One of the first card games my parents taught to me was Rummy. Played with a regular deck of cards, your goal is to make matching sets or runs by taking turns, drawing from the pile and even playing on each others’ sets. I think at one time or another all of us has played this traditional game.
There are quite a number of rummy-like games on the market, all implementing their own twists to the rules. Our latest Thrift Treasure is no exception – it adds a board to the game and goals that change with every hand! Made by Fundex, Phase 10 Twist is based on their best-selling card game, Phase 10.
Phase 10 Twist starts out like any other game of rummy where you are dealt a hand of cards and a draw and discard pile are established. But rather than just making sets, you must complete a custom set determined by the placement of your pawn on the board (eg. 1 run of 8).
As you progress along the track, the tasks become more and more difficult to complete. This allows for a close game, as those in the rear have an easier task. The first to complete their task and get rid of the rest of their cards wins the round and moves forward three spaces. Complete your task but have cards left? Move forward two spaces. Move only one space if you get completely skunked.
You’ll also notice a special space on the board called the “Twist” space. When you land here you have a decision to make after you draw your cards for the round. You can choose your challenge from the spaces on either side of the Twist space…or…if you’re really feeling daring, draw a Phase card and have it tell you what your challenge is.
If you are able to complete the task on the Phase card, you are awarded DOUBLE the number of moves from a regular round (go out and move 6, complete the challenge but someone else goes out moves 4). BUT, if you don’t complete it, you move backwards a space!
In this round, my opponent was able to complete a straight of 8 using two wild cards, which are one of the types of special cards in the deck. There are also “skip” cards that forces the player of your choice to forfeit their turn next time around. We found that this can quickly change the outcome of a round when someone is close to finishing and gets ‘skipped’.
Play continues with additional rounds until someone gets to the end of the board. Not as easy as it sounds, as you must either pass or complete the 10th Phase, which requires you to obtain “one set of 5 and one set of 3”. You do not get to move off of that space until you complete it successfully, so land there and you’re stuck while everyone else catches up!
Our version was issued by Fundex Games, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The Phase 10 line has since been picked up by Mattel, and you can find a copy of Phase 10 Twist on Amazon for around $13 shipped.
What Rummy-like games do you enjoy?