Changing suits, penalty cards - it's all possible! Crazy Eights is a card game for 2 to 5 players that is simple to learn. The combination of speed and skill make Crazy Eights an exciting card game that is very popular in Germany, Austria and Brazil.
The aim is to be the first to discard all of your cards. Here, you can put either cards of the same suit or the same value on the discard pile . If you can not find a suitable card to dispose of, you need to pick up a card. The game is very varied through various action cards.
The more players that play, the more fun the game. Maintain an overview, lay your cards wisely and with a little luck you will win!
You can find details on multiplayer versions here: How do multiplayer games work?In the lobby you can select which game style you want to play under Settings.
You can open up a game round by clicking on the button ‘New Game’. You decide who is allowed to play on the table and how high the stakes are. You decide the numbers of players (between 2 and 5). Of course you can also join a round already opened by another player.
During the game, new players can enter before each new round. The new players start with the score of the previously worst player. Players who leave during a running game will be removed from the points list.
It will be shown on the right side of the table which player's turn it is, the remaining time to take your turn as well as the stake and your credit. You have the possibility to chat with your fellow players through the chat function.
The game is played with 104 doubled cards: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace - all in hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs.
Players receive 7 cards at the beginning of each game which lay fanned out. One card is dealt face up and the rest remain face down as the discard pile. The player whose turn it is can put one of their cards on the discard pile if it has either the same colour or the value as the top card of the stack (e.g. 10 of hearts on 10 of diamonds, queen of spades on the ace of spades, etc.). Whoever can not or does not want to play a card has to take a card from the discard pile instead. However, no further card may be discarded in the same go. The cards that you are able to play are sat slightly upward in your hand. To place one of your cards on the discard pile, you click on the desired card or drag it by drag & drop on to the discard pile.
An arrow shows which player’s turn it is. When it’s your turn, you see a ‘Crazy Eights’ button before you, which you have to click before you play the penultimate card. If you forget this, you receive 2 penalty cards. If you click on the button accidentally, nothing happens.
There are various action cards in the game. If one is played, a sign appears on the table showing which action is being carried out and which player’s turn it now is, or which colour is to be played.
- Action card '7'
If a player plays a 7, the next player must pick up 2 cards. But if this player also has a 7 in their hand, they can play it and therefore pass on the card penalty to the next player. They then need to pick up an extra 2 cards. This process can be repeated as often as possible.
- Action card '8'
If an 8 is played, the next player must miss a go.
- Action card'9'
A 9 played changes the direction of play.
- Action card 'jack'
A jack can be laid on any card and you can then select a colour by clicking one of the buttons.
- Action card 'ace'
If a player plays an ace, they can lay an additional card. If they do not have a matching card, they must pick up a card.
End of the game
The game is over once a player discards their last card (Crazy Eights). If this card is a ‘7’ the next player still needs to pick up 2 cards. The other players have the points of their remaining cards deducted. After each game, the penalty points will be added and displayed next to the player name.
If a player exceeds the limit of 50 points, then they lose the game. If you are playing against multiple players, the player who has reached the point limit is out. The last player remaining at the end of the game is declared the winner.
For the negative points, aces count as 11 points, kings and queens 10 points and jacks 20 points. All other cards are worth their face value.