-child of two leading designers Sam Armes and John Ward – and it shows. Each card is special and has been gorgeously illustrated in unique block-like shapes, different to any card game you may have come across before.
At a glance the rules are simple – the first player to seize all the happiness wins. However, this won’t be easy as other players can steal your happiness away at the drop of a hat!
This is where the hilarious ‘battle of emotions’ begins. You must stay in control of your emotions using different power cards which allow you to peek, grab, test or take hold of your opponent’s happiness.
This clever little card game will change the way you traditionally play a game. As even though you may think you’re playing an innocent card game, you’re actually playing with each other’s real emotions.
You’ll soon find yourself feeling outraged one minute to overjoyed the next, and many other emotions in between.
But ultimately, it will make you happy – and who doesn’t deserve a little more happiness in their lives?
A soul-gathering game of sacrifice, betrayal and hoarding.
◾ Kickstarted in June 2018 ◾ Ages 14 years+ ◾ 2-4 players ◾
Your goal is to use cooperation, bartering and a bit of betrayal, to defeat monsters, earn loot, collect souls and triumph!
All players take turns to loot cards as well as using items to kill monsters that yield more items, more loot, and sometimes souls.
The first player to end their turn with four souls in hand is the winner.
If you’ve played the video game, and even if you haven’t, this card game has a lot to offer.
Cunningly make deals and trades with your rivals to help you both get ahead… until you stab them in the back and betray them, of course.
Duck and dive with the world’s first dodgeball card game.
◾ Kickstarted in February 2019 ◾ Ages 7 years+ ◾ 2-6 players ◾
If you’re familiar with Exploding Kittens then you’ll already have an idea about how wildly chaotic this game may be. And if you’re not, then you have two must-play games to add to your list!
Have you ever imagined what would happen if you crossed a card game with dodgeball? Well imagine no further as that baby is Throw Throw Burrito.
Go head to head in trying to collect matching sets of cards faster than your fellow players. All while simultaneously ducking, dodging, and throwing squishy toy burritos at one another.
The cards you collect will earn you points, but getting hit by flying burritos makes you lose them. Who would have thought turning Mexican food into missiles would be fun ay?
Be sure to clear some space and put away the antiques, for this is one food fight you’ll want to take part in!
6. Muffin Time
The most random card game you’ll ever play.
◾ Kickstarted in August 2019 ◾ Ages 12 years+ ◾ 2-6 players ◾
Muffin Time is a fantastically chaotic card game with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.
Muffin Time is a nutty card game, created by TomSka and Big Potato Games. The game is based off the hilarious and quirky online animated series Asdfmovie, starring simple stick figures. Adsfmovie (pronounced ass-duff movie) has been making people giggle and guffaw for over a decade, and this game is no different.
Described as “a ridiculous card game where anything can (and probably will) happen”, we couldn’t leave this one off the list.
Get ready to battle your friends, family, and hyper-intelligent pets by drawing and playing from a deck of uniquely drawn cards that’ll either help you, defeat others, or shake things up just for the sheer hell of it!
To win the game, you just need to start your turn with exactly 10 cards in your hand. Sounds easy right? Well you’re wrong (wronger than an elephant in a speedo – and that’s pretty damn wrong).
So, if you’re looking for a hilarious and unpredictable game, filled with alien invasions and skateboarding cows give Muffin Time a chance.
Summon mythical creatures in this game of suburban sorcery.
◾ Kickstarted in April 2019 ◾ Ages 14 years+ ◾ 2-4 players ◾
Allow yourself to be immersed in this world of magic and the mundane by summoning fantastical dragons and unicorns and casting powerful spells, all within the comfort of your own home (or anywhere for that matter).
The objective of the game is to collect 5 mythical pets on your lawn to win. By going against your opponents you can hex a neighbours creatures, destroy them or even steal them away, in the race for victory.
A game for fans of cute creatures and frightening beasts (or both!), Runes & Regulations will take you on a journey you didn’t know you wanted.
So there you have it folks, a handful of some of the best new card games we’ve found that you should definitely check out this year – and they all seem super awesome right?
We think it’s amazing how so many creative ideas are coming out for card games and we get excited about every one that we hear about.
Kickstarter has transformed the industry, allowing these ideas to be supported and brought to life and into our games nights. And for that we’re grateful.
We’ll be sure to keep you all updated and any more cool card games that we discover on Kickstarter or anywhere else, so stay tuned!
And let us know if there are any other new card games that you want us to check out or review in the future by commenting below or contacting us.