Card games have been with mankind for centuries. Research assumes that the first playing cards were used as early as the 12th or 13th century. Accordingly, many different card games have developed over the centuries. 500-year-old games are no longer among the most popular card games of that time. However, there are still some variants with a lot of tradition that have remained until today.
Modern classics and some completely newly developed games that are very popular have made the leap to smartphones and tablets. Modifications, new rules and card games with a story make the card game with family and friends varied.
Invented in 1969, UNO is certainly one of the most famous card games on the market. The game has been spreading from the US for more than 60 years and is still widely played today. Over time, the classic variant with the colorful cards has had some digital offshoots. Since the licensing has changed a few times in the past few years, UNO has also appeared in several versions on the smartphone.
The latest version comes from Mattel163, which has given the game a fresh coat of paint for the latest smartphone and tablet generation. In contrast to previous versions, not only has the appearance changed, but also a lot in terms of functions and game modes. Above all, the opportunity to play against family, friends and unknown players from all over the world makes the game even more sociable in the digital version.
Both online and offline can be played according to the classic game rules. As with so many classics, most families at the UN have developed their own rules over time, voluntarily or out of ignorance. The latest version of the UN gives us some leeway here. How, for example, the multiple use of blocking cards is handled or how the players must behave if they cannot discard any cards can be individually determined here.
As an exciting multiplayer variant, this version of UNO also includes a 2-on-2 mode. Together with another player it is important to be tactically smart and, above all, to use special cards at the right moment. In order not to fail in communication, it is possible to communicate with other players via voice messages directly in the app.
UNO is available free of charge for iOS and Android.
Exploding Kittens is one of those games that was only born in the digital age. The game was able to establish itself on Kickstarter a few years ago and became the highest endowed game in the history of the platform. Exploding Kittens is available both as an app and as a real card game.
As the name already suggests, the focus is on cute kittens who must be prevented from exploding with all their might. With each turn, players have to pick up new cards that enable new actions or bring the quick end. For example, we can be forced to withdraw twice on the next move or to allow a look at our cards. Cards that block our fellow players’ moves are also included. Probably the most important cards in Exploding Kittens are the defusers.
If we take off an exploding cat during a round, we have to defuse or get rid of it. If this doesn’t work, we’ll lose the game. The entertaining game can be played with up to five players. With a very short playing time, many varied rounds are possible
Exploding Kittens is available for 2.29 euros for iOS and 1.99 euros for Android.
Phase 10 is a newly developed card game from Mattel, which is enjoying increasing popularity. The new game makes use of the basic principles of contract rummy, a variant of gin created in the USA. This is precisely why phase 10 is often referred to as rummy with a twist. All players receive 10 cards at the start of each round. These must then be stored in so-called phases in order to win the game.
The most varied of combinations that must be covered with our cards are called phases. In phase 1, for example, we have to discard two triplets, but in phase 7 we have two quads and in the last phase 10 we have a quintuplet and one triplet.
Once we have discarded our phase, we can add any remaining cards to other players. If a player runs out of cards, the remaining card values for each are added up and added to the account. If we were able to successfully place a phase, it is necessary to place the next higher phase in the next round. If no new phase can be reached, the previous one must be tried again. The first player to complete all ten phases wins the game.
Phase 10 is available free of charge for iOS and Android.
Cultist Simulator is also one of the digital card games of the modern age. First published in 2018 for Windows, macOS and Linux, this is an exclusively digital development. In Cultist Simulator, we take on the role of a simple citizen who has special goals. The entire mechanics of the game take place via cards.
These cards can be of different types. There are, for example, person and place cards that become part of our story. We also come into contact with attribute cards again and again. In addition, cards such as love and especially health play a major role. In order to play, we have to place suitable cards in the respective slots in order to start an action via the action button. After a while we will get the result of our combination.
These can be random rewards and pre-defined extras. The use and combination of the many different cards is the main part of the game. Since there is intentionally no tutorial, we have to discover the many possibilities over time and work out our progress. The aim of the game is to become the leader of a cult and to eliminate all opponents on the way there.
Cultist Simulator is available for € 7.99 for iOS and € 6.99 for Android.
The card game Hearthstone is currently one of the most popular card games. First released by Blizzard in 2014, the Warcraft-based game is popular with fans of the series on streaming platforms such as Twitch.
Hearthstone currently contains a total of 1106 cards from various categories. In addition to units, it also contains spells and weapons that support us in the fight against our opponents. Basically, in Hearthstone it is a matter of deducting all life points from the opposing hero and ultimately defeating him.
We destroy the total of 30 life points by cleverly combining the various cards that we have in our deck. In order to be able to build powerful decks, we always need new cards. There are different ways to get new cards.
Among other things, new cards can be acquired through the level of a hero class, through opening packs or through production. All cards have a rarity level. The number of cards is expanded every year with new card sets that are published at regular intervals.
Hesrthstone is available for free on iOS and Android.