Take the fun of the card game Five Crowns with you wherever you go with the Five Crowns Mini Round game. Unlike the original game that requires 11 rounds of play, the Mini Round version only requires five rounds. And instead of 116 cards, it comes with 58 circular cards that fit inside a tin carrying case. But those differences aside, the gameplay is still the same. The object is to have the lowest score after the five rounds have been played.
In the first round, players each receive three cards and the 3s are wild. In the second round, players get four cards and the 4s are wild. And so on until the last round when seven cards are dealt and the 7s are wild. Jokers are always wild. In any round, players take turns either drawing the top card from the draw pile or taking the top card from the discard pile. When your turn is over, discard a card.
What you're trying to do is make runs and books with the cards in your hand. A run is a sequence of three or more cards of the same suit. A book consists of three or more cards of the same value regardless of suit. You can only “go out” when you're able to arrange all the cards in your hand into books and/or runs with only one card remaining. Then, lay down your cards and discard your remaining card. All other players get one more turn and then lay down the books and runs in their hands. If you've got unused cards left over, count up the value of those cards, and that becomes your score for the round. Each number card is worth its face value, while Jacks are worth 11, Queens are worth 12, Kings are worth 13, Jokers are worth 50, and the wild card for that round is worth 20.
This is a shorter and faster way to play Five Crowns, great for fans of the original who want a more compact version for playing on the go and anyone just looking for a fun family game that they can easily throw in a purse or backpack for playing on vacation, in a waiting room, or while waiting for food at a restaurant.
But even if you've never played Five Crowns before and are just looking for a fun and quick game to play while on vacation, in a waiting room, or at a restaurant, this mini version will fit the bill.
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